Ukraine will use anti-ship missiles if the Russian occupants attempt an offensive from the Black Sea, Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny said.
"The AFU is monitoring the actions of the enemy in the Black Sea. Russian ships do not dare to approach Ukrainian shores and are at a considerable distance. However, we will use our anti-ship missiles if the enemy tries to attack," Zaluzhnyy said during a joint meeting with Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridgette Brink.
According to the Defense Ministry website, Reznikov and Zaluzhny emphasized that thanks to their partners' help, the Ukrainian military can monitor preparations for launching and launching Russian missiles to strike Ukraine and stressed that Russian missile systems installed on ships also pose a danger to Ukrainians.
Zaluzhny briefed Brink on the security situation in the context of repelling Russian armed aggression and assured her of the reliability of the capital's defense.
"The potential line of collision reaches more than two thousand kilometers. Currently, intense fighting continues in eastern Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In February and March, fighting took place near Kiev. However, we managed to organize a reliable defense of the capital and drive the enemy troops out. Now we are strengthening the defense. Appropriate groups of troops are created to protect the city. So it is impossible to transfer combat operations to Kiev. Today the greatest danger for us is missile attacks. However we are struggling. We shoot down a considerable number of enemy missiles," stressed Zaluzhny.
Participants of the meeting discussed systems of accounting and transparency of military aid: excluded any leakage or uncontrolled use of weapons. In addition, they touched on launching systems to develop logistical accounting programs together with Ukraine's partners.
Reznikov thanked Brink and the American people for strengthening Ukraine's defense capabilities, noting the effectiveness of Ukrainian warriors' use of HIMARS systems on Russian occupier fortifications.
"Once again, thank you to our friends and partners from the United States for these high-precision weapons. The effectiveness of HIMARS and other 155mm artillery on the battlefield is impressive. Our artillerymen shoot accurately and destroy enemy weapons depots, armored vehicles, firing points and aggressor command posts. Thanks to the help of the U.S. and other countries, Ukrainians are stopping Russian killers and defending their native land and other peoples of Europe," Reznikov said.
In turn, Brink noted that she has a special respect for Ukrainian soldiers and believes that further support for the AFU will yield maximum results.
"We are doing everything possible for Ukraine and its defenders. We are here to work, make our plans and strengthen Ukraine," the ambassador said.