Russia could take Kyiv in ‘not too distant future’ due to aid delays

Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s forces will take Kyiv “in the not too distant future” if House Republicans continue to delay aid for Ukraine, according to a senior Democratic lawmaker.

“I don’t know that the public, more broadly, [understands] just how close to the edge Ukraine is right now,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said during a Tuesday hearing. “If they were to get more weapons, they could successfully defend their country. … Absent that, you will see Russia in Kyiv in the not too distant future. We need to get that support to Ukraine now.”

Ukrainian forces have faced steadily worsening battlefield conditions in recent months, as a lapse in ammunition and air defense interceptors from the United States has left them increasingly exposed to Russian attacks. A group of
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