The Russia-Ukraine Crisis Continues to Escalate

The Russia-Ukraine Crisis escalated this weekend amid aggressive Russian actions that forced a European response.


While the US celebrated a holiday weekend, the Russia-Ukraine Crisis grew closer to war amid aggressive Russian actions that forced a European response.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • The New York Times reported that Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president from 2014-2019 returned to Kyiv amid a corruption investigation. Poroshenko is a political rival of current president Volodymyr Zelensky and his return “add[s] internal political turmoil” to Ukraine.
  • The Washington Post published an op-ed urging unilateral nuclear disarmament in the face of Russian and Chinese aggression. Last time I checked the man who won the Cold War believed in “peace through strength,” not “peace through surrender.”
  • CNN reports that Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed to Kyiv and Berlin this week to meet with the Ukrainian and German governments amid escalating Russian threats.



  • Commentary Magazine warns the US is wholly unprepared for a war in Europe – and the Russians know it.
  • National Review was skeptical of the efficacy of Biden’s sanctions threats. Previous sanctions on Russia may have prepared their financial system to better weather further US sanctions.
  • The Telegraph reported on a rift between Germany and the US over potential Russian sanctions. Germany worries excluding Russia from the Swift financial system, the so-called “nuclear option,” will hurt their economy. The US insists that “no option is off the table.”

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