West risks escalation by approving Ukrainian strikes into Russia, warns Slovak PM

The alleged approval from Western nations would mark a significant escalation in the year-long war by enabling Ukraine to take the fight to Russia itself.

Tensions over the Ukraine conflict escalated further today as Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico issued a stern rebuke against reports that some Western allies have agreed to permit Ukrainian forces to utilize supplied weapons to conduct strikes inside Russian territory.

The alleged approval from Western nations would mark a significant escalation in the year-long war by enabling Ukraine to take the fight to Russia itself. Until now, Western-supplied arms were intended solely for use in defending Ukrainian lands against Russian aggression.

While no countries have officially confirmed providing such authorization, the unverified reports have already sent shockwaves across Europe and drawn a furious response from Moscow.

The rhetoric reflects the heightened stakes and risks of escalation as the conflict grinds through its second year with no end in sight. Ukraine has long sought approval to strike Russian rear areas, logistics hubs, and command centres to disrupt Moscow’s operations and supply lines.

However, many European nations have been reticent to permit such actions out of fear it could provoke reprisals by Russia and potentially draw the NATO alliance into confrontation with Russian forces.

Prime Minister Fico’s adamant stance underscores these concerns, positioning Slovakia as firmly opposed to any escalatory actions that could see the war spill across Ukraine’s borders. He also said that the conflict must be resolved through diplomacy and negotiation before it consumes more nations and lives.

As the allegations swirl, a pall of anxiety has descended upon the European continent. With tempers flaring on all sides, the path toward a peaceful resolution appears more tenuous than ever before.