A senior EU official has warned that Russia has now moved the war into “a different stage” as Moscow are attacking non-military sites and targeting civilians.
Stefano Sannino, secretary general of the European Union’s European External Action Service slammed Vladimir Putin and warned that Moscow are now at “war against NATO and the West.”
He defended Germany for sending the Leopard 2 main battle tanks to the frontline in eastern Ukraine to help Kyiv to defend themselves.
Sannino said, “I think that this latest development in terms of armed supply is just an evolution of the situation and of the way Russia started moving the war into a different stage.”
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He added that the EU are not attempting to move the war into another stage, but they are “just giving the possibility of saving lives and allowing the Ukrainians to defend (themselves) from these barbaric attacks.”
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this week that they are now no longer fighting a “hybrid war” and warned that Moscow is “almost in a real one.”
Lavrov said, “It is well known that we supported the proposal of the Ukrainian side to negotiate early in the special military operation and by the end of March, the two delegations agreed on the principle to settle this conflict.
“It is well known and was published openly that our American, British, and some European colleagues told Ukraine that it is too early to deal, and the arrangement which was almost agreed was never revisited by the Kyiv regime.”
The Kremlin said that Ukraine will “pay the price” for tanks being sent to and that the West will “bear responsibility” for the war escalating.
The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned sending tanks to Kyiv to fight against Russia is an “upward spiral,” which will spark an escalation in the war.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, warned NATO there is a risk of a “nuclear war.”
Medvedev said that NATO leaders should stop sending weaponry to Ukraine or there will be a nuclear response from the Russian Federation.
Medvedev warned, “It never occurs to any of the poor to draw the following elementary conclusion from this.
“The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war.
“Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fate depends.
“And this should be obvious to anyone. Even a Western politician with any trace of intelligence.”