Western arms supplies to Ukraine could be targeted by Russia attacks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country’s military is developing new strategies to cut off supply of weapons and ammunition transferred from overseas to Ukrainian soldiers.
Lavrov said there were requests from military experts to block supply lines carrying weapons from the West to Ukraine during an appearance on Russian television on Wednesday.
“We observe that Ukraine is receiving more and more and better Western weapons,” Lavrov said. “Railway lines, bridges and tunnels” are being considered, he said.
“I assume that they will make professional decisions on how to make these deliveries more difficult or, ideally, stop them altogether,” he added.
Lavrov said Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure, such as the country’s energy grid, were already making it more difficult to deliver new weapons.
“And I am convinced that there are other plans being applied in this regard,” he added.
The foreign minister also said he was convinced that Moscow would achieve its goals in Ukraine thanks to its “patience” and “perseverance”.
“I am convinced that thanks to our perseverance, patience and determination, we will defend the noble goals that are vital for our people and our country,” he said.
Lavrov said while Moscow wanted the conflict to be over, Russia would take its time to achieve its goals on the battlefield.
“We are in no hurry,” he said.
“We are a patient people. We will protect our compatriots, citizens and lands that have been Russian for centuries.”
The conflict in Ukraine was, in fact, Russia in confrontation with the US and the West by proxy, Lavrov also said.
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“We are at war with the collective West led by the United States which is a nuclear power,” he said in comments shared on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Twitter account.
The foreign minister of Russia reaffirmed Moscow’s position that in order for peace negotiations to resume, Kyiv must acknowledge the annexation of four Ukrainian areas. Although Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhia in Ukraine are not entirely under Russian control, Lavrov said Moscow’s ultimate objective was to have control over all four areas.
“Our absolute priority is four new Russian regions,” Lavrov said. “They should become free from the threat of Nazification that they have faced for many years.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, has pushed a 10-point peace proposal that calls on Russia to completely respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and remove its soldiers. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Moscow has rejected this offer.
“There can be no peace plan for Ukraine that does not take into account today’s realities regarding Russian territory, with the entry of four regions into Russia,” Peskov said.
In his Wednesday speech to the Ukrainian parliament, Zelenskyy said Ukraine had “helped the West find itself again, return to the global stage and to feel the extent to which the West has prevailed.”
“We have helped Europe feel not as several championships with teams of different levels, but as one strong team, which together with the whole free world is fighting for this important victory,” Zelenskyy said in a 45-minute behind-closed-doors speech.
He also told parliament to remain united and that Ukraine was a beacon for the world.
“Our national colours are today an international symbol of courage and indomitability of the whole world,” he said.