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Ukraine's Army Is Outgunned And Underfunded

With pro-Russian rebels advancing on eastern Ukraine, the White House is reportedly considering arming Ukraine's ill-equipped military.
Ukraine's Army Is Outgunned And Underfunded

The Obama administration is reportedly considering arming Ukraine. The reason? (Video via Ukraine Ministry of Defense

Putin is winning. (Video via Kremlin

Or at least the pro-Russian rebels fighting in Ukraine are: the ones Russia's president claims aren’t supported by his government, despite plenty of evidence suggesting otherwise. (Video via YouTube / 1stVideoChannel)

It's now all-out war in eastern Ukraine. In recent weeks, the separatists have made major gains in areas held by the military.

They’ve captured the airport in Donetsk. (Video via YouTube / Юрий Касьянов)

And inflicted heavy losses on Ukrainian forces in Mariupol and Luhansk. (Video via YouTube / Action Tube (WAR: UKRAINE-RUSSIA), YouTube / PL Win

And now, the rebels are closing in on a major railway hub in the Ukraine-controlled town of Debaltseve. Thousands have fled their homes. (Video via Радіо Свобода / Військове телебачення України

On Monday, the rebel leader in Donetsk said he planned to increase his forces to 100,000 men to take on Ukraine's ill-equipped and underfunded military. (Video via CCTV

So underfunded that last year, the Ukrainian army resorted to a text-message campaign to raise donations.

This year, Ukraine plans to spend over $5 billion on its military and law enforcement. (Video via Ukraine Ministry of Defense)  

By comparison, Russia's defense budget for 2015 is $81 billion. (Video via Kremlin

"They need more political support! And they need more military equipment – both non-lethal and lethal," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said. 

Currently, the U.S. provides only nonlethal aid to Ukraine, like body armor, first-aid kits and radar technology. Lethal aid could include anti-tank and anti-air systems and armored Humvees.

Getting a lot of attention is this February report from a group of eight high-ranking former U.S. officials. It recommends direct U.S. military assistance in Ukraine to deter further Russian aggression.

The question is: Would that provoke Putin? (Video via Kremlin

This video includes an image from Getty Images and Kevin MacLeod / "Drums of the Deep."