Strikes on Russian Refinery – Kuleba Responds to Austin's Criticism – No Air Defense Offered to Ukraine

Attack on Russian refineries

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba criticized the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin For his position regarding blowing on Russian oil refineries. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that Washington opposes such attacks, but at the same time, at this stage, it will not help to strengthen the air defense system of Ukraine to protect against Russian attacks.

Kuleba commented on the issue in telethon's telecast “Edini Novini”. However, the US is concerned about the impact of such measures on global oil prices The minister does not see cause-and-effect relationships.

He asserted: The Russian Federation has unleashed a full-scale war, including massive missile and drone strikes. Ukraine must be protected from its attacks.

“I listened to Mr. Austin – he is a great friend of Ukraine, he has done a lot for us, but in this case, honestly, I don't see a cause-and-effect relationship.. When an oil refinery explodes in Russia, we see problems appear in the Russian energy market. But I don't see any problem in the world,” says Kuleba.

At the same time, in our country, due to insufficient number of patriots, the number of victims among the public is increasing.

“No one cares about this: I love everyone very much and respect our partners, but Coming to such a logic,​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​a question in our country is increasing due to strikes in our critical system, the number of people living without electricity due to lack of Patriot batteries.“, stressed the head of the Department of Foreign Policy.

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He said he should think about his own interests. So, if partners promise us seven Patriot batteries and ask us not to do this or that, there will be a topic for conversation.

If there are no batteries, no help package and at the same time you are asked not to do something – then what to talk about? Everyone lives within their means“, said the minister.

As OBOZ.UA wrote:

– On March 22, the FT publication reported US officials' fears of an attack on Russian refineries leading to an increase in fuel prices.

– Later, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the existence of such fears. “But frankly, I believe that Ukraine is well aware that its pursuit of tactical and operational goals can directly affect the current conflict,” the Pentagon chief said.

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