The warning could escalate the situation in Ukraine further.
Some context: Ryabkov’s comments came as the US directed $200 million in defense aid and services; including military education and training, for Ukraine.
Aid includes small arms: A US administration official said the $200 million will provide “immediate military assistance to Ukraine” and will include “anti-armor, anti-aircraft systems, and small arms in support of Ukraine’s front-line defenders facing down Russia’s unprovoked attack.”
President Joe Biden directed the drawdown using a memorandum that allows him to authorize assistance without legislative authority or budgetary appropriations.
A White House official said the total amount of security assistance provided to Ukraine by the US; is $1.2 billion in the past year.
More military equipment needed in Ukraine: On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded with allies for more aid; saying “The evil which purposefully targets peaceful cities and ambulance vans; and explodes hospitals will not stop with just one country.”
US reluctant to escalate further: The US is concerned that more direct measures could escalate tensions with nuclear powered Russia; even further and risk dragging NATO directly into the war.
The US and other NATO members have so far provided Ukraine with about 17,000 anti-tank missiles; and 2,000 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles; according to a senior US official.