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Russia Warns U.S. of ‘Unpredictable Consequences’ if it Keeps Arming Ukraine
We've been reporting in The Trends Journal that there is no effort to resolve the conflict, just more war talk.
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It was only a matter of time before Russia lashed out against the West’s historic military support of Ukraine to continue the proxy war against Moscow in eastern Ukraine.
In March, Russia said it would consider these convoys “legitimate targets,” but there has not been any reported incidents since the war broke out on 24 February. But that may have changed as weapons continue to pour into the country.
Russia sent a diplomatic note to Washington this week warning against these transfers.
Moscow told these American officials that continued military support for Kyiv could lead to “unpredictable consequences,” suggesting WW III.
The note, which was obtained by The Washington Post was dated Tuesday and read, “We call on the United States and its allies to stop the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security.”
The letter emerged as Washington was preparing to send Kyiv $800 million in new military funding. The package includes helicopters, armed Switchblade drones, coastal defense drones, armored vehicles, radar systems, and thousands of Stinger and Javelin missiles.
Moscow accused the U.S. and its NATO allies of disregarding key principles vis-à-vis the transport of weapons into conflict zones and said there was a threat of “high-precision weapons falling into the hands of radical nationalists, extremists and bandit forces in Ukraine.”
TRENDPOST: Gerald Celente, the publisher of the Trends Journal, has accused the U.S. and NATO of prolonging the war by sending more armaments to Ukraine that will prolong the war, lead to more deaths and destruction of the nation rather than taking ceasefire measures to negotiate for peace.
The total U.S. military assistance to Ukraine has amounted to more than $2.4 billion since President Joe Biden took office and $1.7 billion since the start of the war.
Celente has pointed out that Napoleon sent 420,000 brave young men to defeat Russia and 410,000 were killed. He also pointed to Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa campaign that resulted in the deaths of 27 million Russians, who still ended up defeating Germany.
“You think Biden & NATO can beat Russia? Stop the senseless murder!” he posted on Twitter.
And Celente is among the very few calling for peace, and for nations to stop sending military armaments to Ukraine and end the needless death and destruction. He has said that the U.S. and NATO cannot defeat Russia in a military conflict. VISIT OCCUPYPEACE.COM
Russia’s demand to end its military assault is for Kyiv to disarm, deNazify, and protect the Russian language in the eastern region of the country. Ukrainians have refused the offer.
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Russia's Defense Ministry said the Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, has sunk this week after being damaged during the military operation in Ukraine.
"The vessel lost its balance due to damage sustained in the hull as fire broke out after ammunition exploded," TASS quoted the ministry as saying. "Given the choppy seas, the vessel sank."
A senior U.S. defense official told NPR that the ship was hit by two Ukrainian Neptune missiles. The Wall Street Journal, in February, described these missiles as “next-generation.”
The Neptune is modified to strike from truck-mounted launchers at targets on both land and water. Its range is estimated to be 200 miles and its main quarry would be cruisers, destroyers and other warships.
“If you’re 100 kilometers-plus, you’re going to have to start to think about how you deal with these batteries,” said Douglas Barrie, a defense fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London think tank. “They become a priority if you’re going to try and mount any kind of maritime operation in the littoral region around Ukraine’s coast.”
GERMANY: Berlin has been tight-lipped about its military transfers to Ukraine. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told DW.com that she would not reveal the equipment because it is classified.
“One must always bear in mind: The moment the deliveries are published in detail, Russia would also have this information. And that alone would have military strategic implications,” she said.
Der Spiegel reported on Thursday that Germany sent Ukraine “500 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, 2,700 Strela surface-to-air missiles, 3,000 anti-tank guns, 100 MG 3 machine guns, 16 million rounds of ammunition for various types of hand-held weapons and hundreds of anti-tank mines.”
Berlin also reportedly sent 80 armored all-terrain vehicles, 50 medical Unimog trucks, 14 pallets of medical supplies, half a million one-man packs of rations, four drone defense systems, and night vision equipment.
BELGIUM: Days after the 24 February invasion, Brussels announced it would send Ukrainian forces 3,000 machine guns and 200 anti-tank grenade launchers.
CANADA: Ottawa announced Saturday that it will send $100 million in aid to alleviate the ongoing refugee crisis in Ukraine, brining the total amount in humanitarian aid up to $12.4 billion.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government pledged another $500 million in military aid.
CTV News reported that the latest injection is on top of the $90 million in “anti-tank guns, sniper rifles, night-vision goggles, armored vests and other military equipment already provided” to Kyiv.
SLOVAKIA: Bratislava will give Ukrainian fighters its air defense system as other countries vow more military aid after allegations of Russian war crimes on the battlefield.
"I can confirm that Slovakia donated the S-300 air defense system to Ukraine based on its request to help in self-defense due to armed aggression from the Russian Federation," Heger said in a statement obtained by Reuters.
The report pointed out that the donation was the first instance of an air defense system being donated by another country.
The report also stated the U.S. announced it will place a Patriot missile system in Slovakia that will be operated by U.S. troops.
AUSTRALIA: Scott Morrison, the prime minister, announced last week that Canberra will donate armored Bushmaster vehicles to Kyiv after an appeal from President Volodymyr Zelensky, The Associated Press reported.
Morrison did not say how many would be sent, but he told reporters that Australians are “not just sending our prayers.”
“We are sending our guns, we’re sending our munitions, we’re sending our humanitarian aid, we’re sending all of this, our body armor, all of these things and we’re going to be sending our armored vehicles, our Bushmasters, as well,” he said.
Australia has already promised or provided Ukraine with $68 million in military assistance, which the report said included tactical decoys, unmanned aerial and unmanned ground systems, rations, and medical supplies.
FRANCE: French President Emmanuel Macron announced last month that Paris will provide Ukraine with €300m worth of military aid.
PORTUGAL: Lisbon announced Monday that it will provide Ukraine military equipment that includes vests, helmets, night vision goggles, grenades, and various ammunition for different caliber weapons.
SWEDEN: Stockholm donated 10,000 anti-tank weapons, 5,000 helmets, and 5,000 body shields to Ukraine since the start of the war, Politico reported.
NORWAY: Oslo provided Ukraine with helmets and bulletproof vests in February. The government also imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion.
ITALY: Rome agreed to send Ukrainians an unknown number of Stinger surface-to-air missiles, mortars, and anti-tank weapons.
TRENDPOST: The White House has refused to acknowledge its own failed diplomacy that Ukrainians are now paying for. Russia told the U.S. and NATO clearly that it wants NATO to stop expanding and does not want Ukraine to join.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said no deal on both fronts. Moscow called those two issues its red line and decided to act. The Biden administration now finds itself having to tell Americans that they don’t need to worry about nuclear war.
Of course, you need to worry about nuclear war. Putin has nothing to lose and will never let Ukraine or its comedian president embarrass him on the world’s stage. The U.S. has to figure out how to de-escalate the situation. It was Sun Tzu who wrote, “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”
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