Washington and its allies are preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported on its website June 17, citing US officials.
According to them, the White House administration intends to deprive Russia of the advantage by increasing military assistance to Kyiv, while trying to reduce the devastating effects of the conflict on the global economy and the possible emergence of famine in several countries.
As noted, President Biden’s announcement this week of an additional $1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine was the latest proof of Washington’s determination to ensure Kyiv’s survival in the fight for Donbass.
According to experts, despite the surge in foreign military and economic assistance, Kyiv and its supporters can only hope for a stalemate with a much larger and better armed Russian army. According to journalists, the Russian side is effectively using artillery, which allows for a gradual advance.
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, who now chairs the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, said the impasse on the battlefield presents the United States with a tough choice: either continue to help Ukraine maintain the status quo, with the devastating global consequences that this entails. ; or stop supporting.
As a senior State Department official noted, White House officials discussed the possibility of a protracted conflict with global spillovers even before February, as US intelligence suggested that Russia was preparing to conduct a special military operation in the Donbass.
As it adds “Newspaper.ru”, the decision to supply Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated weapons, including anti-ship missiles and long-range artillery, speaks to the willingness of Western countries to risk an unintended escalation in relations with Russia.
The day before, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov in an interview with the magazine Newsweek said that pumping Ukraine with weapons leads to a direct military confrontation between the United States and the Russian Federation. According to him, the plans for the “sanction strangulation” of Moscow do not work, and the introduced restrictive measures only worsen the state of affairs in the US economy.
On June 16, members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved an additional $45 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2023. According to committee chairman Jack Reed, the bill should help eliminate the effects of inflation, and it also provides an opportunity to provide Ukraine with additional military assistance in the amount of $800 million.
The day before, American leader Joe Biden, during a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Washington was providing Kyiv with a new military aid package totaling $1 billion. It would include additional artillery pieces and coastal protection equipment, as well as ammunition for artillery and rocket systems.
Since the beginning of the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass, Western countries have increased their military support for Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly urged to stop pumping Kyiv with weapons. So, on April 27, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted that the West arranged a “hellish carousel” of arms supplies. She noted that such actions lead to death of people. At the same time, Moscow noted that Western supplies did not affect the course of the special operation and all goals would be achieved.
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