Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine threatens to carry out long-range attacks on Russia. Photo/REUTERS
KYIV – Ukraine, explicitly, threatened to carry out a long-range strike on Russia. Kyiv claims to have produced its own long-range missiles.
“The President of Ukraine’s missile program is in action. “The trial was successful, the implementation was effective,” said Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov in a 20-second video on social media X.
The video also shows what appears to be a missile being launched at night. “Sevastopol is waiting, Kamchatka is waiting, Kronstadt is waiting…” Danilov continued, as quoted by Russia Today, Friday (1/9/2023).
Danilov’s comments sound like a threat to a Russian naval base or even a peninsula in the Far East. It is also a misquoted lyric from a popular song by Lyube, who is said to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite band.
Danilov’s comments came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that his country was producing long-range weapons domestically.
“Our use of long-range weapons was successful: the target was hit at 700 kilometers!” Zelensky said on Telegram, referring to an exercise conducted by the Ministry of Strategic Industries.
Zelensky did not specify what type of weapon was used, or what the target was.
Some Ukrainian media have linked Danilov’s comments about the missile program to Zelensky’s claims about long-range weapons.
Zelensky’s “700 kilometers” probably also refers to Pskov, a city in northwestern Russia that is far from the Ukrainian border, but only 30 km from the NATO member; Estonia.