John Bolton Urges Swift Action on Extra Ukraine Aid to Prevent Russian Victory, Former National Security Advisor Warns

John Bolton, the ex-National Security Advisor, emphasized the need for Congress to promptly support Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia, expressing concern that the situation could be overshadowed in American awareness due to the focus on the Gaza conflict.

“Ultimately, if we don’t help the Ukrainians out, ultimately Russia will win,” Bolton said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM’s “Cats Roundtable” on Sunday. “I think we need to do a better job.” 

“I think people in the House and the Senate should press Biden harder to develop a winning strategy with Ukraine, not just preventing Ukraine from losing, but figure out how Ukraine can win,” Bolton emphasized.

While the Biden administration has granted additional military aid to Ukraine, it has sparked discord among Republicans, primarily over financial concerns. This internal division in the GOP has complicated the approval of additional assistance to Ukraine.

Furthermore, Republicans tying Ukrainian aid to border enforcement spending has created reluctance among certain Democrats.

As winter sets in, slowing the conflict, and Ukraine’s unsuccessful late-summer counteroffensive dampening international support, the Ukrainian military finds itself in a relatively stagnant situation against Russia.

“I think the Ukrainians are worried about the possible loss of some American support,” Bolton said. “I hope we’re going to find a way to give them the additional military support they need.”

Voicing apprehension, Bolton underscored the imminent risk of a diplomatic victory for Russia, enabling it to maintain control over the unlawfully annexed territory in eastern Ukraine.

“I think we’ve got to be very concerned about a Russian diplomatic offensive that tries to win over at the bargaining table with the Russian troops can’t win on the battlefield,” he said. “That could come at any time, so we need to be ready for that.”