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Russia will destroy any weapons West supplies to Kiev — Russian ambassador to US

Anatoly Antonov stressed that "pumping Ukraine with weapons, whether by the US or other NATO countries, will only lead to an increase in casualties among the civilian population, will create additional difficulties in the former Soviet republic"

WASHINGTON, January 19. /TASS/. The Russian army will destroy any weapons that Western countries send to Ukrainian troops, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.

When asked to comment on the statements of the US State Department spokesman Ned Price about the possibility for the Kiev security forces to attack Crimea with American weapons, he replied: “It should be clear for everyone – we will destroy any weapons supplied to the Zelensky's regime by either the United States or NATO. That is true now as it was true during the Great Patriotic War. The emergence of tanks, bearing Nazi insignia, on the former Soviet soil unequivocally makes us aim at toppling the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine and creating normal conditions so that the neighboring peoples in the region could live peacefully like in the old days,” Antonov said as quoted by the press service of the embassy.

He stressed that “pumping up Ukraine with materiel from the US or other NATO countries will only lead to an increase in civilian casualties and create additional difficulties in the former Soviet republic.”

“Ponder over the theses of [President of Russia] Vladimir Putin. <…>. It is just impossible to defeat the Russian Federation. Victory will be ours,” Antonov concluded.