Zelensky Confirms Ukraine’s Maiden Use of US ATACMS Missiles


As the world’s attention shifted to Israel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had recently asked Western countries to continue their aid to Ukraine….reports Asian Lite News

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced on Tuesday that the country’s armed forces had successfully used US-supplied ATACMS long-range missiles, highlighting their precise performance.

However, specific information about when and where these missiles were used was not disclosed in his evening social media address.

As the world’s attention shifted to Israel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had recently asked Western countries to continue their aid to Ukraine.

“We spoke about priorities for Ukraine, for defending how to survive during this next winter,” Zelensky told reporters on Wednesday before attending a meeting with NATO defence ministers.

“We need some support from the leaders. That is why I am here today,” he said, with the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Zelensky named air defence systems as one of his priorities. “It is not just basic words. We need concrete things and we need them in very concrete geographic points on our land,” he added.

The NATO-Ukraine meeting secured more support for the country to face the winter conflicts. Stoltenberg said the alliance would provide more cold weather clothing, demining capabilities, fuel, and medical equipment “to help Ukraine weather another difficult winter”.

The new pledge was made when the clashes between Israel and Hamas were drawing the world’s attention.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Russia could return to nuclear weapons testing and might withdraw from the nuclear test ban treaty, reported Al Jazeera.

Putin said that it was “theoretically” possible for Russia to withdraw from the nuclear test ban treaty, pointing out that it generally prohibits the testing of nuclear weapons, but that no decision has been made yet.

He further highlighted that Russia has tested a new nuclear-powered missile delivery system but had not decided whether to resume explosives testing, Al Jazeera reported.

“I think no person of sound mind and clear memory would think of using nuclear weapons against Russia,” Putin said in his speech at a foreign policy forum experts in Sochi.

“I hear calls to start testing nuclear weapons, to return to testing,” he added. “I am not ready to say whether we really need to conduct tests or not.”

He later announced that Russia has effectively completed the development of the Burevestnik cruise missile and the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile. Moreover, he said that he would work on putting them into production.

“We conducted the last successful test of the Burevestnik nuclear-powered global-range cruise missile,” he said. It was the first announcement of a successful test of the Burevestnik and is translated as “Storm Petrel.

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