Defense Secretary James Heappey said Ukraine “of course” had the right to attack Russian military installations even if they were across the border
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Britain today backed Ukraine if it wants to attack targets on Russian soil.
Defense Secretary James Heappey said it was “completely legitimate” for Kiev’s armed forces to use western-supplied weapons to launch attacks across the border.
It comes after a large fire broke out in an oil storage facility in the city of Bryansk, 100 miles in Russia across the Ukrainian border, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed the risk of a third world war was “significant” and said, according to his ministry: “I don’t want to artificially increase these risks. Many would wish for that. The danger is serious, real. And we must not underestimate it.
“NATO is essentially at war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”
Mr Heappey told the BBC this claim was “nonsense and Lavrov knows it” as arms were donated directly by Western countries and not by NATO itself.
Yesterday Britain announced that it would send Stormer armored vehicles with anti-aircraft missile launchers Ukraine .
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To date, the UK has delivered more than 5,000 anti-tank missiles, five air defense systems with more than 100 missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions and 4.5 tons of plastic explosives.
Britain has also sent over 90,000 ration packs, 10 pallets of medical equipment, 3,000 body armours, 77,000 helmets and 3,000 pairs of boots.
Asked whether Britain would support Ukraine in attacking targets on Russian soil, Mr Heappey told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The question is whether it is acceptable for our weapons systems to be used by the Ukrainians against legitimate Russian military targets will …
“It is perfectly legitimate to pursue military targets in the depths of your opponents to disrupt their logistics and supply routes.
“To be honest, assuming the Russians aren’t targeting civilians, which unfortunately they haven’t paid much attention to, it’s perfectly legitimate for them to attack targets in western Ukraine to cut off Ukrainian supply lines.
“It’s part of war, and the Russians and Ukrainians have every right to pursue those goals.”
He also told Times Radio that Britain “of course” supports Ukraine in hitting targets on Russian soil.
He said: “The fact is that Ukraine was a sovereign country living peacefully within the borders of its owner, and then another country decided to violate those borders and bring 130,000 soldiers into its country.
“This has sparked a war between Ukraine and Russia, and in the war Ukraine has to go deep into its opponent to attack their logistics lines, their fuel stores, their ammunition dumps, and that’s part of it.”
He added that it is “completely legitimate for Ukraine to target the depths of Russia to disrupt logistics which, if left unperturbed, would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil”.
He said it was “not necessarily a problem” if guns donated by Britain were used to hit locations on Russian soil, after accepting that guns now being supplied to Ukraine by allies have the range, to be used across borders.
“There are many countries around the world that use kits that they imported from other countries. When these bits of kit are used, we don’t tend to blame (the country) that made it, you blame the country that fired it.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/uk-backs-ukraine-striking-targets-26798787 Britain supports Ukraine, which uses Western weapons to attack targets on Russian soil