While Washington announced $1.2 billion in aid to Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said today (Tuesday) that “the announced Ukrainian attack to push Russian forces to retreat into the territory they have taken control of may not be decisive.”
During his visit to Washington, the British minister called for long-term support for Ukraine to help it fight Russian forces, warning against any unrealistic expectations regarding the declared attack.
Cleverly added to the Atlantic Council think tank: “The Ukrainians have proven great effectiveness in defending their country, but it must be recognized that there may not be a simple, quick and decisive breakthrough,” stressing by saying: We have to be realistic, this is the real world, not a Hollywood movie.
Kiev has been preparing for months to launch a large-scale offensive in the spring against Russian forces in the territories it controlled in the east and south of the country, and to do so it requested more military aid from the West.
On the other hand, the United States announced today (Tuesday) a new military aid package to Ukraine worth 1.2 billion dollars to strengthen its air defenses and provide it with additional artillery ammunition.
The US Department of Defense said in a statement that it continues to support Kiev by committing to critical capabilities in the near term, such as air defense systems and munitions, while building the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to defend its territory and deter Russian aggression in the long term.