US Pentagon and State Department have come up with plans to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry as Kyiv battles Russia-backed militants and are seeking support from the White House, according to US officials. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
American military officials and diplomats say the arms, which the characterized as defensive, are meant to deter aggressive actions by Moscow, which has given tanks and other arms to separatists battling Ukrainian government forces.
Under the plans from the Pentagon and State Department, the US would give Ukraine anti-tank weapons such as Javelin missiles, anti-aircraft weapons, and other arms.
Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014, and since then, the Russian government has been supporting rebels in the eastern part of Ukraine. Approximately 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to the United Nations, and US officials are worried the fighting has intensified.
"The level of violence is up a bit of late," Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Wall Street Journal. "The Russians provide equipment, some of their most modern equipment, and they provide proxy forces with advisers."
As it was reported earlier Pentagon said Russia poses greatest threat to the US. The US Department of Defense emphasizes, that Russia is not the only challenging issue.