26th of February, 2022. International News. Russia/Ukraine/USALast updated: February 26, 2022 at 22:58 pm
President Joe Biden, in a recent interview with CNN, expressed exactly why the United States is afraid of launching a counterattack on Russia in response to the Ukraine invasion: because such an action can easily trigger a nuclear chain reaction. Instead, the Democrat leader said that the better option is to punish Vladimir Putin with sanctions. Meanwhile, the United States, Canada, and a plethora of other nations have sent financial aid and military equipment to Ukraine.
Joe Biden said that Russia will pay a high price in both the long and short term for invading Ukraine, adding that the conflict has brought Europe and NATO closer. Biden also said that Putin is achieving the exact opposite of what he had hoped to achieve with this war.
US Sanctions on Russia include blocks on technology exports to Russia, Russian banks, and billionaires connected to Putin. Biden said directly sanctioning Putin himself is an option currently on the table. Ironically and unfortunately, sanctions don’t hurt the Head of State – it hurts the common citizen of the country – as in the classic example of Guyana’s western neighbor, Venezuela.
The United States has sent troops to surrounding countries in Europe to reinforce the security there in order to deter a possible escalation of the war, but the US President said that US troops will not be actively engaged in fighting in Ukraine itself.
Meanwhile, an anonymous hacker group, sympathizing with Ukraine, has taken down several Russian government websites and interrupted a number of Russian TV channels.
Russians are greatly divided on the Ukraine invasion with thousands of Russian citizens taking to the streets of Moscow to protest against it. Although it is unlikely that the tensions in Russia will provoke a civil war, the future of the Kremlin at this point is very uncertain as many people, including Russians, want him dead.
The United States and European Union’s hesitancy to engage Russia in a direct conflict is understandable. After all, any such move is likely to spark a reaction from Russian backers such as China and Iran – and this could result in a nuclear war of astronomical proportions – which could very well put an end to life on earth as we know it.
The scary situation currently unfolding in Europe is unprecedented in the 21st century, but it highlights a few important points: that the US President is NOT the world’s most powerful man, that all countries around the world are afraid of Russia and its allies, and that Vladimir Putin is unfit to be the head of a civilized nation.
Who knows if Putin is simply testing the waters with the Ukraine invasion – to see what world powers are capable (or incapable) of doing – and if he has a more ambitious plan in the pipeline? If Putin is allowed to stay in power after this nightmare is over, then the world will be a very dangerous place. Unfortunately, at this juncture, only the people of Russia have the power to remove this power drunk tyrant from office.