Russia's number one task is to break trust between Ukraine and US, says Podolyak

Mykhailo Podolyak
Mykhailo Podolyak

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“Russia's number one task is to undermine trust between Ukraine and the U.S.,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Ukraine is waging a defensive war and doesn’t plan to use the provided (rocket systems) to attack targets on the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Podolyak said Ukraine’s U.S. partners are aware of where the provided equipment is being used.

“Any released information that says otherwise is Russian propaganda,” he said.

U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed on June 1 that a new package of U.S. military assistance to Ukraine would include HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems and rockets for them. The Pentagon's press service has said that the 11th aid package to Ukraine, worth $700 million, includes:

  •      HIMARS MLRS and ammunition;

  •      five counter-artillery radars;

  •      two air surveillance radars;

  •      1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 50 command launch units;

  •      6,000 anti-armor weapons;

  •      15,000 155 mm artillery rounds;

  •      four Mi-17 helicopters;

  •      15 tactical vehicles;

  •      spare parts and equipment.

Biden also stated that the United States would not send missile systems to Ukraine that could reach the territory of the aggressor country, Russia. Later, the State Department clarified that DC isn’t supplying long-range missiles "for use outside the battlefield in Ukraine.”

When U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, announced the 11th aid package, he said that Ukraine had assured its U.S. partners that it will not use U.S. weapons to attack Russian territory.