War in Ukraine will be ‘prolonged’ if UK continues to supply arms, says Russian ambassador in London | world news
The war in Ukraine will be longer if the UK continues to supply weapons to President Zelenskyy’s forces, Russia’s ambassador to London has told Sky News.
Andrei Kelin told Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan that UK-supplied weapons are now being used to bomb civilians in Donbass region from eastern Ukraine.
He said: “The conflict will end and…may end very soon because…the UK will understand that there is no possibility of defeating Russia.
“The conflict will continue if the UK continues to supply weapons, which are now also being used to bomb towns and civilians in Donbass and other areas.
“And the more weapons the UK sends, the longer the Ukrainian authorities will… [will] continue the conflict.”
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In June, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain had purchased and refurbished more than 20 155mm caliber long-range guns from a Belgian arms company to send to Ukraine, but not sure if they were delivered or if they are used.
He and other defense ministers also confirmed that several rocket launchers and short-range missile systems would also be sent and Ukrainian soldiers received training in the UK on a range of weapons.
But Sky News has had no independent confirmation that any of the weapons supplied have resulted in civilian deaths.
Mr Kelin added that the new UK government, when formed after the election of a new Tory leader, should be realistic in its policy towards Ukraine because ‘the conflict will not last forever’ .
He denied lying when he told Sky News in January that Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine, insisting he only said what he knew “at the time”.
He described British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian government’s attempt to repel the Russian invasion as “totally wrong”.
He said: “It’s a miscalculation, a strategic miscalculation, of what’s going on there, because…Russia is winning and winning quite quickly.
“The UK is trying to supply arms to Ukraine, but the more arms they supply to Ukraine, the more Ukraine will suffer.
“It is now clear that Ukraine is losing ground and [we are] to gain ground in the Donbass… For me, it is interesting to know what will be the exit strategy of the British government if it continues to repeat that Ukraine must win? It’s just unrealistic.”
Asked about the war crimes that some of the Conservative leadership candidates have in the past accused Russia of committing, he said it was Ukraine that committed war crimes..
He continued: “First and foremost, we have an eight-year record of crimes that were committed when the Ukrainians bombed Donbass, bombed innocent people there, killed peaceful citizens.
“And they continue to do the same thing now… in the Donbass in particular. It continues for eight years. We have this record and we will apply ourselves to this.
“We have a long list of Ukrainian crimes committed during, after [the] coup there and during the civil war.“
Despite this, Thursday, more than 40 US and European judicial authorities have agreed to coordinate investigations into alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
On the issue of ships unable to reach Black Sea ports due to the Russian blockade, he said it was Ukraine’s responsibility to remove mines that impeded cargo passage.
His comments came as Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations worked on a deal to resume grain exports from Ukraine.
Mr Kelin said he was confident a deal would be reached to allow the grain ships through.
He said: “Merchant ships will be escorted, I think, and that is now on the negotiating table, but probably [the] The Turks will participate. We are currently establishing a control center in Turkey for this.”
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Asked whether Russia will arm Europe’s gas supply in the fall, Mr Kelin said it was the EU’s decision to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, not the one. of the Kremlin.
There are growing fears that ongoing gas shortages could tip Europe into a deep recession – the signs of which are already emerging.
He said: “It was the European Union that said that by 2030 I think they will totally minimize Russia’s gas, oil and energy consumption and by this year they will be there. will end.
“So they are gradually reducing the consumption of our energy sources.
“Now, of course, we would like to fulfill all our contracts… We have a reputation [as a] reliable supplier and we will continue to supply it. But on the other hand, we should also take steps to find alternatives, because the moment they reduce it, we have to find other markets for it.”
The full interview will be on Sky News Tonight with Dermot Murnaghan at 8.30pm tonight.