United States defense experts said they believe the Russian assault on its East European neighbor has encountered “considerable global resistance.”
Moscow apparently has won no public support from its neighbors and significant domestic opposition since it launched a full-scale assault on Ukraine on February 23.
Five days later, Russian forces were still facing unexpectedly fierce opposition within Ukraine. Moscow’s tanks and armored personnel carriers close to the Ukrainian capital Kiev were still struggling to fully occupy the battered country.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on his citizens “to stand firm.”
Although Russian units have penetrated many areas of Ukraine, Moscow has claimed that its assault is aimed only at military targets.
But Ukrainian Health Minister Victor Lyashko said on the evening of February 27, that 198 people had been killed since Russia’s incursion and more than 1,000 others wounded — including 36 children — since the Russian invasion.
A summary of world reaction
According to AP: “From Tokyo to London to Taipei, hundreds of Ukrainians living abroad and other protesters have turned out on the streets to show their support for Ukraine.
“The United States, Canada, and European allies all announced they are adding even more sanctions than earlier against President Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. These include expelling Russia from SWIFT, a dominant system for global financial transactions.
“Asian and Pacific countries,” the AP adds, “have joined the West in taking punitive measures against Russia, including export controls to deprive its industries and military of semiconductors and other high-tech products.”
As the BBC puts it: “These are terrifying times, for the people of Ukraine, and horrifying for the rest of Europe, witnessing a major power invading a European neighbor for the first time since World War II. Hundreds have died already in what Germany called ‘Putin’s War’, some of the darkest hours since the 1940s.”
Horrifying indeed, not only for Europe but for all of us.
As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More