Reports of mass
killings in Bucha city in Ukraine show how horrific the Russians can be when
allowed to engage in unjustified wars. Calls for action have increased, urging
the west to increase its efforts and help Ukraine defeat the Russians and
secure their country. Initially, Russians-backed separatists took over Donetsk
and Luhansk administrative regions and declared separate states. In 2014,
Crimea was annexed by Russians with little response from the international
communities. The actions have gone unchecked and have emboldened Russia into
the current invasion.
NATO and the U.S
have been limiting their donations or replacing the requests with other aid
forms. Russian Dictator Putin's invasion of Ukraine aims to topple a
democratically elected government. Ukraine's President called for a No-Fly Zone
to be imposed by NATO and the U.S, and the request was turned down. The U.S
government also turned down the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system request because
Russia would escalate the situation and lead to an outbreak of a wider war across
Europe and the war.
Real or Excuse
ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, speaking to the Economist Journalist
Anne McElvoy noted that the Ukraine – Russian crisis is like no other. Yovanovitch
notes that the West has stood together and given heroic support to Ukraine but
must continue sending weapons to help the Ukrainians wage a better war.
President Biden has been commended for walking the tight rope by giving Ukrainian
aid without provoking the war. However, the refusal of Poland's request to send
fighter jets to Ukraine by President Biden's administration is surprising.
received support from the U.S, NATO, and other countries in missiles, drones, Stinger
anti-aircraft systems, and other equipment. However, no anti-warship weapons
have been given, considering that Russian warships have shelled Mariupol city
and surrounding areas. The refusal to
send F-16s, Patriot Anti-air and missile defense systems, Iron Dome and
anti-ship defense systems are based on fears of escalation and nuclear war. Experts are warning that Ukraine's military
may run out of supplies soon, which calls for the delivery of more powerful equipment.
summit in Brussels was held to show unity against Russia and unwavering support
for Ukraine. At the summit, Ukraine
President Zelenskyy asked for fighting equipment pitching for 1% of all NATO
warplanes and tanks to help fight the war against Russia. Jen
Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary general, argued that the request would shift the assistance
from defensive weapons to offensive ones. He noted that providing lethal
weapons would breach NATO's responsibility of preventing the conflict from becoming
a full-fledged war in Europe.
The decision to
provide only defensive weapons is considered a balanced act of preventing the
war from becoming a full-blown conflict. However, there are fears that Russia
will launch a biological or chemical weapons attack on Ukraine after failing to
advance. Will such action result to direct intervention by NATO and the U.S?
There should be a red line in the war, and Russia should not be allowed to have
field days killing civilians without consequences. Russia is prepared to
escalate its offensive and possibly occupy Ukraine without a red line.
threatened nuclear war if NATO peacekeepers entered Ukraine to help the Ukraine
military. The disturbing warnings were
issued on Russia's state-controlled State TV, with other pro-Kremlin
mouthpieces in the media claiming that Poland was preparing to put peacekeepers
in Ukraine. Military Veteran Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov called on
President Putin to secure the borders between Ukraine and Poland. However,
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia would only use nuclear
weapons in the face of existential threat.
Intelligence analyst Dr. David
Wright-Neville stated that the Ukraine invasion is not turning out well for
Russia forcing the Kremlin government to lash out with threats. Russia has
suffered heavy losses, with Western countries reporting Russian deaths to be
between 7000-14,000 while over 30,000 have been injured. Dr. Wright warned that he was becoming
concerned about a nuclear attack that would escalate the situation and lead to
World War II.
NATO and U.S have stated that they would respond if Putin used chemical weapons
in Ukraine. NATO stated that they prepared to provide Ukraine with Equipment to
protect against biological, radiological, chemical, and nuclear threats.
The majority of
the decisions have been undertaken on fears that Russia may escalate and cause
an outbreak of full-blown war with the West. Russian media and its puppet media outlets
have been spreading misinformation to create fear for Russia and keep NATO and the
U.S. out of the country. Dictator Putin's cronies have been in the media urging
him to prepare Russian nukes and other nuclear weapons for deployment if the
situation escalates. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been the face of
propaganda, making ludicrous allegations accusing Ukraine's government of
killing its civilians to garner public support.
imposed by other nations hurt Russia, but it has not been driven out of the
war. More needs to be done to stop Russia from committing genocide in Ukraine,
and the threats of the use of nuclear power or World War III should not be an
excuse for NATO and U.S. Ukrainians are showing great courage and determination
using the donated equipment to destroy Russian tanks and downing several
fighter jets. However, more needs to be done to drive Russians out of Ukraine
and protect civilians. The West should remind Russia that many countries have
nuclear weapons, and starting a nuclear war would be disastrous even for Russia.
should be avoided at any cost, but Russia should not use them to bully NATO and
the U.S to silence the war crimes perpetrated by Russian troops in Ukraine cities. Russians
utilize nuclear war threats as a shield to perpetrate crimes against other
nations without any response from the rest of the world. After the U.S and
European powers gave Ukraine weapons to fight the war against the invasion, the
deputy foreign minister warned that the Russian military would target arms shipments.
Russian threats should not deter Ukrainian
support since it is a war that Russia started by invading a sovereign country
Mass killings of
civilians should be a red line, and the world should send their weapons and any
aid to help Ukraine.
Robert is an experienced freelance researcher and writer with over five years
of experience. He holds a Bachelor of law from Kenyatta University (Nairobi,
Kenya). His research interests are: International law, Peace & Security,
Conflict, humanitarian issues, and climate change. He worked as a peace and
security news writer for Peacehumanity.org. and also contributed to their
periodic PEACE MONITOR MAGAZINE as a peace researcher and writer focusing on
the Israel-Palestine conflict.