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Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

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Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

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KYIV, Ukraine—And it goes on and on in eastern Ukraine. Every day and every night. There’s never any end to the artillery, the rockets, the snipers. Or the killing. The war in Ukraine hardly makes the headlines anymore, if it ever did. The war is not a particularly big one. Conventional combat operations are confined along a static, 250-mile-long front line in Ukraine’s embattled southeastern Donbas region. Although, Russia’s hybrid tactics—like cyberwarfare and weaponized propaganda—affect the entire country. Nor is the Ukraine war the most deadly in the world today. Yet, it is a war—the only ongoing one in Europe, in fact. And if one were to draw a line back to the origins of Russia’s current hybrid conflict against the West, it would lead straight to the war in Ukraine. “This is the front line of new generation warfare,” retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane said of the war in Ukraine at a talk in Kyiv on Monday. Russia invaded and seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, and then launched a proxy war in eastern Ukraine the following April. In turn, the United States and the European Union levied punitive economic sanctions on Moscow for its aggression in Ukraine. Since then, relations between Russia and the West have hit a post-Cold War nadir. Ukraine, for its part, has rebuilt its armed forces into the second-biggest standing army in Europe, with about 250,000 active-duty troops and tens of thousands more in reserves. In terms of manpower, only Russia’s military is bigger among European countries.

Still, Ukraine’s upped defense spending underscores how the country now sees Russia as a long-term military adversary—a falling out between the two post-Soviet countries and erstwhile allies that has sent shock-waves across the region. “The Western community must avoid viewing the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine as a singular military crisis. Rather it should view it as a symptom of wider regional geopolitical and economic issues,” Franklin Holcomb, a Russia and Ukraine analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Signal. Russia’s “little green men” invasion of Crimea in 2014 could be a bellwether for the kind of offensive military operation Russia would conduct against NATO’s Baltic member countries. Consequently, U.S. military forces in Europe are leaning forward to anticipate how Russia might integrate multiple war-fighting domains into a combined hybrid offensive. The current war in Ukraine is nothing less than a sword of Damocles suspended over Eastern Europe, threatening to spark a larger conflagration. Tonight, there are roughly 60,000 Ukrainian troops deployed in the frigid trenches and embattled front-line villages of eastern Ukraine. When the sun goes down on this night, the tracers will cut across the dark sky up and down the 250-mile-long front line. War-weary soldiers and civilians will hunker down in trenches and in cellars, staving off the cold and the fear as they have for four winters now. There’s a 1 in 3 chance a Ukrainian soldier will die tonight on that lonely, frigid battlefield at the hands of a Russian weapon. There’s a good chance a civilian will be killed or wounded tonight, too. The war goes on and on. When, and where, will it end?

As someone who has visited the defensive trenches in eastern Ukraine and keeps abreast of things political and military regarding Russia, I can say this with conviction; the Kremlin is preparing for a major war on the European continent.
 

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Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

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As someone who has visited the defensive trenches in eastern Ukraine and keeps abreast of things political and military regarding Russia, I can say this with conviction; the Kremlin is preparing for a major war on the European continent.

Or you could say the Kremlin is preparing to defend itself against a major war on the Europran continent. A tit for tat response to USA/EU/NATO military adventurism on all EU/Russian borders. Missile batteries, tanks, troops, new bases established all near Russian borders. Pulling out on the INF treatey can only aggravate this situation.
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Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

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As someone who has visited the defensive trenches in eastern Ukraine and keeps abreast of things political and military regarding Russia, I can say this with conviction; the Kremlin is preparing for a major war on the European continent.

The death of George H.W. Bush is a timely reminder of what it means to not the greatest (WII) generation in the oval office. There is only a minimal intolerance of Russian imperialism in Washington, and Trump is an uncertain friend of Ukraine. Historically Republicans have been a counter-balance to the Democratic merchants of appeasement - if Carter or Senate Democrats were weak sisters, the Republicans were more than happy to aid the Afgan rebels, or launch a war to liberate Kuwait.

But now that a quasi-isolationist nationalist is in charge of the oval office, who is left to stand for the Ukraine? The democrats look to Obama's party, not Hillary's (who, to give her credit, has more spine for confrontation than her party or Trump). I agree, the sanctions have failed and Putin has decided that Trump and Europe don't have any more cards to play. And unless Trump sends some serious signals that he is willing to repeat Reagan's massive supply to anti-Soviet forces, Putin will have no reason to avoid war.
 

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Ukraine is a European problem and ought to be solved by Europeans. Its in America's best interests to keep out of it.
 

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Or you could say the Kremlin is preparing to defend itself against a major war on the Europran continent. A tit for tat response to USA/EU/NATO military adventurism on all EU/Russian borders. Missile batteries, tanks, troops, new bases established all near Russian borders. Pulling out on the INF treatey can only aggravate this situation.
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o_O I am confident the USA or any European country would not be the aggressor in any war causing conflict on Russian soil.

Economically? yes... physically.... They wouldn't touch Russia without provocation...

I cannot say the same for Russia.... They already attacked a European country directly.
 

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European history displays the European fondness for war as a sport. The Tartars of Ukraine, avid players.

When the Russians destroy them, and the rest of Europe cries for those who enjoyed preying upon all those who were not Tartars, we can sit back and learn. Nothing for us to worry about. Macron has stated he fears not an American invasion. Today he has bigger worries.
 

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Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

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As someone who has visited the defensive trenches in eastern Ukraine and keeps abreast of things political and military regarding Russia, I can say this with conviction; the Kremlin is preparing for a major war on the European continent.
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~.........................Russia has been preparing for a major war for years. This is a war against the US, a war which might involve a catastrophic nuclear exchange. It's a war that Russia thinks it can survive better than the US...............~
 

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Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

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As someone who has visited the defensive trenches in eastern Ukraine and keeps abreast of things political and military regarding Russia, I can say this with conviction; the Kremlin is preparing for a major war on the European continent.

without Ukraine NATO ´d fight Muscovites in Estonia over Narva already . and both parties understand it , and it will be more and more military aid to Ukraine
 

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Weakened US allies weaken our ability to defend our interests

He doesn't seem capable of grasping such common-sense concepts.
 
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