Russia had no mercy in the messages it sent to the West, this time it was the United Kingdom’s turn to accept all accusations of helping Ukraine unconditionally. And what happens is that Vladimir Putin is so upset with Kiev’s allies that he cannot prevent his entire cabinet from vociferously raising slogans against the EU and increasing tensions in the region since February 2022 due to the ongoing war in Western Europe. On the occasion it was the Russian Foreign Ministry which publicly denounced that the decision by London to supply long-range missiles to the Ukrainian military was an “extremely hostile” move and evidence of its direct involvement in the war conflict.
“We consider this decision another extremely hostile step by London, aimed at arming Ukraine with weapons and seriously escalating the situation in the area of the special military operation,” said a statement issued by Russian diplomacy.
Moscow regrets that Britain uses Ukraine to serve its interests
Similarly, Moscow expressed regret that the United Kingdom, “in its desire to establish itself as the unofficial leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Ukrainian manner”—has become “an archenemy of Russia”. He warned that London was “clearly ready to cross any limits.” In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry called for “the conflict to be taken to a fundamentally new level in terms of destruction and loss of life”. Now Russian officials have said they “reserve the right to take the necessary measures to neutralize any threat that may arise from recent shipments of long-range missiles”.
Russian diplomacy stressed, “Full responsibility for the consequences of London’s destructive activity lies with the authors and perpetrators of this reckless step.”
The UK will not stop with its current support for Ukraine
For its part, the United Kingdom announced that it would send a cruise missile capable of hitting targets more than 250 kilometers away to Ukraine to help Ukrainian forces deal with “Russian brutality”. And it is that the missiles sent are Storm Shadows, which are different from being fired from airplanes and whose range is practically three times that of the Hummers of the United States. In addition, we must remember that Kiev, together with President Volodymyr Zelensky, has asked its allies for more powerful weapons of this type for their armed forces. That’s because the Ukrainian military is recruiting a new contingent of troops, ammunition and tactical equipment for its long-awaited offensive.
All of these weapons have been supplied by various Western countries which – according to experts – will be “vital” to reclaiming the occupied territory. The only uncertainty now is about when Kiev can implement its strategy to reconquer territory in Donetsk and Lugansk as well as Kherson and Zaporizhia, which are currently regions that Vladimir Putin annexed to his country several months ago. I was occupied by decree.
In view of this, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said late last month that “preparations are nearing completion.”
“The equipment was promised, prepared and partially delivered. In the broadest sense we are ready […], When God wills, (when there is) good weather and the decision of the commanders, we will do it,” he said.
However, the high command official specified that the Abrams tanks arriving from the United States “will not have time to participate in this counteroffensive”, as they are not expected to be ready for Ukrainian soil until later this year. Thus, during the previous day, a senior Ukrainian military official claimed that Kiev forces had launched a counterattack in Bakhmut – one of the areas that were the epicenter of the confrontation – and supposedly “cornered” Russian uniforms so that they Get out of some areas.