The West Should Not Bend on Russian Sanctions

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Posted: Jun 20, 2022 12:01 AM

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When Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine this year, he certainly didn’t expect the Ukrainians to fight back as forcefully as they have. Despite massive bombing campaigns and the use of Russian heavy artillery, the Ukrainians are standing strong and even pushing back.

Russia has waged a brutal war resulting in massive casualties.  Ukrainian officials have recovered the bodies of many citizens with their hands tied behind their backs, and “the gruesome work of digging up the remains coincided with the Ukrainian police chief’s report that authorities have opened criminal investigations into the killings of more than 12,000 people during Russia’s war.” In the face of these severe tactics, the people of Ukraine have fought bravely to protect their homes and nation.

The Russians also couldn’t have expected that the West would remain as united as it has. As soon as the invasion was underway, Western governments imposed harsh economic sanctions aimed at bringing Russia to its knees. Even though those sanctions are

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