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Ukraine says it will not strike Russian territory with new missiles


Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov attends a news conference during a contract signing event for a Ground Master 200 (GM200), a medium-range radar produced for air defence, as part of a visit at the Thales radar factory in Limours, France, February 1, 2023. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Ukraine will not use longer-range weapons pledged by the United States to hit Russian territory and will only target Russian units in occupied Ukrainian territory, Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Sunday.

The United States confirmed on Friday that a new rocket that would double Ukraine’s strike range was included in a $2.175 billion U.S. military aid package to help Kyiv fight back Russian forces.

“We always tell our partners officially that we will not use weapons supplied by foreign partners to fire on Russian territory. We only fire on Russian units on temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory,” Reznikov told reporters at a news conference.