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Leonid Bershidsky

Help Ukraine to Arm Itself

In 2014, Ukraine exported some of the weapons it's requesting from Western allies. It has the capacity to produce them, it just needs help developing it.
Arms to go.

Arms to go.

Photographer: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

When Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution this week urging President Barack Obama to arm Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapon systems," it was calling on the U.S. to send arms to the world's ninth biggest defense exporter, whose supplies last year helped Nigeria fight Boko Haram insurgents. 

So even if Russian-led aggression resumes in eastern Ukraine in the coming weeks or months,  the U.S. should help Ukraine do more to provide for itself, before sending weapons that would turn this into a proxy war between nuclear superpowers.