Will Iran attack hinder support for Ukraine?

Pro-Kyiv allies cry 'hypocrisy' and 'double standards' even as the US readies new support package

Illustration of a mini replica of MIM-104 Patriot, a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, seen in front of a photo of Volodymyr Zelenskiy
At least 126 people were killed and 478 more injured in Russian air strikes on Ukraine in March, according to the UN
(Image credit: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Supporters of Ukraine have accused the US and its allies of showing double standards in rushing to Israel's air defence after refusing to intervene in Russian missile attacks on Kyiv for more than two years.

The US, UK, France and Jordan were instrumental in helping Israel to destroy 99% of more than 300 missiles, rockets and drones launched by Iran on Saturday. The "show of airborne prowess" by Western allies and their partners in the Middle East "proved the effectiveness of Israel's missile defence system when combined with some of the world's most advanced aircraft", said Politico. But "it also pointed to a yawning difference in the way Western powers treat Israel compared to Ukraine".

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Elliott Goat is a freelance writer at The Week Digital. A winner of The Independent's Wyn Harness Award, he has been a journalist for over a decade with a focus on human rights, disinformation and elections. He is co-founder and director of Brussels-based investigative NGO Unhack Democracy, which works to support electoral integrity across Europe. A Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow focusing on unions and the Future of Work, Elliott is a founding member of the RSA's Good Work Guild and a contributor to the International State Crime Initiative, an interdisciplinary forum for research, reportage and training on state violence and corruption.