NATO gives green light to Ukraine to strike Russian territory in major turning point

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun16,2024

NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has given Ukraine the greenlight to use Western weapons to hit Russian territory.

Speaking on Saturday, he reportedly said: “This is Russia‘s aggressive war against Ukraine. Ukraine has the right to defend itself.

“This includes strikes on targets in Russia.”

His comments after two years of the war in Ukraine where the West has explicitly warned Kyiv not to use its weapons to strike Russia.

However, the New York Times reported this week that US State Department officials are mulling the idea of releasing these restrictions on Ukraine.

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In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “It is useful to know this for everyone who is invited to the alleged ‘peace conference’ in Switzerland.”

Vladimir Putin‘s soldiers are currently trying to take Kharkiv, Ukraine‘s second-largest city.

However, Ukraine‘s military has said that it currently has the situation under control despite constant attacks.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zakharova warned earlier this week that Russia will strike British targets if Western weapons are used to strike Russia.

She said: “Russia is responding to that and will continue to respond.”

Zakharova added that the European Union will feel the “full measure” of Russian retaliation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the New York Times that he has asked repeatedly for Ukraine to be able to use Western weapons to strike within Russian borders.

He said: “We have our own weapons, our own drones, and we use them, but I would like to note that we do this for defence.

“And what we have always asked for President Biden, and not only President Biden but the leaders of many countries, is that we want to use the weapons for defence.

“How do we respond when they strike our cities? Their ability to strike from a distance is such because they are stationed in the villages nearest to the border of Ukraine with Russia.

“They strike from there, knowing that we will not return fire, knowing that they are using civilian populations as cover, because their weapons are located among the civilian population of the Russian Federation. But they proceed calmly, understanding that our partners do not give us permission.

“And here, when we talk about ATACMS or HIMARS, or we talk about artillery shells, or relevant missiles – Storm Shadow, Scalp, etc – we do not have permission to strike the territory of the Russian Federation, their military locations, headquarters, etc.

“It’s the same for air defence. How can we protect ourselves from constant strikes from Russian territory? They strike with missiles from Russian territory, up to 100 kilometres, away from a point in Ukraine or the border of Ukraine. How can we protect ourselves? We can either strike the missile that is entering Ukrainian territory, or strike the aircraft before launch.

“To strike the missile, we need air defence. To strike the aircraft, we need appropriate weapons. Weapons and permission.”

Tyler Mitchell

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  1. It’s about time Ukraine is allowed to defend itself using Western weapons. Russia’s aggression must be stopped and Ukraine has every right to strike back at Russian targets to ensure its security and sovereignty. Let’s hope this support will help bring an end to the conflict and restore peace in the region.

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