Republican Senator Confirms Ukrainian Strike on Russia With US Weapons

Putin issued a new warning about NATO allowing their weapons to be used in strikes on Russian territory

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that Ukraine has used US-provided weapons to carry out strikes on Russian territory, which risks a major response from Russia.

The report also cited an unnamed Western official who said Ukraine used US weapons on Russian territory. The report didn’t specify what type of weapons system was used, but it came after a Ukrainian lawmaker claimed US-provided HIMARS rocket systems destroyed Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense missiles inside Russia’s Belgorod Oblast.

A Ukrainian official also told The Wall Street Journal that HIMARS were used to hit a Russian air defense system in Belgorod. The HIMARS systems require US intelligence for targeting, meaning any HIMARS strike on Russian territory would have been directly supported by the US.

There’s been no official confirmation from Russia about the strikes, but Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday issued a fresh warning to the US and other NATO countries about the use of their weapons on Russian territory.

“If someone thinks it is possible to supply such weapons to a warzone to attack our territory and create problems for us, why don’t we have the right to supply weapons of the same class to regions of the world where there will be strikes on sensitive facilities of those (Western) countries,” Putin said, according to AFP. “That is, the response can be asymmetric. We will think about it.”

Putin has previously warned of “serious consequences” for any NATO countries that support Ukrainian strikes on Russian territories. But NATO officials have shrugged off the Russian warnings despite the risk of provoking a direct clash with Russia, which could quickly turn nuclear.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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