The United States has sent more military aid to Ukraine which remains at war with Russia. However, Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov warns that this could have serious consequences, branding the US as a participant in the conflict.

This comes not long after the US sent about $625 million in military aid to Ukraine. The arrival of advanced weaponry has helped Ukraine build momentum against Russian forces, something that includes high-precision Himars multiple rocket systems, BBC reported.

Overall, Washington has now committed nearly $17 billion in military support to Kyiv since the Russia-Ukraine conflict started in February.

However, Antonov issued a warning that these moves by the US only prove that Washington is a participant in the conflict.

"We call on Washington to stop its provocative actions that could lead to the most serious consequences," the Russian ambassador said in a statement on Thursday.

Russia has been suffering a string of major defeats in Ukraine in recent weeks. Moscow has vowed to defend itself by all means necessary, including the possible use of nuclear weapons.

And despite the setbacks, Russia is reportedly pushing ahead with its annexation attempts of four of Ukraine's regions: Donetsk and Luhansk in the east, and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south.

The warning of Antanov also comes not long after US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris discussed further military cooperation with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"President Biden pledged to continue supporting Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression for as long as it takes," a statement read.

Of the latest aid sent by the US, the HIMARS-high mobility Artillery Rocket System has reportedly been used to hit Russian targets such as command posts and ammunition depots. They have been used to target bridges, including those on the approach to Russian-occupied Kherson, which Ukraine is trying to reclaim.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov Getty Images | Mark Wilson

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