Lawmakers Warn: Another Land Grab Is Coming from Putin

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Posted: Nov 26, 2021 1:00 PM
Lawmakers Warn: Another Land Grab Is Coming from Putin

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sounding the alarm as Russia continues to amass tens of thousands of troops on the border with Ukraine and urging President Joe Biden to issue measures of deterrence. 

"Reports that the Russian military has built up around 90,000 troops on the Ukraine border are quite unsettling," Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn released in a statement this week. "President Biden has an opportunity to act decisively through sanctions, sales of lethal assistance to Ukraine, and clear diplomatic messaging to Vladimir Putin, and he must do so. As the leader of the free world, Biden should also work with our NATO partners and allies to confront Russian aggression." 

"We know that Putin has a long history of using national events to distract from his malign actions: he invaded Georgia during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Crimea at the end of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Now, the 2022 Beijing Olympics are imminent, and he is once again menacing the people of Ukraine," she continued. "Allowing Putin to execute a land grab in Ukraine would also embolden other malign entities such as the Chinese Communist Party. Putin frames Ukraine just as Xi frames Taiwan: through both nationalistic and false historical lenses. President Biden must send a strong signal to Putin, Xi, and other brutal strongmen around the world that the United States will not condone violent takeovers of vulnerable nations. He can do this right now by standing up for Ukraine, and reaffirming that the Ukrainians are faithful friends to the United States who have every right to defend their sovereignty."

Diplomats who have worked for Democrat administrations are warning of the consequences if Putin is able to proceed. 

According to the Military Times, Russia plans to invade Ukraine in the next few months. 

"Russia has more than 92,000 troops amassed around Ukraine's borders and is preparing for an attack by the end of January or beginning of February, the head of Ukraine's defense intelligence agency told Military Times," the outlet reports. "Such an attack would likely involve airstrikes, artillery and armor attacks followed by airborne assaults in the east, amphibious assaults in Odessa and Mariupul and a smaller incursion through neighboring Belarus." 

 Ukraine officials are pushing back. 

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