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Russia Targeting Western Weapons as US Boosts Aid

By    |   Tuesday, 23 April 2024 07:49 PM EDT

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu issued a stern warning Tuesday, declaring plans to escalate attacks on Western weapons positioned in Ukraine amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions in the region, Politico reported.

Shoigu's announcement follows the United States' recent approval of a substantial military aid package to bolster Ukraine's defenses against Russian aggression. The move underscores a deepening rift between Moscow and Washington over the conflict.

"We will increase the intensity of attacks on logistics centers and storage bases for Western weapons," Shoigu stated, as reported by Russian state-owned media outlet RIA Novosti.

The U.S. House of Representatives cleared a $60 billion aid package during the weekend, marking a significant shift in American support for Ukraine after months of delay. The impending aid delivery includes armored vehicles alongside urgently needed artillery and air defense systems.

Meanwhile, French and German defense firms have begun establishing local facilities in Ukraine for arms maintenance, marking a pivotal step toward domestic weapons production.

According to Reuters, the Russian Ministry of Defense claims to have decimated more than 22,000 Ukrainian uncrewed aerial vehicles, 3,500 HIMARS rockets, and 600 missiles since launching its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The escalating conflict has also prompted swift action in the U.S. Senate, where lawmakers advanced multiple bills aimed at bolstering support for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The proposed legislation, which cleared a procedural hurdle with an 80-19 vote, includes a $61 billion allocation for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel, and humanitarian aid for civilians in conflict zones globally.

Additionally, the Senate bill earmarks $8.12 billion for efforts to counter Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region, and includes provisions such as a potential ban on the social media app TikTok and sanctions on Iran.

The swift movement in Congress underscores growing concerns over Russian aggression and reflects a bipartisan effort to provide robust support to allies in the face of escalating global tensions.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to unfold, the Kremlin's vow to escalate attacks on Western arms raises fears of further destabilization in the region, with geopolitical ramifications reverberating across the globe.

Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas is a writer based in Indiana. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a law degree from U.I.C. Law School, and has practiced law for more than 20 years.

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Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu issued a stern warning Tuesday, declaring plans to escalate attacks on Western weapons positioned in Ukraine amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions in the region, Politico reported.
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