Ukraine is worried that Russia is building up troops for an assault on the country. Indeed the US and NATO have accused Russia of threatening behavior toward Ukraine.
So what does Biden do? He sends a couple of Coast Guard boats.
REUTERS – A ship carrying two refitted former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats designed to beef up the Ukrainian Navy transited the Dardanelles strait on Saturday days after Ukraine said it feared Russia might be preparing an attack on it.
The ship carrying the two Island-class patrol boats departed Baltimore for the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Nov. 8. Ukrainian sailors have already undergone extensive training on the vessels in the United States. Ukraine got two similar vessels in 2019.
The two new boats are part of a security package to Ukraine worth over $2.5 billion since 2014, the year when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and Russian-backed separatists seized a swath of eastern Ukraine, the U.S. embassy in Kyiv says.
The United States, Ukraine and NATO have accused Russia of threatening behaviour towards Kyiv in recent weeks alleging that it has built up its forces in proximity to Ukraine in an unusual way.
Russia says it has the right to move its troops anywhere it wants on its own territory and is not planning to attack anyone.
The Kremlin said in September that NATO would cross a Russian red line if it expanded its military infrastructure in Ukraine, and Moscow has since accused Ukraine and NATO of destabilising behaviour, including in the Black Sea.
Russia was seen building up troops off the coast of Ukraine all the way back in April and when Biden sent a couple of warships to the area, Putin threatened war and Biden canceled the deployment.
Instead of sending warships now, Biden sends a couple of Coast Guard patrol boats. I’m sure Ukraine is feeling much more confident now…