The level of depravity that Russia is reaching in its assault on Ukraine hit a new low yesterday. An attack by a missile on a retail center in Kremenchuk demonstrated in a horrifyingly clear way that the threat to the sovereignty of Ukraine is alive and well, and that Putin is really redoubling his attempts to spread fear in the region.
It is imperative that further sanctions be imposed in order to isolate Putin's government. (Image courtesy of Getty)
The so-called "special military operation" ordered by the Russian president, which was only supposed to last a few days but has already lasted for four months, has been a complete failure. This was a well-planned assault on a civilian target that included more than one thousand people, including men, women, and children. Even as more people were being killed, the despicable propaganda machine run by the Kremlin absurdly claimed that the incident was a "fake."
Dmytro Lunin, the chairman of the Kremenchuk district, was absolutely correct when he referred to the attack as a "crime against humanity." The crimes and falsehoods committed by Putin are all components of a horrifying whole.
It presents a clear option for NATO and its members to make. About a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron made the statement that Vladimir Putin should not be "humiliated." Others suggested that he be granted authority of some regions of Ukraine in order to save face.
These cowardly and reckless military strategies, known as soft options, ought to be abandoned right now. Boris Johnson, the then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, issued the following statement in the aftermath of the attack: "Putin must realize that his behavior will do nothing except reinforce the resolve of the UK and every other G7 countries." We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes, whatever that may be.
It is imperative that the world immediately begin to wean itself off the energy supplied by Russia, and that the dictatorship of Vladimir Putin be isolated with additional sanctions while Ukraine is provided with the necessary armaments.
No ifs, no buts. Putin needs to step down.
Time to move like Jagger
The weekend at Glastonbury and Hyde Park was a terrific showcase for vocalists of a certain age, with Mr. Jagger, Mr. McCartney, and Diana Ross all performing on stage. It was encouraging to learn that medical professionals believe that a mix of physical activity and talk therapy might help alleviate some of the symptoms that are frequently connected with aging, such as arthritis and other inflammatory rheumatic conditions.
A research that was published in The Lancet Rheumatology discovered that the exhaustion that is experienced by 800,000 individuals each day might be mitigated by a talk-and-walk combination of treatments that deal with tiredness and mental health difficulties that can result from isolation. Although it won't always make those affected become Jumpin' Jack Flashes, it will at least offer them an opportunity to regain some of their satisfaction.
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