NATO’s top military commander said Russia continues delivering armaments into Ukraine, and warned of the risk of not providing arms to stop separatists.
Speaking Sunday in Brussels to a German Marshall Fund forum, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said countering Russian shipments of arms used to supply pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was of prime importance, along with diplomatic and economic efforts.
“What we see is diplomatic tools being used, informational tools being used, military tools being used, economic tools being used against Ukraine. We continue to see disturbing elements of air defense, command and control, resupply and equipment coming across a completely porous border. So we, I think, in the West should consider all our tools in reply. Could it be destabilizing? The answer is yes. Also inaction could be destabilizing. So I think that’s the other question that our nation should look at. Is inaction an appropriate action?”
A ceasefire agreement in Ukraine calls for Russian withdrawal of troops and equipment, and control of the border returned to the Ukrainian government, by the end of the year.