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Ukraine's military support changes with evolution of war, - Blinken

Feb 9, 2023

The U.S. and other allies are changing their assistance to Ukraine for de-occupation and defense in accordance with the evolving nature of Russia's war and aggression.

This was stated by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a joint briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, RBC-Ukraine reports.

"As we have said throughout this process (full-scale war – ed.), at every stage of it we will work very closely with the Ukrainians and with other allies to make sure that Ukraine has everything it needs to defend itself and continue to take back the territories that have been seized by Russian forces. As the nature of the conflict and aggression changed, so did the support we provided," Blinken said when asked about his nation's position on the transfer of fighter jets.

He recalled that Ukraine had been receiving military assistance from the U.S. even before the full-scale invasion. Now the allies, including Germany and other European countries, have decided to provide tanks.

"This is an evolving process, and we will continue to draw conclusions about what we think Ukraine needs and what can be used most effectively. We will do this in close consultation with Ukraine and, of course, with our partners," the secretary of state added.

We shall remind you that earlier U.S. President Joe Biden refused to provide Ukraine with fighter jets as part of military assistance. He later explained this decision by the fact that such equipment should be left inside the country.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 09/02/2022

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