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The Real Danger of Sending U.S. Arms to Ukraine

August 28, 2017 Topic: Security Region: Eurasia Tags: UkraineWeaponsWarArmsRussiaDonbass

The Real Danger of Sending U.S. Arms to Ukraine

Putin could regard U.S. arms transfers as a symbolic test of who dictates conditions in the Donbass warzone.

I know many proponents of sending arms to Ukraine sincerely believe it will check Russian aggression and save lives. If the sales go forward and it indeed helps reduce violence in the frontline zone, I will be delighted to have been wrong. But if this move instead triggers escalation and subjects Donbass civilians to a new round of death and misery, will proponents still be paying attention?

Brian Milakovsky is from Maine and works for humanitarian organizations in eastern Ukraine. He focuses on livelihoods and economic recovery for war-affected civilians.

Image: Semyon Semenchenko, commander of the "Donbass" self-defence battalion, looks on during a training at a base of the National Guard of Ukraine near Kiev June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko