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Russia Warns It Could Start Targeting Western Arms Convoys Entering Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to launch a new large-scale production facility at the plant of Bratskchemsyntez drugmaker owned by Pharmasyntez Group, via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia November 26, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

For the most part, Russia has not interfered with convoys of weapons entering Ukraine, but now they are warning that they could very well become targets for the Russians. They could hit them from the air and the convoys would be sitting ducks. I agree with arming Ukraine, but the fact is that these munitions should have been sent before the invasion.

The Obama/Biden administration refused to send any weapons to Ukraine at all. Trump did send them weapons, but Biden ignored their pleas until just before the invasion. It remains to be seen if countries will be providing any more weapons and risk a direct confrontation with Russia. If one of their convoys is destroyed, there would be pressure to retaliate. That would certainly lead to war. The problem for Russia is if they have the resources to fight on two fronts.

Barron’s reported:

Russia on Saturday said its troops could target supplies of Western weapons in Ukraine, where the Russian army has been advancing since late February.

“We warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from a number of countries is not just a dangerous move, it is a move that turns these convoys into legitimate targets,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told state television.

He said Moscow had warned “about the consequences of the thoughtless transfer to Ukraine of weapons like man-portable air defense systems, anti-tank missile systems and so on.”

Ryabkov said Washington had not taken Moscow’s warnings seriously and added that Russia and the US were not holding any “negotiation processes” on Ukraine.

Russia has not seen any sign that negotiating with the United States because its leadership is so weak as to be inconsequential. They are holding negotiations with Ukraine, but it is doubtful that they will be successful because Russia wants Ukraine to cede Russian influenced districts in Ukraine. I am sure that would be a non-starter for Zelensky.

Ukraine could possibly win this war, not militarily, but because this invasion has weakened Putin’s hold on Russia and the lack of progress is an embarrassment to Russia. He could be deposed very easily.

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