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Top US spy agency says more security help from allies essential for Ukraine to win

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Members of Ukraine’s 95th Air Assault Brigade defend an area near the front line of combat on Jan. 12, 2023, near Kremina, Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON — The director of America’s top spy agency has described Russia’s war in Ukraine as a “brutal conflict” that will require the West to continue providing security aid packages for Kyiv to prevail.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum that both the Ukrainian and Russian militaries face significant challenges, but the war has not reached a stalemate.

“It’s not a stalemate, but a really rough conflict where we’re literally talking about hundreds of meters being fought for within the front lines,” Haines said in Davos, Switzerland.

“It will be extremely important that Ukraine receives essential military assistance and economic assistance going forward so that it can continue to do what it has heroically done,” she added.

The US contributed the lion’s share of security assistance to the fight. Last week, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced one of the largest arms packages since Russia’s all-out invasion began nearly a year ago.

Austin said the latest package of US military equipment heading to Ukraine is worth $2.5 billion and will help “meet Ukraine’s most pressing needs on the battlefield.”

The upcoming military aid, the 30th such tranche, brings the U.S. commitment to the fight in Ukraine to more than $26 billion since the start of the Biden administration.

A Ukrainian soldier holds a new generation light anti-armor weapon (NLAW) at a position near the front line in southern Kharkiv region, July 11, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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“Weapons are the way to peace,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said together with Haines. “It may sound like a paradox, but the only way to reach a negotiated agreement is to convince the president [Vladimir] Putin that they will not win on the battlefield and must sit down and negotiate.”

Stoltenberg added that the Ukraine battle has the full force of the 30-member NATO alliance because it is a “fight for democracy.” He said that “it is extremely important that President Putin does not win this war, it will be a tragedy for Ukrainians, but also very dangerous for all of us.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda said the West must do more to support Ukraine, adding that aid from allies is “still not enough”.

“Ukraine needs more of our efforts, it needs more of our help, and we should mobilize to help them because their situation is really difficult,” he said, adding that the war was approaching a crucial moment.

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