The UK says Ukraine can attack Russian logistics, and is unlikely to use its weapons 2022-04-28 04:25:00


British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace holds a press conference with Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov at the MoD, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in London, Britain, March 21, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nichols

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LONDON (Reuters) – British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday it was legitimate for Ukrainian forces to target Russian logistics to disrupt their food, fuel and munitions supplies, but it was unlikely they would use British weapons to do so.

Tensions between Britain and Russia heightened this week when Moscow accused London of provoking Ukraine to strike targets inside Russia, saying there would be an immediate “relative response” if it continued. Read more

Wallace said Ukraine had every right to defend itself under international law.

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“Part of defending itself in this kind of invasion is where Ukraine will go after the Russian army’s supply lines because without fuel, food, and ammunition, the Russian army stops working and can no longer continue its invasion,” he said. BBC TV.

Britain has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine since it was attacked in late February, and has sent aid and weapons to help it repel its larger neighbour.

Wallace said Britain had sent artillery shells into Ukraine that are used inside Ukraine against Russian forces, but added that it had not sent weapons that could be used in long-range attacks and were unlikely to send them.

He said it was not clear whether the attacks in Russia in recent weeks came from the Ukrainian state. He added that Ukraine did not have British weapons that could do so.

He said Ukrainian forces tended to use mobile bombers while the British military transported them from the air or sea.

“They do not currently have British weapons that can do that, so it is highly unlikely that these will be ours,” he said. “It’s very unlikely that we’ll make that available to anyone because of the technology and the scarcity of those capabilities as well. So it’s very unlikely.”

Wallace also denied that NATO was fighting a proxy war with Russia, but said the West would provide increased support to Ukraine if Russian attacks continued. “Sometimes that will involve planes and tanks,” he told Radio Times.

Russia on Wednesday reported a series of explosions in the south of the country and a fire at an ammunition depot. Read more

Russia has repeatedly criticized British military support for Ukraine, accusing it of wanting to prolong the conflict to weaken Moscow.

In response to a similar British statement on Tuesday that said Russian military targets inside Russia are fair game for Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that British reasoning means Russia is theoretically qualified to strike targets in NATO countries like Britain if they are linked to arms deliveries to Ukraine. .

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Additional reporting by Kate Holton and Movija M in London; Editing by Michael Holden and Angus McSwan

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