Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned on Wednesday that Russia is working on new ways to disrupt Western arms supplies to Ukraine, signaling that Russia will start targeting more Ukrainian infrastructure.
“We observe that Ukraine is receiving more and more and better Western weapons,” Lavrov said in an interview on Russian TV, according to Al Jazeera. He said strikes on “railway lines, bridges and tunnels” are being considered.
Russia has been pounding Ukrainian energy infrastructure since October, leaving millions of Ukrainians without power and heat for the winter. But Lavrov’s comments suggest that Russia will be hitting other types of infrastructure.
The Russian diplomat said that the strikes on Ukraine’s energy grid have already helped disrupt the supply of weapons but added that more will be done. “And I am convinced that there are other plans being applied in this regard,” he said.
Lavrov and other Russian officials have stressed that more US and other Western military aid will escalate and drag out the war.
On Thursday, Russia launched another barrage on Ukraine’s power grid, striking targets with missiles and drones. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry suggested that it was one of the heaviest Russian barrages in the war, writing on Twitter that “Russia had been saving one of the most massive missile attacks since the beginning of the full-scale invasion for the last days of the year.”
Russia’s barrages on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure began after the truck bombing of the Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea to the Russian mainland. In recent weeks, Ukraine has stepped up drone attacks deep inside Russia, and Moscow has stepped up its bombardment.