Kyiv and its Western allies are “prepared for a long confrontation with Russia,” Moscow said, after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s momentous visit to Washington, as the war in Ukraine approaches 10 months.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry condemned the “monstrous crimes” of the “Kyiv regime” after US President Joe Biden promised more military support to Ukraine during Zelenskyy’s White House summit on Wednesday.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that no matter how much military support the West gives to the Ukrainian government, “they will not achieve anything”.
“As the leadership of our country has stated, the tasks set within the framework of the special military operation will be carried out taking into account the situation on the ground and actual realities,” Zakharova added, referring to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Her comments came after Zelenskyy delivered a historic speech from the US Capitol in which he expressed his gratitude for American help in fighting Russian aggression since the beginning of the war – and asked for more.
While keeping the spotlight on the conflict in Ukraine, Zelenskyi stressed that American support was “crucial”.
The US announced a new aid package totaling 1.8 billion caps on previously deployed air defense systems.”
Kyiv has repeatedly asked about the US Army’s Patriot system – an acronym for Phased Array Tracking Radar for Intercept on Target – as it is considered one of the most capable long-range air defense systems on the market.
However, the Kremlin condemned the transaction, saying US supplies of Patriot missile systems to Ukraine will prolong the “suffering” of the Ukrainian people.
“We see that the United States and other countries are actually on the path of constantly expanding the range and technical level of the weapons they are supplying to Ukraine,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a conference call. “That doesn’t contribute to a quick resolution of the situation, on the contrary.”
Peskov said this will not prevent Russia from achieving its goals in Ukraine.
“Unfortunately, this means that the suffering of the Ukrainian people will last longer than it could have,” he added.
Neither Biden nor Zelenskyy 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, Zelenskyy stressed that “we need peace” and reaffirmed the ten-point plan prepared by Ukraine.
The Ukrainian leader also urged US lawmakers to “heavily sanction” Russia to make the country “feel how ruinous its aggression really is.”
However, Peskov told journalists Wednesday’s meeting showed the US is waging a proxy war of “indirect battles” against Russia “down to the last Ukrainian.”