Vladimir Putin has not been shy with his nuclear threats of late, and his language has grown bolder with every loss that his ill-prepared troops are handed.
And now, just as the Russian army is finally making some headway in their newly-reconfigured invasion of Eastern Ukraine, US President Joe Biden is getting ready to ship some game changers to the region.
President Biden said Tuesday that the United States is sending “more advanced rocket systems and munitions” as part of the latest weapons package for Ukraine, but stressed that his administration is not enabling the Ukrainians to strike outside their own border.
It’s the 11th package approved so far and will include helicopters, tactical vehicles, Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and other advanced weapons.
“We have moved quickly to send Ukraine a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition so it can fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table,” the president wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times on Tuesday.
“That’s why I’ve decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”
There are concerns about the move, however:
Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” said the Biden administration recognizes that they are “walking a very, very fine line with the Russians” by sending more advanced systems.
“The risk is always there. It’s about managing the risk,” Koffler told Fox News Digital.
“Both countries, neither Russia nor the United States, want to go to war with each other because both recognize that the minute they step on that path, it goes very quickly, and war gaming has demonstrated that it escalates uncontrollably.”
Russia’s latest nuclear threats include a Moscow mouthpiece explaining on state-run television how it would take only four of the country’s most advanced missiles to destroy America altogether.