UPPING THE STAKES

U.S. Considering Sending Arms to Ukraine

After weeks of reversals for Ukrainian forces, the Obama administration is “taking a fresh look” at sending them lethal aid, The New York Times reports. Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s military commander, is said to support the move, though President Obama has not made any decisions. So far the United States has sent only “non-lethal” aid to Ukraine, including body armor, worried that offering more would trigger retaliation from Russia. A report to be released Monday by eight former senior U.S. officials recommends sending $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine.