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Is Russia Getting Closer to Declaring War on America over Ukraine?

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U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Duginski, M1 Abrams Tank Master Gunner, assigned to Battle Group Poland, performs a tank remote-fire procedure to ensure firing capabilities function properly at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Nov. 6. (Photos by U.S. Army 1LT Christina Shoptaw)

Could the Ukraine war go global? Responding to an interview with Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukrainian military intelligence, the Kremlin this week described the United States’ support of Ukraine as “direct involvement” in the war.

Skibitsky told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper that consultations between American and Ukrainian intelligence officials took place before recent attacks against Russian positions and that the White House had a veto on those targets. The Ukrainian official said that Washington did not provide specific information that helped Ukraine identify targets, but suggested that America’s supply of weapons to Ukraine came with some caveats.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement in response to the interview, claiming that it “undeniably proves” that Washington is “directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine.”

“It is the Biden administration that is directly responsible for all Kyiv-approved rocket attacks on residential areas and civilian infrastructure in populated areas of Donbas and other regions, which have resulted in mass deaths of civilians,” the statement reads.

Neither the Pentagon nor the White House immediately responded to the accusations – but the consequences of comments like could be highly consequential.

Is it just the latest indication that Putin wants to declare war against the United States?

Inching Ever Closer to War

In April, Russia’s Foreign Ministry declared NATO and U.S. arms convoys in Ukraine “legitimate targets” for the Russian military, expressing anger over the continued supply of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine.

Sergei Koshelev, a Russian Foreign Ministry official, said that Moscow was entitled to consider the arms convoys legitimate targets, raising questions about whether the Kremlin would go as far as striking those convoys before they entered Ukrainian territory. Had the Kremlin made that decision, it would have effectively been a declaration of war against NATO and likely the beginning of World War Three.

Russia did not, however, strike NATO convoys on NATO soil. Instead, several depots filled with NATO weapons and ammunition have been struck on Ukrainian soil in recent months, taking out tanks, rocket launchers, and missiles. In June, Russia announced that a depot containing Western weapons was destroyed in the Ternopil region.

In May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of waging a “total war” against Russia, ramping up rhetoric and inching closer to declaring America’s support of Ukraine and the ongoing supply of weapons as acts of war.

“In many Western countries, everyday Russophobia has become of an unprecedented nature, and, to our great regret, is encouraged by government circles in a number of countries,” Lavrov said at the time.

The implications of declaring war against the United States are so severe, however, that it’s no wonder Russia has only paid lip service to the idea so far. As the Kremlin continues to suffer catastrophic losses on the battlefield courtest of U.S.-supplied HIMARS rocket systems, however, the idea that Putin could retaliate becomes less and less far-fetched.

On July 30, a special train of over 40 cars filled with Russian troops, ammunition, and military equipment was destroyed by Western-supplied HIMARS. The long-range rocket systems also allowed the Ukrainian military to destroy a key supply bridge in the occupied Kherson region, putting Ukraine one step closer to its goal of recapturing the region by September.

If Russia fails to keep up its momentum in the Donbas, and if U.S. weapons are what prevents a Russian victory, there’s no telling what Putin could do next.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Steven

    August 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    IDK some days i like this site, then I read silly articles like this and it makes me wonder….

  2. spinner

    August 3, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Putin sent out of his way to describe the war in Ukraine as a special operation, because if he declared war, he would be required to bring in compulsory conscription, which would upset his elite cronies in Moscow. Special operations can be authorised by the United nations, but Putin got no such authorisation. The Kremlin has gone so far as to make it a prison offence to declare the ukraine conflict as a war.prison

    Which brings one back to the Kremlin being upset about western weaponry aid to ukraine. Declaring war on the usa would defeat the whole purpose of avoiding compulsory conscription.
    Putin has got himself in a “pickle”, lodged in a conflict he originally thought would be a quick invasion and puppet instal.

    Putin seems to be a victim of his own propaganda regarding Ukraine should not exist and the nebulous neo Nazi accusation, that does not prevent Russia stealing grain and sunflower seeds.,
    Since western countries do not subscribe to Russian propaganda the floodgates of defensive weaponry are in Ukraine favour.
    Quite simply Putin is in an open ended conflict, which he cannot quit to save his position as president. The only other scenario is that the Russian army becomes a shadow of its former self, after engaging in an unwinnable war.

  3. TotallyNotBiased

    August 3, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    And? The moment ruskis declare war on US will be last thing in their existance. #sorrynotsorry

  4. Jon

    August 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Russia is welcome to declare war on the US, which would also bring NATO directly into the conflict. Russia may think it is already at war with the US, but they are deeply mistaken. Such a war would be waged deep into Russia, and not only continue to batter Ukraine. Terms of armistice would necessarily include far more than simple withdrawal from sovereign Ukraine territory. Russia would be well advised to think deeply, and cut their losses while they can.

  5. pagar

    August 3, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Russia needs to blank the neo-nazis (nazists) in kyiv with at least one thermo nuke.

    That’s the BEST way to declare war on US which has inherited the fascist world order from the defeated Axis nations.

    US is actually coordinating rocket strikes against Russian forces in Donbass with its ukro army ally, so it is america that has declared war on Russia.

    Must Russia wait until US gives the ukro fascists hypersonic missiles before taking action ?

    Now is the time to strike while the iron is hot. One nuke strike on Kyiv and the fascist US will suddenly come to its senses !

  6. Dav_Daddy

    August 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Putin is crazy not stupid! He knows full what a war with America much less all of NATO would mean.

    Putin is darn lucky Biden doesn’t have the sack to impose a no fly zone. He should count his blessings and tell his stooges to turn it down a notch. Sooner or later one of these clowns is gunna say or do something that pisses the US off bad enough we decide to take a more active role.

  7. mcswell

    August 3, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Putin lets his stooges bluster like this in hopes some will believe this, and thereby cause division in the West.

  8. Dike

    August 4, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Ukraine the way their high ranking military are are making sure Russia knows the US are helping identify targets is trying to drag US into war with Russia, if it does and remains nukeless Russia will be crushed which can only be a bonus for mankind . For Russia have proved they are a nation of savages and their actions in Ukraine meaning their atrocities are Inhuman evil black hearted actions of the terrorist state Russia who respect or aghere to no laws what so ever , they are a pathetic race full of murderous lars deceivers and back stabbing bustards.

  9. Jacksonian Libertarian

    August 4, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Remember when Russian pilots were flying fighter planes for North Vietnam?

    Karma is a bitch.
    Eat drek Putin.

  10. prague 1968

    August 4, 2022 at 10:13 am

    They should split Ukraine up, and redraw the maps. Redrawing the borders in countries within Europe seems to be a way of life there. Slovaks and Czechs split, Austria-Hungary split, Yugoslavia split, former Russia split up, so what is the big deal. The people in the Eastern portions of Ukraine are siding with Russia, and as long as they support Russia, NATO, the EU, and the US can keep sending in all the arms on the planet, the people of Donbas want their independence from Ukraine, and they will eventually have it. Unfortunately, because of the Western arms shipments, a lot more people will die in the process. The bigger issue here is the growing rift between US, EU, NATO, and BRICS. The two political ideologies are incompatible, and the world is not big enough for both of them. Saying and believing that a nuclear conflict will never happen is a fools errand. Ukraine is the visible festering wound on top of a deep rooted infection. Unfortunately, I do not have a crystal ball, and yes, karma is definitely a bitch.

  11. TrustbutVerify

    August 4, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Ahem…Russia CLAIMED they destroyed arms caches. But video of the attacks show no secondary explosions. No cooking off of rounds, no missile accelerants going off, etc. etc.

    So, please, be a little less apoplectic and apply a little more research.

  12. Rick Denson

    August 4, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Russia hasn’t officially declared war against Ukraine nor does it show the propensity to defeat Ukraine so why in the world would one believe that? Russia can’t take on and defeat the U.S. in war so aside from a direct U.S. invasion of Russia (also not gonna happen) that’s off the table? That’s lunacy and something we all know for sure Russia actually wants no part of… war with U.S….really!
    So, to me this article is just gossip, instigating and something juicy just to stir the Hornets Nest so to speak.

  13. gralion torile

    August 11, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thanks. “Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.” by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

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