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Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that any country that interferes in the Ukraine War could face a “lightning-speed” response from Moscow.

Russia has been critical of the historic amounts of weapons being poured into Ukraine in order to kill Russian troops.

U.S. President Joe Biden recently requested $33 billion more from Congress to prop up the Ukrainian military even further. Biden said the support is “not cheap,” but essential if Kyiv wants to stand up to Moscow.

The Kremlin has spoken out against these transfers in the past, but has been vague at what a response would look like. 

On Sunday, Russia's defense ministry announced that it destroyed the runway at a military airfield near Odessa that housed weapons provided by the U.S. and European countries. 

Reuters, citing the ministry, reported that Russia fired high-precision Onyx missiles to strike the airfield.

Russia has expressed frustration with these weapon transfers and Putin indicated Wednesday that Moscow would become more assertive in the future. He vowed a “swift” response for countries that provide these weapons.

“We have all the tools to do this,” Putin said. “Tools that no one except us can brag about. But we're not going to brag. We'll use them if such a need arises.”

This is not the first time that Putin directed tense rhetoric towards Western countries. Shortly after the 24 February invasion he said “whoever tries to hinder us” will face “consequences that you have never faced in your history.”

The Trends Journal reported on Substack that Russia successfully test launched its new Sarmat super heavy intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month that is also known as “Satan 2.”

The missile is specifically designed to evade anti-missile systems and can reportedly hit any target on earth. The missile was called the world's most powerful and with the longest range.

Putin did not name the weapon that he had in mind.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's top diplomat, said NATO is essentially at war with Russia “through a proxy and arming that proxy.”

Lavrov said Monday that Western countries should not underestimate the risk of nuclear war. Lavrov told reporters that Russia is doing all it can to prevent nuclear war, but the U.S. “has practically ceased all contacts” with the Kremlin.

TREND FORECAST: Confirming what we had forecast, Fred Kaplan, the author of “The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War,” on Friday wrote in Slate magazine that the war is swiftly evolving into a war between Russia and NATO.

He pointed to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s remark that the U.S. hoped to see Russia “weakened” as a military power after the conflict. Kaplan pointed out that Washington's goal may have been obvious, “but even some U.S. officials were surprised to hear Austin express the fact so explicitly.”

Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, led a congressional delegation to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last weekend. 

The delegation, as expected, spoke about how the war is a fight for freedom and how it was imperative that weapons continue to flood Kyiv. Pelosi said she visited Kyiv to thank Ukrainians for fighting for freedom. 

“Your fight is a fight for everyone, and so our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done,” she said.

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., said he came to Ukraine with three areas of focus: “Weapons, weapons and weapons.”

Therefore, United States and NATO are not involved in a “proxy” war against Russia, they are accessory to the Crime of War by supplying weapons, money and intelligence to Russia’s enemy, the Ukraine government:

An accessory to a crime is someone who helps to commit the offense, even if he or she was not actually present during its commission. Many states differentiate between accessories after the fact, and accessories before the offense.

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