Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine
Ukraine’s top national security official, Oleksiy Danilov, also hinted at his country’s ability to strike at Russia on its own territory, beyond occupied Ukraine, in his interview with CNN.
Regarding Russian territory, no one forbids us to destroy targets with weapons produced in Ukraine. Do we have such weapons? Yes, we do,” Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said Monday.
Western nations prevented Ukraine from striking Russian territory with weapons supplied by the West. Although there were regular unexplained explosions at strategic sites in Russia during the war, Ukraine never publicly acknowledged responsibility for these strikes.
Major General Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Agency, last month predicted “deeper and deeper” attacks inside Russia, far from the front lines, without acknowledging the role from Ukraine.
Budanov told ABC News in January that he was “very happy to see” attacks inside Russia, but was unable to “give you [an] respond” until after the war to find out if Ukraine played a role in these strikes.
“Do you think there will be more?” the reporter asked Budanov. “I think so,” he replied.
“Inside Russia? Deep in Russia? asked the reporter. “Deeper and deeper,” he said.