Ukraine War: March 9, 2022 (II): Fear of Putin and Self-Deterrence; U.S. and White House lawyers debate fine points of law, while Putin and Russia commit crime of aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity against Ukrainian civilian populations





1) Dominic Nicholls, “Britain to send world’s most advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine; Designed to destroy fighter jets and helicopters, Starstreak is the fastest short-range surface-to-air missile developed, The Telegraph, March 9, 2022 (7:29 pm);

2) “Bret Stephens, “New Rules for a New World,” New York Times, March 8, 2022.

3) Robert Wall, Nancy A. Youssef, and Drew Hinshaw “U.S. Doesn’t Support Giving Ukraine Polish Aircraft, Pentagon Says; Warsaw and Washington wrestle with how to provide aid to Kyiv without drawing NATO into conflict with Russia,” Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2022 (4:25 pm ET);

4) “In Ukrainian city Mariupol, 1,300 civilians have been killed
WEDNESDAY,” March 9, 2022 (17:53):

5) Luke Harding, “‘Pure genocide’: civilian targets in Mariupol ‘annihilated’ by Russian attacks; Deputy mayor of southern Ukrainian city says people living in ‘medieval conditions’ after week of continuous shelling,” The Guardian, March 9, 2022 (19.06 GMT;

6) Nahal Toosi, “White House sweats over its growing entanglement in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin is warning the U.S. and its allies not to engage in direct “acts of war” against Russia. For the Biden administration, that means weighing every move ever more carefully,” Politico, March 9, 2022 (11:52 AM EST);

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