Preserving Ukraine’s Independence: What The U.S./NATO Must Do

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Report | February 2015

Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do
http://www.brookings.edu/ research/reports/2015/02/ ukraine-independence-russian- aggression
By: Steven Pifer, Strobe Talbott, Ambassador Ivo Daalder, Michele Flournoy, Ambassador John Herbst, Jan Lodal, Admiral James Stavridis and General Charles Wald

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“Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do” by Ambassador Ivo Daalder, Michele Flournoy, Ambassador John Herbst, Jan Lodal, Steven Pifer, Admiral James Stavridis, Strobe Talbott and General Charles Wald”Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do”is a project of The Brookings Institution, The Atlantic Council, and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which argues for greater U.S. leadership in ending the conflict in Ukraine and Russian involvement in the region. The report, authored by eight former senior U.S. diplomatic and military officials, urges the United States and NATO to bolster Ukraine’s defense and deter further Russian aggression by providing military assistance to Ukraine-including lethal defensive assistance.

The report is informed by and summarizes discussions in January with senior NATO officials in Brussels and senior Ukrainian civilian and military officials in Kyiv and at the Ukrainian “anti-terror operation” headquarters in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine.

Recommendations
* The White House and Congress should commit serious funds to upgrade Ukraine’s defense capabilities, specifically providing $1 billion in military assistance this year, followed by an additional $1 billion each in the next two fiscal years;

* The U.S. government should alter its policy and begin providing lethal assistance to Ukraine’s military and;

* The U.S. government should approach other NATO countries about also providing military assistance to Ukraine.

The focus of this assistance should be on enhancing Ukraine’s defensive capabilities, including by providing counter-battery radars to pinpoint the origin of long-range rocket and artillery strikes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic counter-measures for use against opposing UAVs, secure communications capabilities, armored Humvees and medical support equipment. In addition, it should include lethal defensive capabilities, especially light anti-armor missiles.

The report’s authors collectively urge the Obama administration and NATO member governments to move rapidly and implement the aforementioned recommendations. They write,”President Putin may hope to achieve glory through restoring, through intimidation and force, Russian dominion over its neighbors. But a peaceful world requires opposing this through decisive action.”

The eight distinguished foreign policy practitioners and scholars who contributed to this report include:

* Ambassador Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

* Strobe Talbott, President, the Brookings Institution, and former Deputy Secretary of State

* Ambassador Ivo Daalder, President, the Chicago Global Affairs Council, and former U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO

* Michele Flournoy, Chair, Center for a New American Security, and former Under Secretary of Defense

* Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, the Atlantic Council, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

* Jan Lodal, Distinguished Fellow and former President, the Atlantic Council, and former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

* Admiral James Stavridis, Member of the Board, the Atlantic Council, Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe

* General Charles Wald, Member of the Board, the Atlantic Council, and former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command

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2 comments

  1. Please don’t be so stupid .one must not be educated to read this foolish statement .one the Red Army will handle US Army togetherWith NATO ok. The best Army was the Germany Nazi .the British Army forget they were a bit strong due to the colony today no crazy country will come and help them.when the Ussr collapse in 89, 90 your western arrogant and disrespect to the smaller nations demonstrated, your had no feeling to humanity thought that was the end.You invaded every country you decide .with you massive propaganda like you,BBC,CNN,Fox news and many more western net work with total disregard to the UN ,today is a new in Afghanistan you could not even beat or win Taliban with only light weapon,not a even a balance war .please this is not or will not be a Hollywood movie with the Mighty Red Army you can buy them like you did in Iraq take some money and change side no no.Russia knows Ukraine more than you the so called west.You have created so many enemies for yourself many countries will support The Russians pay back time ,no illusions of NATO or America winning a war with Russia forget your fantasy the Afghan war is longer 12 years America and NATO the longer war than first and second world war yet you could not Win .and again forget about these fantasies there is no weapon that was not send to Syria or Nicaragua but all you lost.if you really had better weapons as you try to claim why don’t you use them to defeat the Taliban and Iraq. Am done

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