Ukraine’s allies increase aid to defend their own democracies

A seismic shift is underway in the US-led coalition’s Ukraine strategy. The goal is no longer just to help the Ukrainians stop Vladimir Putin’s invasion. It is to help them win the war completely.

They know it won’t be easy or quick. And it is not yet clear what exactly “victory” would look like. But the allies’ new resolve rests on twin pillars: the growing sense in recent weeks that Ukraine may win, and a fundamental political judgment that it is imperative for the future of Ukraine, Europe and the rest of the world that does gain.

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Why are Ukraine’s allies redoubling their efforts to arm kyiv? Because they believe that the future of Western liberal democracy may be at stake.

The goal is to send an unequivocal message to both Putin and his key autocratic ally, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, that Western liberal democracy is not in terminal decline, as they seem to think.

Instead, the allies say they are ready, willing, united and effective enough to inflict a heavy cost on Putin for his attempt to terrorize and subjugate a European democracy.

That is a difficult task. But with their renewed enthusiasm for increased military aid to kyiv, the allies are showing they share Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s view that the war in Ukraine is the front line in a broader battle for democracy.

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A seismic shift is underway in the US-led coalition’s Ukraine strategy. The goal is no longer just to help the Ukrainians stop Vladimir Putin’s invasion. It is to help them win the war completely.

The allies acknowledge that such a victory is far from assured and would not be easy or quick.

They also know that the policy change leaves key questions unanswered, including what exactly a Ukrainian victory would look like. And it carries potential risks. Putin could resort to chemical or even tactical nuclear weapons, or respond to increased Western support for Ukraine by launching attacks on neighboring NATO states.

why are we writing this

Why are Ukraine’s allies redoubling their efforts to arm kyiv? Because they believe that the future of Western liberal democracy may be at stake.

But the allies’ new resolve rests on twin pillars: the growing sense in recent weeks that Ukraine may win, and a fundamental political judgment that it is imperative for the future of Ukraine, Europe and the rest of the world that does gain.

And he wins in a way that Putin is seen as having lost enough that he will never threaten European security again.

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