In Ukraine….”there will be thousands of people killed and this blood of children and adults will be on Trump’s hands.”


President Donald Trump’s deeply disturbing airy comparison last night of Russian president Vladamir’s Putin’s record as a killer to our own is still  getting crickets in right-wind media this morning. So it’s easy to wonder what transpired in the conversation between Trump and Putin this week. Strange that we have details of Trump playing hardball with presidents of Mexico and Australia, but none of the one he had with the United States’ greatest geopolitical foe. Moscow-based journalist Anna Nemtsova speculated earlier this week that Ukraine, engaged in war with Russia for three years may be a casualty in a new Trump-Putin partnership:

The State Department issued a statement Tuesday, saying the United States is “deeply concerned with the recent spike in violence” and calling for a ceasefire. But Trump has so far remained silent and Ukraine is terrified Washington will ultimately turn its back on Kiev in an effort to appease Putim

Sitting in a small Chinese café in Kramatorsk, deputy governor of the Donetsk region Yevgeny Vilinsky and his staff complained that the renewed fighting makes it hard to get supplies to people or rebuild what has been destroyed.

Like many Ukrainian officials, Vilinsky is convinced that without the backing of Washington or more involvement from the EU, Ukraine will not be able to find solutions with regard to Donetsk and Luhansk.

“The discussion about how to stop this war is two years too late,” he said.

“This is a test for Donald Trump,” said Mustafa Nayem, a deputy in the Ukrainian parliament. “If he wants to sacrifice Ukraine and make some secret deal with Moscow behind our backs, there will be thousands of people killed and this blood of children and adults will be on Trump’s hands.”

………Sitting in a small Chinese café in Kramatorsk, deputy governor of the Donetsk region Yevgeny Vilinsky and his staff complained that the renewed fighting makes it hard to get supplies to people or rebuild what has been destroyed.

Like many Ukrainian officials, Vilinsky is convinced that without the backing of Washington or more involvement from the EU, Ukraine will not be able to find solutions with regard to Donetsk and Luhansk.

“The discussion about how to stop this war is two years too late,” he said.

Putin knows that condemnation and criticism from the US State Department and from Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is rhetorical statecraft. He is both unmoved and unaffected by it and realizes that whomever is the US president would be doing the same. Those words were meaningless to Putin, but the ones he had with Trump over the phone meant everything.

 

 

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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