In an article for The Washington Post, U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, who recently visited Ukraine, writes that the ceasefire between Russia and the Donbas is fictitious, and the assistance of the United States to Kyiv is vital. He believes that the United States should help solve the conflict in Ukraine 2015. The author emphasizes that Ukrainian servicemen hinder constant attacks of the Russia-backed militants without the support of artillery and tanks that have been pulled back from the front line as provided by the Minsk agreement.
“How long can we expect these brave Ukrainians to abide by an agreement that Russia has clearly ignored?” McCain asks.
According to the American politician, the U.S. and European allies recognize the failure of the Minsk agreements, but respond with more than “empty rhetoric”. The senator stresses that the concerns of President Barack Obama due to the effect that arms supplies to Ukraine will provoke the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“Putin needed no provocation to invade Ukraine and annex Crimea,” McCain said, adding that it was the weakness of the European leaders and the U.S. that provoked the very aggression that should be avoided.
“During my trip, the Ukrainians never asked for the United States to send troops to do their fighting. Ukrainians only hope that the United States will once again open the arsenal of democracy that has allowed free people to defend themselves so many times before… How we respond to Putin’s brazen aggression will have repercussions far beyond Ukraine,” the senator sums up.