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Britain has yet to rule out giving Ukraine long-range Harpoon cruise missiles to target Russian launch sites

BRITAIN has yet to rule out giving Ukraine Harpoon cruise missiles — which can hit targets deeper inside Russia.

Hundreds of the weapons, due to be retired by the Royal Navy this year, are up for grabs.

The Harpoon missile is capable of hitting a target up to 80 miles away

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The Harpoon missile is capable of hitting a target up to 80 miles away
It is one of the most common anti-ship missiles in the West

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It is one of the most common anti-ship missiles in the West

The UK’s Harpoon cruise missiles have a maximum range of 240km – six times further than the most powerful GMLRS rockets supplied by Britain so far.

They could target launch sites Russia uses to hit Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Defence Minister Baroness Goldie said: “The UK has not ruled out the possibility of providing longer range weapons to counter Russia’s indiscriminate mass targeting of civilian infrastructure.”

She insisted UK weapons were used “in accordance with international humanitarian law”.

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Baroness Goldie added: “We liaise on a daily basis with the Ukrainian Government, and they are clear that equipment provided by the UK is intended for the defence of Ukraine.”

The UK has led the way with a promise of 14 Challenger 2 tanks on top of thousands of anti-tank, anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles.

A defence source said could donate Harpoons or buy in missiles from third countries.

Ex-PM Boris Johnson last night said the West should provide longer-range aircraft.

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