USA gives military support to Ukraine while establishing diplomatic balance with Russia

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USA gives military support to Ukraine while establishing diplomatic balance with Russia

USA gives military support to Ukraine while establishing diplomatic balance with Russia

U.S. and Ukrainian officials have announced that, at a time when Russian forces are massing near the Russia-Ukraine border, the administration of President Joe Biden plans to supply Ukraine with combat helicopters and equipment previously considered for the Afghan military to help strengthen its defence.

In their statements in the American press, Ukrainian officials stated that they met with military officials at the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) “especially supporting the supply of more weapons to Ukraine” and told them that they were seeking to acquire such military equipment.

According to the report of the US-based The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), US officials said that the National Security Council has not yet approved the supply of weapons to Ukraine, as part of the Biden administration’s attempt to reach a diplomatic solution to discourage military pressure on Moscow and Ukraine.

USA gives military support to Ukraine while establishing diplomatic balance with RussiaThe officials added that supplies and equipment previously supplied to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces included Russian and US-made helicopters. The Ukrainian military has sought helicopters and equipment reserved for the Afghan army after Biden announced the withdrawal of US forces last April. Military supplies requested by the Ukrainian army include five Russian-made Mil Mi-17 helicopters used by the Afghan Air Force. The helicopters in question were taken into maintenance in one of the Eastern European countries. The US bought these helicopters because the Afghan army had a know-how on Russian-made equipment from the years when the Soviet Union was in Afghanistan. Ukraine also wants to buy 12 US-made Black Hawk model helicopters that the US produced for the Afghan Air Force but did not deliver. US officials said that if a decision is taken, the ammunition and weapons of the US and NATO in Romania and Bulgaria may also be made available to the Ukrainian army. The same officials added that these helicopters would provide greater freedom of movement for Ukrainian forces stationed on a broad defensive front. Ukraine lost a large number of helicopters during the war with Russia in Donbass in 2014. While Russia annexed Crimea, it also supported the uprising of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

US officials stated that they visited Ukraine and prepared a report.

US officials announced that a military team from the Pentagon visited Ukraine in late November to assess the air defense system and needs of the Ukrainian army, and is now preparing a report. A Ukrainian official said he was pressuring the Biden administration to acquire air defense systems, including the portable Stinger surface-to-air missile system, to help Kiev defend itself against Russian warplanes.

Although Ukraine has now been partially modernized, it still uses defense systems from the Soviet Union era. That’s why it lags far behind the high-tech equipment used by the Russian army.

The spokesperson of the US National Security Council, in the press release, said that the US has provided $ 2.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine since 2014, although he refrained from commenting on the new weapons. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also announced at a press conference a few days ago that the United States has provided Ukraine with $450 million worth of military supplies and equipment this year alone.

The Biden administration continues to walk a fine line in pursuing diplomatic efforts with Moscow, amid US intelligence forecasts that the number of Russian troops stationed near the Ukrainian border will peak next month. On the one hand, it continues its military aid to Kiev, including “deadly” weapons such as the Javelin anti-tank missile system, while on the other hand it tries to establish a diplomatic balance without provoking Moscow.

Some members of the U.S. Senate and officials from the Biden administration say the National Security Council is “concerned” by an increase in arms shipments and “fears” that it may undermine recent efforts to open talks with the Kremlin.

Some members of the U.S. Senate and officials from the Biden administration say the National Security Council is “concerned” by an increase in arms shipments and “fears” that it may undermine recent efforts to open talks with the Kremlin.

President Biden’s threat of economic sanctions is enough to deter a possible attack by Russia, members of both houses of the US House of Representatives (Republicans and Democrats) said after returning from a ‘fact-finding’ visit to Ukraine recently. they said it wasn’t. They called for the imposition of sanctions before a possible attack and the expansion of military equipment support, in particular air defense and anti-ship missile systems that can be quickly integrated into Ukraine’s defense. Seth Moulton, one of the Democratic Party representatives, told reporters that the US should focus now not on preventing a potential conflict, but on responding to it if it starts. “I want the Ukrainians to be given defensive weapons that will inflict heavy losses on Russia,” Moulton added. Thinking that the problem is mostly in the bureaucracy, Moulton says, “It seems like it’s taking a long time to deliver the goddamn weapons and we’re running out of time here. We need to speed things up,” he said.

Saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet decided whether to invade Ukraine or not, US officials underlined that the Russian public wanted assurances that NATO’s eastward expansion would be limited. Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Friday that the Biden administration continues to assess Ukraine’s needs for military reinforcements and President Biden will determine next steps accordingly. Stating that meaningful progress should be made in reducing tensions rather than escalating tensions at the negotiation table, Sullivan said, “We must all follow the path of deterrence and diplomacy first to see if the tension will decrease.”

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