✔ Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act must approved by the House of Representatives and signed by Joe Biden. The U.S. Senate passed such legislation for the first time since World War 2. It will allow Kyiv to receive weapons and equipment under an accelerated program. During World War 2, lend-lease was approved to help the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition, including the USSR.
✔ As the war unfolds in Ukraine, the speedy delivery of military aid is critical to Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russian aggression. The Kremlin is carrying out horrific attacks across Ukraine on civilian infrastructure, aiming to destroy the Ukrainian people. Every minute matters in the issue of adopting the Act.
✔ Russian aggression against Ukraine is an existential threat to the global liberal order. Besides the war against Ukraine, Putin’s main task now is to expand the boundaries of what’s allowed. It is necessary that Putin suffer a “strategic failure.”
✔ The victory of the Ukrainian Army will inevitably lead to the swift collapse of Putin’s regime. But this victory can only be achieved if Western democracies provide full enhanced military support to Kyiv. Russia’s military aggression may develop in a way that no one now foresees. More Western involvement in military support for Ukraine will guarantee that Russia loses the war.
✔ Putin will celebrate his victory over Ukraine and the West even if he only manages to completely capture Donbas and southern Ukraine. The victory of Ukraine and the entire civilized world will come with the liberation of Donbas and Crimea and reparation payments by Russia for all the losses that Ukraine suffered in the war.
✔ Putin’s perception of the United States and its allies as nations that are militarily weak or unwilling to fight gave him confidence to invade Ukraine. The entire deterrence strategy was based on the idea that the threat of limited sanctions could hold Putin back. Western attempts to appease Putin failed, as did attempts to appease Hitler before World War 2.
✔ Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. has been filled with newfound confidence in its own power, fueled by the amazing performance of the Western-backed Ukrainian military and Russia’s major casualties on the battlefield.
✔ The Ukrainian forces have proven that they are able to repulse the advance of Russian invaders, who have been shelling Ukrainian cities for the second month already. The Lend-Lease program, designed during World War 2, should also be seen as a watershed toward the end of Russian aggression against Ukraine.