As the war in Ukraine drags on, Russia is taking the initiative to blame President Biden for fueling the carnage.
The Kremlin accused Biden of provoking Russia by sending long-range rockets into Ukraine, ABC reported.
Russia says Biden is “fueling the fire”
The high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) can fire up to 190 miles away, but the Biden administration claims the rockets they provided are limited to a 43-mile range. That will prevent Ukraine from using the rockets to target Russia directly, the administration claims.
Ukraine has also promised not to use the weapons to target Russian territory, Biden officials say, but the Russians aren’t buying it.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Biden’s move is “adding fuel to the fire” and that Biden is “purposefully and meticulously” stoking a proxy war in Ukraine that has the goal of fighting Russia “to the last Ukrainian.”
Recent developments in the conflict have led to concern that the Biden administration’s goal has evolved from defending Ukraine’s territory to effecting regime change in Russia.
In a New York Times piece, Biden claimed his administration has no desire “to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia” and that he does not want to overthrow Vladimir Putin, despite his past comments to the contrary.
Biden denies plans to broaden the conflict
Biden has made no serious effort to encourage diplomacy to end the war, which has many concerned about NATO getting drawn into the conflict, sparking a world war.
Many say the U.S. is effectively at war with Russia already. U.S. intelligence has helped Ukraine identify and kill Russian targets, and Biden has been continuously pumping guns into the battle. Still, Biden claims that America is not and will not get “directly engaged” in the conflict.
“We do not seek a war between NATO and Russia,” Biden wrote in the Times. “As much as I disagree with Mr. Putin, and find his actions an outrage, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow.”
The administration says they are being mindful of the risk of escalating tensions with Russia by sending the rockets, which are part of a $700 million package. Biden controversially signed off on $40 billion in aid to Ukraine last month as Americans faced domestic crises such as a baby formula shortage.
As the war continues, it is putting pressure on food and energy markets, driving inflation that is squeezing American consumers. Russia now controls about one-fifth of Ukraine after months of bitter fighting.