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Putin’s War Plot Flipped As Zelensky’s Men Deploy Britain’s Elite Artillery ‘Deep Fires’ | World | New

Ukraine destroys Russian helicopter with British-made missile

Kyiv uses the American HIMARS, the British M270 MLRS and the German 2000 howitzer to destroy Russian fuel depots, ammunition and supply lines tens of kilometers from the front line. Ukrainian commanders said the weapons helped “stabilize the situation” on the frontline through “major strikes on enemy command points, ammunition and fuel storage warehouses”.

Russian military leaders are so preoccupied with weapons that they have ordered their troops to focus on finding and destroying Ukrainian rockets and artillery supplied by the West.

Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers were trained in the use of British weapons in Salisbury last month before returning to the front to continue defending their homeland.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told this newspaper that the British artillery “is now in place and has been in use for the past few days”.

He said: “Alongside the United States and the Germans, I think, they absolutely make a difference.

“All of this is aimed at helping Ukraine move effectively from Soviet combat doctrine to combat using NATO weapons, standards and systems, which is a different type of combat.”

Ukrainian commanders say the weapons helped ‘stabilize the situation’ (Image: Tim Merry/Daily Express/Getty)

Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers were trained in the use of British weapons in Salisbury last month

Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers were trained in the use of British weapons in Salisbury last month (Photo: Tim Merry)

Mr Wallace said Western long-range artillery systems were making a “significant difference” in the war and were a response to Russian war crimes, the transfer of 2.5 million Ukrainians to Russia and the determination of Moscow to “destroy everything”.

The United States plans to send a total of 12 systems to Ukraine. Eight have already arrived and are in service and four more are on the way.

Britain has sent three MLRS to Ukraine. They can hit targets up to 50 miles away, while US HIMARS can hit precise targets 43 miles away.

After Russia’s failed attempt to take Kyiv in a lightning assault, the Kremlin waged a brutal war of attrition, relentlessly bombarding towns and villages across the country.

While Vladimir Putin has said he wants to take over all of eastern Ukraine, Moscow has also targeted civilians hundreds of miles from the front line.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told this newspaper that British artillery

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told this newspaper that the British artillery “is now in place” (Image: Getty)

The Defense Secretary said: ‘It is absolutely true that deep, deep fire with precision makes a significant difference to how Russia is able to pursue this unlawful invasion of Ukraine and rightly so. is the answer to this legal invasion.

“It is a response to the Russian will to destroy everything. This is in response to the 2.5 million Ukrainians who have been relocated to Russia via filter camps.

“The international community wants Putin and Russia to fail in Ukraine. s“They should leave Ukraine. Deep fires make a difference.

As the Daily Express watched Ukrainian troops being trained in the use of artillery last month, a commander said Britain giving Kyiv the MLRS would give the war-torn nation new hope of power push back the killers of Moscow.

He said: “When other members of our armed forces realize that we have MLRS, they will be highly motivated. It’s so important to all of us.

“Not just for the armed forces, but for all Ukrainian people, just to understand that we are powerful.

“We are very grateful for your support and help.”

It comes as the head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Ben Key, said Russia had ‘created a new iron curtain from the Baltic to the Black Sea’.

But the First Sea Lord warned that Britain – and its allies – must not take their eyes off China.

Kyiv uses American HIMARS, British M270 MLRS and German 2000 howitzers

The British M270 MLRS (Photo: Tim Merry)

He said “focusing only on the Russian bear might miss the tiger” because Beijing is building the largest navy in the world.

He said: “Russia represents a near and present danger to us, and to which we must respond. So while we in the Western military act to ensure that we can deter further aggression along the Eastern European border, Putin has, through his actions, created a new Iron Curtain of Baltic to the Black Sea.

A commander says Britain giving Kyiv the MLRS would give war-torn nation new hope

A commander says Britain giving Kyiv the MLRS would give war-torn nation new hope (Photo: Tim Merry)

“The world has become aware of the risks posed by the Russian invasion and the need for nations to urgently meet their NATO spending targets.

“Today we see Russia as the clear and present danger, but China will pose the greatest long-term challenge.

“Having overestimated some of Moscow’s military capabilities, we cannot now risk underestimating Beijing’s.”

Britain sent three MLRS to Ukraine

Britain sent three MLRS to Ukraine (Photo: Tim Merry)

Admiral Sir Ben Key warned that Beijing “will also learn lessons from Ukraine”.

He added: “For us, having potentially overestimated some of Moscow’s military capabilities, we must be careful not to underestimate Beijing’s.

“We all recognize that China is a nation with big ambitions. From the Belt and Road initiative to the String of Pearls, from “island building” in the South China Sea to designs in Taiwan. »