The staunch Ukrainian resistance against Russia has surprised many, especially the Pentagon. While mostly hands off in the beginning of the invasion, the U.S. has gone from barely acknowledging a small shipment of Stinger missiles to openly supporting Ukraine with training, intel and billions of dollars in equipment.
Obviously, this has led to an escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Some fear that this significant support may lead to a direct confrontation in the near future.
Currently, the U.S. has sent helicopters, armored vehicles, drones, artillery, small arms, and ammunition. Also, a training pipeline has been set up in Germany by the U.S. troops formerly stationed in Ukraine. This training focuses mainly on artillery and radar systems.
Aside from the equipment and training, it has been confirmed that U.S. intelligence is being provided to Ukraine. Allegedly, this intelligence has been used to sink a Russian warship and to kill about a dozen Russian Generals.
The next step in U.S. support to Ukraine will be Defense contracts to maintain the equipment sent over. This will prevent sidelining of gear rendered ineffective by lack of maintenance.
“All the equipment that we’re giving to the Ukrainians is just too extensive to be absorbed in the short amount of time that we’re giving them,… I think we’re just asking too much, frankly, and I think what’s going to happen is that, when that becomes apparent, we’ll start using contractors in some way.”Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Once this happens, the U.S. will essentially be fighting Russia by proxy through the Ukrainian military. Considering the Eurasionistic worldview of Putin, this leads to concerns that he may retaliate with force against the United States.
Hopefully the degree of separation between support and direct action will prevent this.
What do you think, is the U.S. too close to the situation? Is the support provided risking a direct conflict with Russia? Is this the same as a proxy war?
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