The pumping of Ukraine with long-range weapons systems by the Western allies may lead to the expansion of the geographical tasks of the Russian special operation to protect the Donbass, Alexander Darchiev, director of the North American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Saturday, August 13.
“Pumping Ukraine with more long-range weapons systems will lead to the fact that the geographical objectives of the special operation will be pushed back even further. Russia cannot allow the remaining Ukrainian territory to contain weapons that pose a direct threat to our country, the DPR, LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics – Ed.) and the liberated areas, ”he said in an interview with TASS.
Darchiev added that billions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine did not significantly affect the course of the special operation.
“Its goals and objectives will be realized. But the risks to the security of the world community associated with the spread of weapons transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the black and gray arms markets are quite real, ”he warned.
The diplomat stressed that the ongoing pumping of nationalist formations with American and NATO weapons, which are widely used against the civilian population, “prolongs the agony of the regime in Kyiv, prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims.”
As Darchiev said earlier, the influence of the United States on official Kyiv has reached such proportions that Washington is increasingly becoming a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the Donbass. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also drew attention to this, noting that Western countries would not allow Kyiv to find a diplomatic way out of the conflict with Russia. The Americans will decide for themselves whether they have “sowed enough chaos,” Gazeta.Ru recalled.
On August 10, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the United States and other Western countries intend to provide Ukraine with as much equipment and technology as needed.
A day earlier, it became known that the United States plans to allocate about $89 million to Ukraine for mine clearance. The funds will be used to train 100 teams of Ukrainian sappers, as well as to purchase the necessary equipment, including metal detectors, personal protective equipment and special vehicles.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken noted on August 8 that Washington believes that the situation in Ukraine can be resolved through diplomatic methods of influence.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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