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The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed yesterday that it had shot down a US long-range GLSDB missile for the first time, in the first confirmation of the delivery of these weapons to Ukraine.
“The anti-aircraft defense shot down 18 HIMARS missiles and a GLSDB guided missile,” the ministry said in a statement about these missiles, which have a range of up to 150 kilometers, and the United States promised to deliver them to Kiev in early February.
And Russian news agencies reported that this is the first time that the Ministry of Defense has announced the interception of the GLSDB bomb, that is, the small diameter bomb launched from the ground, which is called the “smart bomb”, since it was sent by the United States. To Ukraine earlier this year.
In the context, Ukraine received the first heavy tanks from Britain and Germany. These Challenger and Leopard combat tanks, which were promised to Kiev at the beginning of the year, come just in time for the spring offensive that the Ukrainian forces are planning to launch. In a message posted on Facebook, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov announced that “British Challenger, American Stryker, Cougar and German Marder tanks have joined the Ukrainian units.”
He also published a picture of these mechanisms, without specifying the date when Kiev received these tanks. A spokeswoman for the Ukrainian ministry, Irina Zolotar, confirmed that the Challenger tanks “are now in Ukraine,” without specifying their number. For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Berlin had delivered “very advanced” Leopard combat tanks to Kiev, while the Ministry of Defense later clarified that there were 18 of them.
“Our tanks arrived, as promised and on time, to our Ukrainian friends,” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said in a statement. I am confident that she can make the difference on the ground.”
Sea of Japan
Meanwhile, the Russian Navy tested anti-ship missiles on a mock target in the Sea of Japan, according to what the Russian Defense Ministry announced yesterday. “In the waters of the Sea of Japan, ships of the Pacific Fleet fired Mosquito cruise missiles at an imaginary enemy sea target,” it explained. It indicated that two ships participated in these exercises.
The ministry added that “the target located at a distance of about 100 kilometers was successfully hit directly by two Mosquito cruise missiles,” noting that its Naval Air Force supervised “the security of the combat exercises.”
For his part, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi denounced “the increasing activities of the Russian army in the Far East, including areas close to Japan.”
He said: Tokyo will remain vigilant about Moscow’s military operations, adding that no damage was recorded after the missile launches.