RUSSIA has warned the United Kingdom that any weapons given to Ukraine will be considered “legitimate targets.”
It comes after a Russian helicopter was shot out of the sky for the first time by Ukrainian forces using a British missile.
The warning was issued by the country’s British ambassador, who also accused Britain of worsening the conflict by providing Kyiv with weaponry.
The UK has already deployed hundreds of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has decided to send more following a summit of the country’s military contributors.
“All arms deliveries, notably those highlighted by Wallace, are destabilising,” warned Russian envoy Andrey Kelin, according to Russian news agency TASS.
“They aggravate the issue, making it bloodier.” Those appear to be new, high-precision weaponry. It’s time.
“Naturally, if such supplies cross the Ukrainian border, our military forces will regard them as a lawful target.”
Mr Wallace held a gathering of 35 nations assisting Ukraine, and he stated that “more lethal aid” will be sent to the country.
He stated that Ukraine will receive longer-range artillery, and that the nations have also agreed to send anti-ship missiles.
However, the ambassador stated that “bad judgments of this sort are quite harmful, because they seek to feed the conflict.”
“They show a determination to cause us as much pain as possible,” he continued.
He went on to say that giving additional weapons will just help to reinforce the notion that “there is no need for discussions at this time.”
“This is the ostrich attitude, burying your head in the sand in a frenzy of impotence and blind wrath,” he explained.
The moment the Mi-28N is hit by the Starstreak in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine is captured on film.
The Starstreak is the fastest surface-to-air missile in the world, capable of travelling at three times the speed of sound.
According to Ministry of Defence officials, this is the first time the missile has been deployed to destroy a Russian airliner.
The helicopter can be seen in the footage skimming the treetops before being struck in the tail by the Starstreak.
The missile can be seen rising off through the treetops, heading for its target.
The moment the Mi-28N gets struck by a Starstreak in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk area is recorded on film.
The Starstreak is the world’s fastest surface-to-air missile, capable of travelling three times the speed of sound.
According to sources from the Ministry of Defence, this is the first time the missile has been used to kill a Russian aeroplane.
In the video, the helicopter can be seen skimming the trees before being hit in the tail by the Starstreak.
The missile can be seen climbing over the treetops on its way to its target.
On March 9, Britain declared that it will be supplying the Ukrainians with high-velocity portable missiles.
The Belfast-made missiles may be shoulder-mounted or connected to a vehicle, and each missile separates into three darts to breach armour before detonating warheads.
The Starstreak anti-aircraft missile is not a “fire and forget” device like other anti-aircraft missiles.
An operator on the ground guides the darts to their targets, making it impossible for the opponent to install countermeasures.
Ukrainian forces have been training with the top Starstreak operators from the United Kingdom at a secret site in a neighbouring nation.
The intense training was designed to prepare them to use the missiles in warfare over the period of two to three weeks.
Mr Wallace had stated that the Starstreak system will be operational soon.
Britain just announced that it will send additional 6,000 anti-tank missiles and explosive weaponry to Ukraine in order to “keep the torch of freedom alive.”
Boris Johnson has pledged to provide more defensive lethal help to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s military, including NLAW tank busters.
The new consignment of firearms brings Britain’s total given to Ukraine to 10,000, only days after Ukraine warned that supplies were running low.
The United Kingdom has previously sent 4,000 anti-tank artillery pieces, including Next-Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons Systems, or NLAWs, and Javelin missiles.