Who Can Stop Putin, Live Update From the Ground in Kyiv, and the Humanitarian Crisis Spreads in Europe
The Biden Administration is now having to answer for the emergence of the Russia/Ukraine war. Members of Congress, past Administrations, and other experts are examining where President Biden went wrong and why the United States failed to deter this war.
One of those experts is Robert Gates, who was the Secretary of Defense under the Obama Administration. He admitted in a 2014 memoir that Joe Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” When asked in a recent interview if he stood by that statement, Robert responded:
I don’t know. I don’t know. I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama Administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think the Vice President had some issues with the military. So how we would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just – I think, it – it would depend on the personalities at the time.
We are living with the decisions that President Biden is making now, and the result is a war in Europe. Congress is coming together and speaking out over the Biden Administration’s leadership in this conflict and calling for ways to immediately end this war.
Senator Lindsey Graham is one of the Senators speaking out. He called for Putin to be removed from power when he tweeted:
Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.
Sen. Graham joined Sekulow to explain why the Russians need to step up:
Well, number one I think the cities in Ukraine are going to start falling. The Ukrainians have been brave beyond my imagination. But the truth of the matter is, they are outgunned thus far fighting the Russians, but the weight of the Russian army will come to bear here. There will be an insurgency like you haven’t seen before. So, this war will go on for years, the Ukrainians are willing to fight to their death. God bless the Ukraine. And what I said last night I stand by. The Russian people need to end this madness. The Russian people have suffered under Putin for 20 years. The best way for this to end is for the Russian people to take matters in their own hands and get rid of Putin by any means necessary.
The war and the atrocities need to end immediately. A musician, Serge, who is living in Kyiv – the capital city of Ukraine – joined Sekulow to explain what is going in on the ground there:
I am here in Kyiv from the first day of war when they started to invade. I have been here in my apartment with my family. . . . We woke up at 5am because of explosions . . . the sound of explosions that our air defense system worked on the rockets pointed at Kyiv and actually rockets were pointed all over Ukraine. Unfortunately, there is no safe place all over the country. So right now, they are trying for seven days to enter the city with no success. Besides that, they are trying all the cities in our suburbs and other cities . . . almost completely destroyed. I should say that it is very rare cities with more than a thousand of years of history with a lot of cultural objects.
Serge gave a message for the world during these trying times:
The main message is . . . last night they tried to capture the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe. . . . The main thing [is] that they started shelling it with artillery and tanks and heavy weapons, and that is ridiculously dangerous. . . . They stage their attacks mostly on civil districts, on schools, and children, a lot of civilians dying. So, the main thing we don’t understand what the goal is are they trying to destroy everything and what? So, it is very dangerous and there is no logic in what they are doing right now, and so this should be stopped immediately, and the whole world needs to know about it because it is very dangerous.
Poland is dealing with most of the refugees coming over from Ukraine. Founder of From the Depths, Jonny Daniels, is in Poland right now and joined Sekulow to discuss what he’s seeing as refugees are fleeing Ukraine:
This has been one of the most shocking weeks of my life. It’s the kind of images that none of us would ever imagine to truly see in today’s day in age. You’re seeing hundreds of thousands of people escaping, running, mothers carrying children in their arms with no cushions, no bags, people leaving their whole lives just to stay safe and stay alive, and it’s really shocking. It is tremendously sad and difficult. It’s one of the most incredible things I have ever seen.
He also was able to coordinate with Jews in Ukraine and assist them in relocating to Israel:
I am a pretty proud Jew, but I think during this time, I have been even prouder. I have been prouder of my country, what we have seen is truly amazing. Ukraine was home to a not small Jewish community of maybe about 150,000 people, people that were Jewish, but Ukrainian Jewish. Now when these people left, as a Jew they have the right to move to the state of Israel. So Israel took it upon itself to take any citizen who wants to and who has the right . . . to move to Israel and has basically plucked them out and helped relocate them to Israel where they are taking them and giving them basically a new life . . . that is safer and better for them. . . . Yesterday, I took a young mother and her one-year-old son and bought them a fresh pair of clothes because they didn’t have any. . . . These are the people that are escaping, the people that are staying it is much worse. . . . People are literally starting to starve.
ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell summed up what this second Russian wave of aggression means for the world:
I think the reality is that Europe and all of the surrounding areas of Ukraine understand that this is a crisis of epic proportions and I think Americans need to understand that the Europeans are completely in turmoil here. Countries are trying to figure out what’s next. They are seeing President Putin and his focus on taking Ukraine. I have to tell you, I fear for Zelensky’s life. I think Putin is focused on taking over and removing anyone that stands in his way. I see that as evident. What we have to do is support the Ukrainians in every possible way and certainly prepare our European allies in every way.
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