Concerning news comes from Ukraine with the recent massive movements of the Russian Armed Forces in the region. The situation is tense, with both sides amassing arms and units along the borders and activity in other regions as well. Unsurprisingly, this has evoked a reaction from the United States, with Washington openly supporting Kyiv.
In a call with President Zelensky, Joe Biden assured Zelensky of the US’ “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea”. Earlier this year, the White House released a statement condemning Russian actions on the 7th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Crimea, saying that:
“The United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of the peninsula, and we will stand with Ukraine against Russia’s aggressive acts. We will continue to work to hold Russia accountable for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine.”
The United States’ response exceeds the promises of alliance and words of assurance. On 4 April, the United States Air Force began C-17 flights to Kyiv Boryspil Airport.
The first flight refueling at Giblartar took place on 4 April with the use of C-17 Globemaster III (registration number 95-0107). The cargo on board remain unknown. It could contain arms as an interim aid for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The second flight flew from Rammstein Airbase in Germany. The C-17 (registration number 06-6161) flew over Czechia and Poland heading for Kyiv Boryspil as well. Russia has claimed the build up is simply part of a program of exercises. In Response NATO announced its own summer exercises with Ukraine.
The data provided by flightradar24.com suggest that the United States chose a hardline response against the Russian posturing in the region. The motives of the Russian Federation are unknown and every scenario is taken into consideration by the General Staff of Ukraine. However, the entire situation may be also a part of Russian information warfare operations to put the squeeze on Ukraine and test the American response. Nonetheless, the current development of events in the region remains under intense observation by the Pentagon.