UK announces delivery of Storm Shadow cruise missiles to Ukraine

P / London / Muhammad Hamoud Ali Al-Rajawi

On Thursday, the United Kingdom announced that it had delivered long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles to Ukraine.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a speech to the House of Commons that the United Kingdom has sent long-range missiles to Ukraine, according to the US news agency Associated Press.

“I can confirm today that the United Kingdom gave Ukraine Storm Shadow missiles,” Wallace said.

He stressed that “Ukraine has the right to be able to defend itself,” noting that the use of missiles “will allow Kiev to repel the Russian forces stationed on the territory under Ukrainian sovereignty.”

The British minister said that the missiles “are on their way to Ukraine or may have already arrived,” without providing further details on their number and areas of deployment.

The Associated Press indicated that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said last February that the United Kingdom would be “the first country to give Ukraine long-range missiles.”

Russia has previously warned Kiev’s allies against providing long-range weapons, saying that this “crosses red lines,” according to the US agency.

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched what it called a special military operation in Ukraine, which triggered strong international reactions and economic sanctions against Moscow. To end the conflict, Russia is demanding that Kiev drop plans to join military alliances, which Ukraine sees as “interference” in the affairs of its sovereignty.

* Translated from English by Mounir Bannour.

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