Ukraine War, December 9, 2022: France’s Macron leads appeasement push; Biden administration doubles down on adhering to Putin’s “red line” regarding attacks on targets in Russia

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To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, and you will see a list in chronological order.

To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.

Dispatches

1) Philippe Ricard, “Les déclarations d’Emmanuel Macron sur la Russie ulcèrent Kiev et ses alliés; Alors que les frappes russes se poursuivent sur les infrastructures civiles, le chef de l’Etat évoque « les garanties de sécurité » à accorder à Moscou après la guerre. Les déclarations d’Emmanuel Macron sur la Russie ulcèrent Kiev et ses alliés, “Le Monde, le 8 décembre 2922 (15h30);

2) Carlos Torralba, “Estados Unidos se desmarca de los ataques en territorio ruso; Wendy Sherman, subsecretaria de Estado, destaca que Washington “ni ha facilitado ni ha alentado” a Ucrania a alcanzar objetivos en Rusia,” El País, el 8 de diciembre 2022; (23:40 EST;

Analysis

The Biden Administration has doubled down in its position that it will not cross Vladimir Putin’s “red line” prohibiting any attacks by Ukraine on Russian territory.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of StateWendy Sherman defended this position on Thursday, with a number of misleading statements about what military actions by Ukraine are “defensive”.

Russia invaded Ukraine again in February 24, 2022.

Under international law and Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, Ukraine has every right to defend itself by striking targets in Russia as well as the Crimea, and other Russian-occupied portions of Ukraine.

The purported annexation of the Crimea in 2014 and four provinces in 2022 violates peremptory norms of international law (jus cogens) and has no kegal effect.

Biden has acceded to Putin’s demand that the U.S. and NATO not support any Ukrainian attacks on Russia.

Any such “attacks”, however, are simply military actions taken in self-defense against Russia’s invasion, and are therefore essentially “defensive” in nature.

Biden’s muddled policy in this area is costing thousands of Ukrainian lives.

Germany earlier this week, correctly stated that Ukraine has the right to strike targets in Ukraine in exercise of its right of self-defense under Artivle 51 of the U.N. Charter.

Putin’s “red line” is supported only by Putin’s nuclear threats and Biden’s fear of Putin.

The Trenchant Observer

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