Sunday, June 23, 2024

How Fear of ‘escalation’ has Biden Admin Handcuffing UKR Against RU; Biden is Being Bluffed into Losing UKR to Putin; UKR Needs the Means to Destroy RU Aircraft WHERE THEY ARE; RU Cont Attempts to Capture Chasive Yar; Some RU's Withdrawing From Vovchansk Area, LIVE UPDATES, DETAILS, and LOTS MORE

How fear of ‘escalation’ has Biden admin handcuffing Ukraine against Russia:
It seemed like a seismic shift in America’s handling of Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s invasion: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced the Biden administration was relaxing its restrictions on Kyiv’s use of weapons on Kremlin territory.
But critics say the change didn’t go nearly far enough — and rather than the US boldly confronting Vladimir Putin, this week’s declaration is another example of the Biden White House restraining Ukraine for fear of “escalating tensions.”
Sullivan said that Kyiv may now strike “anywhere that Russian forces are coming across the border from the Russian side to the Ukrainian side to try to take additional Ukrainian territory” — instead of only around the northeastern city of Kharkiv, about 18 miles from the Russian border.
“This is not about geography; it’s about common sense,” Sullivan told PBS Tuesday. “If Russia is attacking or about to attack from its territory into Ukraine, it only makes sense to allow Ukraine to hit back against the forces that are hitting it from across the border.”
Dalibor Rohac, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told The Post Friday the change was “just another iteration of this never-ending sort of eternal bargaining in the administration where we never set red lines for Putin.
“We only set red lines for ourselves, and then we gradually relax those red lines,” Rohac said. “It’s a terrible way of doing policy.”
President’s hesitance
When it comes to Ukraine, the White House has shown a distinct lack of urgency, frequently hesitating when asked to send advanced weapons or make meaningful policy changes.
It took 11 months for Biden to allow the Pentagon to send critical Abrams M1 tanks, a year and a half for him to allow nations to donate US-made F-16 fighter jets and more than two years to send Ukraine ATACMS – pronounced “attack ’ems” – long-range missile systems.
In the latest example, the newly extended firing policy still bans the use of ATACMS – with their range of roughly 186 miles — on targets in Russia, according to the Pentagon.
By contrast, the weapons that Ukraine is allowed to shoot at enemy territory have a far shorter reach — such as the Javelin anti-tank missile system with its 2.5-mile range. --->READ MORE HERE
Terrified of ‘escalation,’ Biden is being bluffed into losing Ukraine to Putin:
‘History is watching. The failure to support Ukraine at this critical moment will not be forgotten,” President Biden said on the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Now is the time to prove that the United States stands up for freedom and bows down to no one.”
Strong words.
Too bad they are nothing more.
Time and again, Biden has bowed down to Vladimir Putin, allowing the tyrant to dictate the terms of this unlawful, immoral invasion.
Nowhere is this more true than the disgraceful limitations on Ukraine’s strategy.
Biden has told President Volodymyr Zelensky that US weapons can’t be used to attack targets in Russian territory, with some minor exceptions.
And so Russia rains down missiles and drones on Ukraine civilians from its own territory, and Ukraine is told it can’t strike back.
Russia’s forces aren’t out of reach of Ukraine’s armaments.
They are only kept safe because of Biden’s terms.
Putin thunders that if Biden or NATO allows otherwise, that there will be dark consequences.
Russian television plays fantasies of nuclear war.
But Biden must not be cowed by this propaganda.
Russia faces far more risks that we do from escalation, and China does not want its ally to start World War III.
Do not let Putin bluster his way through barbarism.
Putin, a classic bully, has always pushed and pushed until he meets resistance. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to +++++relevant+++++ and related stories:

+++++Russia-Ukraine News LATEST UPDATES: (REUTERS) (AP) (NY POST) and (WSJ)+++++

+++++Zalensky: Ukraine needs the necessary means to destroy Russian aircraft where they are+++++

+++++Enemy continues attempts to capture Chasiv Yar, Russian losses are up to 80 people daily - military+++++

+++++Ukrainian army says some Russian troops withdrawing from Vovchansk area+++++

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