Congressional Republicans, eager to seem more hawkish on the
Ukraine-Russia spat than the administration but realizing how unpopular
starting World War 3 might well be, are pushing to step up shipments of “small arms” to Ukraine.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R – MI) said the shipments were vital for Ukraine
to “defend themselves,” and called for the inclusion of unspecified
“defensive posture weapons systems.”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R – NH) similarly said the US should immediately
start sending small arms to Ukraine and step up economic sanctions
against Russia, saying it was a chance to “punch them in the nose.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D – IL) said he didn’t think sending arms to
Ukraine should be ruled out, and that it was vital to “help Ukraine’s
army get on its feet” after the recent violent regime change that ousted
a pro-Russia government.
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