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

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.

9 comments

  1. “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,”

    This statement needs adjusting slightly.

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

    Now that looks more like the truth.

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  2. Euromaidan Press just posted the following update:

    “Day 161. Russians killed 403 people in the Mykolaiv Oblast since the beginning of the war but no plans for mandatory evacuation. Russian forces made marginal gains southeast of Bakhmut and continued offensive operations to the northeast and southeast of Bakhmut. They made incremental advances around Avdiivka and are continuing attempts to push southwest of Avdiivka. Unconfirmed social media reports suggest that Iran may have sent the first batch of drones to Russia and sent pilots and maintenance personnel to train on the Russian Su-35, potentially suggesting that Iran may seek to use recent aviation agreements to facilitate the acquisition of Russian combat aircraft, ISW reports. Russia says the United States is directly involved in the Ukraine war. The office of the President accuses some EU countries, particularly Germany of holding back crucially important €8 billion in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. New US sanctions.”

    The 403 of course refers to innocent civilians, including children. I have no idea what the total amount of Ukrainian civilians murdered in putler’s genocide campaign across all Ukraine is, but it is already a terrible amount and we can be sure that the number of Russian civilians killed by Ukraine is pretty much zero.
Before this genocide can end, it would be sound justice if the defenders were to inflict the same number of civilian deaths on RuZZians as were inflicted upon Ukrainians. It is to be hoped also that a minimum of 100k orcs get smoked.

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  3. No, mafia land is getting ever farther away from declaring any more wars, since its cockroach military is getting its teeth kicked in.

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