Top U.S. spy agency says more security assistance from allies is crucial for Ukraine to prevail

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  • The director of America’s top spy agency says Russia’s war in Ukraine requires the West to continue providing security aid packages.
  • US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said that both Ukrainian and Russian forces were facing significant challenges, but that the war had not reached a stalemate.
  • US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the latest package of US military equipment bound for Ukraine is worth $2.5 billion.

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WASHINGTON – The director of America’s top spy agency has described Russia’s war in Ukraine as an “abominable struggle” that requires the West to continue providing security aid packages to reinforce Kyiv.

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US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum that both Ukrainian and Russian forces face significant challenges, but the war has not reached a standstill.

“This is not a standoff, but in fact, a serious conflict where we are talking about hundreds of meters of fighting in terms of the frontline,” Haines said in Davos, Switzerland.

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“It will be extremely important for Ukraine to get the necessary military support and economic support going forward so that they can continue to manage what they are doing,” he said.

The US has contributed the bulk of the security assistance to the fighting. Last week, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced one of the largest weapons packages since Russia’s full-scale invasion began nearly a year ago.

Austin said the latest package of US military equipment bound for Ukraine is worth $2.5 billion and “will help meet Ukraine’s most urgent battlefield needs.”

The upcoming military aid, the 30th such tranche, brings the US commitment to the Ukraine fight to more than $26 billion since the beginning of the Biden administration.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said with Haines, “Weapons are the path to peace.” “It may sound like a contradiction but the only way to reach a negotiated settlement is to convince the President [Vladimir] Putin that they will not win on the battlefield and they will have to sit down and negotiate.”

Stoltenberg said the fight for Ukraine has the full force of the 30-member NATO alliance because it is a “fight for democracy”. He added that “It is extremely important that President Putin does not win this war, it would be a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, but also very dangerous for all of us.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda said the West needed to do more to support Ukraine, adding that aid from allies “is still not enough.”

“Ukraine is in great need of our efforts, in great need of our assistance and we must mobilize ourselves to assist them because their situation is really difficult,” he said, adding that the war is coming at a critical moment.

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