Senators Press Pentagon To Give Ukraine Advanced Drones
Providing MQ-1Cs would be a major escalation in US military aid to Kyiv as the drones can be armed with powerful hellfire missiles and can fly for up to 30 hours. The drones would give Ukraine the capability to strike targets inside Russian territory.
It seems pretty clear at this point that the western objective is to put Russia in a position where they will not be able to push a sustained conflict. That goal can be achieved whether or not all or even any of Ukraine is preserved. Obviously, it would be better if Ukraine is preserved, but we can't decide when Russia quits. We can drain them of men and materials to the point where, even if they did manage to take Ukraine, it would be just another thing weighing them down. At some point, they will get weak enough that restive regions (which they have plenty of) and other countries will start nibbling at their borders. Remember that a big reason for the size of the Russian military is maintaining control within their borders. They can't throw it all at any one problem. That is why they have already had to resort to mobilization against a much smaller enemy. So, in one sense, the war is won when Russia is too weak to do this again for at least a generation.
Kyiv has been without light, heat and water for a week now in winter conditions. It’s one thing if you’re young, fit and prepared but an entirely different reality for old folks hiking stairs carrying water and food everyday.
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