The Russian Foreign Ministry today (Saturday) imposed sanctions on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister Liz Truss and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and banned them from entering the country. “This step is taken in response to London’s unstoppable information and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally, creating conditions for the containment of our country and stifling the local economy,” it said.
It added that the British leadership was deliberately aggravating the situation around Ukraine, feeding the Kyiv regime with deadly weapons and coordinating similar efforts on the part of NATO. The incitement of London is also unacceptable. “The Russophobic move of the British authorities, whose main purpose is to provoke a negative attitude towards our country, to reduce bilateral ties in almost all areas, harms the well-being and interests of the people of Britain itself.”
In addition, sanctions have been imposed on a number of other government members and politicians in the kingdom, including against Justice Minister Dominic Rani and former British Prime Minister Theresa May. Moscow noted that in the near future this list would be expanded to include British politicians and parliamentarians “contributing to anti-Russian hysteria, and pushing the West to use threats in dialogue with Moscow.”
The imposition of sanctions coincides with reports in the kingdom that British Air Force (SAS) forces have trained Ukrainian soldiers in Kiev to use NLAW anti-tank missile launchers provided by the British, the kingdom reported. According to the report this is the first time that British forces are guiding their Ukrainian counterparts.
Two officers from separate battalions stationed in and around the state capital told The Times that British special forces had trained their troops on two occasions over the past two weeks. Reports of British training came after Russian television warned that Western involvement in the war meant World War III had already begun.
Since February, Britain has delivered more than 3,600 advanced anti-tank missiles (NLAW) to Ukraine, with Kyiv asking for more following reports that they have proven highly effective against Russian armored forces. A senior Ukrainian military official said training is essential , Meaning many have not been trained how to use missile launchers.
He said soldiers across the country who had not received the training had to go to YouTube to learn how to use those missiles. “British officers were here two weeks ago in our unit and they trained us really well. And because we had successes, we now have confidence,” he said.
Russia has also warned the United States and NATO against continuing arms shipments to Ukraine, the Washington Post reported tonight (Friday – Saturday). Unexpected. ”
The diplomatic warning came after President Biden approved a dramatic expansion of the range of weapons supplied to Ukraine, a $ 800 million package that includes 155mm Hovitzer cannons, which are a serious upgrade in the long-range artillery array. And ammunition were approved.
The United States has also facilitated shipments of long-range air defense systems, which include Slovakian shipments of S-300 launchers, on which Ukrainian forces have already been trained. In return, the administration announced last week that the United States was deploying a Patriot missile system in Slovakia. “What the Russians are telling us privately is exactly what we have told the world in public – that the enormous amount of aid we have provided to our Ukrainian partners is proving to be extraordinarily effective,” a senior administration official said.
On the other hand, senior Moscow officials have warned that Russia, which has labeled the convoys of weapons entering the country as legitimate military targets but has not attacked them so far, may be preparing to do so. “The real question is whether they are going to harm the supply convoys themselves and possibly the NATO countries that serve as transfer points for U.S. supplies,” said George Bibi, a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on Russian affairs.
“If the Russian forces stumble in the next phase of the war as they did in the first phase, then I think the chances of Russia aiming its weapons at NATO supplies are considerable,” Bibi said. Response from Russia. “I think the Russians want to send a message here that this is not true,” he added.
Among the items Russia identified as “most sensitive” were rocket launch systems, though they do not believe the United States and its NATO allies supplied this weapon to Ukraine. “Extremists in Ukraine.”
More than 900 civilian bodies were discovered in the Kyiv region
More than 900 civilian bodies have been found since the Russian army withdrew from the Kyiv region, the Kiev region police chief added, adding that some were identified, “they were locals,” unfortunately also tortured, and we see that they were shot. ” There were white armbands to try to defend themselves from the Russian forces.
A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said earlier this week that “the number and scope of missile attacks on Kyiv will increase in response to the Kyiv nationalist regime carrying out terrorist attacks on Russian territory.”
Officials in the country did not confirm the things, however, said that their forces did indeed attack the Russian missile ship “Moscow” with missiles. A senior U.S. official said he now believes the ship was hit by at least one missile that created the fire on board.
On Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the ship had sunk in the Black Sea. According to the Interfax news agency, all crew members who were on the ship yesterday were evacuated after suffering the injury. Moscow was able to carry 16 long-range cruise missiles and so the sinking of the Russian warship reduced Russia’s firepower in the Black Sea.
The last time a large warship like Moscow sank in battle was in 1982. A British submarine hit a ship of the Argentine navy named General Belgrano during the Falklands War and killed over 300 soldiers.
Against the background of Russia’s threats, Moscow is continuing preparations for a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine. Fighting also continued in the southern port city of Mariupol, where locals reported seeing Russian soldiers digging graves. In the city of Kharkov in the northeast of the city of Kharkov, seven people, including a seven-month-old boy, were killed in a shelling of a residential area, according to the regional governor. A Russian rocket also hit an airport in the city of Alexandria.