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West must ramp up aid to Ukraine to keep war with Russia from becoming a stalemate, U.K. foreign secretary says

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During a visit to Washington on Tuesday. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said the West must increase military aid. Ukraine to ensure the war with Russia does not turn into a bloody, open stalemate.

“We are beginning to see a slowing down – an ossification – of the lines of communication.” Clever told reporters, “lamenting the huge loss of life.”

That’s why “now is the right time to strengthen our support for Ukraine,” he said. “We can’t let this drag on and turn into a kind of World War I attrition-type stalemate.”

Britain announced over the weekend that it would send. A squadron of 14 Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. The first country to supply Kiev with modern Western tanks. The UK also said it would supply Ukraine with more heavy artillery. And ammunition to help push Russian forces back from its territory.

“The U.K. is very much on the front foot” in security help to Ukraine, Smart said. He also stopped short of asking the US. Germany or other governments to supply Ukraine with new tanks or other advanced weapons.

He said each country’s response will be different. And will depend on their political and economic interests.

Germany has faced growing calls to send its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. And to supply Kyiv with other countries that have Leopards.

said Germany deserves credit for breaking its long-standing defense policy. And deciding to send a variety of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine.

“what the German government has done is brave,” he said.

He said Russia’s aggression not only harmed Ukrainian civilians. And soldiers but also Russian troops, who he said were sent into the battlefield as cannon fodder.

“We’re seeing trained soldiers being recruited. And sent to the front lines and fed into a meat grinder.” Cleverley said, calling their treatment “reprehensible.”

Who later met with his American counterpart, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Said Russia was struggling to keep up its war effort and needed to organize another.

“it’s inevitable that we’ll see another kind of consolidation,” said . He did not elaborate.

Chatur also said it was “inevitable” that Russian President Vladimir. Putin would engage in more inflammatory rhetoric. As Russia comes under more pressure on the battlefield.

“This increased rhetoric is something we’re going to expect,” he said. “It’s something we have to get used to. And we will respond and .”

Ukraine and its supporters have complained that Ukraine. And NATO countries have at times moved too to provide Ukraine with the weapons. And ammunition it needs, denying Kiev the chance to secure an early victory.

But at a joint news conference, Blinken said that US aid has grown as the conflict has evolved. And that weapons from the US and other allies have been critical. Ukraine’s success on the battlefield.

“If you look at the trajectory, from Stingers to Javelins to HIMARs. Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Patriot missile batteries. We’ve delivered ,” Blinken said, referring to anti-aircraft. Anti-tank weapons and long-range rocket and missile defense systems. What Ukraine needs.”

The United States has provided $25 billion in security help to Ukraine in less than a year. And “the bottom line is we’re determined to make sure Ukraine has what it needs,” Blinken said.

He said he expected more announcements of US military aid “in the coming days”.

Russia has argued that it is ready to engage in peace talks. And Ukraine and its NATO allies are not, but Blinken said that image is “false”.

Citing a recent Kremlin statement following Putin’s talks. With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Blinken said Putin’s own words showed he had no interest in real talks. Putin said Russia was ready for dialogue if Ukraine accepted. What he called a “new regional reality.” An clear reference to territory occupied by Russian forces, according to the Kremlin.

“it’s a non-starter,” Blinken said.

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