Ukrainian marine
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FILE PHOTO: A Ukrainian marine at a fighting position on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 7, 2022.
"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told lawmakers on Monday, adding initial shipments had already arrived in the country hours prior.

Despite the growing enmity, Wallace said he invited his Russian counterpart, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, to meet in London sometime in the coming weeks to work through the issue, adding "the current gap is wide but not unbridgeable," and that he remains "hopeful that diplomacy will prevail."

Comment: That's the UK's idea of diplomacy...

While the official did not provide details about the number or type of arms sent, he said they are "not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia," and are to be used by Ukrainian forces "in self-defence" only. A "small number" of British troops will also train local soldiers on how to use the new gear.

"These are short-range... but nevertheless it would make people pause and think what they were doing and if tanks were to roll into Ukraine, invade it, then they would be part of the defence mechanism," Wallace continued.

Comment: If Russia was compelling into invading Ukraine as a means of defending itself, Ukraine wouldn't stand a chance against; the West and Ukraine know this, but the objective is to incite Russia into making the first move to legitimize and further the West's hybrid war on Russia.

The UK and US governments continue to predict an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russia, despite the latter's insistence that it has no plans for an armed incursion. Nonetheless, over the weekend, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan claimed Moscow would "fabricate a pretext" to invade, threatening a "robust response" that would target Russia economically. A proposal to sever Moscow from the SWIFT international banking network is also reportedly still on the table.

Comment: The threat of blocking Russia from SWIFT has been dropped.

Sullivan's warning, as well as London's vow to arm up the Ukrainian military, come days after several current and former US officials told Yahoo News that intelligence agencies are now "training an insurgency" in Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion, with one ex-CIA staffer saying the program is instructing troops on how to "kill Russians."