Russia complains Western weapons are pouring into Ukraine, but Putin’s troops are providing Kyiv with far more heavy weapons as they withdraw


A Russian T-72 tank is loaded onto a truck by Ukrainian soldiers outside the town of Izyum on September 24, 2022.

A Russian T-72 tank is loaded onto a truck by Ukrainian soldiers outside the town of Izyum on September 24, 2022.Photo by ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP, Getty Images

  • During the war, Russia has repeatedly complained about Western countries arming Ukraine.

  • Putin and other Kremlin officials have warned that this could drag the West into a direct conflict.

  • Meanwhile, we have seen Ukrainian progress claiming large shipments of abandoned Russian weapons.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has lasted more than seven months and has no end in sight anytime soon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials have long complained about Western countries and Ukraine’s decision to arm them. They do little to hide their frustration, threatening escalation and even warning that the conflict could escalate.

But as Ukrainian forces continued their weeks-long counteroffensive, advancing along the northeastern front of the war and advancing south, the retreating Russian forces left mountains of arms, equipment and ammunition behind.

Military uniforms, lunch boxes and large amounts of ammunition belonging to the Russian army are pictured after the withdrawal of Russian troops in the village of Nova Gusarivka during the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war in Balakliya, Kharkiv province, Ukraine, on September 21, 2022. is showing.

Military uniforms, lunch boxes and large amounts of ammunition belonging to the Russian army are pictured after the withdrawal of Russian troops in the village of Nova Gusarivka during the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war in Balakliya, Kharkiv province, Ukraine, on September 21, 2022. is showing.Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

According to the new Wall Street Journal report Citing open source information, Ukraine’s recent capture of all this Russian weaponry, in addition to what it obtained when Putin’s troops withdrew from the area near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the spring became Ukraine’s largest supplier of heavy weapons.

This observation is based purely on quantity rather than quality of weapons, the report said. Among the weapons left are tanks and other armor, artillery and various firearms.

Russian forces left behind early in Ukrainian lightning-fast offensive in northeastern Kharkiv region SO MANY WEAPONS AND AMMO The Ukrainian military struggled to handle it all. Some Russians hastily abandoned their positions, left behind Steal their rifles and bikes and run away.

In addition to what Ukrainian forces have gained by fleeing Russian units, they continue to receive supplies from the West, to the dismay of the Kremlin leadership.

As early as Januarybefore Putin’s unilateral aggression against Ukraine, as his forces gathered along the border, Russian leaders demanded that the United States and its allies and partners stop arming Ukraine. Spring, Russia warned of “unpredictable consequences” if the US continued to provide arms to Ukraine.over- summerPutin threatened to strike new targets in Ukraine if the West armed the Eastern European nation with long-range weapons.

Last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US would cross the border “Red Line” If you send long-range missiles to Ukraine.And this week, after the Biden administration announced a new $625 million military aid package to Kyiv, two Russian diplomats Said The move could bring Russia closer to direct war with the West.

Western officials and heads of state have shown no clear signs of withdrawing arms from Ukraine.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia said, “The United States will continue to provide arms and equipment to Ukraine to meet urgent battlefield needs, while at the same time ensuring that Ukraine’s permanent defense to protect its sovereignty over the long term. build a strong force,” he said. Laura Cooper told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.

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