Forward of President Joe Biden’s go to to Warsaw, Poland to commemorate the one-year mark of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, foreign policy leaders urged the president Sunday to continue support to Ukraine to fend off Russian forces.
“We have to throw every little thing we are able to into this combat in order that (Ukraine) can win,” mentioned Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chair of the Home Foreign Affairs Committee, on CNN’s State of the Union.
McCaul referred to as on the White Home to ship F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine and an concept that might be getting some traction on Capitol Hill. The highest U.S. normal in Europe, Gen. Christopher Cavoli, instructed lawmakers Friday in a closed-door briefing on the Munich Safety Convention that the jets would assist Ukraine win the war towards Russia, Politico reported.
In January however, Biden mentioned the U.S. wouldn’t be offering the jets to Ukraine.
“If we’ve put these things in (Ukraine) from the very starting of this battle, a yr from now might have been very completely different,” McCaul mentioned of the jets and different weapons together with long-range missile methods.
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Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, instructed CBS’ Face the Nation that Poland is ready to offer its personal fighter jets to Ukraine, however “solely in mixture with different NATO allies, and in explicit, beneath the management of america.”
As the war enters its second yr, Secretary of State Antony Blinken additionally warned of the opportunity of different international locations – equivalent to China – intervening, elevating issues “that China will present deadly materials help to Russia.”
“There’s an entire gamut of issues that match in that class, every little thing from ammunition to the weapons themselves,” added Blinken on CBS’ Face the Nation.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, famous that the U.S. “might want to maintain the Russians accountable,” for any potential transgressions in Ukraine.
“We’re the entire authorized instruments that we’ve got accessible to us to call out and maintain Russia accountable for what they’re doing in Ukraine,” mentioned Thomas-Greenfield on CNN’s State of the Union.
Highlighting “grotesque acts of homicide, torture, rape, and deportation,” and “execution-style killings,” Harris mentioned “there isn’t a doubt” that Russia dedicated crimes towards humanity.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., argued on ABC’s This Week that Harris’ announcement ought to result in additional military support to Ukraine.
“Let me simply stress this: How will you call this war by Russia a criminal offense towards humanity … and never give the sufferer of the crime towards humanity the defensive weapons they want?” mentioned Graham, calling for the U.S. to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism and to begin coaching Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16’s.
“I’m not apprehensive about frightening (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. I need to beat him.” Graham mentioned.
This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Calls for increased military aid to Ukraine after year of Russian war