ABC News: Top US diplomat Nuland says aid is crucial for Ukraine to hit bases in Russia

It is time to give Ukraine more help in attacking bases in Russia if they are used to launch attacks or supply troops, former US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said in an interview with ABC News.

The top US diplomat said the West’s biggest mistake is underestimating Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s true goals, which are to restore at least the Soviet Union, if not a larger empire for Russia.

Nuland added that Putin defines his country’s greatness in territorial terms rather than economic or political terms. As the West hesitates to provide Ukraine with artillery, air defenses and other weapons to stop Russian attacks, Moscow is increasingly gaining the advantage.

“Ukraine’s front line certainly needs more artillery than we are sending. They need more air defense. They have to be able to stop these Russian attacks coming from bases in Russia.” Nuland said.

When asked whether a decision to allow Ukraine to hit targets in Russia would escalate the war, the US diplomat claimed that Russia is the side that escalated the war.

“Russia has learned how to withdraw its troops from the range where we allowed Ukraine to use our weapons and get our support.” Nuland said.

Moscow has flattened the third part of Kharkov without ever having to land in the city.

“So it’s time to stop that and help Ukraine push them back,” he said. the diplomat underlined.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview marking the fifth anniversary of his taking office that Western countries are extremely slow in making decisions on military aid to Kiev, which is hampering Ukraine’s armed forces.

All Western aid decisions for Ukraine are delayed by a year – Zelenskyy

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