Vladimir Putin, obviously hurting because some of his personal ill gotten wealth has been frozen has upped the ante by raising the spectre of the use of Nuclear Weapons.
I am surprised that there should be any local supporters of Putin’s actions but there are.
Over at the Daily Blog Comrade Chris Trotter waxed lyrically about how the break up of the USSR was a disaster for the world.
There is precious little evidence of hard-headed realism in the West’s diplomacy, only inchoate rage at Russia’s stubborn refusal to become the vassal of a declining American super-power and its dangerous kennel of NATO attack-dogs.
Vladimir Putin was absolutely correct to describe the break-up of the Soviet Union as a geopolitical catastrophe. The Russians had done the world an enormous favour in taking responsibility for the cutthroat nations of Eastern Europe and the Baltic littoral.
His justification for this statement is the contribution the Eastern States made to the holocaust during the second world war. This has been challenged on a historical basis but even if true it is hard to understand how something that occurred 80 years ago would be justification for the invasion of a pro Western nation with a Jewish leader.
And saying that the Ukraine people are slavering curs is the sort of linguistic overreach that only Comrade Trotter could engage in.
He finishes by claiming that the Russian Bear has nuclear teeth and so it does.
Putin is willing to engage in the sort of brinkmanship that the world has not seen for decades.
From Radio New Zealand:
“As you can see, not only do Western countries take unfriendly measures against our country in the economic dimension – I mean the illegal sanctions that everyone knows about very well – but also the top officials of leading NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements with regards to our country,” Putin said on state television.
The actions against Russia are varied and increasing in their bite. Germany and the EU have committed to the purchase and/or supply of weapons. Various trade and movement restrictions have been put in place. RU videos have been taken down from Youtube. Russian airlines have been banned from most of European air space. And in perhaps the most damaging step Russian access to the SWIFT banking system has been curtailed.
Russian assets are being frozen although perhaps the net needs to be widened.
The Ukraine people are putting up a stern fight exemplified by this very brave woman who told a Russian soldier to put sunflower seeds in his pockets so that when he died on Ukraine soil sunflowers would grow.
Ukrainian woman confronts Russian soldiers in Henychesk, Kherson region. Asks them why they came to our land and urges to put sunflower seeds in their pockets [so that flowers would grow when they die on the Ukrainian land] pic.twitter.com/ztTx2qK7kB
— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) February 24, 2022
Peace talks are planned. Ukraine President Zolodymyr Zelenskiy has said “Let them try so that later not a single citizen of Ukraine has any doubt that I, as president, tried to stop the war”.
Is the invasion of a sovereign nation and the shelling of civilian areas justification for the responses taken by other nations? Of course. And in our highly connected world the measures taken will hurt.
Are these responses justification for threatening of Nuclear War? I am surprised that the question even has to be asked. And that war mongering uber rich Comrade Putin could have support among the left in Aotearoa is something that I cannot understand.