As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drags into nearly the two-month mark, and as Vladimir Putin reportedly prepares for a renewed, heavy assault on the country’s Eastern flank, the White House is upping the ante.
According to the Washington Examiner, after speaking with world leaders on Tuesday, President Joe Biden, in addition to billions already sent to Ukraine for assistance, the president pledged to send the country a battery of U.S. artillery units to help them fend off the Russians.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden “spoke about providing more ammunition and security assistance to Ukraine” during his call with trans-Atlantic leaders.
When pressed on specifics about what types of artillery units would be sent, the president and the White House refused to elaborate.
A new conflict
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson noted that Russia’s new plans to launch a heavy assault on Ukraine will transform the situation into a new kind of war.
“This will become an artillery conflict. They need support with more artillery — that is what we will be giving them … in addition to many other forms of support,” Johnson said after speaking to U.K. lawmakers after the call with Biden.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the pledge, saying Canada will also be sending heavy artillery units to help Ukraine.
⚡️Biden, Johnson, Trudeau to send more artillery to Ukraine.
U.S. President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson all said their countries are planning on sending heavy artillery to Ukraine.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 19, 2022
Biden’s pledge to continue sending military assistance to Ukraine was both equally celebrated and criticized on social media. Some say the U.S. president has done enough for a war that doesn’t affect America, and some say the president could do much more.
Russia makes new moves
In recent days, Russia has repositioned a number of its units to prepare for a renewed assault on Eastern Ukraine. According to a separate report from the Examiner, that maneuvering included bringing in reinforcements, presumably to ensure proper numbers for the upcoming assault.
“The Russian reinforcements come in the way of 11 new battalion tactical groups, which brings the total number of BTGs in the area to 76. Each one consists of roughly 800 to 1,000 service members, the official said previously,” the Examiner noted.
Only time will tell if Russia finds more success in their new plans, but it looks like the West will continue to supply Ukraine with needed weaponry, possibly dragging the conflict out for months, even years, to come.