Ukraine, weapons modified to attack in depth: why Russia is trembling

Russia’s foreign ministry said Moscow would regard any decision to return US nuclear weapons to Britain as an escalation and would respond with “countermeasures” for its own security. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on a report last week about an entry in the US Air Force’s 2024 budget for the construction of a dormitory at Raf Lakenheath in Suffolk for staff, in a ” potential mission assurance,” which would see the return of US nuclear weapons. on British soil for the first time in over 15 years. “If this step is taken, we will regard it as an escalation, which would take things in a completely opposite direction from addressing the urgent issue of withdrawing all nuclear weapons from European countries,” said Zakharova. Meanwhile, to reduce its dependence on Western long-range missile systems, Ukraine has embarked on a program to acquire its own systems.

One of the points of Ukraine’s plan, according to the website Inside Over, “consists of modifying the Neptune anti-ship missiles, which, according to some sources, were recently used to destroy a Russian S-400 air defense system”. It is a project that dates back to 2010 and was made possible from the beginning thanks to the efforts of designer Oleh Korostelev, director of the “Luch” programming office. In December of the same year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a major effort to complete the program. As stated on the website: “The Ukrainian government ordered the first batch of missiles and accelerated the completion of the first coastal missile complex, which was successfully completed in August 2021. The first batch of missiles was, however, withdrawn from Kiev and delivered to Kiev. Ukrainian Navy units in Odessa only on February 20, 2022, a few days before the invasion.” After an initial failure, the Neptune missile made the news on April 13, 2022, the day it was used in the operation that culminated in the sinking from the cruiser Moskva.

Source: IL Tempo