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UK pledges to send missiles to Ukraine as Russia warns of expanded conflict

After the US and Germany declared they would provide the necessary equipment for Ukraine’s fight against Russian invasion, the UK has now pledged to send medium range rocket systems to Ukraine.

Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, stated that Britain will send unspecified numbers of M270 launchers. These can fire precision-guided rockets over 50 miles.

He stated that the equipment would be used by the UK troops as well as the Ukrainian troops.

Mr Wallace stated that the decision was closely negotiated with the US government who promised to supply advanced rocket systems to Ukraine on Wednesday.

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Both systems have similar characteristics, but the US missile system has wheels and the British missile system, which was built in the USA, has tracks.

After Germany’s recent criticism of not being doing enough for Ukraine, Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor, has announced that his country will supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles as well as radar systems.

He stated that the IRIS-T’s German surface-to-air missiles, which Germany would provide, were the best air defense system available.

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According to Peter Hultqvist, Sweden has also made plans to donate arms, including anti-tank weapons and semi-automatic rifles to Kyiv.

He stated that the occupiers now control nearly 20% of our territory, or almost 125,000 kilometres (48.262 miles).

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This comes just days after Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, called for more weapons. He said that Russia had fired 15 cruise missiles over the past day and used 2,478 missiles total since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.

He said that most of them were targeting civil infrastructure.

After Western-supplied weapons helped Ukraine defend itself against Russian attempts to storm its capital, Moscow turned its attention instead on seizing all eastern Ukraine’s industrial Donbas.

Oleh Zhdanov, a military analyst, said that Russia’s missile strikes have increased in response to newly promised arms.

He stated that supplies of Western weapons were of great concern to the Kremlin because the Ukrainian army, even without adequate weapons, is determined to resist the offensive.

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, called Ukraine’s persistent push for more weapons “direct provocation intended to draw the West into fighting.”

He stated that multiple US-supplied rocket launchers could increase the likelihood of an extended conflict.

This happened as Russian forces continued their bombardment in the Donbas and other areas of Ukraine, while ground troops advanced in the east.

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Russian forces continued to attack towns and cities over the night and tightened their grip on Sievierodonetsk, an eastern city.

According to a regional governor, Russian forces now control over 80% of the city. This is crucial for Moscow’s attempts to capture the Donbas.

Russian forces also want to attack the eastern Ukrainian village Berestove, which is located on the main road that links the Luhansk region’s city of Lysychansk with the rest of Ukraine. This was confirmed Wednesday by Ukraine’s General Oleksiygromov.

He said that Russia is very close to taking all of Luhansk, and its forces are trying to take Sviatohirsk, Donetsk.

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