On the morning “Fox & Friends”, co-hosts discuss the threat, ahead of Biden’s address before the United Nations General Assembly. Set to give a speech at NATO headquarters today in New York, President Joe Biden is to address the general assembly regarding the war in Ukraine.
This apparently prompted Russia’s Vladmir Putin to begin “saber rattling” over the fact that Russia, has still not captured and taking the Ukraine Capitol of Kyiv, though he originally boasted it would take only days. Now with his soldiers defecting, as well as conscripted prisoners surrendering, and body bags by the thousands heading home to Russia – Putin’s effectiveness is being questioned – even by the Chinese.
Now he is calling up a “partial wave” of Russian Reservists. Some 300,000 in fact. The news report goes on to highlight, the poor enthusiasm for this conflict that has never even been directly called a war to date. It is a mission to defend Russia’s, 2014 invasion of Crimea, which Russia invaded and repatriated.
At this point apparently, largely embarrassed by the long fight to gain control of Kyiv – that is still ongoing, Putin is now talking the use of nuclear weapons.
On Wednesday morning, in his speech, Vladimir Putin repeated Russian claims that the invasion of Ukraine was purely defensive in nature, and specifically aimed at protecting “Russia’s Crimea” as well as the Donbas regions – which has a sizable population of ethnic Russians. He claimed, that it was to protect them from alleged aggressive measures taken by the Zelensky administration in Kyiv. In 2014, Putin had seized and colonized Crimea
Putin further accused the Ukrainian government of organizing a “genocide” in the Donbas against people “who refused to recognize the government that was created in Ukraine”.
Called the state “coup”, Putin has referred to it – known in Ukraine, as the “Maidan Uprising”, a wave of protests that resulted in the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Russian officials have repeatedly argued that current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, is illegitimate, because of the events of 2014, despite him being elected in 2019 against the incumbent who succeeded Yanukovych, Petro Poroshenko.
Further, Putin also alleges that Moscow’s interests of securing the Donbas and Crimea, were actually met with considerable understanding by Ukrainian officials, early on in the war. However, Putin also stated that peace talks were ultimately sabotaged, by Western leaders, who Putin said, urged Ukraine to keep fighting the conflict.
Now that Putin is heavily invested in this conflict, it remains to be seen how far he will go to restore his waning favor abroad, and at home with the Russian people, who continue to supply him with troops – many of whom are dying in the conflict and now with reservists being called to fight.
The use of nuclear weapons, would be a huge deterrent, however, the devastation that might be caused would far outstrip any victory he might see. As Biden talks to the U.N., Putin must decide moving forward, what exactly he needs to do to save face, with those in support of his effort.
In his address Putin put his intentions this way-
“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us,” (and he continued warning that the threat of retaliation was) “not a bluff.”-Russian President Vladamir Putin
This news report is a good summary of the highlights, of the stand that Putin has had to take, to send more threats to the West, who has continued to support Ukraine, and Putin’s’ efforts to overcome his embarrassment, in not having gotten farther with the conflict, nor been as successful as he once boasted he would be.
“Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.”-John Steinbeck