Democrat Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday that the U.S. should talk about a timeline and conditions for sending troops to Ukraine in order to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on the nation.
Coons pointed to the brutality of Putin’s attacks on Ukraine and suggested that he cannot be allowed to continue doing so. He praised President Joe Biden’s work in building a coalition in the region but suggested more needed to be done.
“I think President Biden’s leadership has been steady and constructive. But this is a critical moment. If Vladimir Putin, who has shown us how brutal he can be, is allowed to just continue to massacre civilians, to commit war crimes throughout Ukraine without NATO, without the West coming more forcefully to his aid, I great- I deeply worry that what’s going to happen next is that we will see Ukraine turn into Syria,” Coons said.
“The American people cannot turn away from this tragedy in Ukraine. I think the history of the 21st century turns on how fiercely we defend freedom in Ukraine and that Putin will only stop when we stop him,” he continued.
Coons stopped short of asking Biden to draw a red line to define when troops would be sent, but clearly thinks it should be seriously considered.
The Biden administration has repeatedly said that U.S. troops would not be sent to Ukraine to fight.
Furthermore, Putin threatened at the start of the conflict in February that any direct involvement in the fighting in Ukraine will be met with “such consequences that you have never experienced in your history,” which some have interpreted as a threat to use nuclear weapons.
Just last week, Russia threatened to deploy nuclear and hypersonic missiles to its Kalingrad enclave between Poland and Lithuania if Finland and Sweden join the NATO alliance of countries giving indirect assistance to Ukraine for its defense.
Putin suffered a devastating humiliation on Thursday when its warship Moskva sank, reportedly after being struck by a Ukrainian missile.
Russian officials tried to claim that friendly fire sank the ship, but it was fairly evident that a combination of Ukrainian missile fire and stormy seas caused the loss of one of Russia’s most important warships.
As a result, Putin has once again ramped up attacks on Ukrainian capital Kyiv after withdrawing from the area in recent weeks.
More than 900 civilians were found in shallow graves and under debris after Russia withdrew from the city, and the vast majority of them had been shot execution style by the Russian forces.