Recent news of Ukrainian counter offensive successes is exactly what supporters needed following the destruction of the Khakova dam. Will these small victories ease skepticism about U.S. backing efforts and its effectiveness? Though it’s too early to tell if tides will turn in Ukraine’s favor, western support is making a difference.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has delivered billions of dollars in weapons to Ukraine since the war began. Under the Biden Administration the United States has provided more than $37.6 billion in security assistance. Large exports of U.S. funds during times of strained economics accompanied by sizable bills to pay has been concerning for some Americans.
The war had seemed to reach a point of stalemate for several months, leaving distant observers to feel that perhaps their countries’ support isn’t doing enough. That is till recent Ukrainian counter attacks began yielding positive results.
Ukraine keen on the counter
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hana Maliar reports seven villages were retaken this past week. Three of the villages are in Donestk.Three others are province settlements in Zaporizhzhia. Then, on Monday June 12, Storozhov in the eastern Donetsk province was marked by Ukraine’s yellow and blue flag again.
The repossessed territories are areas where the Russian front lines project out into Ukrainian occupied grounds. These zones across southern and eastern front lines have recently become platforms for violent stand-offs between military groups.
The chain of successes reassures foreign supporters that donations have been useful and future expenses can provide auxiliary supply to turn the war around.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced its plans to provide $2.1 billion in long-term weapons aid for Ukraine. The Department of Defense mentioned Tuesday that a military aid package valued at roughly $325 million will be delivered.
In a Wednesday press conference in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg pushed for standardizing weapons and ammunition supplies. Stoltenberg also requested that the defense industry operate by contract. Providing such will smooth out accounting efforts for nations supplying Ukraine. Also discussed at the conference was NATO’s order for 155-millimeter shells costing $1 billion to be sent to Ukraine.
Next pay plays?
Kyiv’s western supporters will meet Thursday, June 14 at NATO’s headquarters to receive the latest updates on the counter offensive’s progress. If retaliation reports are good, the U.S. and NATO will likely bolster Ukrainian military supply in order to flip the war on its head. The continued support will surely pass money out of the pentagon’s pocket, but leaving Ukraine stranded could later prove a bigger cost.