Days prior to the tugboat sinking, the Pentagon announced that it would send truck-mounted Harpoons to help strengthen Ukraine’s coastal defense systems, as part of a massive military aid package.

Jake Epstein is a Junior Breaking News Reporter on the Speed Desk, based in Boston for Insider, where this first appeared. Prior, he worked at The Times of Israel, freelanced in the Boston area, and interned at CBS Boston. He graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in journalism and international relations in May 2020. At Lehigh, he was the editor in chief of the independent student newspaper The Brown and White.