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Russia criticise US over advanced arms shipments to Ukraine

Moscow has warned that the United States' transfer of weapons to Ukraine will raise the likelihood of a direct clash.

Vladimir Putin is the Russian president.

The US decision to deliver modern missile systems and munitions to Ukraine is "very bad," according to Moscow, and would increase the likelihood of a direct clash.

On Wednesday, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told official news agency RIA Novosti that Moscow sees US military aid to Ukraine as "very detrimental."

Mr Ryabkov specifically mentioned plans to provide Kyiv with the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), a multiple rocket launcher system that Washington stated it will provide to Ukraine as part of its most recent military aid package.

Russia has repeatedly warned the US against "pouring oil on the flames" by delivering arms to Ukraine.

Moscow's remarks came as US President Joe Biden promised to give Ukraine with powerful rocket launchers that can hit long-range Russian targets with pinpoint accuracy as part of a $700 million (£556) weapons package set to be announced on Wednesday.

According to senior administration sources, the US is sending Ukraine with high mobility artillery rocket launchers that can accurately reach targets up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) away after Ukraine given "assurances" that the missiles would not be used to strike within Russia.

Mr. Biden wrote in a New York Times op-ed this week that Russia's invasion of Ukraine will be ended through negotiation, but that the US must contribute considerable weaponry and ammunition to give Ukraine the greatest bargaining power.

"That's why I've chosen to give the Ukrainians with more modern rocket launchers and munitions, allowing them to more precisely strike vital targets on the battlefield in Ukraine," Trump tweeted.

According to officials, the package also includes ammunition, counter-fire radars, a number of air surveillance radars, more Javelin anti-tank missiles, and anti-armor weapons.

The United States intends to send its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Kyiv (HIMARS)

Ukraine's officials have been requesting longer-range missile weapons from their partners.

"We're not going to supply rocket systems to Ukraine that strike into Russia," President Biden told reporters.

He did not rule out the possibility of delivering a specific weapon system, but he seemed to place restrictions on how they may be utilized.

Meanwhile, German chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Wednesday morning that his country will provide Ukraine with advanced anti-aircraft missiles and radar equipment, speeding up weaponry delivery in the face of criticism that Germany isn't doing enough to assist Kyiv.

Mr Scholz told legislators that the administration has chosen to give Ukraine with IRIS-T missiles, which were developed jointly by Germany and other NATO countries.

Mr. Biden stated that Russia's incursion will be ended through diplomacy, but that the US must equip Ukraine with large arms and ammunition.

He also stated that Germany will provide radar systems to Ukraine to aid in the detection of hostile fire.

According to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine has begun acquiring Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States.

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/russia-advanced-weapons-systems-ukraine-b2091945.html

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