Ukraine successfully tests 700 km range weapon — Zelenskyy

1 September, 02:30 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

A long-range weapon developed by Ukraine has successfully hit a target in Russia from a distance of 700 kilometers, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a Telegram post on Aug. 31.

Zelenskyy did not provide any further details, but 700 kilometers is the distance from Ukraine to Russia’s Pskov. Explosions were reported in the area of Pskov airbase in the early hours of Aug. 30. Four Il-76 military transport aircraft were damaged in the attack, according to Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence.

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On Aug. 28, Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine is ramping up its own production capacity of weapons and plans to manufacture artillery, ammunition, drones, missiles, and armored vehicles.

Ukraine has successfully deployed a domestically-produced strike drone with a range of 1,000 kilometers, according to Nataliya Sad, the press secretary of the Ukroboronprom defense conglomerate, on June 20. On Aug. 1, Newsweek reported that Ukrainian Bober (Beaver) kamikaze drones could potentially reach targets as far as Moscow.

Ukraine has repeatedly assured its partners that Western-supplied weaponry would be used solely within Ukrainian territory. However, there are no restrictions on using domestically produced arms for attacks on Russia, according to Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.

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