Apr. 7, 2022

Putin must not profit from his war on Ukraine

In 1995 as part of cold war efforts to reduce nuclear arms, Ukraine agreed to turn over its nuclear missiles to Russia for destruction. In return, Ukraine was guaranteed protection against invasion. The Budapest Memorandum is clear:

  1. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of CSCE Final Act, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.
  2. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
  3. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent to its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind.

Putin’s invasion of Crimea with army units allegedly massed to provide security for the Winter Olympics in February 2014 violated the Budapest Memorandum, as does the current action against Ukraine. The pre-2014 borders of Ukraine must be restored.

Residents of Crimea who wish to remain citizens of the Russian Federation must be given safe passage to Russian Federation territory. Ukraine provinces that want to become autonomous must deal with the Ukraine government without coercion or external influence.

The United Nations must convene an international peacekeeping force to maintain the security of Ukraine’s borders, including the creation of a three-mile-wide demilitarized zone between Russia and Ukraine. The peacekeeping force must be empowered to expel Russian nationals in Ukraine.

No free nation can be a bystander when the sovereignty of one is attacked. Dictators and tyrants must understand that an attack on a democracy will not be tolerated.

Russia cannot be allowed to annex one square inch of Ukraine without intruding on the sovereignty of every other democracy.

Brute force must be countered with an iron will and sufficient armed power to negate the threat. Sanctions are suited to a siege but do not help combat an armed invasion with civilians as targets. The people of Ukraine are struggling for survival. NATO must protect the airspace above Ukraine and give Russia 48 hours to get its ground troops out of Ukraine’s territory or face the destruction of its forces.

Russia is the barbarian at the gates and deserves no diplomatic considerations. Free nations must establish the price Russia pays for the attack on their safety, security and sovereignty. There is no alternative, and the current posturing is ridiculous. Where are the democratic leaders with principles, spines and the will to end a deplorable human tragedy?

Ukrainian women, children, the elderly and infirm are not Russian cannon fodder.

Putin may be an uncivilized pig, but how are those who find excuses for not protecting innocent civilians from arbitrary slaughter any better?