Russia Says ‘Pumping’ Weapons Into Ukraine Threatens Europe’s Security

The US and its allies continue to escalate military aid to Ukraine

As the US and its allies are escalating military aid to Ukraine, Russia warned Thursday that “pumping” weapons into the country threatens the security of the European continent.

“In itself, the tendency to pump weapons, including heavy weapons, to Ukraine and other countries are actions that threaten the security of the continent and provoke instability,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Since Russia invaded on February 24, the US has dumped billions of dollars worth of weapons into Ukraine but has shown little concern about where the arms wind up. A source familiar with US intelligence told CNN that when the US weapons enter the country, Washington doesn’t know where they go, describing it as dropping into a “big black hole.”

The CNN report said that the Biden administration thinks the risk of the weapons winding up in the wrong hands is worth it. In previous years, Congress had tried to keep US military aid to Ukraine out of the hands of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, but that concern has waned.

Peskov’s warning came in response to comments from British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who said on Wednesday that Western countries should “double down” on pouring weapons into Ukraine, including by sending heavy equipment such as tanks and planes.

In a recent escalation of military aid, the US sent Howitzers and artillery rounds to Ukraine for the first time. The Pentagon said Wednesday that Ukrainian troops have more than half of the 90 Howitzers the US has pledged to send.

President Biden on Thursday asked Congress for a massive new $33 billion aid package for Ukraine, which includes $20.4 billion for military aid. In comments on the request, Biden said the new package “begins the transition to longer-term security assistance.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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