Ukraine has ‘no constraints’ on aiming military targets in Russia, said Danilov

28 January, 02:28 PM
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Ukrainian forces have no restrictions on attacking military targets on Russian territory, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksiy Danilov, said in an interview with RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, Radio Svoboda, on Jan. 27.

When asked whether Ukraine could get permission to use weapons supplied by partner nations to launch pre-emptive strikes on military targets in Russia itself, Danilov answered that “only military objects that are directly related to those pro-cesses taking place at the front” would be attacked.

“As for military targets on Russian territory – we have no constraints. I don’t understand where it all comes that we can’t hit military targets,” Danilov said.

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“We are not Russians and we do not destroy critical infrastructure facilities, hospitals, kindergartens, schools.”

An unknown drone crashed on Dec. 5 on the runway of the Engels-2 airfield in Russia’s Saratov Oblast. Satellite images recorded damage to at least one Tu-95 bomber. On the same day, a gas tanker exploded at an airfield near Ryazan. Three Russian soldiers were killed and four more were injured in the incidents, according to reports by the Russian Defense Ministry.

On the night of Dec. 26, a new powerful explosion occurred at the same military air-field in Engels. According to Ukrainian intelligence, at least three Russians were killed.

Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat called the Dec. 26 explosions “the consequences of Russian aggression.” He also reported that in connection with the incidents, Russia has redeployed its strategic aircraft. Ukrainian authorities have not directly commented on possible Ukrainian involvement in the explosions.

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