Biden says he supports Ukraine – now is the time to support them by helping them win

In the case of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, the momentum lies with Ukraine. The United States must strive to immediately give President Volodymyr Zelenskyy everything he needs to deal a serious blow to Russian forces, fight them back, and force Putin to end this war.

That means more of the weapons that NATO members have provided, like javelins, stingers, and ammo, and different types like fighters, killer drones, and tanks Zelenskyy asked for it. The distinction between escalating and non-escalating weapons in Ukraine’s defensive war is in the eyes of the Russians, and America should stop paralyzing Ukrainians by imposing that distinction. Now is the time to step on the gas and allow Ukraine to really go on the counteroffensive.

The Biden White House is reportedly urging Ukraine to reach a deal. A peace deal should be the goal of all nations supporting Ukraine, but it must not be peace at any cost. The goal should be a peace that is as close as possible to a just and lasting peace, and that means Zelensky has more influence over the outcome. This leverage will be possible once Ukraine truly launches a counter-offensive that incurs significant Russian casualties and weakens Russian forces bombing Ukrainian cities.

The fog of war is thick and Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine is dynamic, but there are signs that the war is at a turning point Ukraine makes significant gains against Russia. Not only did the Ukrainians prevent the Russians from achieving a quick, decapitating military victory, they did it also retained control of large cities, and now they have recaptured the Kiev suburb of Irpin and the city of Trostyanets. Now is the time to equip Ukraine with more and different military weapons systems to launch a counter-offensive against Russian forces. The longer this war goes on, the worse it will be for Ukraine and Russia.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (on screen) delivers a speech during a plenary session of the Chamber in the Federal Parliament in Brussels.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly asked NATO members for more support against invading Russian forces.
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Zelenskyy begged NATO for the needed equipment – to no avail. “They have thousands of fighter planes! But we haven’t received any yet.” he told Allianz via video last week. “You have at least 20,000 tanks! Ukraine has asked that 1% – 1% – of their tanks be surrendered or sold to us.” He also requested anti-missile and anti-ship systems.

The Ukrainian president also put an end to the idiotic distinction between offensive and defensive weapons: “Ukraine needs military aid – without restrictions – because Russia uses its entire arsenal against us without restrictions,” he said. ‘We want to survive’ And the Ukrainians cannot survive if they cannot defend themselves against the Russian attack – and they cannot stop the attack without going on the offensive.

Peace coalition only

President Biden’s overseas trip to meet NATO leaders at this summit was one Hugely missed leadership opportunity the bloc of the alliance most serious about helping Zelenskyy win a strategic victory for his country and the West. This bloc includes Britain, Poland and the other countries on the Eastern Front of NATO or what I call the “Just Peace Coalition”. While Biden spoke about the unity of the NATO alliance in his speeches, the truth is that the NATO alliance is divided over the extent to which there are countries should support Zelensky. This level will be measured by the willingness to provide more and new types of deadly aid and greater amounts of it in a very short time, and by the willingness to truly destroy the Russians economically – all of which are necessary for Ukrainians to secure a just peace.

Smoke billows over Lviv after a Russian airstrike in Lviv, western Ukraine.
Smoke rises over Lviv after a Russian airstrike.
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Now the The UK provides Ukraine armored personnel carriers, among other forms of deadlier assistance, a notable boost for Ukraine. And Poland is still a leader when it comes to pushing the delivery of the old Soviet fighter planes, the MiGs. Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser, was part of an administrative group that devised a plan to get Ukraine’s MiGs — and his boss Biden personally vetoed itfor fear it would provoke Putin and thus give the dictator a victory.

Poland’s Ambassador to the United States, MarikMagerowski recently made the right and convincing point that so many in Washington seem to miss: It’s not realistic for Poland to deliver these MiGs to Ukraine without public support and cooperation from the United States — it has to be multilateral to dissuade Russia from retaliating outside Ukraine’s borders. Telling Poland that it can go ahead and make the sovereign decision to deploy the MiGs without US cooperation is dishonest because it is unrealistic, and it is also dangerous for the entire NATO alliance because if Russia makes the terrible miscalculation makes it could attack Poland, then NATO will go to war with Russia.

Magerowski also said allies should close sanctions loopholes to retaliate economically against Russia. The Biden administration’s announcement that it will do so, while also making the hard swing with the “Just Peace Coalition” to provide Ukraine with greater military might at this point, could give Zelenskyy exactly what he needs to do Push Russia back and force Putin to finally end the horrific offensive, leave behind an independent Ukraine and strike a deal rather than escalating this war to a point where Putin concludes he cannot find an acceptable offshoot.

President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks to members of the press after discussing his administration's plans to combat rising gas prices.
Although President Joe Biden has asserted his support for the Ukrainian people, he has taken few major steps to provide them with assistance, including rejecting a plan to send fighter jets.
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While the other countries in the alliance support Ukraine in various ways, for various reasons they are unwilling or reluctant to provide the types of weapons systems Ukraine demands and stonewall a unified, full-scale economic retaliation against Russia for its unprovoked, brutal war against sovereign Ukraine. At this point, a full alliance consensus could prove deadly and jeopardize the “just peace” that Zelenskyy could achieve if only given the means to do so. said Jake Sullivan, “Ukraine can win this fight if we help them win this fight.” His boss should listen. In order to do this, we must stop straddling the blocs in the alliance, move hard, lead and strengthen Zelensky now.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute.

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