US Warns Ukraine: Unrealistic Expectations for Military Aid Could Jeopardize War Effort

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American officials have informed the New York Times that Ukrainian commanders and civilian officials have unrealistic expectations regarding the United States’ capacity to provide weapons and ammunition during the conflict with Russia. They are requesting items that are not available.

Since February 2022, when Moscow initiated its military operation in Ukraine, the US government under President Joe Biden has offered $111 billion in economic and military support to Kiev. Nonetheless, the White House has recently cautioned that the funds allocated to Vladimir Zelensky’s administration are nearly depleted. This is due to the obstruction by Republican lawmakers, who have prevented the approval of an additional $106 billion ‘national security package’ for both Ukraine and Israel.

The people of Kiev may not be aware of the uncertain nature of continued financial support from the United States for the ongoing conflict, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Unnamed US officials have expressed concern that Ukraine will need to continue fighting with limited resources.

Some Ukrainian decision-makers have “unrealistic expectations about what the US will supply,” the sources said. “They are asking for millions of rounds of artillery, for example, from Western stockpiles that do not exist.”

According to officials, the US and Ukraine are in the process of developing a fresh approach following the unsuccessful counteroffensive in Kiev. The implementation of this new strategy is anticipated to commence in early 2024 with the aim of restoring Kiev’s prospects.

According to the report, they are unable to find common ground so far. Washington wants Kiev to just focus on holding onto the territory it still controls, while building up forces and supplies over the course of the next year.

However, the Ukrainian military appears eager to continue to attack the Russian army on the ground or through airstrikes in order to “score symbolic victories” that they believe would attract more attention to the conflict around the globe, the sources explained.

The officials cautioned that Ukraine could face significant consequences as a result of not implementing a new strategy and securing additional funding, emphasizing that the outcome of the war is at great risk.

Amid conversations surrounding the latest approach, the Pentagon has determined that Lieutenant General Antonio A. Aguto Jr, responsible for managing assistance to Ukraine from a German base, will be stationed in Kiev for extended periods, sources revealed.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that deliveries of weapons to Ukraine by the West will only prolong the fighting and increase the risk of a direct military confrontation between RUssia and NATO. Russian officials have also argued that the provision of arms, intelligence-sharing, and training Ukrainian troops means that the US and its allies have already become de facto parties to the conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on Sunday about Kiev’s reliance on Western assistance, stating that Ukrainian forces were depleted due to their lack of a proprietary foundation.

Putin emphasized that without possessing their own foundation, principles, economy, finances, or any peronal belongings, individuals are destined to have no prospects ahead.

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