US President Barack Obama is reconsidering sending lethal assistance to Ukraine, a senior administration official said Monday, but continues to have concerns about taking that step. This official said the president is worried about starting a proxy war with Russia and
that he’s also concerned about the Ukrainian military’s capacity for effectively using high-powered weaponry. The official said Obama worries that no amount of arming the Ukrainians would put them on par with Russia’s military prowess. The official said the recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine has caused the White House to take a fresh look at lethal aid options. The US currently supplies the Ukrainian military only with non-lethal assistance, such as gas masks and radar technology to detect incoming fire.