By Charlie Kimber
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Ukrainian leaders demand more weapons to escalate proxy war

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Ukrainian leaders have called for more lethal weapons after their latest offensive
Issue 2823
Ukrainian soldiers in Bulgaria during ongoing proxy war

Even more arms to Ukraine will guarantee further bloodshed  (Picture: Flickr/Nato)

Ukrainian leaders are using their recent battlefield gains to demand a massive shift in the type of weapons the US supplies. They would use them for an even greater escalation in the proxy war between US and Russian imperialism. 

Their wish list includes a long-range missile system that Joe Biden has hesitated to hand over so far.

A document shared with US lawmakers and viewed by The Wall Street Journal newspaper lists dozens of types of armaments. The Ukrainian government says it will need them to continue its offensive into next year.

Among them is the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, which has a range of about 190 miles. The Biden administration, which has already sent vast stocks of weapons to Ukraine, has previously hesitated to hand over that particular technology of death.

It thinks Ukraine could use it to strike Russian territory, and trigger a wider conflict with the West. Ukraine’s list of requirements for “offensive operations” includes 29 types of weapon systems and ammunition. 

Among them are tanks, drones and artillery systems. Ukrainian generals want more Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 2,000 missiles for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or Himars, which the US began providing earlier this year. It has proved decisive in preparing the ground for recent assaults.

A senior State Department official on Monday referenced the two security assistance packages for Ukraine announced last week. And they said the US would “continue to give them the support they need to succeed on the battlefield”. 

Such determination to plough in more weapons comes as a new report calls for further long-term commitments between Ukraine and Nato countries. 

The document was commissioned by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. It was co-authored by former Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Zelensky’s chief of staff Andrey Yermak.

It calls for “the US, UK, Canada, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Australia, Turkey, and Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries” to make “legally and politically binding” agreements with Ukraine. In other words, even if Ukraine doesn’t join Nato, it would play the same role as a frontline fighter against Russia through a series of one-to-one deals with Nato states.

In a future war, all these states would have to back Ukraine with their own forces. That would see, for example, a direct confrontation between British or US troops and aircraft with the Russian forces.

Such a move would deepen Ukraine’s role as a proxy for the US and Nato and strengthen its subordination to the West.

The New York Times revealed on Tuesday that Britain and the US pushed for the recent Ukrainian offensive. Early plans for an attack were predicted to lead to massive casualties. But with more Western input—and arms—the position changed.

“Together Britain, the US and Ukraine conducted an assessment of the new plan, trying to war game it once more,” wrote the New York Times, “This time officials from the three countries agreed it would work and give Mr Zelensky what he wanted—a big, clear victory.”

Such reports underline that Britain under the Tories is the most trusted warmonger, alongside the US.

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