Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged US to arm Ukraine with tanks and Patriot AA systems

25 June, 05:29 PM
Mike Pompeo (Photo:Mandel Ngan / Pool via REUTERS)

Mike Pompeo (Photo:Mandel Ngan / Pool via REUTERS)

During his speech at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington DC on June 24, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for Ukraine to be armed with modern weaponry.

(Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin’s illegal assault of war represents a planned genocide, which is deliberate obliteration of a people, as defined by the United Nations in 1948,” said Pompeo.

He also compared Putin with Joseph Stalin.

“Putin’s utter lack of basic humanity ensures that as long as he remains in power, Russia will be a virtual prison and no nation that borders its expanse will ever be safe,” the former secretary of state said.

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According to Pompeo, the United States has to arm Ukraine in order to avoid a “larger European conflict,” which would “almost certainly involve America’s military.”

He called for Ukraine to be armed with U.S. Abrams MBTs and Patriot AA systems.

On June 23, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that Ukraine is now in possession of U.S.-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. Several fake stories spread by Russian propaganda have said that some of these units have already been lost in battle, but this has been denied by both Ukraine’s Armed Forces, and the Pentagon.

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