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Pentagon Mulls New Way to Arm Ukrainians If Russia Invades

The U.S. has also allowed the Baltic states, including Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, to provide Kyiv with American-made anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles.

The Pentagon is looking to get military aid to Ukrainians via ground delivery to help Kyiv with a resistance effort from within the country should Russia invade, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told House members in a private call Monday. 

Sullivan said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wants the option of land routes over air delivery to provide Ukrainians with the lethal aid if Russia launches an attack, a House source confirmed to The Hill. 

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Austin will likely discuss the topic with NATO leaders this week when he travels to Brussels and Eastern Europe. He is set to leave Washington on Tuesday to meet with senior military and government leaders in Belgium, Poland and Lithuania and will attend the alliance’s ministerial conference, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters on Monday.

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