US coordinates fighting between Ukraine and Russia

A senior Russian politician has accused the United States of being directly involved in the fighting in Ukraine.

Russia’s top lawmaker accused Washington of coordinating military operations in Ukraine, which he said amounted to direct US involvement in military action against Russia.

“Washington essentially coordinates and develops military operations, thus directly participating in military actions against our country,” Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday.

Washington and European members of NATO’s transatlantic alliance have provided kyiv with heavy weapons to help it resist a Russian offensive that has resulted in the occupation of parts of eastern and southern Ukraine but failed to take kyiv.

However, the United States and its NATO allies have repeatedly declared that they will not participate in the fight themselves, in order to avoid becoming parties to the conflict.

US officials said the United States provided intelligence to Ukraine to help counter the Russian onslaught, but denied that the intelligence included accurate targeting data.

Volodin, speaker of the lower house of parliament, the Duma, is a strong supporter of what Moscow calls its “special operation” in Ukraine to degrade the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and eradicate what it calls fascist elements that dominate the government and the army. .

Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that Russia committed an unprovoked act of aggression. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives in Ukraine and more than five million people have fled the country.

Volodin said foreign advisers had been working in Ukraine since what he called the “coup”, in an apparent reference to the democratic election of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in 2019.

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