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U.S. lawmakers simply again from Ukraine are urging the Biden administration to do extra now to discourage Russia from reinvading its neighbor. The lawmakers are all U.S. veterans, they usually say Ukraine wants army assist, too. NPR’s Michele Kelemen reviews.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: With tens of 1000’s of Russian troops close to Ukraine’s borders, the Biden administration has been warning Moscow of extreme financial penalties if Russia reinvades. However Congressman Michael Waltz, a Florida Republican, says the U.S. must act now earlier than it is too late.


MICHAEL WALTZ: Sanctions must be going into place now for these destabilizing actions. We have to assist Ukraine porcupine themselves and lift the prices now.

KELEMEN: Meaning beefing up Ukraine’s defenses. Waltz says he and his colleagues met with members of the Florida Nationwide Guard who’re in Ukraine on a coaching mission. And of their dialog with Ukrainian officers, they heard each appreciation and frustration.


WALTZ: Appreciation for the deadly help that has been supplied, however frustration that the continued packages both have not been totally authorized in Washington or are transferring very slowly.

KELEMEN: Arizona Democrat Ruben Gallego echoed that, calling on the Biden administration to ship Ukraine extra anti-tank missiles and different weapons.


RUBEN GALLEGO: If the Ukrainians can persuade Russia that an occupation can be bloody and it is going to be lengthy and it will be protracted, I do not imagine Putin will transfer in.

KELEMEN: The Biden administration says it has dedicated greater than $450 million in safety help to Ukraine this yr and can proceed that. Some consultants fear this can additional provoke Russia, although Samuel Charap of the RAND Company calls it a sideshow.

SAMUEL CHARAP: We’re not speaking in regards to the sorts of weapons deliveries that might presumably degree the stability between the Russian army and the Ukrainian army. It is simply not a good struggle.

KELEMEN: He says the Biden administration is correct to deal with diplomacy with Russia, although Charap, talking through Skype, is pessimistic about that, too.

CHARAP: In the event that they’re bent on warfare, there is no quantity of diplomacy, frankly, and even deterrence that might cease them. However I feel that, you realize, the administration is clearly mounting a diplomatic effort.

KELEMEN: He says Russia needs ensures that Ukraine won’t ever turn out to be a part of NATO and is now additionally demanding a broader deal on European safety. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Karen Donfried was in Moscow as we speak receiving Russian proposals on that.


KAREN DONFRIED: I’ll take these concepts again to Washington and in addition share them with our allies and companions. All of those engagements reinforce President Biden’s aim to create a secure and predictable relationship between our two nations.

KELEMEN: Ukrainians are anxious in regards to the sort of deal that Russia needs, says Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton, who was on that congressional delegation to Kyiv.


SETH MOULTON: What Putin has placed on the desk as his view of a diplomatic resolution to this disaster is totally unacceptable, each to the West, to us and to our NATO allies, but in addition to Ukraine.

KELEMEN: Assistant Secretary Donfried will seek the advice of with NATO’s allies in Brussels tomorrow, and he or she’s making an attempt to reassure everybody that the U.S. will not, as she places it, negotiate about Ukraine with out Ukraine.

Michele Kelemen, NPR Information, the State Division. Transcript supplied by NPR, Copyright NPR.