Russia to escalate strikes on Western arms depots in Ukraine, Shoigu declares

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23rd April 2024 – (Moscow) On Tuesday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu affirmed that Russia intends to amplify its attacks on logistics centres and storage facilities housing Western-supplied weaponry in Ukraine. This decision underscores Moscow’s escalating response to what it perceives as heightened threats from the United States and its NATO allies.

During a board meeting of the defence ministry, Minister Shoigu articulated a broader strategy aimed at adapting Russia’s military posture and enhancing its arsenal in line with the perceived pressures from the West. “In proportion to the threats posed by the United States and its allies, Russia will continue to improve its military composition and produce more of the most in-demand weapons and military equipment,” he stated, signalling a robust build-up in Russian military capabilities.

Shoigu also highlighted the increased activities of NATO forces in regions critical to Russian security interests, including the Arctic and along Russia’s western and northwestern borders. In response to these developments, he assured that Russia would implement “adequate response measures” to maintain its strategic edge and territorial integrity.

The Defence Minister’s remarks come at a time when tensions between Russia and NATO member states have reached a heightened state, partly due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and NATO’s continued military support for Kyiv. This military aid has included substantial shipments of advanced weapons systems and ammunition, aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s defence against Russian forces.