The US supplying Ukraine with Patriot missile systems will prolong the Ukrainian people's "suffering," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday.
"We see that, in fact, the United States and other countries are following the path of constantly expanding the range and raising the technical level of the weapons that they supply to Ukraine," Peskov said during a conference call. "This does not contribute to a speedy settlement of the situation, on the contrary."
Peskov went on to say this will not prevent Russia from achieving its goals in Ukraine.
"This leads to the fact that, unfortunately, the suffering of the Ukrainian people will continue longer than it could have," he added.
On Tuesday, the US announced a new aid package to Ukraine, which included the "first-ever transfer to Ukraine of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, capable of bringing down cruise missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling than previously provided air defense systems."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that the Patriot air defense missile systems would be a "very important step" to creating secure airspace.