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Kiev pledges not to use longer-range weapons against Russia, except new regions

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that the Ukrainian armed forces are requesting ammunition with a range of up to 300 kilometers

KIEV, February 3. /TASS/. Ukraine is ready to guarantee that it will not use the longer-range weapons it had requested from the West to attack the territory of Russia, with the exception of Russia’s new regions that Kiev still views as its territory, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov said.

The minister told a joint session of the country’s government and the European Commission in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev that the armed forces of Ukraine were requesting munitions with the range of up to 300 kilometers.

"Ukraine is ready to provide all sorts of guarantees that your weapons will not be used for attacking the Russian territory. We have enough targets in Ukraine’s temporarily occupied areas, and we are ready to coordinate targets with our partners," the Ukrinform news agency quoted Reznik as saying.

The United States is preparing another military aid package to the Kiev government worth $2.2 billion, which is expected to include longer-range weapons for the first time, Reuters reported on Tuesday citing two unnamed US officials. The weapon in question is the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB) with the range of 150 km. At the same time, Washington turned down Kiev’s request for MGM-140 ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles with the range of up to 300 kilometers.