The shipments of military aid shipping into Ukraine from the west are “legitimate targets” for the Russian Armed Forces, according to a Russian official source over the weekend.
“We have warned the U.S. that pumping weapons into Ukraine by a whole range of countries is not just a dangerous path but are actions that turn these convoys into legitimate targets,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday on state television.
This appears to suggest that Russia has given the go-ahead to fire down Canadian military jets. Because RCAF cargo jets are currently among the air bridge of western nations rushing equipment into Ukraine.
On Monday night, National Post reporter Bryan Passifiume reported two Canadian C-130 Hercules flying over Northern Europe following a stopover in Ukraine. The two planes are part of a “tactical airlift” from Canada to Ukraine, carrying 4,500 M72 rocket launchers, up to 7,500 hand grenades, and several planeloads of body armour, ammunition, and food rations.
Last week, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia against attacking NATO territory in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While accepting that the rules for
“supply lines inside Ukraine,” he added “an attack on NATO territory, on NATO forces, NATO capabilities, that would be an attack on NATO.”
And according to military analysts, all that Western-shipped military gear – particularly the anti-tank missiles – is indeed turning the course of the war against Russia.