Kyiv and its Western allies are “prepared for a long confrontation with Russia” after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s momentous visit to Washington, Moscow has said as the war in Ukraine approaches 10 months.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned what it called the “monstrous crimes” of the “Kyiv regime”, after US President Joe Biden pledged increased military support for Ukraine at the Zelensky summit in White House Wednesday.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that no matter how much military support the West provides to the Ukrainian government, “they won’t get anything.”
“As the leaders of our country have stated, the tasks set within the framework of the special military operation will be fulfilled, taking into account the situation on the ground and the real realities,” Zakharova added, referring to the Russia’s war in Ukraine.
His comments came after Zelensky gave a historic speech from the United States Capitol, expressing his gratitude for American help in the fight against Russian aggression since the war began – and asking for more.
While keeping the spotlight on the conflict in Ukraine, Zelensky stressed that US support “is crucial.”
The United States announced a new $1.8 billion aid package for Ukraine, which included the “first-ever transfer to Ukraine of the Patriot air and missile defense system, capable of shooting down missiles cruise ships, short-range ballistic missiles and much higher-speed aircraft”. ceiling than previously provided air defense systems.
Kyiv has repeatedly requested the US Army’s Patriot system – an acronym for Phased Array Tracking Radar for target interception – because it is considered one of the most capable long-range air defense systems in the world. market.
However, the Kremlin denounced the transaction and said the US supply of Patriot missile systems to Ukraine would prolong the “suffering” of the Ukrainian people.
“We see that in fact the United States and other countries are following the path of steadily expanding the range and raising the technical level of the weapons they supply to Ukraine,” he said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov during a conference call. “This does not contribute to a quick resolution of the situation, on the contrary.”
Peskov went on to say that this will not prevent Russia from achieving its goals in Ukraine.
“This leads to the fact that, unfortunately, the suffering of the Ukrainian people will last longer than it could have,” he added.
Neither Biden nor Zelensky showed “a potential willingness to listen to Russia’s concerns,” Peskov commented.
Peskov added that “there were no real calls for peace”. But during his address to the US Congress on Wednesday, Zelensky stressed that “we need peace”, reiterating Ukraine’s 10-point plan.
The Ukrainian leader also urged U.S. lawmakers to “strengthen sanctions” on Russia to make the country feel “how ruinous its aggression really is.”
Peskov told reporters, however, that Wednesday’s meeting showed the United States was waging a proxy war of “indirect fighting” against Russia to the “last Ukrainian.”