Opinion | Critics are wrong. Biden gets Ukraine right.

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When a brave underdog country like Ukraine suffers devastating losses to an aggressive, genocidal attacker, it is easy to say that other nations should do more to help. But what does “more” mean?

If it means sending troops into Ukraine (or Ukrainian airspace) and risking a gunfight with another nuclear power driven by a delusional tyrant, most Americans would protest. President Biden understands this.

He has rightly rejected the invitation to start World War III and has instead opted for an “all of the above” strategy. On the arms front, he previously decided not to send planes to Ukraine because, contrary to claims by his critics, they proved unnecessary in the fight for Kiev. Now that the action has moved to the Donbas region, Biden has responded appropriately. After sending a $ 800 million security assistance package the week before, Biden announced on Thursday that he would send “another $ 800 million to further increase Ukraine’s ability to fight in the east,” which will include dozens of howitzers, 144,000 rounds of ammunition and tactical drones. . All of this should start shipping within 24 to 48 hours.

The bite also reminded the Americans of the enormous amounts of other military equipment and critical intelligence offered to Ukraine. For every Russian tank, the president said, the United States has sent 10 anti-tank systems. And by “facilitating the significant flow of weapons and systems to Ukraine from other allies and partners around the world”, the United States has ensured that Ukraine has the weapons to sustain the fight and continue to return Russian forces, which few thought possible . The bite has come close to depleting the funds allocated by Congress and will have to ask for additional funds.

In addition to weapons, the United States provided Ukraine another $ 500 million in non-military aid this week, bringing the total to about $ 1 billion in two months. Biden explained: “This is money [Ukrainian] The government can help stabilize their economy, support communities devastated by the Russian attack, and pay for the brave workers who continue to provide vital services to the people of Ukraine. “

Meanwhile, Biden has put together an unprecedented international sanctions regime that halt US imports of Russian fuel and force Europe to get rid of Russian oil and gas. In addition to the series of financial sanctions added almost weekly, Biden on Thursday announced a complete ban on Russian ships in US ports.

After some criticism for going too slow in receiving refugees, Biden is also stepping up US efforts to receive Ukrainians. He has already announced that the United States will receive 100,000 refugees and has launched a new humanitarian probation program called “Unite for Ukraine”, which Biden said will “complement the existing legal avenues available to Ukrainians, including immigrant visas and refugee treatment” and “provide an appropriate channel for safe, legal migration from Europe to the United States for Ukrainians who have a US sponsor, such as a family or[non-governmentalorganization”[anongovernmentalorganization”[enikke-statsligorganisation”[anongovernmentalorganization”

Finally, Biden has channeled and amplified the outrage of the world. He was right when he said Russian leader Vladimir Putin should not remain in office. Likewise Russia is commit war crimes. And the United States have unified public opinion on the need to preserve Ukraine’s freedom and self-determination. Biden does not shy away from the words: “Any American taxpayer, any member of our armed forces can be proud of the fact that the generosity of our country and the skill and service of our military helped to arm and repel Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”

Biden has been aware that Ukraine’s struggle is also ours. “The Battle of Kiev was a historic victory for the Ukrainians. It was a victory for freedom, won by the Ukrainian people with unprecedented assistance from the United States and our allies and our partners,” he said on Thursday. He added: “Our unit at home, our “Unity with our allies and partners, and our unity with the Ukrainian people sends an unmistakable message to Putin: he will never succeed in dominating and occupying the whole of Ukraine.”

At times, Biden seems uniquely capable of conveying the moral irritation of civilized people. “The last few weeks have seen a terrible human price on Putin’s ambition for conquest and control,” he said. “About two-thirds – two-thirds – of all Ukrainian children have been displaced from their homes. More than 5 million Ukrainians have fled their country. It is a complete outrage. The idea that this is happening is approaching the second quarter of the 21 century, is just… (sigh) .Yes, it’s without words.

Biden warned that this would not be a quick fight, noting that “Putin is betting that we will lose interest.” He continued: “We will not diminish our determination. We will continue to stand with the brave and proud people of Ukraine. We will never fail in our will to defend freedom and oppose tyranny.” Such rhetoric may not rise to Churchill’s level, but it does serve as an eloquent expression of steadfastness.

In our age of perpetual cynicism, mistrust, and dissatisfaction, it would be unheard of for a counterpart to recognize that an administration is doing almost everything humanly possible to confront evil. But it is this administration. For that, Biden deserves great praise.

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