White House: Russia Sorta Maybe Possibly Has Invaded Ukraine

I’m a little confused. Looking across most news sites, I do not know if Russia has already invaded Ukraine. There are headlines like

That’s just a smattering. About the only news organization saying that Ukraine has been invaded is the UK Daily Mail. The White House is rather confused, too

White House wrestles with whether Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine

The White House on Monday confronted the reality that its months-long effort to avert a Russian invasion of Ukraine would likely be futile, as officials grasped for last-ditch ways to head off what one called “military action that could take place in the coming hours or days.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the holiday weekend effectively closing off one diplomatic path after another, suggesting ever more clearly that he would not be swayed by diplomacy or deterred by sanctions. And by announcing that he was recognizing two pro-Russian separatist regions of Ukraine and ordering troops into them, he forced the United States into an uneasy dilemma about whether that constituted an invasion.

The Biden administration sought to hit back at Russia’s aggressive action while stopping short of declaring that it had officially invaded Ukraine, which would have triggered the array of hard-hitting sanctions President Biden has been warning about for months.

Instead, amid meetings Monday with his national security advisers and calls with several foreign leaders, Biden and his team reiterated their grim assessment of the crisis and imposed a smaller set of sanctions prohibiting U.S. investment and trade specifically in the breakaway regions.

Administration officials said additional measures — including more sanctions — would be announced Tuesday, and emphasized that the newly announced sanctions are different from the much larger ones Biden has been threatening should Putin invade Ukraine.

So, wiffle waffling by the Biden admin. What happened?

World leaders focus on how to punish Russia over Ukraine

With the smell of war in the air over Europe, world leaders got over the shock of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to deploy troops to separatist regions of eastern Ukraine and they are focused on producing as forceful a reaction as possible.

Germany made the first big move, taking steps to halt the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia — a lucrative deal long sought by Moscow, but criticized by the U.S. for increasing Europe’s reliance on Russian energy supplies.

The West insisted Putin’s bold moves in Ukraine violated countless international agreements and since the words of diplomacy had failed, it was time to move towards action. (snip)

Russia says it’s sending what it deems “peacekeepers” into eastern Ukraine, but the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stressed they were “troops” on sovereign Ukrainian territory.

So, the troops are going into 2 “separatist” regions of Ukraine, which is rather what one would call the Ukraine. What happens now? Sanctions and Strongly Worded Letters. I don’t think anyone has the stomach to actually go against Putin militarily. Does he then send in troops to the rest of Ukraine? Who knows. Regardless of what happens, wait about 5 years and everyone will forget about this.

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9 Responses to “White House: Russia Sorta Maybe Possibly Has Invaded Ukraine”

  1. Dana says:

    From what I understand, Russian troops have moved in to areas already controlled by Russian separatists. However, those separatists claim more territory than they actually control, so the next step could be the Russian forces extending the control to the areas the separatists claim but do not yet control. Supposedly, Russia has recognized a couple of separatist states.

    These areas are part of Ukraine, so yes, it is an invasion of Ukraine. If the Ukrainian military resist the Russians in the areas claimed by the separatists but not under their control, it could be the next pretext for Russia advancing into areas of Ukraine not claimed by the separatists.

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    No worries.
    Brandon is in control.

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  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    The USSR broke up in 1991. In an agreement, the Budapest Memorandum, with the US, UK and Russia, Ukraine agreed to give up its nuclear weapons (from the old USSR) in exchange for assurances from Russia that Ukraine’s sovereignty would be respected! At the time, Ukraine was the third largest nuclear power on Earth (behind the US and Russia).

    ANY nation on Earth with nukes or developing nukes will surely notice how much stock Putin puts into ‘agreements’.

    • Dana says:

      Belarus and Kazakhstan did the same thing, and Belarus is practically a vassal state now, while Kazakhstan has heavy Russian involvement due to the Baikonur launch site being in Kazakhstan.

      From what I understand, while those three nations had physical custody of the weapons, they lacked the command and control codes which would have allowed them to use those weapons.

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Obama Tried to Warn Us: ‘Don’t Underestimate Joe’s Ability to Fuck Things Up’

    “If properly handled, there was absolutely no reason that the situation currently happening in Ukraine should have happened at all,” Trump said. “I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would have never done during the Trump Administration what he is doing now, no way!”


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  5. drowningpuppies says:

    Ukraine ‘shocked and stunned’ when Biden gave permission for Putin to invade.


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  6. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    What commie said this about Putin?

    “This is genius, Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine — of Ukraine — Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.”

    “I said, ‘How smart is that? And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re gonna keep peace all right. No, but think of it. Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.”

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    What Putin fanboy said it?

    “I have enormous respect for him – I’ve been criticized for saying that.”

    and that he’s:

    “very shrewd” and “very capable.”

    “He is a very talented statesman. He has lots of gifts. He was a KGB agent, for goodness sakes. He knows how to use power. We should respect that.”

  8. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    It can’t be a surprise that The Don sides with Putin against Ukraine. After all, Don’s “that’s a nice country you got there, be a shame if somethin’ were to happen to it”, extortion attempt directed at President Zelenskyy, cost Don the election.

    The Teflon Don hates Zelenskyy and Ukraine. Don wants to be Putin.

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