“Washington is essentially coordinating and developing military operations, thereby directly participating in military actions against our country,” wrote Vyacheslav Volodin on his Telegram channel.
Washington and European NATO members have provided heavy weapons to Kyiv in order to help it resist a Russian offensive that has resulted in the occupation of parts of eastern and southern Ukraine but has failed to take Kyiv.
However, the US and its NATO allies have repeatedly stated that they will not fight in order to avoid becoming parties to the conflict.
US officials have stated that the US has provided intelligence to Ukraine to assist in countering Russia’s offensive, but have denied that this intelligence includes precise targeting data.
Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, is a vocal supporter of Moscow’s “special operation” in Ukraine to weaken its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and root out what it calls fascist elements in the government and military.
Ukraine and the West deny the fascist allegation and claim that Russia engaged in unprovoked aggression. Thousands have died in Ukraine’s conflict, and more than five million people have fled the country.
Volodin stated that foreign advisers have been working in Ukraine since the “coup d’etat,” an apparent reference to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s democratic election in 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to issue a warning to the West when he speaks at a parade in Moscow’s Red Square. For the first time since 2010, the Il-80 “doomsday” command plane is expected to fly overhead.
That is the plane that Russia’s defense ministry claims would transport the country’s top leaders in the event of a nuclear war.
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