That has largely come in the form of providing tens of billions of dollars worth of aid and weaponry to Kyiv, even at the risk of reducing our own military war stocks to dangerously low levels.
Now, according to a new report, the Pentagon appears to have drawn up plans to sink the entire Russian navy's Black Sea Fleet, an escalation that would no doubt draw a nasty response from President Vladimir Putin.
Shortly after Reuters published an exclusive story that the White House was looking to move advanced anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, an official in Kiev said that the US is making a plan to sink Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko wrote in a now-deleted tweet, "The US is preparing a plan to destroy the [Russian] Black Sea Fleet. The effective work of the Ukrainians on [Russian] warships convinced [the US] to prepare a plan to unblock the [Ukrainian] ports. Deliveries of powerful anti-ship weapons are being discussed."
Gerashchenko cited the Reuters report on Washington’s effort to ship Harpoon and Naval Strike Missiles to Ukraine. The missiles have a range of up to 300 km and cost $1.5 million each.
A trio of U.S. officials, as well as two congressional sources, told Reuters that the White House was continuing to work out details of how to get more advanced weapons to Ukraine, even as Russia has been targeting NATO supply lines into Ukraine. Due to logistical issues and the potential for the U.S. having to remove a launcher from one of the U.S. Navy's warships, there are obstacles standing in the way of the transfer at the moment.
So in other words, Bozo Biden and his handlers are dismantling a portion of our own fleet to provide Ukraine with a weapon system Russian forces are sure to target and destroy once it is used. Perfect.
In response to a question from Newsweek, a State Department spokesperson would not rule out that the Pentagon was working on a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet.
“As the conflict is changing, so too is our military assistance to deliver the critical capabilities Ukraine needs for today’s fight as Russia’s forces engage in a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine," a spokesperson noted.
As is normal for this administration, however, not long after someone from the Department of Defense issued a strong rebuke of any notion that the regime was planning to take out Russian warships.
“I can tell you definitively that that’s not true,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters late last week, though the denial only pertained to the Ukrainian official's assertion about getting help from the U.S. to attack the Russian fleet. Kirby did not, notably, deny the proposed transfer of anti-ship weapons, which, if it takes place, is akin to Washington taking out the Russian fleet...by proxy. And rest assured, Vladimir Putin knows the distinction; he won't sit back and allow the U.S. government to take part in destroying hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Russian state property.
"Gerashchenko said the attack would help to open up Ukraine’s ports. Russia currently controls the Black Sea and maintains a blockade," Antiwar.com reported.
"The UN has called for an easing of restrictions in the sea to allow food exports from Ukraine to help alleviate global food shortages," the site added.
Earlier this week, NATO announced that it would not be sending allied warships into the Black Sea, which appears to be a deescalation for now. But providing anti-ship missiles to Ukraine still appears to be on the table.