Democrats are raising pressure on President Obama to arm Ukraine’s military, after thousands of Russian forces reportedly entered the country.
The administration has been wary of providing lethal aid, despite requests from the government in Kiev, arguing that there is no “military solution” to the crisis.
Republicans have long urged Obama to take a tougher line against Russia, but now more members of the president’s own party are making the case.
“We have sent some nonlethal aid to the Ukraine. I think it is appropriate to up that level of aid, to make them a more capable fighting force to resist this incursion and to make it as painful as possible for Putin to make any progress in the Ukraine,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services panel and a normally staunch administration supporter, said on Sunday.