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UKRAINE: THE WAR TO SAVE THE U.N. CHARTER AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, on The Trenchant Observer web site, and you will see a list in chronological order.
1) “Ukraine War, May 30, 2022: No cure for addled thinking–Biden’s fear of Putin and refusal to give Ukraine weapons that can strike Russian territory; Trust and policy coordination with Ukraine v. mistrust and denial of needed weapons; SDP and Scholz out of sync with German public; New coalition of Greens and CDU possible if not likely,” The Trenchant Observer, May 30, 2022;
2) “Ukraine War, May 31, 2022: Biden’s Op-ed, and his abject fear of Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, May 31, 2022;
3) Lawrence Freedman, “Why the Russian military should be very worried; As Ukraine targets ammunition depots, Putin’s forces may be approaching a crisis point,” The New Statesman, July 12, 2022.
NATO countries have imposed restrictions on the use of weapons supplied to Ukraine which prevent Ukrainians from fully exercising their inherent right of self-defense under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter.
The effect has been to tie one of Ukraine’s arms behind its back, leaving its cities and towns exposed to Russian missile and artillery strikes. These attacks, which NATO countries will not allow Ukraine to defend against by striking at launching sites inside Russia, are like shooting fish in a barrel.
We are left with a situation where Russia is left free to attack Ukrainians, who cannot defend themselves and who must wait, passively, for the next murderous Russian attacks. The Russians are left free in a situation which is indeed like shooting fish in a barrel.
The U.S. has also restricted the use of long-range artillery it is supplying Ukraine by not only requiring commitments from Ukraine to not use the weapons to attack targets on Russian territory, but also by restricting the range of the artillery shells supplied for use with the long-range artillery.
These artillery pieces have a range of 300 kilometers or 180 miles. The Biden administration has only furnished shells with a range of 80 kilometers or approximately 50 miles.
The reason for these restrictions is that President Joe Biden is afraid of provoking Vladimir Putin by allowing Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory, thereby crossing one of Putin’s “red lines”.
These “red lines” have no status under international law, which permits Ukraine to use force in order to repel an “armed attack” on Ukraine by Russian forces. The real red lines are the prohibitions in the U.N. Charter, which Putin is crossing every day.
As Russia with its overwhelming military superiority bombs more towns and cities and seizes more territory in Ukraine, NATO and the West need to start standing up to Putin and Russia’s army if they are to avoid defeat and all the consequences of a Russian victory in Ukraine.
Before it becomes necessary for NATO forces to become directly involved in confronting the Russians militarily, the U.S. and other NATO countries should at least allow Ukraine to use the weapons it supplies in full exercise of the right of self-defense under international law and the U.N. Charter, and supply Ukraine with artillery shells that enable the Ukrainians to take full advantage of the weapons’ capabilities.
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Only force can stop Putin
“Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2022.
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