Russian troops have entered Kyiv, and Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov has made it clear to Ukraine that no negotiating will take place until Ukraine stands down. Still fighting, Ukraine’s leaders have told its capital residents of Kyiv to “prepare Molotov cocktails” to defend itself.
Officials also warned its citizens to stay indoors as Russia’s forces advance after missile strikes hit Kyiv. Reports say a rocket crashed into a residential building. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a televised address vowing to defend the country, lamenting that no foreign troops were coming to their aid.
Moscow has made it unequivocally clear that the intention is to swiftly topple Zelensky’s government, which is democratically elected. Ukrainian officials have announced at least 137 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed.
Russia touted it had seized control over the historically famous Chernobyl nuclear plant, and said it was working with Ukrainian guards to ensure its safety. Ukraine, however, indicated that to be false, saying instead that U.S. troops were holding the plant’s personnel hostage.
Russia’s attack against Ukraine ends a peaceful era in Europe, being one of the most significant military actions since World War II. The New York Times reports:
“Russia’s attack against Ukraine…raises the prospect of a rekindled Cold War between Russia and the West, with potentially devastating consequences for the security structure that has governed Europe since the Soviet Union’s collapse three decades ago…
Essentially, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is seeking to redraw the post-Cold War boundaries of Europe, establishing a broad, Russian-dominated security zone and drawing Ukraine back into Moscow’s orbit.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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