Biden Aims to Fight Russia to the Last Ukrainian, Moscow Says
Ukrainians pinky swear that they will not fire the rockets into Russia
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Russia blasted the White House of provoking more war after President Joe Biden said that the U.S. will send advanced rocket systems to Ukraine that Moscow has called a “red line.”
The Kremlin said the U.S. is adding “fuel to the fire.”
“We know that the United States has been purposefully and meticulously adding fuel to the fire,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said, ABC News reported. "The United States pursues the course towards fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian."
Joe Biden wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times late Tuesday that confirmed his decision to provide Ukrainian fighters with advanced rocket systems that can be reportedly outfitted with missiles capable of traveling about 200 miles.
Kyiv stands to receive the American High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, a source told the paper, in a separate article. A senior administration official said Biden opted not to provide Ukraine with the rockets capable of traveling 200 miles.
The system, as it stands now, is capable of striking targets up to 48 miles from the launch site. “Himars units carry one preloaded pod of six 227mm guided missiles (the M270 carries two pods), or one large pod loaded with an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) tactical missile,” The Guardian reported.
Ukrainian fighters could now, technically, line up near the border and fire into Russia. (The paper said the Biden administration was assured that these weapons will not be used to strike Russia and “the administration was comfortable with the assurances.’ But assurances go out the window when you’re surrounded.)
Biden wrote in his op-ed, “As President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has said, ultimately this war “will only definitively end through diplomacy.” Every negotiation reflects the facts on the ground. We have moved quickly to send Ukraine a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition so it can fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table.”
We do not seek a war between NATO and Russia. As much as I disagree with Mr. Putin, and find his actions an outrage, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow. So long as the United States or our allies are not attacked, we will not be directly engaged in this conflict, either by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces. We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia.
The Trends Journal reported this week that Russia warned that the U.S. will "cross a red line" if it supplies these systems to Ukraine.
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Anatoly Antonov, a top Russian diplomat, on Saturday commented on reports that the Biden administration was considering sending these weapon systems.
"There is a risk that such equipment will be placed near Russia's borders and Ukrainians will be able to strike at Russian cities. Such a situation is unacceptable and intolerable for us," he told a Russian news outlet, Newsweek reported.
He continued, "We are calling for an end to the senseless and extremely risky pumping of weapons into the country. It is important to refrain from threats against us and claims of a military victory for Ukraine."
TRENDPOST: Just a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, we noted that the tens of billions of dollars of weapons the United States and other NATO members were sending to Ukraine to fight the Russians is a deadly, destructive waste of money, and that Ukraine should engage in peace talks rather than fight a much larger and much better armed opponent.
Indeed, the massive amount of homes and buildings that have been destroyed and the deaths and lives ruined will be lost forever. As we wrote in the 8 March Trends Journal , “The only message from politicians and the mainstream media is to increase the military conflict rather than work toward a peace agreement. We continue to note that neither Napoleon nor Hitler could defeat Russia. Thus, to think that Ukraine can defeat Russia’s military is nonsensical.” (See our Special Ukraine Section in this week’s issue)