In response to Defense Secretary Ben Wallace’s promise to send more weapons to Ukraine, including long-range missiles, a Russian ambassador warned that British equipment would be targeted
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Russia has accused Britain of escalating the war in Ukraine and said weapons it supplied are being targeted.
An official from the invading country issued the warning after the UK supplied Ukraine with Starstreak missiles.
A video has surfaced showing one of the high-tech munitions used to shoot down a Russian helicopter.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said more weapons are being sent to Kyiv to help Ukraine in its efforts to hold off Russia.
The pledge, made after a conference of the country’s military donors, was not met with enthusiasm by Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin.
Mr Kelin told the TASS news agency: “All arms shipments are destabilizing, particularly those mentioned by Wallace.
“They exacerbate the situation and make it even bloodier. Apparently these are new, high-precision weapons.
“Of course, if these supplies cross the Ukrainian border, our armed forces will consider them a legitimate target.”
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the UK has provided her with military aid, including anti-tank weapons and the Starstreak.
The latter is Britain’s most advanced manned man-portable missile system and hits targets with three kinetic darts.
A video showing the tail tearing off of a Mi-28N helicopter has been verified, the Times reported, with a Defense Ministry source saying it showed a starstreak in action in Ukraine.
The source also said that the anti-aircraft missile system has been deployed in Ukraine for almost a week.
Mr Wallace hosted a conference of 35 nations aiding Ukraine this week.
He said “more deadly aid” was going into the country. and that longer-range artillery would be deployed along with anti-ship missiles.
Mr Kelin warned against supplying more arms, saying that “wrong decisions of this nature are very dangerous because they tend to fuel the conflict”.
He added: “They reveal a desire to cause us as much harm as possible.
He further claimed that the delivery of more arms will serve to stoke the idea “that there is no need for negotiations at this point”.
“It’s the posture of an ostrich, an attempt to hide your head in the sand in a fit of powerlessness and blind rage.”
Kelin also sought to counter claims that Russia is being pushed back by Ukrainian forces, suggesting the West has been duped by unreliable intelligence agencies.
“I feel that London’s perception of what is going on in Ukraine from a military perspective is shaped by overly positive reports from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and Ukraine’s leadership,” he continued.
“If we look at maps published here by newspapers and magazines, they rely solely on Ukrainian sources.
“They still believe that the Azov battalion is about to liberate Mariupol, that people’s militia forces in the Lugansk region have made no progress at all.”
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