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Ukraine Buys British Missiles: A New Round Of Escalation?

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Ukraine Buys British Missiles: A New Round Of Escalation?

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On October 21, The Times, reported, citing a Ukrainian source, that Britain is in talks with the Ukrainian authorities on the sale of weapons to Ukraine, including Brimstone missiles. If the parties reach an agreement, it will be the first sale of missiles to Kiev by the UK.

Brimstone is a high-tech air-to-ground missile developed and produced by the MBDA international consortium for the RAF. They are guided by millimetric wave radar and semi-active laser and have a multi-effect, tandem-shaped warhead with adaptive fuzing. It is planned that the missiles will be the first delivered as ship-based weapon systems, and the possibility of their installation on aircraft is also considered. The cost of one missile is about £ 100,000.

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Given the unstable situation in Ukraine, the prospect of supplying high-tech offensive weapons is rather alarming news. The Brimstone’s name  is a reference to the American Hellfire missiles, of which the British weapon is an improved version. Won’t these provocative moves by the Ukrainian government lead to the biblical “fire and smoke and brimstone” coming down on their heads?

The Ukrainian authorities have been rushing out of the frying pan into the fire for a long time. On the one hand, there are downturns and economic uncertainty that have been going on for the last 12 years, which have now reached a critical stage due to the disaster in energy supply, inefficient state administration and the internal struggle between the oligarch’s clans that play a key role in the country. On the other hand, the Ukrainian government has no way to oppose the Euro-Atlantic elites and their project, according to which the country should function as an irritant to Russia and an element of the arc of instability in Eurasia.

The Brimstone delivery is just one in a series of news stories about Anglo-Saxon military support for Ukraine. In June, London and Kiev signed a memorandum on the joint production of warships for the Ukrainian navy. The parties agreed to jointly design and build warships in Ukraine and Great Britain, reconstruct Ukrainian shipbuilding enterprises, and build two Ukrainian naval bases on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

On October 19, President Zelensky met a very important guest, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The latter said a great deal on the topic of what the geopolitical role of Ukraine is. Austin once again called on Russia to “end its occupation of the Crimea,” spoke about the doors to NATO being open to Ukraine and Georgia, and of course that the war in Donbass was solely the result of Moscow’s actions, and that the United States is doing everything possible to support Ukraine in this conflict.

Here we observe a very rational policy on the part of the US and the UK. The policy towards Kiev is an example of how they “warm up” hot spots around their geopolitical opponents, such as Russia and China, supply local leaders militarily and sometimes financially if the latter’s economy is on the verge of collapse, and provide stable information support, solely define who are fighters for freedom and democracy, and who are aggressors and oppressors in regional conflicts.

In today’s serious confrontation between the great powers, one of the main Euro-Atlantic aspirations is to prevent their opponents from leveling these very hot spots and moving on to developing strategic cooperation with each other. It is no coincidence that along with Ukraine, Austin visited equally unstable Georgia, and his slogans there were similar, because the principle of Tbilisi’s actions towards Russia is the same – provocation and distraction. It does not matter that London and Washington are not interested in a real partnership with the underdeveloped countries of the former Soviet Union for reasons of expediency, and neither Georgia nor Ukraine will be accepted into NATO, because they simply do not meet the criteria for membership, and the supply of missiles will not help to resolve the conflict in Donbass but will give a new escalation and new human casualties. It is important that the project of Anglo-Saxon politicians successfully performs its function of forming the conjuncture of international relations around Russia, and neither Moscow nor other participants of these relations can oppose it so far.

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