TERRIBLE: Ukr4ine Hit Thousands Russian best tanks on Crimea, Donbas and in Kharkiv using US HIMARS
Putin Draws A Red Line For Russia In Ukraine: Long-Range Missiles Could Spark Crisis
Rumors circulated this week that the White House was considering giving Ukraine the long-range missile systems it has asked for since the early days of the Russian invasion, but it became clear on Thursday that President Joe Biden ultimately decided against the idea.
Sources close to the White House reportedly told CNN this week that the Biden Administration is unlikely to “significantly change” its approach to helping Ukraine, even as Russia retreats and the war looks to be winnable for Ukraine.
Those rumors, however, appear to have scared the Kremlin, prompting a response this week that the supply of longer-range weapons to Ukraine would be a “red line” for Russia.
President Joe Biden disappointed Ukraine earlier this year when he chose to provide longer-range HIMARS missile systems, and not much longer-range missile systems that would have allowed Ukraine to more easily launch strikes on Russian territory.
Those HIMARS systems, however, ultimately proved to be a miracle for Ukraine. Using the advanced missile systems, Ukraine successfully launched strikes on Crimea, in the Donbas region, and in Kharkiv – costing the Russians thousands of tanks and even more troops.
In response to reports, Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova said that Moscow “reserves the right to defend its territory,” in defiance of the West’s continued calls for the Russian president to withdraw his troops.
Then, in the latest threat to the West, Zakharova said that sending long-range missiles to Ukraine at this stage would cross a “red line.” The Russian official did not, however, state the consequences of crossing that hypothetical line.
“If Washington decides to supply longer-range missiles to Kyiv, then it will be crossing a red line and will become a direct party to the conflict,” Zakharova said.
Would Russia Attack?
The implication, of course, is that the United States would become a legitimate target for Russia if more advanced weaponry is sent to Ukraine. It’s a threat that has been issued before, directly and in roundabout ways, but one that sounds more desperate than honest at this stage.
Without sufficient weaponry to hold back Ukrainian soldiers using HIMARS missile systems, Russia’s military is by no stretch capable of targeting the United States and beating the military onslaught that would follow a strike on NATO territory.
It could only mean one thing – a possible nuclear strike from Russia, authorized in the hope that the United States and NATO wouldn’t respond in kind, in hope that further nuclear escalation could be avoided.