February 1, 2015
Preserving Ukraine's Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do
By Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Preserving Ukraine's Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do, a joint report by the Atlantic Council, Brookings Institution, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, argues that to deter further aggression by the Kremlin and its surrogates, Ukraine urgently needs significant military assistance. Drawing on discussions with senior US, NATO, and Ukrainian officials, the authors—Ivo Daalder, Michele Flournoy, John Herbst, Jan Lodal, Steven Pifer, James Stavridis, Strobe Talbott, and Charles Wald—argue that in order to enable Ukraine to defend itself, the US government should provide Ukraine $3 billion in nonlethal and defensive lethal military assistance over the next three years.
If President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Ukraine is not stopped, the West can expect further Kremlin provocations elsewhere. Thanks to Western economic sanctions, the Russian economy is paying a price for the Kremlin's aggression. But sanctions alone have not halted that aggression. Providing US military assistance to Ukraine may deter further Moscow from further aggression; but even if it does not, military assistance will make it harder for Moscow to seize more Ukrainian territory.
Read the Report (PDF)