"The US government should provide Ukraine $1 billion in military assistance as soon as possible in 2015, followed by additional tranches of $1 billion in FY [fiscal year] 2016 and FY 2017," the report said.
The report also recommend the United States send light anti-armor missiles. The former US officials also recommend sending armored Humvees (military vehicles) to Ukraine.
- The tension between Russia and the US over Ukraine can turn into an armed conflict.45.4% (1142)
- America is likely to get dragged into another war in the Middle East.32.9% (826)
- North Korea and the US seem to be on a collision course.2.0% (49)
- The war between China and America seems quite possible.3.8% (95)
- I can’t see any major conflict on the horizon.15.9% (399)
Kiev forces and eastern Ukraine’s independence supporters have been in conflict since April 2014. During his visit to the United States in September 2014, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko requested the US Congress and President Barack Obama to provide lethal and nonlethal military equipment to the Ukrainian forces. The White House has so far refused his requests for weapons.
In December, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the US policy of not arming Ukraine with lethal weapons remains unchanged despite the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, authorizing but not mandating the president to provide lethal and non-lethal aid to Ukraine.