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Washington “does not encourage” Ukraine to carry out strikes in Russia

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The United States confirmed on Tuesday that it was “not encouraging” Ukraine to carry out strikes in Russia after attacks on Russian military bases were widely believed to have been carried out by Kyiv.

“We did not encourage or enable the Ukrainians to carry out strikes inside Russia,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told reporters.

He continued, “But what is important is to understand what Ukrainians suffer daily as a result of the continuous Russian aggression,” accusing Russia of “using winter as a weapon” by launching attacks on civilian infrastructure.

Blinken emphasized that the US administration: “is keen to have in their hands the equipment they need to defend themselves, their land and their freedom,” in reference to the Ukrainians.

Experts believe that Ukraine penetrated Russian airspace with Soviet-era drones and not with billions of dollars in military equipment provided by Western powers to enable it to confront the Russian invasion that began on February 24.

Earlier, US State Department spokesman Ned Price, in response to a question about the attacks by marches, did not attribute these strikes to Ukraine, which did not claim responsibility for them.

And Russia announced that three people were killed and two aircraft were damaged in attacks launched on Monday on three bases in the Russian hinterland.

“We provide Ukraine with what it needs to use on its sovereign territory, on Ukrainian soil, to confront Russian aggressors,” Price said.

Price did not want to comment on a report by the Wall Street Journal, which indicated that the United States had modified the HIMARS missile systems that it supplied to Ukraine, which are believed to have turned the balance on the battlefield, preventing Russia from being targeted with it.

US President Joe Biden stresses that he does not support providing Ukraine with long-range missile capabilities for fear of an escalation that could involve the United States in a direct confrontation with Russia.