Russia Threatens to Target Western Arms Supplies to Ukraine

Seventeen days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has issued a chilling threat: its troops may begin targeting convoys and supplies of Western weapons entering Ukraine.

 

Sergei Ryabkov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said on state television “We warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from several countries is not just a dangerous move, it is a move that turns these convoys into legitimate targets.”

 

Moscow had warned “about the consequences of the thoughtless transfer to Ukraine of weapons like man-portable air defense systems, anti-tank missile systems and so on,” he states.

 

Minister Ryabkov continued, saying that the U.S has not taken Russia’s warnings seriously, and added that Moscow and Washington were not involved in any “negotiation processes” concerning Ukraine.

 

Ukrainian President Zelensky continues to urge Western countries to provide more military support to the conflict, stating that Russia will not stop at Ukraine’s borders if it seizes full control of the nation.

 

The request for further armament from the West comes as shelling and violence ramp up on Saturday. Kyiv is preparing for a major assault from the Russian convoy, as the number of Ukrainians having fled their country exceeds 2.5 million.

 

Despite the threats from Moscow, NATO and the United States continue to funnel a significant number of weapons into Ukraine, including powerful and fully portable air defense systems.

 

Germany, earlier in the invasion, had agreed to supply Ukraine with 500 Stinger missiles and 1,000 anti-tank weapons. Combined with weapons from other Western powers including 2,000 anti-tank M72s from Norway, this arsenal of weaponry has allowed Ukraine to fight far more efficiently than anticipated, surprising even US Intelligence.

 

The United States has, as of Saturday, just approved another $200m to support Ukraine, though this news comes on March 12, as Russia begins to surround Kyiv with significant vehicles and artillery.

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