As thousands of Russian troops, aircraft and armour carried out massive war games across the border, Ukraine’s President was asking the US to supply advanced offensive weapons to defend itself against the “barbaric aggressive plans of the Kremlin”.
The newly appointed US special representative for Ukraine has stated that Washington is actively considering sending heavy weaponry to the Kiev government. Kurt Volker had said “defensive weapons, ones that would allow Ukraine to defend itself, and to take out tanks for example, would actually help. This is a matter for further discussion and decision: but I think that the argument that this would be provocative to Russia or emboldening of Ukraine is just getting it backwards.”
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