The only way to stop Vladimir Putin and his Western expansion into Eastern Europe is to bankrupt is oil and natural gas capabilities by completely outlawing any imports into the U.S. or her allies.
It’s become apparent that Putin has no plans for ceasefire; doing so would be suicide for Russia.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron held a 90-minute telephone call with Putin. He left the call with zero optimism about Ukraine’s future, saying, “The worst is yet to come.”
Since the start of the invasion, Moscow has laid siege to urban areas across Ukraine, targeting critical infrastructure and aiming weapons at schools, hospitals, and transportation centers. Ukrainians have been stripped of basic services and in many areas have no access to clean water, food, or heat.
The near-constant bombardment has deepened a humanitarian crisis of terrified Ukrainians fleeing their country en masse, with many more expected to follow suit.
Despite some setbacks, Putin’s military blitz is showing no signs of letting up.
Despite the comments, Putin’s invasion hasn’t been the quick slam dunk he anticipated. Russia has not only received resistance from Ukrainian people fighting for their country, but also from the international community at large.
Several countries have made diplomatic U-turns in the past seven days, offering millions of dollars in aid and finding ways to get weapons into Ukrainian hands.
Switzerland, which almost always embraces neutrality, announced Monday it would freeze Russian financial assets. A preferred destination for Russian oligarchs and their money, Switzerland placed holds on the assets of Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and 367 others sanctioned last week by the European Union. Switzerland also closed its airspace to Russian aircraft.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who called the invasion a turning point in European history, said Thursday his country would add 2,700 anti-aircraft missiles to its arms shipments to Ukraine. Germany had already approved the shipment of 1,000 anti-tank missiles and 500 U.S.-made Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
Other countries have also given Ukraine weapons. The Dutch sent rocket launchers, the Estonians sent Javelin anti-tank missiles, and the Czechs fast-tracked machine guns, pistols, sniper rifles, and ammunition.
NATO also moved military equipment and sent as many as 22,000 more troops into states bordering Russia and Belarus.
In the United States, the Biden administration has called on Congress to approve $10 billion in additional aid to Ukraine. The figure includes assistance to bolster Ukraine’s defenses, protect its electrical grid, and assist other European allies.
Over the weekend, the U.S. signed off on $350 million in emergency security assistance to Ukraine. The State Department announced it would include “lethal defensive assistance” that would help Ukraine handle armored and airborne threats.
On Thursday, France announced it had seized a yacht belonging to Igor Sechin, a close ally of Putin who runs Rosneft, the Russian state oil giant. Sechin is the main shareholder of the company that owns the yacht, which was in La Ciotat for repairs but was “preparing to urgently cast off” when custom officers arrived.
Private businesses are also going after Russia.
Spotify closed its Russian office indefinitely, while Netflix, Dell, and furniture giant IKEA have distanced themselves from Moscow.
Tech leaders Google and Apple removed all content from RT and Sputnik from their platforms.
Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz announced they would be halting production at their facilities in Russia, as well as suspending exports of all vehicles to the country.
Russian forces on Thursday appeared to be making their biggest gains yet in the south following reports they had nearly surrounded two other strategic port cities in a bid to control Ukraine’s entire Black Sea coast, which could cut off world shipping access to the battered Eastern European country.
Meanwhile, the White House refuses to give Putin the killshot he needs by sanctioning his oil reserves and stopping all imports from Russia.
Really makes you think…
Author: Asa McCue