The Russian response to the decision by Germany and the United States to supply tanks to Ukraine has not been long in coming.
In fact, alarm sirens were again sounding in Kiev and cities in the region due to an intense missile attack conducted by the Russian military.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, said he no longer considers possible talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, “who has long been preparing for war.” These the word of Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
On the counterpart, the Ukrainian state broadcaster explained that Russia has already launched some 30 raids and that Ukrainian air defense shot down some 15 Iranian-made Shahed drones flying over the capital’s airspace.
Russia’s response to the western tanks to Ukraine
The game related to the Western supply of tanks to Kiev could therefore mark a turning point. Thus, the answer from Moscow was harsh.
Russia “cannot allow its historical territories to be threatened.” This is how President Vladimir Putin reacted to Germany’s green light to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
In addition, American Abrams are also expected to arrive in Kiev in the next months, aiming to repel Moscow’s offensive and turn the conflict around.
Putin reiterated that “the main purpose of the military operation in Ukraine is to protect the people and Russia itself.” The tanks, says Kremlin spokesman Peskov, “will burn in the same way as the others.”
Moscow trains with the hypersonic missile Zirkon
Moscow, meanwhile, is not standing idly by. The Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov, which is conducting exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, carried out an exercise on the use of hypersonic missile weapons using computer simulation.
“The crew of the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, operating in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, trained in the use of a hypersonic missile weapon using the method of computer modeling,” the ministry explained.
Zirkon are next-generation missiles, which Moscow said travel at nine times the speed of sound, with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers.
Ukraine war, is there still any space for diplomacy?
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov says he is sure that the delivery of Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine will bring “more suffering” to the country and “greater tensions on the continent” of Europe.
“Unfortunately, more weapons from NATO bring more suffering to Ukrainians. And they will also bring more tension to the continent. But this cannot prevent Russia from achieving our goals,” he told CNN.
And again, “Washington’s delivery of tanks to Ukraine will be another blatant provocation” against Russia, Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the United States, said.
Given the deteriorating situation between the two sides, one only wonders if there is still a chance, and hope, for a speedy and peaceful resolution of the conflict.