Russia , Conflict, International Relations The only way to end Putin’s war crimes is to help Ukrainian forces win

April 7, 2022
By Trudy Rubin | The Philadelphia Inquirer

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Alexander Vershbow is quoted in this article about Ukraine written by Visiting Fellow Trudy Rubin.

 The gruesome images of slain civilians in Bucha and other liberated towns near Kyiv have been met with furious rhetoric from Western politicians.

Yet there is only one way to stop Vladimir Putin’s forces from committing more hideous war crimes.

It is not by placing more sanctions on Russia (though they are welcome). It is not the suspension of Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council (it should be suspended from the U.N. General Assembly). And it is not “peace” talks that Putin permits primarily to fool some European leaders.


“The [U.S.] bureaucracy simply hasn’t been told that it’s wartime,” I was told by the former deputy secretary general of NATO, Alexander Vershbow. “The MiG 29s [airplanes] haven’t moved, long-range air defenses haven’t moved. It’s so frustrating.

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