Russia warns US to stop sending arms to Ukraine

Russia has written the US a formal diplomatic note warning that US and NATO deployments of “most sensitive” weapons equipment to Ukraine are “adding gasoline” to the crisis and could have “unpredictable consequences,” according to the note.

Artillery, coastal defense drones, anti-aircraft and anti-tank armored vehicles, and Mi-17 helicopters are among the $800 million in security support that the Biden administration stated would be deployed to Ukraine on Wednesday.

According to a report in the Washington Post, Russia called NATO and the United States’ weapons transfer to Ukraine “irresponsible.”

“We call on the United States and its allies to stop the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security,” the Post quoted Russia saying in a diplomatic note to the United States.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the last two weeks has asked that more military aid be provided quickly as Kyiv prepares for  an even more brutal fight in the Donbas. 

A senior U.S. defense official told reporters this week that the U.S. has been getting defensive aid to Ukraine at “unprecedented speeds” and noted that it takes just one week from the time Biden signs off on an aid package to when it gets into Ukrainian hands.

“I would remind [you] that we front load. Every shipment has a mix of material on board,” the official said to Washington post, noting that the last shipment contained surface-to-air defenses like Javelin and Stinger missiles, along with Switchblade drones armed with tank-busting warheads.

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