U.S. President Barack Obama has said in Washington that he sees no urgent need to expand military assistance to Ukraine, Reuters has reported.
In his opinion, the separatists have not been able to match the Ukrainian army’s strength so far despite causing a lot of violence. Obama said the United States would continue to work on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis to determine what Ukraine needed to defend itself against separatists who were backed by Moscow.
Given NATO’s statement that Russia had amassed some 20,000 troops on Ukraine’s border and could use the pretext of a “humanitarian mission” to invade, Obama said that “the Russian army is a lot bigger than the Ukrainian army.”
“So the issue here is not whether the Ukrainian army has some additional weaponry,” he said.
“Now if you start seeing an invasion by Russia, that’s obviously a different set of questions. We’re not there yet,” Obama said.