Western long-range missiles to Ukraine will fuel ‘tension’: Kremlin warns

US long-range missiles

The Kremlin has said that any supply of long-range missiles to Kyiv by France and Germany would lead to a further round of “spiralling tension” in the Ukraine conflict.

Britain last month became the first country to supply Ukraine with long-range cruise missiles.

Ukraine has asked Germany for Taurus cruise missiles, which have a range of 500 km , while President Emmanuel Macron has said France will give Ukraine missiles with a range allowing it to carry out its long-anticipated counteroffensive.

“We are already starting to see discussions about deliveries from France and Germany of missiles with a range of 500 km or more,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a reporter from the Rossiya-1 TV channel.

“This is a completely different weapon which will lead to, let’s say, another round of spiralling tension,” he said.

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Belgorod region shelled overnight

The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces shelled a market area in the town of Shebekino, about 7 km (4 miles) from the border with Ukraine, but that no one was injured.

He said the shelling had caused fires to break out near the town’s market, a private area and a grain depot.

“Emergency services are on the scene,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

He advised locals to evacuate temporarily.

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