A big move has been made, possibly altering the fate of Ukraine’s military capabilities from bad to worse.

In the gritty theater of international conflict, where the smell of gunpowder and the echo of artillery resonate through the air, the United States has just pulled a significant move in the grand chess game of military aid.

It’s December 27, and the stage is set with a hefty $250 million aid package destined for Ukraine, a land where the shadow of the Russian bear looms ever large.