Ukraine has got rid of some of the limitations on the range of missiles and plans to develop high-precision missile weapons. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting of the National Development Council, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"We are no longer bound by any limitations either on the range of our missiles or on their power - let the enemy know about it, too. We need high-precision missiles and we no longer intend to repeat the mistakes of the Budapest Memorandum," he said.
Poroshenko stressed that high-precision missiles of increased range "will make the aggressor more restrained, and make the defense safer."
He recalled that Russia suspended participation in the INF Treaty, and the United States withdrew from it.
"We also lost certain restrictions and obligations that we were adhered to earlier," he concluded.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that Ukraine reserves the right to create missile systems to ensure its defense capability. The martial law in the country was canceled last July.
In 2019, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will conduct four military exercises with combat shooting from the Buk-M1, S-125, and S-300P / PT / V1 anti-aircraft missile systems. It is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
"The divisions will be called up to the area of combat training tasks suddenly, with standard armament and military equipment. Of course, the situation will look more than realistic. And that is the main task, "said the head of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force Command Colonel Yuriy Stavsky.
The first combat shooting of anti-aircraft missile systems will take place as early as this month at the Yahorlyk training ground in the Kherson region near the occupied Crimea.
In addition, anti-aircraft missile specialists will take part in the testing of new missile weapons and will carry out research launches of anti-aircraft guided missiles as part of research projects.