Ukraine begins strikes on Russian soil using US weapons

Published June 7, 2024

Two attacks in the past week suggest the lifting of restrictions has allowed Ukraine a more effective defence.

Ukraine may have realised the first benefits of being allowed to strike Russian territory with Western weapons last week.

On May 26 and 27, France and Germany said they were allowing Ukraine to use their weapons against targets on Russian soil, following Russia’s new offensive against Kharkiv on May 10.

US sources told media on May 30 that the US was allowing Ukraine to use its weapons “for counter-fire purposes in Kharkiv”.

That suggested Ukraine was only allowed to fire back against a position from which incoming fire had originated, but not to use its intelligence to target weapons systems and troop concentrations pre-emptively.

“This US ambiguity misses an opportunity to deter Russian preparations for offensive operations elsewhere across the border into northern Ukraine,” said the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think-tank.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last week reported concentrations of troops north of the Ukrainian city of Sumy.



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Published June 7,  2024


France, the United States and other nations of goodwill have come together to defend Ukraine’s right to self-defense, Austin said.

“I’m deeply grateful for France’s contributions to Ukraine’s fight for freedom, and I know that we’ll continue to work together to provide security assistance to our Ukrainian partners,” the secretary said. “We’ve also worked together to strengthen NATO.”

Austin also remarked on yesterday’s D-Day ceremony, where he met some of the veterans who landed in Normandy 80 years ago.

“It was very moving to have the chance to again thank the U.S., French, and other Allied veterans of World War II and to reaffirm the principles that they fought for. Their service and sacrifice laid the foundation for the rules-based international order that we built together after World War II,” Austin said.

Separately, Austin and President Joe Biden met today with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the International Hotel in Paris.



RELATED: Austin: Enabling Ukraine strikes on Russian soil will prove “very helpful”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Singapore on June 1. Photo: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Published June 6, 2024

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that the new U.S. policy allowing Ukraine to use long-ranged weapons to strike deeper into Russia is “going to prove to be very, very helpful.”

Why it matters: There’s growing concern that if Russia defeats Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will begin threatening other countries.

  • Putin warned this week that Russia could provide long-range weapons to nations seeking to attack the West.

What they’re saying: Austin was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer how far the U.S. is willing to go in letting Kyiv strike deeper into Russia with U.S. weapons when deemed necessary.

  • “Our policy using long-range strike weaponry to go into Russia hasn’t changed,” said Austinspeaking from Normandy, France, where he joined world leaders including President Biden to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
  • “But what we have done is provided Ukraine the ability to counter-fire, to fire back at those Russian troops that are firing at them, and to be able to take out their artillery batteries as they’re firing at the Ukrainians.




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