Anatoli Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, has strongly condemned the delivery of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine.
According to reports from Tagesschau, Russia has warned the U.S. of consequences following the delivery of these long-range missiles.
"The consequences of this step, which has been deliberately kept from the public, will be very serious," Antonov stated, as quoted by several Russian agencies.
Just a day prior, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the use of these missiles against Russian forces.
"A special thank you goes out to the United States today. Our agreements with President Biden are being implemented," said Zelensky, according to Tagesschau.
He also mentioned that the missiles have already proven effective, though he did not specify the location of their deployment. The Ukrainian military, however, reported that nine Russian helicopters were destroyed in nighttime attacks on two airports.
First use of ATACMS
Before Zelensky's official confirmation, media reports suggested that Ukraine had fired ATACMS missiles into Russian-occupied territory for the first time.
The missiles were part of a broader strategy that included nighttime attacks on two airports, resulting in the destruction of several Russian helicopters.
The delivery and subsequent use of these missiles have escalated tensions between Russia and the United States, with Russia warning of "serious consequences." The situation remains volatile as both nations navigate this complex geopolitical landscape.