The United States said on Tuesday it “discourages” Ukraine from attacking Russia after drone strikes on bases it considers carried out by Kiev.
“We do not allow Ukraine to attack beyond its borders; we do not encourage Ukraine to attack beyond its borders,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
“All we are doing – all the world is doing to support Ukraine – is supporting Ukraine’s independence,” he said.
He stopped short of attributing the drone strikes to Ukraine, which has not yet claimed responsibility. Russia said three people were killed and two planes damaged in Monday’s attacks on three bases deep inside its territory.
Experts believe that Ukraine has infiltrated Russian airspace with simple Soviet-era drones rather than any of the billions of dollars in military assistance provided by Western powers since the 24 February invasion of Moscow.
“We are giving Ukraine what they need to use on their sovereign territory – on Ukrainian soil – against Russian aggressors,” Price said.
Price also declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that the United States altered HIMARS sent to Ukraine – a missile system seen as a game-changer on the battlefield – to prevent firing. Russia.
President Joe Biden has publicly said he does not support long-range missile capability for Ukraine, fearing the escalation would pit the United States against Russia more directly.
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