Biden is right to stay firm on US support for Ukraine

The fight against Russia is so much more than about Ukraine.



February 10, 2023 - 4:41 PM

Ukrainian servicemen walk on the road toward their base near the frontline in the Donetsk region on Feb. 4, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden focused mostly on domestic issues in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but when he did turn to foreign policy he had strong words of support for Ukraine. He assured Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., who was in the audience, that “America is united in our support for your country. We will stand with you as long as it takes.”

Biden was right to take credit for uniting NATO and assembling a coalition to assist Ukraine in countering Russian aggression. That effort has continued with recent announcements by the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom that they would be sending tanks to assist Ukraine in countering an expected surge by Russian forces in the spring.

But some critics worry that the West has been too moderate in assisting Ukraine and make a powerful case that the U.S. and its allies should move quickly to provide even more military assistance to Ukraine.

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