Russia on Thursday has released a warning to the West that there would be a tough military response to any further attack on Russian territory, blaming the United States and its key European allies for openly inciting Ukraine to assault Russia.
The full-scale invasion of Ukraine led by Russia has killed over thousands of people, forced millions to flee the war-torn nation and also raised fears of the most serious confrontation among Russia & the United States since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Two(2) months since Russia has called full scale military operations in Ukraine, it has in recent days reported what it says are continuous attacks by Ukrainian forces on Russian regions that border Ukraine, as well as has alerted that such attacks risk a major escalation.
Ukraine has not wholly accepted responsibility but says the incidents are payback, while Russia has taken umbrage at statements from NATO-member Britain that it is legitimate for Ukraine to target Russian logistics.
As per Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said, “In the West, they are openly calling on Kyiv to attack Russia, including with the use of weapons received from NATO nations.”
“I do not advise you to test our patience further.”
On Tuesday, the Russian defence ministry said that if such attacks continued, then Moscow would target decision-making centres in Ukraine, including those where it said Western advisers were helping Kyiv.
Zakharova said, “Kyiv and West capitals should take the statement from the Ministry of Defence seriously that further inciting of Ukraine to strike Russian territory will definitely lead to a tough response from Russia.”
Zakharova called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a puppet of the West, who the United States was using to threaten Russia.
“You are being used,” Zakharova said.