US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby warned that any attempts to vitalize the illegal robbery of Ukrainian territory will only make matters worse for Russia. He said the Russians were preparing to annex the Ukrainian territories they currently control.
During a meeting with journalists at the White House, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated that United States have information that Russia intends to annex the Ukrainian territories it occupies and will want to use false referenda to justify the takeover of Ukrainian regions. “Any bogus attempts to legitimize this illegal land grab will only make matters worse for Russia – and we will ensure it does,” warned John Kirby.
If Russia decides to implement its plans, the US and allies’ response will be “swift and severe” and Russia will become “an even greater global pariah”, he added. He also promised that the US would never recognize the lands that Moscow had stolen.
The US will announce another package of military aid for Ukraine
John Kirby also announced that the US will announce another package of military aid later this week Ukrainewhich will include, inter alia, additional launchers and rockets for the HIMARS rocket artillery system.
The US is also to provide additional artillery ammunition. He also noted that so far Ukraine has made good use of the delivered systems. The US has so far committed to deploying 12 HIMARS launchers.
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