Russia Invades Ukraine

Posted on August 30, 2014

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Russian military units with more than 1,000 soldiers are operating in eastern Ukraine, as a spokesman for NATO’s senior command said last Thursday. So President Obama need not hesitate from describing what’s happening there a second time as a Russian invasion.

Russia invades the Crimea earlier this year and annexed that part of the Ukraine even though there is not a land path from Russia to the Crimea. The least Russian President Putin wants now is to annex an eastern Ukrainian path to the Crimea.

The present invasion is merely a “continuation of what’s been taking place for months now,” President Obama said at a press conference last Thursday.

It’s a carefully controlled invasion, of course, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, acknowledged last Thursday when she asserted that “the mask is coming off” Russia’s strategy.

The president is right that the U.S. shouldn’t be “taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem,” and that further economic sanctions are warranted. However, the Ukraine has filed for membership in NATO, and the U.S., as a member, may be brought into the conflict by military action.

For now, the question must be asked as well: Isn’t it time to supply Ukraine with some of the military equipment it sorely needs?

A signed bipartisan letter has been sent to the president calling for the administration “to support Ukraine by sending it defensive weapons.”

Such a move is more justified now given the latest advance of Russian troops.

 

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