News ID: 320943
Published: 0233 GMT April 11, 2022

Russia warns of ‘direct military confrontation’ with U.S.

Russia warns of ‘direct military confrontation’ with U.S.
REUTERS

Russia’s envoy to the United States warned of a direct military confrontation between Moscow and Washington over Western support for Ukraine.

“Western states are directly involved in the current events as they continue to pump Ukraine with weapons and ammunition, thereby inciting further bloodshed,” Anatoly Antonov was quoted as saying by Newsweek magazine.

Antonov said Western support for Ukraine was escalating the crisis and warned that the consequences of such policies could be severe.

“We warn that such actions are dangerous and provocative as they are directed against our state. They can lead the U.S. and the Russian Federation onto the path of direct military confrontation.

“Any supply of weapons and military equipment from the West, performed by transport convoys through the territory of Ukraine, is a legitimate military target for our armed forces.”

Antonov added that Moscow was doing everything possible in talks with Kyiv in order to end military activities and restore peace in Donbas.

Ukrainian troops repulsed several Russian assaults in the country’s east, the focus of a new offensive by Russian forces.

Russian forces were also pushing their military operation to establish control over the southern port city of Mariupol, a key target whose capture would link up areas of Russian control to the west and east.

Russian forces have abandoned their attempt to capture the capital Kyiv but are redoubling their efforts in Ukraine’s east, Reuters reported. 

“Russian troops will move to even larger operations in the east of our state… But we are preparing for their actions,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said high-precision missiles had destroyed the headquarters of Ukraine’s Dnipro battalion in the town of Zvonetsky.

Zelensky said Monday that he believed “tens of thousands” of people in Mariupol had been killed, according to AFP.

“The Russians completely destroyed Mariupol... At least tens of thousands of Mariupol citizens must have been killed,” he said, speaking by video link to South Korean lawmakers.

Moscow has rejected accusations of war crimes by Ukraine and Western countries. It has repeatedly denied targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation” which started on Feb. 24 to demilitarize and “denazify” its southern neighbor.

A top official of the European Commission on Sunday said that Ukraine could become part of the European Union in a matter of weeks.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with CNN said the process of joining the alliance can take years in normal times, but the Ukrainians “are in an extraordinary situation, where we have to take unusual steps”.

“Yesterday, somebody told me: ‘You know, when our soldiers are dying, I want them to know that their children will be free and be part of the European Union,’” von der Leyen said.

 

 

   
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