With the ability to strike far into Crimea and target crucial Russian supplies, the UK’s decision to provide Ukraine with long-range Storm Shadow missiles might completely alter the situation.
The UK’s decision to supply Ukraine with the long-range Storm Shadow missile has the potential to be a game changer in the conflict with Russia, according to a top British officer. The missile’s ability to target crucial logistical sites for Russia could significantly impact their operations. However, there are still unanswered questions regarding any restrictions on Ukraine’s use of the weapon, the quantity being sent, and the platforms for delivery. The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed the provision of Storm Shadow missiles on May 11, with Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stating that they are already in the country. With a range of 155 miles, the Storm Shadow missile fills a capability gap for Ukraine, allowing them to strike Russian command posts deep inside Crimea. Rear Admiral Tim Woods, who has first-hand experience in the Ukraine conflict, emphasized the importance of this extended range in undermining Russian forces and their supply chains. The decision to provide advanced weapons to Ukraine was driven by Russia’s continued attacks on non-military targets, and both Wallace and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had warned of such consequences. Wallace described the decision as a response to Russia’s escalations and expressed the hope that Russia would end the war. The UK embassy in Moscow had informed Russia of its intention to supply Ukraine with the missiles, making it clear that the war could be halted by Russia at any time.