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U.S. and NATO allies create ‘air bridge’ to Ukraine for arms transfer—WSJ

An air bridge has been established between Ukraine and Western countries through which Kyiv gets weapons to deter the RF. Photo: twitter/oleksiireznikov

An air bridge has been established between Ukraine and Western countries through which Kyiv gets weapons to deter the RF. Photo: twitter/oleksiireznikov

The United States and a number of countries of the North Atlantic Alliance have created a so-called air corridor to provide Ukraine with weapons and ammunition amid a growing threat of Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory. The Wall Street Journal writes about it.

Prior to its establishment and the current escalation, only Ankara and Washington provided Kyiv with weapons. Currently, according to the outlet, weapons are being transported to Ukraine by the United States, Great Britain, and the Baltic countries. Poland, and the Czech Republic will join this list in the near future.

For instance, since January 22, eight aircraft with military assistance from the United States have arrived in Ukraine, the last one landed on February 5. In total, over the specified period of time, the American side sent more than 650 tons of defense equipment to Kyiv. In late December, the United States secretly approved $200 million in additional military aid to Ukraine.

Britain handed over 2,000 of the advanced NLAW anti-tank grenade launchers to Ukraine. This weekend, exercises with these systems started in the Chernihiv region. Ukraine and the UK are also negotiating the purchase by Kyiv of two refurbished Royal Navy minesweepers and are discussing the production of frigates and the joint development of eight missile warships.

On the night of February 4, Canada also sent a plane with a new batch of non-lethal weapons to Ukraine. The Canadian Ministry of Defense said that the new supply will help the Ukrainian army defend itself against threats from Russia and its build-up of a military presence near the Ukrainian border.

"Moscow has huge advantages in air, sea, artillery, missiles, and manpower that are unlikely to be depleted by the latest Western supplies. However, officials in several countries have stated their concerted military assistance efforts are evidence of Western determination and complicate Russia's expenditures and options for Russian invasion," the WSJ reports.

Context. The United States believes that Russia is ready to attack Ukraine at any moment. One of the possible options is an invasion during the Russian-Belarusian military exercises.

Great Britain shares the opinion of the United States. The country's authorities stress that the Kremlin has a plan for a blitzkrieg, during which Kyiv could be taken over. However, the country believes that this scenario can be avoided.

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