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President Biden has signed a new bill to allow arms lending to Ukraine. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 has escalated U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war.

  • The bill aims to enable the U.S. to provide Ukraine with as much as possible, including more sophisticated weaponry, said Angela Stent, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, former national intelligence officer at the National Intelligence Council and author of “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest.”
  • Russia asserts U.S. aid to Ukraine signals a proxy war, said Stent, adding that Russia has made retaliation threats but is currently bogged down.
  • While the U.S. has been able to maintain unity with other Western nations so far, continuing that will become a major challenge, she said.

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 in the Oval Office of the White House May 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate on April 7 and will expedite military aide and other resources to Ukraine. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A Ukrainian Army soldier walks past a burning gas terminal on May 13, 2022 on the northern outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia is withdrawing forces around Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, suggesting it may redirect troops to Ukraine’s southeast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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