As Jake Sullivan stressed, the task is to prevent the Russian military from committing new war crimes.
The United States intends to provide Ukraine with “the weapons it needs” to defend against Russia, National security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.
According to Sullivan, the Biden administration will send additional shipments of weapons to Ukraine to prevent Russia from seizing new territories and attacks by Russian troops on civilians, which Washington called war crimes.
“We are going to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to fight back against the Russian troops and prevent them from capturing more cities and towns where they commit … (war) crimes,” Sullivan said, speaking on the ABC TV program.
Later, speaking on NBC News, Sullivan said that the United States “is working around the clock on delivery (to Ukraine) … weapons… and also organize and coordinate the delivery of weapons from many other countries.”
“Weapons arrive every day,” Sullivan said, “including today.”
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the United States sent military aid to Kyiv in the amount of $ 1.7 billion.
The arms shipments included defensive Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles, as well as ammunition and body armor.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy insists, however, that the leaders of the United States and Europe provide heavier weapons and equipment for fighting with Russia.
We are talking, in particular, about the eastern region of the country, where Russia is expected to intensify its military actions. On Friday, Ukrainian officials said that more than 50 people were killed as a result of a rocket attack on the Kramatorsk railway station (recall that this city is located in the Donetsk region).
Last Saturday, the Russian authorities appointed a new general to head the Russian forces in Ukraine.
The general’s name is Alexander Dvornikov. He reportedly has military experience in Syria behind him.
According to Sullivan, Dvornikov authorizes even greater brutality against the Ukrainian civilian population.
Liz Cheney, a lawmaker belonging to the Republican Party, called on the Biden administration to provide Ukraine with both offensive weapons (tanks and planes) and defensive systems – anti–tank and anti–aircraft missiles.
“I think we need to do everything that Zelenskiy says he needs at the moment,” Liz Cheney said.