Watch the video clip and judge for yourself. Does it look like Lindsey Graham and John McCain were pushing Ukraine to be aggressive with Russia? Does it look like they are making false promises that America would back them up?
The video was recorded on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2016. US Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Amy Klobuchar met with the 36th Separate Marine Brigade in Shyrokyne. This was within three miles of the “line of contact” in the Donbas War.
Graham and McCain appear to be encouraging Ukrainians not to implement the 2015 Minsk Agreement but instead take the remaining separatist-held areas by force. Graham declares, “2017 will be the year of offense.”
We can only assume that Graham and McCain were making similar provocative comments to Ukrainian leaders in unrecorded private conversations. Imagine how different things might be today if Graham had gone to Ukraine and advocated a peaceful resolution in accordance with the Minsk Agreement.
This was the reaction from the UK Guardian: