“If they deliver, then we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our means of destruction, of which we have enough, to inflict blows on those objects that we have not yet attacked,” Putin told the state television channel Rossiya 1. in Kyiv and its suburbs were hit by several rockets on Sunday.
Since the withdrawal of Russian troops from the region around Kyiv at the end of March, the capital has rarely been the target of rocket attacks, most recently at the end of April. Now the city experienced heavy shelling again. The military leadership in Kyiv announced that military and civilian infrastructure had been hit. According to the information, at least one injured person was treated in the hospital, and there were no deaths. There was an air alert for almost two and a half hours on Sunday morning.
The goal of western arms deliveries is to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible, said Putin. He threatened Ukraine with heavy attacks if it got hold of western long-range missiles.
On the other hand, he was relaxed about the delivery of state-of-the-art Himars multiple rocket launchers announced by the USA: The Ukrainian armed forces are already using such systems made by Russia, and the US deliveries would rather replace destroyed weapons. Nevertheless, it is crucial here which missiles would be used.