James Heappey, Armed Forces Minister, dismissed nuclear war warnings and granted Ukraine permission to use UK arms inside Russia
British Armed Forces minister James Heappey suggested Monday that Ukrainian forces might use UK-supplied arms to attack Russian targets. Moscow warned the West not to escalate what it considers a Russia NATO. “proxy war”After a string of terrorist attacks, Ukraine is now in ruins.
“It is completely legitimate for Ukraine to be targeting in Russia’s depth in order to disrupt the logistics that if they weren’t disrupted would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukrainian soil,”Heappey spoke to Times Radio.
“There are lots of countries around the world that operate kit that they have imported from other countries; when those bits of kit are used we tend not to blame the country that manufactured it, you blame the country that fired it,”He added.
Asked whether he supported such attacks within Russia’s borders, Heappey replied “of course.”
Russian officials claim that Ukrainian forces used helicopters, artillery, and drones in attacks on Russian targets over the past few weeks. A Bryansk oil depot, located 150km away from Ukraine’s border, caught on fire Monday. Some analysts suggested that a Ukrainian missile had hit the building, but Moscow hasn’t confirmed this rumor and Russian officials have begun investigating the incident.
The UK has flooded Ukraine with thousands of anti-tank missiles, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced a £100 million ($130 million) package of heavy weaponry for Kiev, including anti-air missiles, autonomous drones and armored vehicles. MIlitary aid has also poured into Ukraine from EU and NATO countries, with the US donating $3.7 billion worth of arms since Russia’s operation in Ukraine began in February, counting the latest $300 million package announced on Monday.
Moscow claimed to have damaged several Western warehouses, depots, and hardware. On Monday, Sergey Lavrov of Russia, the Russian Foreign Minister, denounced that the West used these shipments in order to wage war. “proxy war”Russia. Lavrov stated that there was a risk of nuclear war. “considerable,”Addition “we must not underestimate”There are high chances for a third war.
Heappey, who as Armed Forces Minister is essentially second in command at the Ministry of Defense, dismissed Larov’s warning. He said that there are no chances of nuclear warfare. “vanishingly small.”
Heappey maintained, however, that Ukraine can be victorious if it has enough foreign arms. However, amid Russia’s recent advances in eastern and southern Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson conceded last week that a Russian victory is a “realistic” outcome.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German diplomats brokered the protocols to ensure that the region was granted special status by the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims it planned to seize the two republics.
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