This article in the February 1st edition of the New York Times, reports that Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Nato’s top military commander, is now supporting providing defensive weapons to Ukraine primarily because of continuing attacks by Russian-backed separatists.
Although President Obama has made no official decision on providing such military “lethal” assistance, it now appears that many in his administration are open to such discussions to help Kiev’s beleaguered forces who have suffered significant losses in recent weeks. These include, Secretary of State John Kerry, who will be in Kiev on Thursday, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Even Susan E. Rice, the President’s national security advisor, is reported as being willing to reconsider her position which has resisted such proposals.
The article also states, that “an independent report to be issued Monday by eight former senior American officials, will urge the United States to send $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine, including anti-armor missiles, reconnaissance drones, armored Humvees and radars that can determine the location of enemy rocket and artillery.” The report continues that Poland, the Baltic States, Canada and Britain, might also provide defensive weapons if the United States takes the lead.
I believe, given the current state of affairs between Russia and the free world, the U.S. must take a leadership role and help Ukraine ward off further aggression by the rebel forces who will surely stop at nothing until they secure the land, people, resources, and ports to the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea that they, and the Russians, believe is rightfully theirs despite it being the sovereign territory of Ukraine.
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This type of aggression cannot go UN-checked because where will it end, with the full annexation of Ukraine by Russia? It seems Russian President Vladimir Putin is the only who only knows. But, Mitt Romney was right during his 2014 campaign when he said that Russia is one of our greatest potential threats. U.S. economic sanctions have done very little to dissuade Russia from sending heavy weapons and military personnel to eastern Ukraine. It is time to take a higher course of action.
See the full news article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/world/us-taking-a-fresh-look-at-arming-kiev-forces.html?ref=world&_r=0