Former commander of Nato in Europe, James Stavridis has called for the alliance to help Ukraine fight Moscow-backed separatists by providing arms and military advisers to the country.
“I think we should provide significant military assistance to the Ukrainian military,” said Stavridis during a visit to London. “I don’t think we should limit ourselves to, non-lethal aid. I think we should provide ammunition, fuel, logistics. I think cyber-assistance would be very significant and helpful, as well as advice and potentially advisers.”
The former commander also noted that “there is no need for huge numbers of Nato troops on the ground.” “The Ukrainian military can resist what’s happening, but they need some assistance in order to do that.”
Ukraine announced on Friday that it would add 40,000 more soldiers to its force next year and double its military budget, in an attempt to counter the separatist threat in the east.
James G. Stavridis is a Greek-American whose grandparents were from a village outside modern Izmir (Smyrna).