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Russia warns US of direct military clash

The US’ decision to send more military aid to Ukraine “increases the danger of a direct military clash” between Russia and the West, Moscow has warned.

Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said it was an “immediate threat” to Moscow, describing the US as “a participant of the conflict”.

Earlier, the US announced another $625 million in military aid to Ukraine.

A recent BBC report says advanced US weaponry has been credited with helping Ukraine build momentum against occupying Russian forces.

Ukrainian troops have made significant advances in the country’s northeast and south in recent weeks.

The latest US hardware includes another four of the high-precision Himars multiple rocket systems.

In all, Washington has committed nearly $17 b illion in military support for Kyiv since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye; Editing by Tony Okerafor