“They are receiving a great amount of what they need,” Rita Konaev, associate director of analysis at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology told Vox on Sunday, despite Ukraine’s continued pleas for fighter jets to counter the Russian air force. “It’s unprecedented. We have not seen this much [weaponry] of this caliber, this fast.”
Less exciting than drone munitions, mines, and ammunition — but perhaps just as critical — is the protective equipment the US is sending over. Despite heavy losses, Russia can theoretically keep replenishing its troops in Ukraine, should it decide to do so. “We don’t know what Ukraine’s bench looks like; they don’t have the ability to replenish forces,” Konaev told Vox. Keeping Ukrainian troops alive and able to fight will be a critical part of continued assistance.
But larger questions — of what the desired and realistic outcomes of this conflict are, and what a long-term strategic partnership to support Ukraine in this war should look like — are yet unanswered. Other than a triumph of democracy over authoritarianism, specific, measurable strategic goals of US support haven’t been clearly articulated. In other words, Konaev said, we don’t know if the goal is for Ukraine, “to win? When? How? And at what cost?”
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