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To Arm or Not to Arm Ukraine? The Question Still Bedevilling Washington
Following a protracted policy debate, the U.S. Congress recently authorised $300 million USD in lethal aid to Ukraine. The weapons originally being considered for transfer included; anti-tank missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), communication systems, and radar equipment. However, the hardware that arrived in the war-torn country has been characterised as “little more than junk” (Gibbons-Neff). If Washington is to continue the initiative, it should proceed in good faith, and abandon its current contradictory dual purpose policy. To do otherwise would not only breed distrust between Kiev and Washington, but also would lower the morale and survivability rates of Ukrainian frontline troops.