Russian separatists say they have been hit UK's Storm Shadow missiles
British Storm Shadow missiles ‘go into action’: Russian separatists in Ukraine say they have been hit by first of the deadly 600mph cruise weapons given to Zelensky by UK
- The alleged Storm Shadow strikes hit the Russian-occupied eastern territories
- This would be the first time Ukraine’s military have used the UK’s cruise missiles
Russian separatists in occupied Ukraine said they have been struck by the first of the UK’s deadly Storm Shadow cruise missiles.
Ukraine’s forces have reportedly used two of the UK-supplied Shadow Storm cruise missiles in an attack on its occupied eastern territories, the Kremlin-backed Luhansk People’s Republic said.
This would be the first time that Ukraine’s military has used the British long-range cruise missiles, which UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace earlier this week confirmed to the House of Commons would be supplied to Kyiv.
One strike reportedly hit a building plant used as a supply point and repair base by Russian armed forces. A second was said to have hit a former government building now used as a Russian barracks. There were casualties, reports said.
A fanatical pro-Putin politician was said to be wounded in the strike. Footage showed him bloodied as he was led in shock from the ruins.
Ukraine’s forces have reportedly used two of the UK-supplied Shadow Storm cruise missiles in an attack on its occupied eastern territory in Luhansk
Russian State Duma MP Viktor Vodolatsky, 65, was reportedly injured by the Storm Shadow attack in Luhansk
This would be the first time that Ukraine’s military have used the British Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles
The Russian separatist Luhansk People’s Republic said in a statement released on their Telegram channel: ‘According to updated information, on May 12, 2023, during a missile attack on the city of Lugansk the Ukrainian armed forces used two Storm Shadow cruise missiles (produced by the UK and France) and one ADM-160B MALD missile (produced by the US).’
The Ukraine military has not yet confirmed if they conducted strikes using the Storm Shadow missiles.
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The missiles, jointly developed by the UK and France, has a firing range of more than 155 miles (250km) which means Kyiv would be able to strike deep into Russian-held territory in eastern Ukraine where the fiercest battles are ongoing.
One alleged Storm Shadow missile hit the former academy of the internal affairs ministry in Luhansk yesterday, now used as a barracks, reports said.
The second target in the strike was the former Polipak Machine Building Plant 100, reportedly used as a supply point and repair base by the Russian armed forces.
Smoke was seen pouring from a ruined building.
The head of the annexed Luhansk People’s Republic [LPR], Putin-appointee Leonid Pasechnik, reported that six children were injured.
The supply of the Storm Shadow missiles by Britain was announced this week by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, and welcomed by Ukraine.
The missiles, which cost about £2.2million, will allow Ukraine to hit Russian troops and logistics hubs deep behind the front line in a major blow to Vladimir Putin.
Britain had received assurances from the Ukrainian government that these missiles would be used only within Ukrainian sovereign territory and not inside Russia, multiple senior Western officials said.
Ukraine has been asking for months for long-range missiles, but support provided by Britain and other allies such as the United States has previously been limited to shorter range weapons.
Following reports of the missile deal, Russia threatened Britain, saying it would require ‘an adequate response from our military’.
A view shows an industrial building destroyed by a Ukrainian missile strike in Luhansk, May 12
Ukrainian armed forces reportedly deployed British-supplied long range Storm Shadow missiles in Luhansk yesterday
Smoke was seen pouring from a ruined building after Ukrainian armed forces reportedly deployed British-supplied long range Storm Shadow missiles in Luhansk yesterday
A view shows an industrial building destroyed, according to Russian-installed officials, by a Ukrainian missile strike in Luhansk
Russian State Duma MP Viktor Vodolatsky, 65, was reportedly injured by one of the strikes
In footage of one of the attacks, bloodied politician Viktor Vodolatsky, 65, was seen being led in shock from the ruins of a building after the hit in occupied Luhansk
Vodolatsky, a fanatical pro-Putin politician was wounded in the strike as footage showed him bloodied as he was wounded and led in shock from the ruins
In footage of one of the attacks, bloodied politician Viktor Vodolatsky, 65, was seen being led in shock from the ruins of a building after the hit in occupied Luhansk.
Close Putin ally Vodolatsky is a member of the main pro-Kremlin political party, United Russia.
The Storm Shadow, also known as SCALP, is an air-to-ground missile that can hit fixed or stationary targets.
Length: 16ft 9in
Range: 350 miles
He appeared to have suffered minor facial wounds.
Last month Ukraine accused him of ‘spreading the occupation regime’ in Luhansk on Kremlin orders.
The Ukrainian SBU secret service said he had been ‘publicly supporting Russian aggression since the beginning of the full-scale invasion’.
He organised United Russia membership for ‘local collaborators’ and urged separatists to unify their laws with those of Russia, having arrived in Luhansk on the day Putin launched his war in February 2022.
He set up ‘humanitarian centres’ in Luhansk.
The SBU said: ‘The main purpose of these enemy cells is to spread the Kremlin regime under the guise of distributing ‘humanitarian aid’ from the aggressor country among local residents.’
Vodolatsky is seen in a photograph with Putin and ex-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.
The launch of the missiles was from the area of Kramatorsk, said LPR sources.
There was no initial verification of the LPR claim about UK and US missiles, nor on the ‘wounded children’.
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