Colorado Democrat, Rep. Jason Crow said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday that the list submitted to Congress this week reflected the urgent needs of the Ukrainian military and civilian leadership.
The list included combat aircraft, particularly mentioning Russian-made Su-25 ground attack planes, which are similar to A-10 Warthog produced by the United States.
The ambassador thus responded to the remarks of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who said that Russia lost over 10,000 servicemen during the special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said on March 25 that the military operation had left more than 1,300 Russian servicemen dead and over 3,800 injured. Ukraine claims even higher Russian losses than the United States: about 14,000 killed and some 16,000 injured.
"The official of the State Department is consciously exceeding the losses of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. These remarks have a cynic goal: to trigger public unrest in our country. This will not happen," Antonov said, as quoted by the embassy's Telegram channel.
The United States blacklisted 100 aircraft earlier this month for violating the export controls placed on Russia. It included 33 Aeroflot planes and one plane owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich.
Providing any form of service to the blacklisted aircraft requires authorization from the US government.
Anyone providing service to the aircraft without authorization risks substantial jail time, fines, loss of export privileges, or other restrictions, according to the Commerce Department.