May 26, 2023 07:32 UTC
  • Ukraine shouldn't use US weaponry inside Russia: US general

Washington has said Kiev should not use US arms inside Russia following accusations that pro-Ukraine militia used American armored vehicles.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said on Thursday his office was looking into images purportedly showing the vehicles used in an attack in the Russian border region of Belgorod.

"I can't say with definitive accuracy right this minute to you whether that - and I saw the same video - whether that's US-supplied equipment or not, what was the nature of the attack, who did what to whom," Milley told a press conference at the Pentagon.

"I can't say that with definitiveness right this minute, but I can say that we have asked the Ukrainians not to use US-supplied equipment for direct attacks into Russia,” he added.

Milley claimed restrictions on US support to Ukraine following Russia's February 2022 special operation was aimed at ensuring Kiev’s self-defense against Russian forces inside Ukraine.

"Why is that? Because we don't want - this is a Ukrainian war. It is not a war between the United States and Russia. It's not a war between NATO and Russia," Milley said.

Moscow has already condemned the use of US-made military hardware in the region.

"It is no secret for us that more and more equipment is being delivered to Ukraine's armed forces," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the use of US-made hardware.

Milley also said Kiev is unlikely to force out all Russian troops anytime soon.

He said that there are hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, which will make it difficult for Kiev to recapture all of its territories.