As tensions continue to rise between Ukraine and Russia, the United States continues to help in the escalation.
President Joe Biden has announced plans to send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to aid in the conflict, a move that has sparked a lot of discussion and debate. But what is often overlooked in this conversation is the escalation of Ukraine’s requests for military aid.
It’s not just tanks that Ukraine is now asking for, they’re also eyeing F-16 fighter jets. The Hill reports that a top Ukrainian defense advisor has stated that they will do everything possible to acquire fourth-generation fighter jets as soon as possible. Biden’s national security advisor John Kirby responded by saying the U.S. is constantly discussing the matter with Ukraine and will continue to evolve as conditions change.
It’s worth noting that defense contractor Lockheed Martin, the company that produces F-16s, is also ramping up the production of the aircraft. The COO of Lockheed Martin has stated that the company is preparing for the potential transfer of U.S. F-16s to Ukraine. This is a clear indication that there is a high likelihood of the sale going through.
It’s important to consider the trajectory of this escalation from defensive weapons to tanks to fighter jets. As we move forward, we are getting closer to the possibility of the U.S. being at war with a nuclear-armed Russia. And President Trump is warning about in a post on Truth Social.
This is something that should be taken seriously. It’s crucial that we take a step back and evaluate the situation before making any further decisions that could lead to devastating consequences.