Vice President Biden is in the Ukraine today and his first order of business might be to keep the power on. Since Russia controls the spigot, the EU and US must find some workarounds. Bear in mind that the Ukraine has been as source of food supply for Russians. How about shutting that spigot off and diverting the crop elsewhere?
What excuses has Vladimir Putin used to invade the Ukraine? Here is a list that is also annotated.
- The Ukraine government fell and the elected president fled to Russia.
- The Ukraine owes Russia much debt.
- The Ukraine was once in the same club with Russia, and has been leaning more to the EU.
- There are many pockets of Russians living in the Ukraine and those communities could belong to Russia.
- The Ukraine has strategic locations that are beneficial when under Russian control.
- The Ukraine government is unviable and unrecognizable presenting a security problem for ethnic Russians living there.
On and on it goes. The trouble is that Russia has no legitimate right to invade the Ukraine and international law is the means to address its concerns. Since Russia has chosen the aggressive invasion path that began with illegal occupation of the Crimean Region, the nation must be punished for its actions. A commentator on CNN speculated today that punishment for Putin’s actions to date could last decades. It will be felt by Russian citizens as the ruble is crashing.