Officials familiar with the situation say that the Pentagon and State Department are both pushing a proposal at the White House which would see them providing a growing number of weapons to Ukraine, a package centering on anti-tank and anti-aircraft arms.
The plan is being presented as a shipment of “defensive” weaponry to Ukraine to deter Russia from invading the country. Of course, there is no reason to expect Russia to actually try to invade Ukraine. Rather, the arms seem aimed at the Eastern Ukrainian rebels.
That’s a potential problem for the US to admit, however, because the whole region has invested heavily into supporting a Ukraine ceasefire, and while the US hasn’t publicly endorsed that, directly arming one side would be deliberately undermining it.
That is something the US has been positioning itself to do for awhile, of course, as they’ve long presented the rebels as essentially a proxy of the Russian government, Still, directly arming Ukraine, far from “deterring” Russia, seems like it would be an invitation for Russia to invest heavily in the other side, if only to keep the two sides relatively balanced.
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