Ukraine war escalates: Russia threatens “lightning” retaliatory strikes against NATO

After US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said this week that the United States wanted to “weak” Russia and was already “fighting” Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his biggest threat yet of retaliation against NATO for its involvement in the response to the Ukraine war. .

“If someone decides to interfere in current events from abroad and create unacceptable strategic threats to us, then he should know that our reaction to these threatening strikes will be swift and light,” Putin told the State Duma on Wednesday.

“We have all the tools for that – tools that no one can brag about. We will not brag. We will use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know that. We have already made all the decisions in this regard.”

A Ukrainian soldier stands near an apartment building in Borodinka, Ukraine, which was destroyed by Russian artillery shelling, April 6, 2022 (AP Photo/Efrem Lukazki)

On the same day, Russian officials said that a large shipment of weapons from NATO member states to Ukraine was destroyed in a missile attack in central Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had warned the day before that the Russian armed forces would consider shipments of NATO weapons in Ukraine “legitimate targets.”

“Depots, including in Western Ukraine, have become such targets more than once. Otherwise, how should it be? Indeed, NATO is waging a proxy war against Russia and is arming this proxy. War means war.

On Wednesday, Russia halted natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in response to devastating US and European sanctions. The Kremlin is also threatening to cut off supplies to other NATO members such as Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian natural gas.

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