As part of a 60 million Dollar Security Assistance package, the U.S. has delivered ammunition and other arms to Ukraine according to a state department official in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
The U.S. is also expected to deliver four counter motor radars to Ukraine next year.
President Joe Biden approved the package on September 1 as Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky visited the white house. The weapons delivered included Javelin anti-tank missiles and other nonlethal elements which were not named.
This small delivery of small weapons is seen as face-saving for Ukrainian president Zelensky who visited the White House as the U.S. says that this security package will bolster Ukraine’s self-defense capabilities especially in the light of the build-up of Russian forces near the country’s border but let’s be realistic here, how much of a capability can few arms give to Ukraine in face of a more advanced, well trained and organized Russian troops if Putin decides to go into Ukraine.
Reports indicate that the U.S. has so far provided 2.5 billion worth of security assistance to Ukraine since 2014 when Crimea returned under the control of the Russian Federation through a referendum that was opposed by the U.S and its allies.
Although the U.S has led Ukraine to the current situation, Joe Biden the U.S. president says that he will not send U.S.troops to die for Ukraine in defence from Russia but has promised withering sanctions if Russia invades which is kind of like a betrayal to the people of Ukraine it has been promising to protect.
A tough-talking Joe Biden had warned Putin the president of Russia of harsh economic sanctions in the event that Russian forces do attack Ukraine which surprised many observers who expected Joe Biden to commit the U.S. military to the defence of Ukraine.
It was reported in November that about 150 members of the Florida National Guard’s Task Force Gator were deployed to Ukraine as part of a joint multinational training group Ukraine replacing the Washington National Guard.
The training group was established in 2015 and was aimed at improving Ukraine’s defensive capabilities.
NATO Secretary -General Jens Stoltenberg rejects Russia’s demand to deny Ukraine entry
NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has rejected Russian demands to rescind a 2008 commitment to Ukraine that the country would one day become a member of the western military alliance.
The remarks come on Friday after the Russian foreign ministry said that NATO should formally scrap a 2008 declaration to grant membership to Georgia and Ukraine, the two former Soviet Union republics.
According to Stoltenberg, NATO’s relationship with Ukraine will be decided by the 30 NATO members and Ukraine, no one else although I think NATO should listen to Russia’s concerns instead of rubbishing them off as it will continue to cause instabilities in the region.
In the past few weeks, reports have indicated that Russia moved about 100,000 troops to the border with Ukraine sounding alarm bells in Washington and in NATO.
On Thursday, U.S president Joe Biden talked with president Zelensky of Ukraine just days after speaking to Russian president Putin as Joe Biden urged Putin to take the path of diplomacy to de-escalate the situation or face harsh economic sanctions.
A few days ago the Russian top general warned Ukraine not to attack Donbas as the Ukrainian president said he doesn’t rule out a referendum on Donbas in general while speaking to the 1+1 television channel.
Tensions have been increasing since both NATO and Russia expelled each other’s representatives and we are not likely to see tension reduce unless NATO gives Russia a guarantee that it will not expand eastwards to the border with Russia.
The European Union on Friday warned Russia that it would face the consequences if it invaded Ukraine as Germany’s new chancellor called for talks to resolve tensions in the wake of Moscow’s military build up.
“Aggression needs to come with a price tag, which is why we will communicate these points ahead of time to Russia,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told a joint news conference with Olaf Scholz.
Ukraine has been accusing Russia of massing out troops near its border for a large scale military offensive, the accusation denied by Moscow.
President Emmanuel Macron warned during his meeting with Scholz about the risk of self-fulfilling assessment that a multi-front offensive on Ukraine by Russia could happen as early as next year as Scholz called for the revival of the “Normandy Format” talks between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to resolve the crisis.
Meanwhile, Russian President Putin warned that ” it would be a crime for Russia to stand by and let Ukraine join NATO”, a warning is not sure if the NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg understood properly.
For Russia, it’s about its security which means Russian leaders are willing to go to all heights to make sure Russin security is guaranteed even if it means war with Ukraine.