US To Officially Send “Lethal Arms” To Ukraine, Russia Says US “Crossed The Line” – But US Has Been Arming Kiev For Years

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by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:

After its horrendous decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the Trump administration is showing signs of its intention to provide anti-tank missiles and possibly even the Javelin missile system to Ukrainian fascist forces in their fight against the Donbass separatists and, according to the State Department itself, Russia.

Earlier, the Trump administration had announced that it would be providing “lethal aid” to Ukraine, which the U.S. characterizes as “defensive” in nature. As The Hill reports,

The State Department confirmed that the U.S. had decided to provide Ukraine with defensive equipment.

“The United States has decided to provide Ukraine enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

“U.S. assistance is entirely defensive in nature, and as we have always said, Ukraine is a sovereign country and has a right to defend itself. The United States remains committed to the Minsk agreements as the way forward in eastern Ukraine.”

The Trump administration earlier this week signed off on a sale of lethal arms to Ukraine, a departure from the Obama administration.

The administration approved the sale of Model M107A1 sniper systems and associated equipment to the country on Wednesday at a value of $41.5 million. The move drew swift praise from Russia hawks in Congress, including Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who had urged the Obama administration to do more about Russian aggression into Ukraine.

Terrorist supporter and anti-POW activist John McCain predictably praised the move as well, but demanded that this step toward confrontation with Russia only be the first step.

Russia has responded strongly, condemning the move and stating that the United States is crossing the line.

“Washington is trying to present itself as a mediator,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said. “It is not a mediator at all, it is an accomplice in fomenting a war.”

“They have started talking about Javelin missile complexes ‘to begin with’. The question is: what’s next?” said Mr Ryabkov. “American weapons can lead to new victims in our neighbouring country, to which we cannot remain indifferent.”

To be clear, the Trump administration has approved the sale of “lethal weapons” to Ukraine. However, the jury is still out as to how far this aid will go. The administration’s  language has been shadowy in regards to whether or not heavier weapons such as the Javelin anti-tank missile system will be shipped to Ukraine at some point in the future. The administration has yet to approve these missiles for sale but reports and the behavior of the Trump administration suggests such approvals are on their way.

Obviously, Trump’s move is a step toward greater conflict with Russia, who has been covertly supporting the Donbass separatists in their attempt to gain independence from Kiev. It is now very possible that unofficial Russian soldiers, operatives, and assets may be killed in Ukraine by American weapons, a drastic and grossly unnecessary escalation in a conflict that has seen fighting increase over the past few weeks.

“American weapons in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers are not for an offensive, but for a decisive rebuff of the aggressor, the protection of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, as well as for effective self-defense,” said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “It is also a trans-Atlantic vaccination against the Russian virus of aggression.”

The crisis in Ukraine, however, was entirely instigated by the United States and NATO, an obvious attempt to interrupt Russian-Ukrainian relations and install a regime hostile to Russia in the place of Yanukovich. Russia responded defensively by annexing Crimea and covertly supporting Donbass separatists fighting against Nazi and fascist forces of Ukraine backed by the United States and other “Western” powers.

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