Maj. Gen. David Tabor, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, right, receives a weapons briefing at the 142nd Training Center near Kiev, Ukraine, April 28, 2021. (Margaret Dutart/US Army )
Ukraine is counting on the support of the United States and other Western countries to ward off a possible new invasion from Russia, which has massed some 100,000 soldiers near the borders of the former Soviet republic. Moscow also recently moved forces into Belarus, Ukraine’s Kremlin-aligned neighbor, in what it describes – to widespread Western skepticism – as a regular exercise.
Kyiv is not a member of NATO and does not benefit from the organization’s mutual defense pact, but it has received significant help to boost its defensive capabilities since Russia annexed its Crimean region in 2014.
US and European officials have also made diplomatic efforts to ease tensions with Moscow, although there is an impasse over Russia’s demand to bar Ukraine and other former Soviet states from joining the alliance. Western military.
As the troop build-up continues, here’s what President Joe Biden and other Western leaders have put on the line.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament on Monday that a “small number” of British personnel would join an existing British operation to boost Ukraine’s military capability. “Light, anti-armour and defensive weapons systems” will also be provided, he said, adding that they posed no threat to Russia.
Canadian military training
Canada also has a military training program with Ukraine, and Ottawa recently sent a small contingent of special forces to help Kiev, according to Canadian media. The Department of National Defense declined to comment on potential troop deployments, citing operational sensitivity.
Weapons of the Baltic States
The Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia also got the green light from the Biden administration to send US-made weapons, such as Stinger air defense systems and Javelins, to Ukraine, the countries’ defense ministers said on Friday.
Drone Turkey TB2
Turkey, which has a large defense manufacturing industry, has already sold Bayraktar TB2 drones to Ukraine. The weapon was used to hit Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
More warplanes and warships
The Netherlands and Spain have also respectively deployed fighter jets and warships to the region to support NATO.