A Pivotal Time for Ukraine: The U.S. Should Redouble Its Support
Two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbas region, Ukraine remains a nation in peril. Russia considers its annexation of Crimea a fait accompli, has taken steps to consolidate its position in the Black Sea, and has created a frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Despite an official cease-fire, war is a day-to-day reality in the Donbas region, and Crimea remains under Russian occupation. Ukraine’s economic reforms remain incomplete; corruption continues to be a virulent and hardy foe. The U.S. needs to stay engaged in Ukraine. This means implementing policies that help the Ukrainians to defend themselves from Russian aggression, promoting economic and political reform, and keeping international pressure on Moscow to fully implement the latest cease-fire agreement, concluded more than a year ago.
While the conflict in Ukraine has faded from the headlines somewhat, Ukraine still needs U.S. support as it faces significant economic and security challenges. In addition to publicly condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, the U.S. should: resist Russian attempts to link Ukraine to its role in Syria, make the case for continued sanctions, promote economic and political reform in Ukraine, and Supply defensive weaponry to Ukraine.