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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ukraine waits as EU, US do nothing -- By Conor Higgins, Communities Digital News

President Obama and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine / Whitehouse.gov, used under government work license Ukraine is on the verge of being partitioned by Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation. Russian troops are positioning themselves around the border of Ukraine, in particular the land closest to Crimea in Ukraine’s southeast, in an effort to force the government in Kiev to adhere to agreements between ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition leadership.

And what are the EU and the West doing to prevent further armed incursions into Ukraine? They are demanding that Ukraine disarm its citizens and promoting the importance of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

That is, they are doing nothing.

While Ukraine prepares to fend of the Russian military, the E.U., NATO and the West continue to make speeches, while inflicting sanctions on Russia that have less impact on Putin’s behavior than bb’s do on a battleship. He doesn’t care.

That begs the question: What can America do to support Ukrainiane? We can send them weapons and advisers. Ukraine has a million reservists who, if properly armed, could fend of whatever Russia has to throw at them aside from the nuclear middle finger. If the West wanted to, they could help Ukraine fend off the 150,000 Russians pacing on the border like prize fighters before the bell goes off.

But we don’t do that. In fact, we did the opposite.

When Ukraine asked the United States for material support, we did everything but laugh at the notion. Despite the fact that the President of the United States has labeled The Russian Federation a regional power, he is unwilling to address the threat they pose to global stability.

Not only did the Obama Administration reject the request to arm Ukraine, they now stand side by side with the European Union and urge other nations to ratify and abide by the Arms Trade Treaty. The Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT, goes a long way to disarming citizens around the World, as well as enact strict controls on the international arms trade.

The West’s message to Ukraine: Use your words, children. Guns are for grownups.

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