Russia calls on Ukraine to adopt 'realistic position' in talks
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations has warned his country will continue actions to impair Ukraine's military potential until Kiev takes a "realistic position" in talks.
According to Press TV, Vasily Nebenzya said continuing the military operation against Ukraine was meant to "undermine the Ukrainian army's combat capabilities" until Kiev "takes a realistic position, which will make it possible to discuss and try to settle those problems."
"So far, what we hear from Mr. Zelensky and his allies cannot be interpreted as readiness for peace but is rather a language of reckless threats and ultimatums," Nebenzya said at a UN Security Council emergency meeting on Wednesday, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He said the "flooding of Western weapons" into Ukraine was a "reckless call on Kiev to defeat Russia."
According to the the US Department of Defense, America has committed approximately $4.6 billion in military assistance and aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February. European countries have followed suit by offering 2.9 billion euros to Ukraine over the same period.
"Kiev's Western sponsors only encourage such an irresponsible course, since they are interested in a war on the Ukrainian territory until the last Ukrainian, as it makes it possible for their defense sector to derive colossal profit and test NATO weapons," Nebenzya said.
"This way, Western countries are seeking to establish their geopolitical hegemony at the expense of the lives of ordinary Ukrainians," he said.