Kremlin Downplays Impact of New US Aid to Ukraine on Battlefield

Kremlin dismisses impact of $60B US aid to Ukraine, claims Russia's goals unchanged despite long-range missile supply. Escalating military aid raises concerns about Russia-NATO confrontation.

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Kremlin Downplays Impact of New US Aid to Ukraine on Battlefield

Kremlin Downplays Impact of New US Aid to Ukraine on Battlefield

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has claimed that the new US financial aid package to Ukraine, which exceeds $60 billion, will not fundamentally change the situation on the battlefield. Peskov's comments come as the United States has secretly provided long-range ballistic missiles, known as ATACMS, to Ukraine as part of a $300 million aid package announced in March.

The provision of these long-range missiles, which can strike targets up to 300 kilometers away, has been a long-standing request from Ukraine to enable them to hit Russian targets deep behind enemy lines. Despite this new aid, Peskov emphasized that Russia's goals in Ukraine, including establishing a "sanitary zone" to prevent Ukraine's long-range missiles from hitting Russian territory, remain unchanged.

Peskov stated that while the US is directly involved in the conflict by increasing the range of weapon systems supplied to Ukraine, this will not alter the final goal of Russia's "special military operation," but will instead cause more problems for Ukraine itself. The Kremlin spokesman expressed confidence that Russia will achieve its objectives in the ongoing conflict, regardless of the additional US military aid.

Why this matters: The escalating military aid from the United States to Ukraine has the potential to prolong and intensify the conflict, raising concerns about the risk of direct confrontation between Russia and NATO allies. The provision of long-range missiles to Ukraine marks a significant shift in US support and could have far-reaching implications for the dynamics of the war.

On the same day as Peskov's comments, US President Joe Biden signed a bill to provide $61 billion in new aid for Ukraine, clearing the way for the Pentagon to announce an assistance package featuring artillery and air defense munitions. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu had earlier stated that Moscow's forces have seized the initiative in the Ukraine conflict, making advances and liberating several towns in Donbass.

Key Takeaways

  • Kremlin claims $60B US aid won't change Ukraine battlefield situation.
  • US secretly provided long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine in March.
  • Russia's goals in Ukraine, including a "sanitary zone", remain unchanged.
  • Escalating US military aid could prolong and intensify the conflict.
  • Russia claims it has seized the initiative and made advances in Donbass.