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Sanctions will not move Putin, the US must upgrade Ukraine’s air defenses

deterrent attempts Sanctions have failed. The question now is: does the West expect sanctions to change the course of action of Russian President Vladimir Putin? We don’t think so – and the world should have given up expecting them to stop him years ago.

This is not just a Ukraine crisis. Russia bombs Europe. This is a larger, more profound, and longer-term Russian crisis. And the West must act before it gets any worse.

First, let’s clear up the confusion NATO and the United States are in any way responsible for the war in Eastern Europe. Sole responsibility lies at the foot of the Kremlin and dates back three decades. It began in the early 1990s with so-called frozen conflicts in Georgia and Moldova. Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 because Georgians wanted to be free from Russian control. In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine because Ukrainians wanted to be free from Russian rule. Effective in 2016 Moscow closed the Sea of ​​Azov in an attempt to strangle the Ukrainian economy.

Putin’s recent erratic speeches reflect Russia’s long-term strategy for Eastern Europe and beyond. Russian troops in Belarus are most likely to stay there. The Kremlin is striving to rewrite the security architecture for Eastern Europe. Putin’s vision for Europe is clear and simple: a continent with more Russia and less America. He will not stop invading independent and free Eastern European countries.

Ukraine is now central because of the steadfastness of Ukrainians: They want less East and more West. You want freedom. But the Russian war against Europe is not based solely on land grabs. Eastern, Central, and Western Europeans (in that order) have had to grapple with political, economic, technological, and social warfare for many years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a mission to rewrite the security architecture for Eastern Europe.
Andrei Gorshkov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP

The tentacles of the Kremlin will continue to sink into Europe with espionage, influence-peddling, cyber-attacks, disinformation, trade relations and the export of kleptocracy and energy dependency. Where the Kremlin does not seize land, it takes control of people and infrastructure.

The US-led West must reassess Russian deterrence. So far we have practiced passive deterrence. We need to move to active deterrence—now.


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A superpower invades a sovereign nation with intent to subdue, even destroy, it. We shouldn’t watch civilians being slaughtered.

Ukrainians defend western values ​​and freedom against a revisionist and high aggressive nuclear power. We are infinitely grateful for their courage. But we did too little, too late, to help them.

Senior Airman Cameron Manson, 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services load team chief, inspects cargo nets for palletized ammunition, weapons and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Jan. 24 2022 .
The US was too slow in delivering much-needed ammunition, weapons and equipment to Ukraine, while Russia mobilized convoys.
Roland Balik/US Air Force via AP

Washington’s years of delay Shipping Javelin missiles comes to mind. If we had adequately armed Ukraine with modern defense systems over the past eight years, we would not have the problem we are facing today. We can have peace through strength when we acknowledge that passive deterrence has not worked.

The West has made it very clear that it will not fight for or in Ukraine. Rather, Western nations are trying to equip and provide for the Ukrainians Forces that fight alone.

The Ukrainians hold their own on the ground; What they need most is air support. Your army has improved a lot since 2014, but the Navy and Air Force still have challenges. America Finally Delivers Stinger Surface-to-Air Missiles; NATO has been around for a while, but they’re made for low-altitude air defense.

A map showing where Russian troops have entered Ukraine so far.
Ukrainian cities continue to fall to Russian forces.
NY Post illustration

Get them systems that give them medium- and high-altitude defense capabilities: Washington is mothballing A-10 ground-attack aircraft. Send them to Ukraine, where some pilots are trained to fly them.

Ukrainians also know how to fly the Soviet-made MiG-29s that Eastern European nations have offered for transfer. This would be a tangible and much-needed addition to their capabilities. They didn’t just lose planes in battle; Russian forces intensify their bombing raids.

Ukraine’s air defenses are few and far between. Kyiv lost its main TV tower this week, Russia destroyed and killed a vital communications medium civilians there.

Every day we see the growing human catastrophe of Russia’s criminal onslaught. NATO should immediately establish a humanitarian no-fly zone to protect corridors where food, medical supplies and other humanitarian supplies are being delivered The besieged civilians of Ukraine. With careful construction, this need not be an act of war: cover western Ukraine, stop in Kyiv and go no further east to avoid clashes with Russian forces.

Finally, to help Ukraine defend itself, give it real-time, threat-velocity access to US intelligence via Russian forces and positions.

That’s clear now Putin will continue use military power to disregard international norms. The West, with its unmatched hard and soft might, stands ready to watch as a great European nation is attacked by one of the world’s leading military powers. Western leadership is required to turn the tide. The United States must be a central part of that leadership.

The long-standing goal of a united and free Europe will not be achieved without new strategic approaches from the West and the American leadership. Sanctions have hurt the Kremlin and the Russian people and certainly will, but they didn’t changed Putin’s behavior. The West must switch to active deterrence to change Putin’s calculus.

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Philip Breedlove is Distinguished Chair of the Middle East Institute’s Frontier Europe Initiative, led by Iulia Sabina-Joja.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/04/sanctions-wont-move-putin-us-must-arm-ukraines-air-defenses/ Sanctions will not move Putin, the US must upgrade Ukraine’s air defenses

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