'Adding fuel to the fire’: Is Kremlin right about US sending rockets to Ukraine?
- On June 1, 2022, the Kremlin critiqued the US for supplying advanced rockets to Ukraine, noting the US was “intentionally adding fuel to the fire.” The Undersecretary for Defense Dr. Colin H Kahl said the rockets are “precision guided systems with extended range” up to 70 km or 45 miles.
- The US Department of Defense announced an amount of $700 million in Ukraine aid on June 1, 2022, which adds to the total of $4.6 billion in aid since the beginning of the Ukraine-Russian war. However, the US has “committed more than $7.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine” since 2014.
- The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations reported 9,151 civilian casualties in Ukraine as of June 1, 2022. According to Forbes, the estimated death toll of Russian troops is about 15,000, while the reported number of Ukrainian soldier deaths is almost 3,000.
- Russia initiated the Ukraine-Russian war with the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 “unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending in troops and tanks” with disapproval coming from the US, Europe, South Korea, Australia, and other countries.
The Kremlin's accusation that the United States is 'adding fuel to the fire' by sending additional weaponry to Ukraine is a complete logical fallacy designed to further the Russian position that this is a necessary and 'imminent' invasion. The fact is that this is a conflict completely of Russia's own making; Russia alone can simply end the fighting at any time. By describing the United State's support of Ukrainian sovereignty, Russia is attempting to move the blame for this cruelty from itself and make it seem as though the Russian forces are simply participants in a conflict rather than the aggressors.
The United States is not the only party backing Ukrainian forces. European nations have sent weapons and aid, as well as participated in worldwide efforts to isolate and pressure Russia economically. Russia may want to bring back the glory of Soviet days when the Eastern Block was in cold war conflict with the United States, but times are different now; the world stands united against Russia's actions.
Ukrainian officials, including President Zelensky, have repeatedly stated their desire for peace and ceasefire. These additional weapons shipments do not change the attitudes of Ukraine's leaders or its people; they simply allow the nation to be in the best possible position if Russia decides it will end the savagery and negotiate. Without adequate firepower and assistance from countries like the United States, Russia may be able to overwhelm the Ukrainian defenses leaving little hope for a peaceful resolution.
The Russian-Ukraine war is already in its fourth month with no end in sight. The war between the two nations has resulted in the devastation of most of eastern Ukraine, created a humanitarian crisis that has left millions of people homeless, and has resulted in thousands of people dead—many civilians. It's unclear which side is winning or losing the war, but Ukraine frequently requests more military supplies, as the US has decided to send new long-range missiles to Kyiv. The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems have a satellite-guided system, are based on a truck chassis, and are very precise.
But this is a major mistake by President Biden, as sending more military weapons to Ukraine will only prolong the war and lead to more suffering for the Ukrainians. Russia has stated that sending more missiles to Ukraine will lead to a wider and more aggressive war and, worse, may also result in the involvement of a third country—namely the US. There is also a risk among American military experts that the Ukrainians will use these long-range missiles to attack Russian villages across the border between the two nations and widen the conflict.
But the most considerable risk of sending these missiles to Russia is that it may enrage Putin, who may decide to use nuclear weapons to counter the missiles, which could be a major disaster for everyone on this planet. Instead of sending missiles, the US should be initiating peace talks with the Russians. The nearly four-month-old war is in a stalemate situation with neither side discussing peace. Americans must take the lead and initiate peace talks instead of sending missiles.