The US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the security situation in the region. At the meeting, Austin affirmed US support for Ukraine against Russian aggression and called on Russia to return Crimea and stop cyberattacks against the US and its allies. Austin has also been critical of Russia’s action in eastern Ukraine as well. Since relations between the US and Russia have been at their lowest since the Cold War, the US has increased its support for its allies in the region.

Ukraine’s security remains in jeopardy since fighting in eastern Ukraine started and the Russian annexation of Crimea. This led to Ukraine trying to find allies that will have its back against Russia. Fortunately, the US has supplied military and other aid to Ukraine to counter Russia’s actions. Supporting Ukraine also worsens US-Russia relations as well as they have been a very low point following the crisis in Ukraine. As a result, Russia has been doing cyberattacks against the US, Ukraine, and other opponents.

As the war in Ukraine and Russian aggression against Ukraine’s allies, Washington should continue to support Ukraine as well as working on improving relations with Russia to prevent anything worse from happening.

Mark Volynski