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Politick: War in Ukraine

April 19, 2022

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The Ukrainian solution starts with United States

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has cost thousands their lives, and that bloodshed has been broadcast over social media to millions around the world. That world and those people have come to a singular conclusion: war is hell, and it’s Russia’s fault. 

As war rages on in Ukraine, the question that really ought to matter to Americans is what should we do. And the answer isn’t simple. 

The solution to war in Ukraine is not American boots on Ukrainian soil. Any action taken by the United States against Russia would rightly be considered an act of war. The United States does not need another war, especially during the faltering first steps of a previously pandemic ridden state. An escalation to war would be yet another burden on the American people. And we don’t need that.

If the answer to the conflict isn’t missiles or bullets, what should the United States do? The solution diverges in two separate directions. 

First, the United States should supply Ukrainian forces with cutting edge military technology. So far, the guerrilla tactics of Ukrainian forces have held the Russians at bay, forcing them to throw more men and money at stronghold cities like Kyiv. But supplies will run low, and valiant efforts to hold cities will soon crumple without reliable and effective military technology. The US is in a prime position to supply said technology, and improved weapons could be the deciding factor in beating back outdated Russian forces. The first step to ending the conflict in Ukraine? Make the prospect of invasion hopeless for the Russians. The best way to do that is to supply Ukrainian forces to the teeth. 

The first step to ending the conflict in Ukraine? Make the prospect of invasion hopeless for the Russians. The best way to do that is to supply Ukrainian forces to the teeth.  ”

— Reagan Eastlick

Second, the United States should cut off all economic ties to Russia. If you’ve been to buy gas recently, you’ve seen the ramifications of war. Russia produces a large amount of oil and gas, a significant portion of which fuels the US. Increased fuel prices, due to American sanctions on Russia, have led to increased prices for products in every sector of our economy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Under President Trump in 2020, the United States was energy independent, meaning that we didn’t have to import any oil or natural gas. Gas prices, in Florida at least, hovered around the low $2.00 range and other energy prices were universally lower than they are now. In fact, prices were lower than they were in Biden’s presidency, even before the giant price hike following the Ukrainian war. That’s because Biden ended US energy independence in the pursuit of green energy on day one of his presidency. Spoiler: it didn’t work. Now we just import “dirty” energy instead of producing it. Green energy fails on an international scale because someone else will always produce the energy we won’t. That’s how capitalism works, and we’re losing the game.    

Energy independence is vital to the Ukrainian conflict because the Ukrainian conflict affects more than just Ukraine. By producing its own energy, the US insulates itself from global unrest in markets and sets itself up to sell energy to countries overseas. The United States could sell oil to countries that need it, especially those countries that may be seriously considering an alliance with Russia purely for their energy needs. Fixing the energy crisis begins with the US.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky put it best after he was offered an evacuation out of Kyiv by the United States: “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Give this man his ammunition. And we’ll work on producing the oil. 

 

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America needs to do more to assist Ukrainians

War is something that can traumatize nations for generations. It devastates the lives of millions, leaving wounds that never heal. It is a terror that shouldn’t have to be faced by anyone. But the actions of one man is once again forcing hundreds of thousands of people to rush to the frontlines to defend their country, their families.

And this leaves the rest of the world to try to figure out the next steps to tiptoe around a possibility of complete and total war. Russian President Vladimir Putin has made that difficult by threatening nuclear warfare with any country that interferes in the war. Nevertheless, many countries have offered their support, placing sanctions against Russia. Even the historically neutral Switzerland broke neutrality to show solidarity for Ukraine.

As a Ukrainian, I want as much supplies, weapons, and aid as possible to be sent to Ukraine to end the war quickly – with as little casualties and destruction as possible. Every day that passes by, I hear of more horrific deaths – made much worse with the knowledge that the people I care about remain trapped in Ukraine. Interference into the war would end it much faster, but as an American, I don’t want a third world war to possibly be sparked. Especially after the devastation of the second world war that left the earth with the threat of nuclear attack.

It is that threat that made it impossible for Ukraine to join NATO, at least not any time in the near future. Because if they do, a third world war would be completely unavoidable. If Ukraine becomes a part of NATO, NATO must involve themselves in the current war to defend NATO territory. And even if the war ends, Ukraine still won’t be able to join NATO because if they do the Kremlin will start a new war to keep Ukraine out and keep NATO as far away from Russian borders as possible.

One of the best ways western countries can help Ukraine without directly interfering (outside of sending military and humanitarian supplies), is by helping the refugee crisis, which is the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.”

— Veronika Maynard

At the moment, it appears one of the only ways for this war to end without it escalating is if Putin surrenders. Which doesn’t seem likely. Otherwise it looks like the war won’t end without another country becoming officially involved or Putin’s death. If Putin does manage to take Ukraine, I am certain he will not be stopping there, and that he then will make plans (if he hadn’t already) to spread to another former soviet country.

Right now, more than 4.3 million people have been forced to flee Ukraine. And that number is only going to increase. One of the best ways western countries can help Ukraine without directly interfering (outside of sending military and humanitarian supplies), is by helping the refugee crisis, which is the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. Most refugee accommodations at the moment only offer a place to rest for five days. And in most cases, that isn’t enough time for people to figure out a way to settle.

Outside of directly helping people, America and other countries shouldn’t involve themselves into the war. They should increase the aid they send, but right now the risks of joining the war outweigh the risks of staying out. Although that is liable to change in the future.

The world becomes smaller day by day with increased globalization and the internet. If people in America think war overseas will not impact them, they need to reevaluate, because this war does not just involve Ukraine. It is a culmination of the tyrannical leadership in Russia, and it does involve the rest of the world and us.

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