Or at least as happy as we can make it with Russian nuclear forces on heightened alert.
But a minimum of there's talk of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
Ukrainian and Russian Delegations Agree to Meet at Belarus Border
A Ukrainian delegation has agreed to meet Russian officials for talks at the Ukraine-Belarus border, President Volodymyr Zelensky's office has confirmed. The united states Ambassador to the Un, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told CNN's State of the Union the united states will \”look forward to what arrives of those discussions.\”
The offer to satisfy comes as Russia is getting a much tougher fight on its hands than expected.
Apparently those blankets Obama sent a couple of years back did wonders to bar the Russian advance.
John Zmirak comes with an in-depth look at Ukraine history, especially in the post-Cold War era. \”An Independent Ukraine. Who Caused Its Death?\”
Putin Raises Nuke Status
Vladimir Putin has raised the alert status of his nuclear forces to \”special regime of combat duty.\” Or in English, on a higher alert when preparing for possible use. This escalation increases worries the Ukraine-Russia conflict could go nuclear. Additionally, it suggests Putin knows things aren't going as planned, and he’s made the proceed to increase his bargaining chips. This video aired by CNN states show a Russian column that had a really bad day while rumbling through a Kyiv neighborhood.
NATO has taken care of immediately Putin by announcing more weapons are headed Ukraine's way.
Zelensky Offers a Quote for that Ages: \”I Need Ammunition, Not really a Ride\”
The Russian Army is gunning for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Putin's goal with this invasion would be to \”decapitate\” the Ukrainian leadership. Bombs and missiles are dropping on Kyiv. Russian troops pushing on the capital city. And where's Zelensky? In the streets with his people.
The U.S. offered to evacuate Zelensky to safety. He responded with a line for the ages: \”I need ammunition, not a ride.\”
\”I need ammunition, not a ride.\” Carve that on a monument.
Compare this to Canada's Justin Trudeau, who hid when some of his own peaceful truckers swung by his capital for any chat. Or Joe Biden, who spent the weekend hiding in Delaware.
If Ukraine is able to battle Russia and force negotiations, much credit goes to the spit and vigor and example set by its young president.
Zelensky would be a comedian by trade. In comparison with doing stand-up in front of a drunk, hostile audience, maybe standing to the Russian Army doesn't seem so tough.
Fuel for Thought
The White House sanctions on Russia are notable for which Biden is not targeting: Russia's oil and gas industry. On one hand, this prevents gas prices from going even higher. Which is the White House explanation. However, what this means is Putin is constantly on the bring in billions. Essentially, be rewarded for his aggression.
Amazingly, despite Trump leaving us energy independent – capable of tell Putin where he can shove his oil – Biden has us importing oil from Russia.
From Tristan Justice in the Federalist:
From Russia, the United States still imports nearly 600,000 barrels of oil every single day. In comparison, the Keystone XL Pipeline Biden turn off was supposed to transport 830,000 barrels at peak capacity. Biden didn't sanction the Russian energy sector, because he couldn't have. Trump could have, and probably would have.
Obviously, if you want to hurt Putin, help America, and wean our European allies off their addiction to Putin energy, you ramp support American oil and gas production. However, if you’re this White House, you do the opposite.
Jen Psaki told This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Biden's approach to reducing dependence on foreign oil is through green energy.
Again, Jen. I was ALREADY ENERGY INDEPENDENT – UNTIL YOU CAME ALONG!
62% Think Russia Would Not Have Invaded Ukraine if Trump Were Still President
Rigged elections have consequences. 62% of voters believe Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump remained as president. That includes 38% of Democrats. This according to Harvard Center for Political Studies/ Harris poll released Friday.
59% say Putin invaded because he saw \”weakness\” in Joe Biden.
Ironically, in 2022, the boastful Biden said, \”Imagine what could happen to Ukraine under Trump.\” Biden sold himself during the 2022 campaign as the one guy who would stand up to Putin. Once he climbed from the basement.
As Trump stated in his CPAC speech Saturday night, Putin invaded his neighbors during the Bush Administration, the Federal government, and the Biden Administration – although not during his administration. And it wasn’t like Putin held back on his aggression while he was busy binge-watching Netflix.
Meanwhile, plop a different one in the “Trump been with them right” file. Germany announced they're increasing their defense spending to 2% of GDP in reaction to Putin's aggression. Just like Trump was pushing the NATO nations to do years ago.
Another Genius Move: US Gave China Intel About Russia Build-Up. China Gave the Intel to Russia
For three months, the U.S. shared intelligence with China concerning the troop buildup on the Ukraine border, trying to convince China to assist stop an invasion. And according to the Ny Times, China rebuffed the U.S. and simply gave the intel to Russia.
Just last summer, China and Russia conducted naval exercises together. Which geniuses within the White House thought China would cooperate using the U.S. against Russia?
Then again, maybe we shouldn't be surprised. Remember when Chairman from the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley admitted he told his Chinese counterparts he'd provide them with a manages if Trump took military action against them?
“Prayer for Ukraine”: Saturday Night Live Opens With Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of recent York
We've gotten used to Saturday Night Live's cold openings not being funny. But Saturday night's opening was serious and poignant and beautiful. The show began with a performance through the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of recent York.
Here’s \”A Prayer for Ukraine.\”
We Can Pray and We Can Help
Our parent organize LIFE Outreach, International has released a call for prayer and an chance to assist the people of Ukraine. Said James Robison:
We must pray for anyone of Ukraine within their hour of need – people are fleeing due to the danger, as well as their hearts are full of fear. Pray for our Ukrainian siblings in Christ.
Also pray for the Ukraine LIFE Center that's been such a blessing to children in need of assistance. Pray for the mission workers who will do all they are able to to help keep the children safe.
PLEASE PRAY and give to assist with relief efforts for the thousands caught in harm’s way. We as Christians must run to those in need and give comfort and aid. May God take this evil and employ it for His glory.
Along The Stream
As we prepare for Lent, an offering from James Tonkowich, \”Lent: Baking Cakes, Building Bridges, Changing the planet.\”
A mind-bending one from Mind Matters, \”Deepfakes Can Replicate Human Voices Now, Maybe Yours.\”
The Russia-Ukraine war isn't the only thing happening. We will have a \”Brew Extra\” dropping in the near future.
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTR, Gab, Parler, and real soon at TRUTH Social.