For the first time since the war has started, Russia has accused the US of direct involvement in the war in Ukraine.
The Kremlin had previously accused the US of fighting a “proxy war”, but Russian officials have stepped up the accusation by saying the Joe Biden administration was approving targets for American-made Himars rocket launchers.
Lt Gen Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Moscow’s defence Ministry, said the US is directly responsible” for rocket attacks which killed civilians in the Donbas region.
Intercepted calls between Ukrainian officials proved this, he said.
Konashenkov’s claim could not be verified independently. There is no official reaction yet from the US to Russia’s allegation.
Russian forces have been systematically stealing seeds from Ukrainian farmers, it has also been alleged.
Evidence seen by the BBC shows soldiers stealing seeds from occupied areas and transporting them back to Russia to be made into oil.
One farmer who spoke to BBC said soldiers “looted everything” and attacked one of his employees.
However a Russian dispatcher disputed this, and said the seeds were being bought legally.
Recall that the fierce Russia-Ukraine war started February 20, 2022.