Curtis Scaparrotti, the top U.S. military commander in Europe, again backed sending more advanced weaponry to Ukraine to help it in its fight against Russia-backed separatists, Radio Free Europe reports.
U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti's comments on March 28 reflected on the continuing debate that erupted following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, and the separatist insurgency that later broke out.
"I personally believe we need to consider lethal defensive weapons for Ukraine," Scaparrotti told a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.
The United States already has the authorization to provide such weaponry to Ukraine, which has been fighting a Russian proxy force in the eastern regions of its country since 2014. Congress included the provision in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act as part of a more than $150 million package to aid Ukraine, but President Barack Obama’s administration declined to provide any lethal weapons.
Instead, the U.S. military has provided American troops to train Ukrainians and non-lethal equipment including Humvees.
As it was reported earlier, an electronic petition, urging the government to begin supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine was registered in Canadian parliament.