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Denmark's decision on howitzers for Kiev aimed to escalate conflict — Russian embassy

Russian diplomatic mission in the conutry stressed that Copenhagen was "getting more and more deeply involved" in the Ukrainian conflict

STOCKHOLM, January 19. /TASS/. The Danish authorities' decision to transfer 19 Caesar self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine is aimed at escalating the hostilities, but will not affect the outcome of the situation, the Russian embassy in Copenhagen wrote on its website on Thursday.

"The Danish government's decision to transfer Caesar howitzers to Ukraine is aimed at prolonging and further escalating the hostilities, but it cannot change their overall course in Kiev's favor. It will inevitably lead to new casualties," the embassy stressed.

"The Ukrainian armed forces are actively using these French long-range artillery systems to hit schools, hospitals, and cultural institutions in the Donbass, Kherson, and Zaporozhye regions, of which the Danish media and politicians prefer not to inform the public," the Russian embassy said.

The Russian embassy also stressed that Copenhagen was "getting more and more deeply involved" in the Ukrainian conflict. "The belief that by supplying arms one can achieve peace is cynical and immoral," it stressed. Earlier on Thursday, the Danish Defense Ministry announced the decision of the country's authorities to transfer all the French-made Caesar self-propelled artillery weapons its army has to the Ukrainian army. The head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andrey Yermak, confirmed that Ukraine would receive 19 Caesar howitzers from Denmark.