KIEV – Ukraine will “crush” Russia not through the strength of its military personnel, but through its “powerful” high-quality weapons, said Pavel Bukin, head of the Ukrainian military consortium Ukroboronprom.
Responding to the question made by journalist Aleksandr Podobry on whether the country has “powerful weapons” never before seen or used, Bukin replied affirmatively and said that “Ukraine is testing a cruise missile.” However, he did not reveal any details about the new missile.
According to the head of Ukroboronprom, the consortium is trying to “pay attention to projects that cause the most damage to the enemy in the short term.”
“It would be illusory to think that we can crush Russia through the military, so we will crush it through the quality of weaponry,” he said.
In April the Ukrainian construction company Luch presented the first images of the launch of the Ukrainian missile Olkha reaching its target. Russian experts have stated that the Olkha is a variant of the missile for the multiple Smerch rocket launcher still developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
Meanwhile the Ukrainian political party UKROP (Ukrainian Patriots Association) prepared and sent to the government proposals on “the rejection of Russian aggression” in the Sea of Azov.
MPs called on the government to submit to Poroshenko a proposal to sever diplomatic relations with Russia. According to them, economic and cultural ties with Moscow provoke “aggressive” actions towards Ukraine.
The statement notes that the construction of the Crimea Bridge has hampered the work of the Ukrainian ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol and may lead to its closure.
“The impression is made that the Ukrainian authorities do not perceive the threat to the situation in the Sea of Azov region,” said the MPs.
The party also called on diplomats to propose to the UN Security Council the discussion of Russia’s “aggressive policy in the Azov Sea” and the introduction of sanctions against all Russian ports on the Azov and Black Seas.
In addition, the deputies proposed to the government to protect the waters of the Sea of Azov and the Straits of Kerch and carry out their maritime patrolling.