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Ukraine's growing arsenal capable of targeting strategic sites in Russia — Danilov

Oleksiy Danilov
Oleksiy Danilov

The arsenal of Ukrainian weapons capable of reaching strategic targets deep inside Russia, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, is growing month by month, said National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov in a comment to Ukrainian Radio on Feb. 2.

"The reach of these weapons, these destructive capabilities, extends to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and other Russian territories — they are already in the sights of our domestic weaponry,” Danilov said.

“These means of destruction will lead us to victory."

Ukrainian enterprises producing such weapons are "located deep and far away," he said.

Ukraine has successfully entered into joint production ventures with international partners, broadening the scope of production beyond its borders, Danilov said.

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"We already have successful examples achieved in collaboration with our partners," he said.

Ukraine and the Czech Republic will start joint production of weapons and ammunition.

Ukraine is forming a Defense Industries Alliance, open to arms and military equipment manufacturers from around the world, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced at the first International Defense Industries Forum held in Kyiv.

Ukraine has agreed on joint production of weapons with the United States. The production of Swedish CV-90 IFVs (infantry fighting vehicles) and NATO standard ASCOD IVFs is also expected to launch.

Germany has granted Rheinmetall permission to establish a joint defense enterprise with Ukraine in 2023.

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U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Jan. 4 that the United States would continue to support Ukraine “as long as it takes,” but “that does not mean that we are going to continue to support them at the same level of military funding that we did in 2022 and 2023.”

Ukraine is ramping up production of drones and ammunition, including long-range drones, and developing new weapons, Zelenskyy said on Jan. 30.

Lindy Smith, a member Ukroboronprom Supervisory Board, and the President and CEO of the Arizona Defense Industry Coalition (AZDIC), said in an interview with Radio NV on Feb. 3 that in the long term, Ukraine plans not only to produce weapons to win the war, but also to build a large economic power for arms production in the future.

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