US to supply Ukraine with new precision bombs as Zelensky says he is ‘ready’ to crush Putin | World | News

As Vladimir Putin’s onslaught continues, Kiev faces an increasing need for more advanced weaponry.

But Boeing’s proposed system, dubbed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is one of about six plans to get new munitions into production for Ukraine and America’s Eastern European allies.

The Pentagon believes GSDB could be delivered as early as spring 2023, according to a leaked document.

Experts say the new system combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) with the M26 rocket engine, both of which are common in US inventories.

According to the document, the Boeing proposal would see the weapon produced with small, folding wings that would allow it to glide more than 100 km if dropped from an aircraft and hitting targets as small as 3 feet in diameter.

While the US has rejected requests for an Atacms missile with a range of 300 km, the GLSDB’s 150 km range would allow Ukraine to hit valuable military targets hitherto out of range.

It would also help it continue its counterattacks by disrupting the Russian rear areas.

And the news about a possible imminent shipment to Ukraine couldn’t have come at a better time.

Because while millions of people shuddered with no power and falling snow, President Volodymr Zelensky yesterday warned Ukrainians to brace themselves for yet another wave of new rocket attacks from Russia.

With the energy crisis deepening and temperatures set to remain at or below zero all week, Zelensky has issued a sharp alarm if further impending attacks

In a televised address to the nation, he warned that intelligence agencies were suggesting that Vladimir Putin would soon launch a series of new missile strikes against his country.

And he again called on his armed forces and civilians to prepare for the attack.

The president said: “We understand that terrorists are preparing new attacks. We’re sure. And as long as they have missiles, unfortunately they will not stop.”

Recent targeted missile strikes have devastated Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, meaning millions are without power just as winter begins to bite.

The World Health Organization has reiterated that the United Nations fears millions could freeze to death this winter if nothing is done.

“The most important task today, as well as other days of this week, is energy,” Zelensky warned.

The president said the week ahead could be as difficult as last week, when attacks on power infrastructure exposed Ukrainians to the most acute power cuts since Russian forces invaded in February.

“Our forces are getting ready. The whole country is getting ready,” he said.

“We have worked out all scenarios, also with our partners.”

Sergey Kovalenko, chief operating officer of YASNO, which supplies energy to the capital Kyiv, said the situation in the city had improved but remained “quite difficult”.

Ukrainian authorities are working around the clock to try to restore electricity and water supplies across the country after recent bouts of Russian military strikes that have caused massive damage to infrastructure.

But Mr Zelensky admitted that while millions of people have had their power restored, millions more are still without heating amid frigid winter conditions.

And the cold weather is now gradually increasing energy needs as repair workers scramble to repair destroyed power plants, grid operator Ukrenergo said.

Electricity producers still cannot resume full power after last week’s missile strikes by Russia and must conserve energy by imposing blackouts, it said.

“The consumption restriction regime is still in place due to a capacity shortfall, which is currently around 20 percent,” a spokesman for Ukrenergo told Telegram.

Last week, Ukrenergo’s CEO described the damage to power plants as “colossal”.

Meanwhile, fierce fighting continued yesterday in the east, particularly in the Donetsk region, with Zelensky admitting that the situation on the frontline was “intense”.

“The hardest part is in the Donetsk region, as has been the case in recent weeks,” he said.

Elsewhere, residents of the southern city of Kherson have been forced to move north and west in icy conditions to safety after deadly bombings by Russian forces in recent days.

The attacks were seen as attempts at Russian retaliation after Ukrainian troops liberated the city two weeks ago after it had been in Russian hands for months.

Kherson regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said 17 percent of people now have power, while other districts will be connected in the coming days.

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