WASHINGTON – Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), heralded the allocation of a $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which will be used to help Ukraine better defend itself against Russian aggression.
On June 16, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first summit in Geneva. It came five months into Mr. Biden’s term and 21 years after Mr. Putin was first elected president. Most reports from the summit saw only modest outcomes, as the two presidents discussed nuclear arms and diplomatic relations between the two historic adversaries.
Ukraine’s struggle to finally separate from Russia continues even as multiple other events and issues compete for the world’s attention. This is understandable but worrisome for Ukraine as it works to maintain international support for this effort. We, the Ukrainian diaspora, search for ways to contribute to Ukraine’s fight for security.
The takeaway for Ukraine is that the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva apparently did take place. There were two press conferences, one by each of the principals to prove that. Apparently, the only tangible result was the renewed exchange of ambassadors. For the American cynic this was a far cry from Helsinki and thus a major victory for the American side. But success cannot be measured by Trump years.
The following column discusses the work of the Helsinki Commission beginning in the late 1980s, as the Soviet empire began to unravel, to the present day. Part 1 of this two-part series, which ran in the May 30 issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, discussed the work of the Helsinki Commission from its founding up to the late 1980s.
Just days before Ukraine kicked off competition in the delayed Euro 2020 soccer championship, which was previously schedule to take place last year but was moved to June 11-July 11 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andriy Pavelko, the president of the Football Federation of Ukraine, unveiled a new national team jersey on June 7 that featured a patriotic slogan and an outline of Ukraine that includes Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.
A set of guidelines, known as the Nuremberg Principles, were created by the United Nations’ International Law Commission at the end of the World War II. They were first utilized during the Major War Criminals Trials that began November 20, 1945, and ended on October 1, 1946. Of the 24 Nazis indicted, 12 were sentenced to death by hanging, one in absentia, and the rest given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life behind bars. Ten went to the noose on October 16, 1946. Remarkably, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring managed to cheat the hangman by taking a cyanide pill the night before.
Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion stipulates that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Unfortunately, this irrefutable law of physics is often disregarded by the West’s inconsistent reactions to the aggressive and destructive actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies, namely the Belarusian pariah Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
The refrain from Washington is now is not the time. This is a reverberating refrain from the White House and the Department of State which is heard loud and clear in Kyiv and Moscow. Ruminations and puzzlement ensue. Why not? When will be the time? Ukraine’s NATO membership is the most paradoxical issue of our time. Ukraine is the most logical NATO ally.
ByThe U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs |
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs released the following letter on June 1. The letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, was signed by Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and 19 other members of the committee.