Biden has always kept his distance from Ukraine, while quietly pushing for further reforms in a country known for his years of serving as the vice president. This is the key front for the West to contain Russia.
But Ukrainian officials have been calling on the U.S. president to show support because fighting broke out again between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian soldiers in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. The organization killed four Ukrainian soldiers last week.
The conflict marked the end of the ceasefire in June 2020, and the Russian army has begun to build military equipment along the border. After the skirmish, the US European Command raised its alert status to the highest level.
In the past week, Russia has further expanded its activities in Eastern Europe and the Arctic, and the Pentagon has remained vigilant. NATO jets worked overtime 1
General Glen VanHerck, the head of the U.S. Northern Command responsible for homeland defense, acknowledged the recent increase in Russia’s aggression and pointed to Moscow’s efforts to “reaffirm its influence on the global stage.”
The Biden administration recently approved the provision of US$125 million worth of deadly aid to Ukraine to defend its border with Russia, including two armed patrol boats and antiaircraft artillery radar. Although the Obama administration sent military equipment to Ukraine, it was not until the Trump administration that it provided deadly assistance. Since 2014, the United States has pledged more than $2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including the provision of Javelin anti-tank missiles.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said this week: “We obviously don’t want to see any further violations of Ukrainian territory.” “We are very aware of the cross-cutting threats we see from Russia, and we take them very seriously. .”