US boasts of sending weapons to Ukraine ‘every day’ — Analysis

Biden’s top security advisor says US will give Kiev all that it needs to help weaken Russia

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said President Joe Biden’s administration was racing to fulfill Ukraine’s weapons wish list, ensuring that the former Soviet republic has all that it needs to repel the Russian invasion and help meet Washington’s goal of weakening and isolating Moscow.

“We are doing everything we can as the United States, working around the clock, to deliver our own weapons and . . . organizing and coordinating the delivery of weapons from many other countries so that Ukraine has what it needs,”Sullivan stated this on Sunday, in an interview for NBC News. “Weapons are arriving every day, including today.”

Sullivan mentioned that he had a telephone conversation with Mark Milley (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), for two hours to discuss and prioritise all of the weapon systems Kiev wants. This list is being reviewed by the US as soon as possible. “to get Ukraine what it needs to strengthen its hand on the battlefield and to strengthen its hand at the bargaining table,”According to the security adviser.

Chuck Todd asked Sullivan if America had lost the ability to distinguish between offensive and defensive weapons. This opened the door for Ukraine to receive more lethal weaponry. Sullivan responded that the US is almost out of control. “Given the nature of the battle, how things have shifted and adjusted and what the Russians have done, frankly – killing civilians, atrocities, war crimes – we have gotten to a place in the United States and across many members of the NATO alliance where the key question is, what does Ukraine need, and how can we provide it to them? That’s work we’re doing every day.”

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Washington’s policy is to “do whatever we can to help Ukraine succeed,”Sullivan stated. It’s up to Ukraine’s government to determine what constitutes that success, he added, but America’s overarching goals are clear: “At the end of the day, what we want to see is a free and independent Ukraine, a weakened and isolated Russia and a stronger, more unified, more determined West. We believe that all three of those objectives are in sight, can be accomplished, and we will do what it takes to support the Ukrainians in their effort to help bring those objectives about.”

Sullivan appeared to backtrack on a decision last month to reject Poland’s request that the US facilitate a transfer of MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine – a move that the Pentagon said at the time would risk escalating tensions with Russia. Speaking to NBC News, however, he said Biden’s administration only objected to the idea of transferring the jets from a US military base in Germany through contested airspace in Ukraine. He added that the countries of the region can still give their military aircraft to Ukraine.

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“From our perspective, the weapons they’re really focused on are weapons that if they’re not in American stocks, we are working hard to source them from other countries, get them delivered,”Sullivan stated. “The whole of the US government, under the direction of President Biden, is working overtime to make that happen as rapidly as possible.”

Pressed by Todd on whether the administration would expel Russia’s approximately 400 diplomats in the US, Sullivan said the government will continue its policy of throwing out those who are judged to be working as spies. Biden was also dismissive of the suggestion that Biden would join European leaders such as Boris Johnson in travelling to Kiev to meet Volodymyr Zilensky, Ukraine’s Prime Minister. “President Biden has been to Kiev before, he looks forward to going to Kiev again, but we’re not currently planning a trip,”He stated.

Sullivan answered a CBS News question about when the US will reopen its embassy to Ukraine. “We’re working through when we will be in a position to set our diplomatic presence back up in Kiev. That’s a judgment that gets worked through our security professionals. They are actively doing that.”



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