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Hal Brands

Ukraine War Is Depleting America’s Arsenal of Democracy

Western allies face a choice: Send more weapons to Kyiv or save their stockpiles for their own defense.

Running low.

Running low.

Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

America is following an “arsenal of democracy” strategy in Ukraine: It has avoided direct intervention against the Russian invaders, while working with allies and partners to provide the Kyiv government with money and guns.

That strategy, reminiscent of U.S. support for Britain in 1940-41, has worked wonders. Yet as the war reaches a critical stage, with the Russians preparing to consolidate their grip on eastern Ukraine, the arsenal of democracy is being depleted.