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WORLD: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Warns Western Countries Against Sending Long-Range Weapons To Kyiv As UK, US Promise To Send

Russia will expand the list of targets it will attack in Ukraine if Western countries send long-range weapons to Kyiv, President Vladimir Putin says.

The warning came as explosions shook parts of Kyiv on Sunday in the first air strikes on the capital for weeks.

Russia says it hit tanks supplied by European countries. Ukraine says it was a railway repair plant.

In another development, a Russian general was killed in fighting in the Donbas region.

Russia refocused its military efforts on the Donbas at the end of March after pulling back from the Kyiv region.

As Russia makes slow but steady progress on the ground there – hundreds of kilometres to the east – several countries have pledged to send advanced weapons to Kyiv.

Most recently, the US announced it was sending the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), which fires precision-guided rockets that can hit targets up to 70km (45 miles) away – far further than the artillery Ukraine currently possesses.

White House officials say they agreed to provide the rockets only after gaining assurances from President Volodymyr Zelensky that they would not be used to attack targets inside Russia.

The package also includes helicopters, anti-tank weapons, tactical vehicles and spare parts.

Germany also promised to send its most modern air defence system – the Iris-T – to enable Ukraine to shield an entire city from Russian air attacks.

//BBC

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