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This was a blatant act of war by Russia against Ukraine. Putin has been seething at Ukraine, waging a low-level war designed to be a costly irritant to Ukraine. He has invaded Ukraine twice, in Crimea and Donbas, and now he fully intends to, de facto, seize the Sea of Azov for Russia. Now he has fired upon Ukrainian navy vessels.
Russia deliberately attacked Ukrainian vessel with malice of forethought, planning, and with the intent to cause harm to ships and sailors. They succeeded in both.
I hate it when I predicted this and get it this right. This is terrible.
The Twitterverse has gone wild. Here is one example.
Ukraine is demanding action.
US President Trump is most likely painfully aware of the situation. The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff has probably already met. Still, President Trump will be hard pressed to respond with force. Here is a tweet from my hero of the press during the Crimea invasion.
Poland has already condemned the action.
Russia telegraphed their intent yesterday.
Ukraine is meeting right now, to consider martial law in Ukraine. O. Turchinov: At about 24:00, the NSDC of Ukraine will consider the issue of announcing the legal regime of the martial law
This is, by far, the most egregious, blatant, and provocative action by Russia in recent history. We must respond.
Russian propaganda machine having fun bragging about their accomplishment.
Most Western media asleep at the wheel, some even regurgitating Russian propaganda – after four years of war, there is no excuse for Western media indulging the Russians.
This is an act of war by any measure. Ukraine would be morally and legally justified in dropping the bridge and putting KAB-500s into some Russian boats for good measure.
This will not happen as it would feed Russia’s propaganda, give Muscovy an excuse for further escalation, and bolster Russia’s numerous corrupt proxies in Europe.
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