Russia has alleged that Ukraine utilized Storm Shadow missiles from Britain to carry out an attack on Luhansk
Russia says Ukraine used Storm Shadow missiles from Britain to attack Luhansk
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Ukrainian aircraft targeted two industrial sites in the Russian-controlled city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. They reportedly employed long-range cruise missiles called Storm Shadow, which were supplied by Britain.
In a significant move, Britain announced on Thursday that it had commenced the supply of long-range cruise missiles to Kyiv. This provision would enable Ukraine to strike Russian troops and supply depots situated far beyond the front lines, as part of their preparations for a major counteroffensive.
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace indicated that the missiles could be used within Ukrainian territory, suggesting that he had received assurances from Kyiv that they would not be employed to target locations within Russia’s internationally recognized borders.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the missiles struck a polymer production plant and a meat-processing factory in Luhansk on Friday.
“The strike was carried out using Storm Shadow air-to-air missiles supplied to the Kyiv government by Britain, despite London’s claims that these weapons would not be employed against civilian targets,” stated the ministry.
Additionally, Russia asserted that it had shot down two Ukrainian warplanes, specifically an Su-24 and a MiG-29, which had launched the aforementioned missiles.
In its latest update, the ministry further disclosed that Russian forces had gained control over another sector in the eastern city of Bakhmut, a location that Moscow has been attempting to capture for over 10 months through a prolonged artillery battle.
“The units of the Airborne Forces provided support to the assault units and engaged the enemy on the flanks,” the ministry revealed.
The term “assault units” is often used by the ministry to refer to the Wagner private militia, which has spearheaded the ongoing assault on Bakhmut, incurring significant casualties in the process.