It’s difficult to say for certain whether any EU Member States are actively sending lethal aid to Ukraine. Certainly, there are no formal restrictions on doing so (the EU arms embargo against Ukraine is no longer in force, having been lifted in July 2014). Indeed, Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, has claimed that his country has already concluded deals with eleven EU countries to provide weapons.
Nevertheless, EU leaders are unlikely to want to escalate the conflict in Ukraine, and may be concerned that pouring weapons into Ukraine could lead to an arms race between the government and Moscow-backed eastern separatists.
Even the US is undecided on this issue. Despite the Senate recently passing a bill allocating 300 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, it is likely that President Obama will veto the bill.
Should Ukraine be given weapons? Or would that enflame tensions and lead to a regional arms race? Should EU arms exports to Ukraine be banned? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!