Any NATO Vehicle Coming to Ukraine With Weapons Will Be Considered Legitimate Target - Shoigu
08:54 GMT 04.05.2022 (Updated: 10:52 GMT 04.05.2022)
Russia has repeatedly denounced the continuous flow of weapons into Ukraine from the West, saying that it adds fuel to the fire and derails the negotiation process.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that any NATO vehicle coming to Ukraine with weapons or equipment
for Ukrainian forces will be considered a legitimate target for destruction.
"The United States and its NATO allies continue to pump weapons into Ukraine. I can confirm that any transport from the North Atlantic alliance that arrives in the country with weapons or materiel for the Ukrainian armed forces will be considered by us as a legitimate target for destruction," Shoigu said on Wednesday.
According to him, during the course of the special operation, the Russian servicemen have "shown courage and bravery, honourably fulfilling their military duty, and ensuring the safety of the civil population of Donbass."
Earlier, Moscow warned that the West’s contribution of weapons to Ukraine threatens to undermine peace talks, not to mention the probability that they could fall into the wrong hands.
Since Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February, the US, its NATO allies, and the European Union, have increased weapons supplies to Ukraine.
On 3 May, the UK government announced that it will provide Ukraine with a $375 million military aid package.
Recently, US President Joe Biden asked US Congress for $33 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support Ukraine, including $20 billion for military assistance. The request comes on top of about $4 billion in military aid the Biden administration has already earmarked for Ukraine, $3.4 billion of which came after Russia launched its military operation in late February.
Amid weapons and military equipment deliveries there are discussions about the need to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons, tanks, war planes, etc. Although some countries, such as the UK, call for those kinds of supplies, others oppose the idea.
Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the German military can no longer supply arms to Ukraine as the country's weapons stockpiles are practically exhausted.
In turn, Public support of German heavy weapons deliveries
to Ukraine has shrunk to 46 percent from 55 percent two weeks ago and 60 percent in early April, with the number of critics rising by 10 percentage points, a poll out Tuesday showed.
On 28 April, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the trend of delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine and other countries is threatening the security of the European continent.
Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, after the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocation. Russia said that the aim of its special operation
is to demilitarise and "de-Nazify" Ukraine and that only military infrastructure is being targeted.
After the start of Russia’s military operation, the West rolled out a major sanctions campaign against Moscow. At the same time, more than a dozen countries have voiced their readiness to supply arms and military aid