April 20, 2022

As a new, uglier phase of fighting in Ukraine begins, Western countries are rushing to give Kyiv bigger, better weapons

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Business Insdier

Journalist Christopher Woody

Ukrainians have "proven that they're willing to fight and they're able to," said Jim Townsend, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, "but I think what's really behind this latest push is the type of warfare that they're going to be dealing with now in the east is different than what they've been facing in the Kyiv area."

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Another security assistance package similar to the most recent one is reportedly being developed, and that aid should keep flowing, according to Townsend, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy.

"They'll need a lot more ammunition, for instance. They'll need more artillery, more tanks," Townsend told Insider, saying the looming fight would be a "war of attrition."

"When it's a battle of attrition, they're going to run out of things," Townsend said, "so they'll need to be resupplied quite a bit."

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  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...