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Boris Johnson urges UK to supply Ukraine with longer-range weapons

Boris Johnson calls for the UK to supply Ukraine with longer-range weapons to take out ‘merciless’ Russian drones and missiles targeting civilian power network

  • Boris Johnson has made a call for the UK to give Ukraine longer-range weaponry
  • Former PM said Kiev’s forces need to be able to hit launch sites further away
  • Ben Wallace replied that he was ‘open-minded’ if Moscow keeps striking civilians

Boris Johnson today called for the UK to supply Ukraine with longer-range weapons to target Russian drones and missiles.

The former PM told the Commons it was not enough to tackle such strikes when they were in the air, and Kiev’s forces needed the capability to hit launch sites further away.

Sources close to Mr Johnson told MailOnline that he was referring to targets in Ukraine, rather than in Russia. 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace accused Vladimir Putin of breaking ‘all the rules of law and taking advantage of Ukraine’s short-range weapons to launch ‘Iranian kamikaze drones’.

Moscow has provoked worldwide fury with attacks on civilian infrastructure such as the power network, leaving millions of people struggling for heat and light.  

Moscow has provoked worldwide fury with attacks on civilian infrastructure such as the power network, leaving millions of people struggling for heat and light. Pictured, a shop in Odessa this month

Boris Johnson today called for the UK to supply Ukraine with longer-range weapons to target Russian drones and missiles

Mr Wallace said he was ‘open-minded’ about what to do next if Russia continues to hammer civilian areas. 

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Johnson said broadening the weapons given to Ukraine could help ‘bring the war to an end’.

‘The House will know that supplies of British, American and other Western equipment have been absolutely vital in helping our Ukrainian friends to protect themselves against continuing and merciless Russian attacks, and I thank him and the Government for all that they have done and continue to do,’ he told Mr Wallace.

‘Does he agree with me that we and our allies must help our Ukrainian friends not just to take out the drones and missiles, and that means supplying them with anti-aircraft systems and fixed-wing aircraft to help shoot them down, but also to take out the launch sites of those missiles and drones by supplying the Ukrainians with the use of longer-range missile systems such as ATACMS because that is the way truly to protect our Ukrainian friends and to bring the war to an end as soon as possible?’

Mr Wallace replied: ‘He’s absolutely right that the Russians are taking advantage of the short-range capability of the Ukrainian armed forces by using these Iranian kamikaze drones.

‘As we see against all the rules of law, including the Geneva Conventions, the mass targeting of civilian critical infrastructure is not only a war crime, but is a war crime that we must see does not go unpunished.’

Mr Wallace said he constantly reviews the ‘weapon systems we could provide’, adding: ‘Should the Russians continue to target civilian areas and try and break those Geneva Conventions, then I will be open-minded to seeing what we do next.’

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace accused Vladimir Putin of breaking ‘all the rules of law and taking advantage of Ukraine’s short-range weapons to launch ‘Iranian kamikaze drones’

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