Ukrainian lives, American taxpayers' money pit
In 2019, former comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected to be the president of Ukraine. Shortly after his election in January 2021, Zelenskyy asked Biden to allow Ukraine to become part of NATO. With the constant military skirmishes taking place between the Ukrainian forces and Russian forces supporting the breakaway regions of Donbas, Putin and the Russian government saw a clear danger that if Ukraine got accepted into NATO, the Russians would one day fight NATO. In December 2021 Russia asked NATO to give guarantees that Ukraine would not be allowed to join NATO. Subsequently, Biden and Putin held several direct calls at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 where no breakthrough agreements were made. Biden refused to provide any security guarantees to the Russians regarding Ukraine not ever becoming part of NATO and threatened Putin to unleash an economic hell if he attacked Ukraine. One may pose a question of where Zelenskyy was during the talks between Biden and Putin and if his opinion was even relevant. Since the Maidan Revolution of 2014, the U.S. effectively has overseen Ukraine’s foreign policy. On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine.
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