Washington [US]April 15 (ANI/Sputnik): The United States believes that the conflict in Ukraine may last until the end of the year and is doing everything possible to shorten it, the spokesperson told CNN of the State Department Ned Price.
Earlier today, CNN reported, citing sources, that Secretary of State Antony Blinken told EU allies that the United States believed the Russian military operation in Ukraine could last until the end of the day. end of 2022.
“It’s possible,” Price said when asked if the conflict in Ukraine could continue until the end of the year. “What we’re trying to do is shorten that conflict.”
Price noted that they believe they can shorten it by strengthening Ukraine’s position at the negotiating table, providing security assistance and pressuring Russia with sanctions.
“Ultimately, a diplomatic agreement can be reached to end this senseless violence and aggression,” the spokesperson said.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 in response to appeals from the Donbas republics for help in countering intensified attacks by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation only targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure, but then accused Ukrainian forces of using typical terrorist methods, such as hiding behind civilians and positioning weapons systems in civilian areas.
The United States and its allies responded with comprehensive sanctions against Moscow and lethal aid to kyiv. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced an additional $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, which includes 18 155mm howitzers, 40,000 shells, 300 Switchblade drones, 500 Javelin anti-armour missiles, 200 armored personnel carriers M113 and 11 Mi-17s. helicopters among other military equipment.
It comes on top of the $1.7 billion in military aid already provided to Ukraine since the start of the Russian operation. (ANI/Sputnik)