Should the U.S. help supply Ukraine with arms?

“The U.S. and its allies are holding talks today in a new push to ensure Ukraine’s borders amid heightened fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops. But a key question that’s being debated is whether to supply weapons to Ukraine to counter the aggression,” writes NPR’s Bill Chappell.

“Clearly what we see is that conditions in eastern Ukraine have to change,” NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove tells NPR’s Renee Montagne.

Breedlove says “hundreds and hundreds” of members of Russia’s military are in separatist areas of Ukraine, supplying air defense and other crucial help.

Today’s Question: Should the U.S. help supply Ukraine with arms?

  • Sue de Nim

    Yes. I fear that the world made a Neville Chamberlain-like mistake in acceding to Putin’s annexation of Crimea. We should do what we can to help the Ukrainians stop any further Russian expansion. Appeasement only encourages more aggression.

  • Rich in Duluth

    No. The U.S. should focus on diplomatic consensus building and economic sanctions. I’m not talking about appeasement, I’m talking about making the facts of the situation public and doing our best to sway world opinion and enact stronger economic sanctions against the Russians. We do not need to give our military industry more business.

  • James

    No. This is more Cold War BS. “If Russia acts, we need to react.” Our tactic of cooperating with the Saudis to drive the price of oil down is putting more than enough hurt on Russia.

  • Jim G

    No. I agree with the Germany’s Angela Merkel who prefers to rely solely on diplomacy and other means of pressure. Putin relishes conflict with the west as he can play-act being Russia’s savior. Supplying Ukraine with more lethal weapons only means more death and destruction.

    • Jim G

      Of course on the other hand, we could always supply weapons to Ukraine as FDR did in WWII for the British and start drafting 18 year-old kids into our armed forces. That would certainly send a message to Putin, American mothers’, and please the saber-rattlers on Capitol-Hill. It would also “call” the high stakes Putin is putting on the table. Do we really want to go down that road?

  • whitedoggie44

    Yes, sending some russians home in body bags along with the deteriorating economy will put pressue on Putin. Once a thug always a thug. When the former soviets began returning home in body bags from Afganistan, it eventually forced the russians to withdraw do to pressure from russian citizens.

  • davehoug

    Ukraine will always mean more to Russia than the US. They will take a lot more pain to get their goals. Russia will NOT let the weapons-to-kill-them go unanswered. Gonna be tit-for-tat until someone gives up and that won’t be Russia.

  • Pearly

    Time for another “reset”

  • PaulJ

    Sure give them arms, and if the Russians feel they must react; cut off all trade with them, or would that mean too much economic hardship for the west (which we all know is far worst than the death and destruction that is going on now).