The speaker of Russia’s parliament warned that countries supplying Ukraine with more powerful weapons risked their own destruction.
He pledged billions of pounds of military aid to the country on Friday, including armored vehicles, air defense systems and other equipment, but did not include the battle tanks requested by Kyiv.
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said: “The supply of offensive weapons to the Kyiv regime would lead to a global catastrophe.”
“If Washington and NATO supply weapons that would be used to attack peaceful cities and attempt to seize our territory, as they threaten to do, it could trigger retaliation with more powerful weapons.” Will do.”
The pledges made on Friday came after defense leaders failed to agree on Ukraine’s urgent request for German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks at an international meeting in Ramstein, Germany.
Germany is one of the main donors of arms to Ukraine, and ordered a review of its Leopard 2 stocks in preparation for a possible green light.
Nonetheless, the government in Berlin has shown caution at each step of increasing its commitments to Ukraine, a reluctance seen as rooted in its history and political culture.
Its temporality has drawn heavy criticism, particularly from Poland and the Baltic states, countries on NATO’s eastern fringes in the past controlled by Moscow and who feel particularly threatened by Russia’s renewed territorial ambitions.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that if Germany did not agree to transfer the Leopard tanks to Ukraine, his country was ready to form a coalition of countries that would send them anyway.
“Almost a year had passed since the outbreak of the war,” Mr Morawiecki said in an interview published on Sunday with the Polish state news agency PAP.
“Evidence of war crimes by the Russian military can be seen on television and on YouTube. What more does Germany need to open its eyes and act according to the potential of the German state?
“Above all, Berlin must not undermine or sabotage the activities of other countries.”
In Washington, two prominent lawmakers urged the US on Sunday to send some of its Abrams tanks to Ukraine, in the interest of overcoming Germany’s reluctance to share its, more suitable Leopard 2 tanks.
Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told ABC’s This Week on Sunday, “If we announce that we are offering an Abrams tank, it will open up the flow of tanks from Germany”.
“What I hear is that Germany is waiting for us to take the lead.”
In the case of a protracted conflict, a new military alliance will emerge consisting of nations that are fed up with the Americans and a pack of their dogs.Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council
“There is no doubt that our enemies will try to tire us out or, better yet, destroy us”, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, told the meeting in Ramstein, adding that “they have enough weapons” for the purpose. to receive.
Mr Medvedev, a former Russian president, warned on his messaging app Channel that Russia could try to form a military alliance with enemies of the United States.
He didn’t name the nations he had in mind, but Russia has defense cooperation with Iran and Venezuela, an existing military alliance with Belarus and strong ties with North Korea.
Since invading Ukraine, Russia has also increased both the scope and number of its joint military exercises with China.
Moscow wants to completely destroy Ukraine as a historical phenomenon – the bearer of its language, history, culture, Ukrainian identityOleksiy Danilov, Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
Medvedev said, “In case of a protracted conflict, a new military coalition will emerge consisting of nations that are fed up with the Americans and their stray dogs.”
Ukraine is seeking more weapons as it expects Russia’s military to launch a new offensive in the spring.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council, warned that Russia may seek to intensify its attacks in the south and east and cut off Western arms supply channels, while conquering Kyiv is one of President Vladimir Putin’s ” The main dream” remains. “Imaginations”, he said.
He described the Kremlin’s goal in the conflict as “total and utter genocide, a total war of annihilation”.
“Moscow wants to completely destroy Ukraine as a historical phenomenon – the bearer of its language, history, culture, Ukrainian identity,” Mr Danilov wrote in a column published by Ukrainska Pravda.
Among those demanding more arms for Ukraine was former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday.
“This is the moment to double down and give Ukrainians all the tools they need to get the job done. The sooner Putin fails, the better it is for Ukraine and the world,” Mr Johnson said in a statement.
Mr Johnson was painted in the city of Borodanka in the Kyiv region. He said he had traveled to Ukraine at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.