EDITORIAL: Winter is Coming: Making a Case for Arming Ukraine


This morning, the Commonwealth of Independent States was alerted to a rebel uprising in Kharkiv, Ukraine that resulted in the death of the city’s mayor and the occupation of its administrative center. Committing to complete chaos, the forces have effectively shut down all sense of life in Kharkiv, holding civilians hostage, looting their homes, and setting the town ablaze. Behind all this anarchy? Pro-Russian separatism.

Though a cease-fire between the parties was formed at the end of last year, the Ukrainian terrorists’ repeated violations of the agreement. The United States logically followed up by issuing millions of dollars of military assistance in the form of arms and IT to the government of Ukraine with the hopes of being able to match Mr. Putin’s proxy force. America’s decision should serve as a model for future endeavors.

I know what you’re thinking—Have we entered some time warp or glitch in the Matrix that has propelled us back to a pre-1991 era? Unfortunately not. For nearly four years, the Ukrainian people have suffered at the hand of Russian-backed terrorists (though, of course, Russia would deny such accusations), and this latest update is nothing new in a trend of abuse surely to continue. So why is the international community seething?

When international law justifies a nation’s self-defense, and that nation is at a disproportionate disadvantage in the face of its predator, sending assistance should be seen as nothing less than protecting that nation’s right to sovereignty. So why is the international community seething?

Furthermore, let us not forget that instabilities in the East not only threatens the national security of the West (see NATO’s fight against Serbian terrorism in 1999 in the then-province of Kosovo). That wasn’t a wager of war—it was a concerted effort to ensure the right to self-determination. So why is the international community seething?

The latest acts of terrorism prove that this is not a situation we should be taking lightly. If Mr. Putin achieves any sort of victory over Ukraine, strap in tightly—we will have a tumultuous ride on a quite slippery slope. Member states of the United Nations should reconsider their hardline stance against military involvement in the region and acknowledge that without getting tough on terrorism, they are acting (or rather, in-acting) in opposition to every principal of sovereignty and security that the United Nations stands for.



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