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Himars Strike Destroys Air Defences Inside Russia As Kremlin Warns Of ‘fatal Consequences’

Aftermath of a Ukrainian Himars strike on a Russian air defence system in Belgorod Ukrainian troops used US-supplied Himars missiles to destroy an advanced air defence system inside Russia, as the Kremlin warned Washington it could suffer “fatal consequences” for backing the cross-border attacks.

Several missiles are understood to have hit an air defence installation in Belgorod, Russia that was equipped with S-300/400 surface-to-air missiles.

Photos of the aftermath of the attack appeared to show fires raging from destroyed vehicles, with smoke billowing into the air. It is understood that the strike occurred on Sunday.

Earlier, Sergei Ryabkov, Moscow’s deputy foreign minister, said that the US would face “fatal consequences” if it allowed Ukraine to use American weapons for attacks inside Russia.

The US has so far allowed Kyiv to hit targets within Russia only if they pose an immediate threat to Ukrainian forces. Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has since requested permission to use US munitions for long range strikes.

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