Western Support for Ukraine – The Organization for World Peace
Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, the West has condemned Putin’s decision and pledged its support for Ukraine. However, since Ukraine is not a member of the European Union (EU) or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the West was not directly involved in the war. In recent days, there have been more explicit actions by Canada and the United States, including the visits of Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin to Ukraine and their meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reportedly traveled to Kyiv for talks with the Ukrainian President. In particular, they promised a diplomatic conclusion to the current conflict and continued to support the Ukrainian military and people. Secretary Blinken announced that the US government would allocate $713 million to the Foreign Military Fund for the training of Ukrainian and allied forces to protect their sovereignty. Besides financial support, Secretary Austin also promised President Zelensky that the US government would send weapons and provide training for Ukrainian soldiers.
In addition to the US response, the Canadian Minister of Defense also, according to Reuters, “[travelled] in Germany and the United States… to discuss support for Ukraine against the invasion of Russia. These meetings demonstrate that the West has learned to coordinate its response to effectively aid Ukraine and simultaneously disrupt Russia’s continued expansion into Eastern Europe. Despite such clear messages of support, it is unlikely that NATO, and in particular the United States, will directly intervene in the war, as this could lead to a significant escalation of the situation. Nonetheless, we should expect to see continued waves of financial support and material support.
Many European countries are also preparing to accept Ukrainian refugees and integrate them into their population. The German federal government has agreed to spend 2 billion euros to help states accept refugees from Ukraine. At the beginning of April, more than 300,000 Ukrainians were registered in Germany. Other countries bordering Ukraine have accepted many more refugees, with Poland taking in nearly 3 million Ukrainians since the start of the Russian invasion. These responses show a collective effort on the Western Front to end the war and restore peace to the region.