Although many were against sending weapons to support Kiev’s forces, officials including NATO’s military commander General Philip M. Breedlove are now considering helping Ukraine’s forces. Secretary of State John Kerry even plans to visit Kiev on Thursday to open up talks on providing lethal assistance, but President Obama has made no decisions so far on whether or not to assist Ukraine. In the last few months, the White House has been hesitant in providing weapons in fear that Russia may retaliate with more force. Economic sanctions do not seem to have any effect in stopping Russia from continuing to send weapons and personnel to eastern Ukraine. The United States hopes to achieve a solution through diplomatic means, but as the way things are right now, the chances of negotiations are slim. Apparently in September, an agreement was reached in Minsk that called for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine, the removal of foreign forces, and an arrangement that would monitor the border between Ukraine and Russia to make sure it is respected. Russia however has repeatedly violated this agreement and shipped heavy weapons to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine.
One reason why Russia is backing the separatists is that they want to replace the Minsk agreement with a new one that is more favorable to their interests and would give the separatists more economic stability. An independent report is being created by former senior American officials that encourages the United States to send $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine. Officials of the report argue that in order to dissuade Russia and the separatists, the United States and its allies should expand their offensive through providing Ukrainians with the necessary equipment to stop armored assaults. They believe this will likely stop the separatists from advancing and taking over more territory, and hopefully open up opportunities for negotiations.
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