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Ukraine deploys US-supplied ATACMS missiles for first time, Zelenskiy says | Ukraine

Ukraine’s military has used US-provided long-range ATACMS missiles for the first time, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who said they were deployed on the battlefield against Russia and “executed very accurately”. “Today, special thanks to the United States. Our agreements with President Biden are being implemented,” Zelenskiy said, adding that the missiles “have proven themselves”. The White House also confirmed the delivery of the missiles. “We believe these ATACMS will provide a significant boost to Ukraine’s battlefield capabilities without risking our [US] military readiness,” said a National Security Council spokesperson, Adrienne Watson. Several US media outlets reported that Ukraine had used the ATACMS missiles in an overnight attack on Tuesday on two airbases in Russian-held territory. Without mentioning the US missiles, Ukrainian special forces said they had carried out an overnight operation named “Dragonfly” striking a military airfield in Berdiansk and another one in the Luhansk region and resulting in “significant losses” on the Russian side. In the statement, Ukraine said it had successfully destroyed nine Russian military helicopters, an anti-aircraft missile system and an …