US sends weapons to Ukraine as Russian forces step up attacks

US efforts to provide arms to Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion are complicated by limited supply lines, a potentially small window to save Kiev from collapse and a legacy of the Cold War that rendered ammunition Western small arms incompatible with those produced in the Eastern bloc.

While acknowledging the difficulties in getting weapons to Ukraine amid escalating Russian attacks, the Pentagon believes US and Western aid is proving effective. “We believe this is in good hands, that they are actively using these systems,” a senior defense official said Tuesday.


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