According to Podolyak, this news has sent the Russians “into a fit.” He said this reaction and Russian demands to have sanctions lifted confirm these measures are effective.
“Such squealing can be heard across the Russian swamp: ‘Oh no, don’t give them long-range missiles, don’t give them standoff weapons!’” said Podolyak.
“What does this mean? It means that Russia can fight only against unarmed civilians, and gets skittish if the opponent gets comparable weapons.”
Earlier, U.S. media reported that Washington would soon announce the decision to send MLRS and other similar artillery systems to Ukraine.
According to U.S. newspaper the New York Times, the decision has already been made, and the announcement will probably come next week. The new security assistance package is likely to include the M31 GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) – a high-precision rocket artillery system with a range of 65 kilometers.
On May 21, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is in urgent need of MLRS artillery, and urged Kyiv’s Western partners to answer the call.