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Kremlin: New Western Armored Vehicles for Ukraine Will 'Deepen Suffering'

Monday, 09 January 2023 07:05 AM EST

The Kremlin said on Monday that new deliveries of Western weapons, including French-made armored vehicles, to Kyiv would "deepen the suffering of the Ukrainian people" and would not change the course of the conflict.

France and Germany announced last week that they would send light combat vehicles to Ukraine, ramping up their military support for Kyiv. The United States said it would also provide armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine.

"This supply will not be able to change anything," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"These supplies can only add to the pain of the Ukrainian people and prolong their suffering. They are not capable of stopping us from achieving the goals of the special military operation," Peskov said.

Ukraine, which has scored some battlefield successes since Russian forces invaded last February, has asked Western allies for heavier weapons and air defenses as it seeks to tip the balance of the conflict, now in its 11th month, further in its favor.

The Kremlin also said on Monday that despite France's decision to send more weapons to Kyiv, Moscow appreciated President Emmanuel Macron's contribution towards maintaining dialog between the West and Russia.

"(Russian President Vladimir) Putin and Macron maintain contact, there are pauses in the dialog, but during previous stages that contact was quite useful and constructive, despite all the differences," Peskov said.

Macron was criticized in Ukraine and in some Western capitals for holding hours-long phone calls with Putin in the early weeks of Russia's invasion.

Just last month Macron was rebuked by the Baltic states for saying the West should consider Russia's need for "security guarantees" in any future talks to end the fighting.

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The Kremlin said on Monday that new deliveries of Western weapons, including French-made armored vehicles, to Kyiv would "deepen the suffering of the Ukrainian people" and would not change the course of the conflict. France and Germany announced last week that they would...
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