Ukraine Sees no De-escalation from Putin

The situation in Ukraine, with Moscow, Russia, pressing into its borders, appears to be getting more dire by the minute. But what is America doing about the situation?


Russian President Vladimir Putin has certainly had his hand in moving the sentiment among pro-Russian civilians in Ukraine, to demonstrate and push back on the government in Kiev, before the conflict of words, actions and emotions with Russia.

“Russia had and continues to have brutal plans,” Ukrainian Oleksandr Turchynov said in The Times of Israel. “They want to set fire not only to the Donetsk region but to the entire south and east — from Kharkiv to the Odessa region.”

Many demonstrators who pushed out the old corrupt government wanted to become more aligned with the European Union.

They were tired of corruption and wanted a more stable economic government more in touch with a solid money market.

Much of the media seems to favor the idea that much of Ukraine would side with Soviet sympathizers.

My friends J.D. Huitt and Hannah Huitt of Sullivan, Mo., have traveled to Ukraine and spent some months there waiting to adopt orphaned children.

The story is not as one-sided as people might see on the screen, after it has been filtered by the politically correct media.

During the Huitts’ last month in Kiev, they noticed a gradual irritation with the government and a strong and growing demonstration in the square.

Many of their Ukrainian friends worried about the future of Kiev and its citizens.

The U.S. is pushing sanctions against Russia and some of that might have some merit, but what it really does is hurt the citizens in what seems to be a winless situation.

“There are a lot of political plays taking place in Kiev itself, specifically when it comes to positioning certain groups within the government itself,” said Derek Monroe, from Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

More needs to be done by the UN, although they have already had a general meeting about the issue and it has proven meaningless.

According to Fox News, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., directed much of the fault to the Obama administration.

“Where is the President of the United States?” McCain asked. “Shouldn’t the President of the United States be speaking forcefully and strongly, and didn’t the president say if they carried out further actions, there would be further sanctions? So far, we haven’t heard anything.”

Kiev has asked for UN intervention and help, however, it seems slow in coming.

After witnessing Russia take over Crimea, even with the help of a vote, there is now a teetering domino of egocentric power that may be pushed over by Putin, if he is allowed to continue moving deeper into Ukraine.

Ukraine has historically been a country that no one wants, a country where Russia has sent its unwanted Jewish settlers. But it has become one of the most fertile and best-kept farm lands ever.

Someone should speak up or stand up for Ukraine.

“We ought to at least, for God’s sake, give them some light weapons with which to defend themselves,” McCain said to CBS’ “Face the Nation” earlier this month.

Maybe the United States is next on Russia’s list of conquerable countries.

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