Austin, Blinken Send FIERY Message to Putin After Meeting with Zelenskyy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is now beginning it’s next phase, in which the Kremlin has ordered the bulk of the fighting force to the east and south, hoping to take the separatist-controlled Donbas region once and for all.

The shift comes after weeks of fighting in and around Kyiv, in which the Russian army appeared to be completely outmanned, outsmarted, and outgunned.

Now, as the Kremlin moves the goalposts once again, a pair of US diplomats is sending a stern message to Vlad Putin and pals, and doing so from the ground in Ukraine. 

“The first step in winning is believing that you can win,” Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin told a group of journalists after he and Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Zelensky in Kyiv.

“We believe that we can win — they can win — if they have the right equipment, the right support.”

The highly sensitive US trip by two of President Joe Biden’s top cabinet members came as fighting continued across Ukraine, casting a long shadow over Easter celebrations in the largely Orthodox country.

Austin went further, stating that the intent of the United States is now to “weaken” Russia’s ability to wage war.

The statement came as the Kremlin was again lashing out at the situation.

Speaking to Russian news agencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticised Kyiv’s approach to floundering peace talks, saying the risk of a World War III “is serious”.

“It is real, you can’t underestimate it.”

While he said talks with Kyiv would continue, Lavrov accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of “pretending” to negotiate, adding: “You’ll find a thousand contradictions.”

The presence of Austin and Blinken in Ukraine has likely rattled the Kremlin, who’ve been keen on using the threat of nuclear annihilation to prevent western powers from becoming directly involved in the situation.