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April 28, 2022

Russia uses Kalibr missiles to destroy arms depot in Ukraine

The depot reportedly stored weaponry supplied by Western countries.

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Russia has used Kalibr missiles to destroy an arms depot in Ukraine, Reuters reported, citing the Russian defence ministry.

The depot is located in the Zaporizhzhia region and was said to contain weaponry supplied by Western countries.

The ministry said that Russian forces destroyed hangers housing ‘a large batch of foreign weapons and ammunition’ supplied to Ukraine by the US and other European countries.

The ministry did not specify the types of weapons that were stored in the hangers. Reuters could not independently verify the missile strikes.

This comes after Russia warned the US and other countries that delivering military aid to Ukraine will escalate the ongoing conflict.

Since Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, the Western countries have been supplying Ukraine with essential military aid. This has included the delivery of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, drones, ammunition, and other types of armaments.

Last week, the US approved an $800m defensive aid package for the embattled country. This included howitzers, tactical vehicles, drones and other equipment, and spare parts.

US Pentagon press secretary John F Kirby said that the weapons delivered to Ukraine are having an impact on the battlefields and are helping the forces to fend off Russian aggression.

He added that more than half of the US howitzers are currently in Ukraine.

The first group of Ukrainian troops were already trained to operate the system. These soldiers will go back to Ukraine and train other troops.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the UK will ship additional military aid.

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