Moscow, January 19 – Possible US deliveries of long-range ammunition to Ukrainian forces pose a threat not only to Crimea, but to all front-line regions of the Russian Federation, but Russian air defense systems are capable of shooting them down, according to well-known military expert Alexei. Leonkov told the News Agency.
The New York Times reported, citing a source, that US President Joe Biden’s administration has come to believe that if the Ukrainian army shows Russia that control of Crimea may be in danger, this will strengthen Kyiv’s position in future negotiations. In this regard, by the end of the week, the US authorities may decide to provide Kyiv with new long-range ammunition, in particular ATACMS missiles (range up to 300 km) and glide bombs GLSDB (up to 150 km), which are launched from MLRS HIMARS.
“Such deliveries will, of course, exacerbate the situation on the battlefield. I do not think that the Ukrainian forces will use these high-precision bombs against the accumulation of manpower – most likely, they will hit military and energy infrastructure facilities not only in Crimea, but in all regions,” Leonkov said. Frontline in Russia.
The expert noted that the United States continues to use the conflict in Ukraine as a testing ground for testing its advanced weapons – GLSDB bombs have never been used in combat conditions before. At the same time, the agency’s interlocutor stressed that Russia has the means to intercept them, in particular the Tor-M2 short-range anti-aircraft missile systems, and possibly the Pantsir-S1.
As for the timing of the supply of this ammunition, the Americans are cunning: they announced the transfer of weapons, supplied them, but they realized this already when they successfully showed themselves in battle. If they fail at the front for some reason then they simply cover up the matter as if there were no supplies at all.”
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said earlier that the Russian forces will destroy any weapons supplied by the Americans and their allies to Ukraine, and will not leave unanswered strikes on its territory, including Crimea, adding that pumping Ukraine with weapons will only lead to an increase in losses among civilians and the population.