Ukraine War, January 7, 2022: Defeating Putin is the shortest path to ending the Ukraine war

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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) Daniel Hannan, “There are no good options in Ukraine, but the least bad is to push foThere are no good options in Ukraine, but the least bad is to push for Putin’s total defeat; This war is hideous, but a premature peace is simply not on the cards. It is vital we continue to give the Ukrainians the support they need,” The Telegraph, January 7, 2023 (5:00 pm);

2) Josie Ensor, “Kevin McCarthy ‘agreed to cut aid to Ukraine’ to secure US speaker role; Republican, who had to go through 15 rounds of voting to be elected, had to compromise with opponents sceptical of sending money to Kyiv,” The Telegraph, January 7, 2023 (7:43 pm);

3) Roland Oliphant, “Ukraine’s new Western weapons could help turn tide of the war; France, Germany and the US have agreed to send modern armoured vehicles to help Kyiv hold back the Russian offensive,” The Telegraph, January 7, 2023 (5:03 pm);

Analysis

Daiel Hannan succinctly explains why a negotiated ceasefire or settlement of the Ukraine conflict is simply not in the cards, and why victory by Ukraine is the onlybwar to end the war. To that end, Western countries need to provide Ukraine with all of tgecweapons and other munitions it needs to win the war, i.e., secure the withdrawal of all Russian troops from Ukrainian territory including the Crimes, payment of reparations to Ukraine for all the damages it has caused to life and propert, and accountability under international law of all those who have committed war crimes in Ukraine.

Ensor raises warning flag on future Us. military assistance, relaying (without details or attribution) accounts accoding which Kevin McCarthy had to promise to limit aid to Ukraine in exchange for the votes that put him over the top in his racebtombecomevRepublican Minority Leader.

Finally, Roland Oliphant reports on an extremely important development in allies’ arms export policies toward Ukraine. Finally, after months and months of delay, the U.S., Germany, and France all announced that they would be sendind armored personnel cariers and a lightly-armored tank to Ukraine.

While Ukraine need battle tanks to really take the battle to the Russians, these announcements suggest that a conceptual block has been overcome, which could make it easier to secure authorization to send battle tanks to Ukraine in the future.

Slowly, the American policy seems to be changing.

The Trenchant Observer

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