‘Russia will strike harder if…’: President Putin’s warning to West | World News

Putin did not mention the goals Russia intended to pursue if western countries began to supply Ukraine with longer-range missiles. He said the “fuss” surrounding Western arms supplies to Ukraine was intended to drag out the conflict.

President Vladimir Putin warned the West that Russia would hit new targets if the United States started providing Ukraine with longer-range missiles, the TASS news agency reported Sunday.

If such missiles are delivered, “we will attack those targets that we have not hit yet,” Putin said in an excerpt from an interview with state television channel Rossiya-1.

Putin did not mention the goals Russia intended to pursue if western countries began to supply Ukraine with longer-range missiles. He said the “fuss” surrounding Western arms supplies to Ukraine was intended to drag out the conflict.

Ukraine is looking for Multiple Rocket Launch Systems (MLRS) such as the M270 and M142 HIMARS to attack troops and weapons stockpiles at the rear of the Russian armed forces.

US President Joe Biden this week announced plans to give Ukraine accurate HIMARS missile systems after receiving assurances from Kiev that it would not use them to hit targets in Russia.

While Russian officials have warned that the US decision to provide Ukraine with advanced missile systems could exacerbate the conflict, Putin said it would not bring about fundamental changes on the battlefield.

“We understand that this supply (of advanced missile systems) from the United States and some other countries is intended to make up for the losses of this military equipment,” Putin said.

“This is nothing new. It essentially changes nothing.”

In an excerpt of the same interview aired Saturday, Putin boasted that Russian anti-aircraft forces have shot down dozens of Ukrainian weapons and are “cracking them like crazy”.

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