U.S. may increase defense aid to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression – CNN

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Washington is considering expanding security assistance to Ukraine and sending military advisers to prevent a new invasion on the part of Russia…according to CNN….

These include the transfer to Ukraine of Javelin anti-tank and anti-armor systems, as well as mortars. Stinger air defense missiles are also under consideration, as well as part of the military equipment previously intended for Afghanistan, including Mi-17 helicopters.

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It is noted that the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, also spoke by phone with the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi on Monday.

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Meanwhile, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have added proposed amendments to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that would address Russia’s latest provocations, but they have yet to sign off on a final version.

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US considers sending extra weaponry and advisers to Ukraine amid potential Russian invasion

Air defense systems, such as stinger missiles, are also under consideration, and the Defense Department has been pressing for some equipment that would have gone to Afghanistan — like Mi-17 helicopters — to instead be sent to Ukraine….

Retired Lt. Col. Cedric Leighton said that Javelin antitank missiles “are quite effective against the T-80 tanks which the Russians are actually employing in these efforts against Ukraine right now.” But he noted that any additional assistance to Ukraine undoubtedly risks “further heightening tensions” with Moscow.