5 Steps to help Ukraine

The West has multiple ways to help Ukraine and to make the task much harder for the Russian military

If any nation wanted to make it harder for Russia to seize control of Ukraine, these steps would certainly make it more difficult.

Here are five ideas of what countries could do to help Ukraine

1. Giving of missile defense systems to Ukraine’s military.

Ukraine is already receiving surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank missiles, and combat aircraft. Giving Ukraine missile defense systems would go some way to providing Ukrainians with the ability to curtail Russia’s strikes on Ukrainian cities.

2. Donations of sophisticated combat drones to the Ukrainian military, which can be used to target Russian troop concentrations.

Right now, Ukraine has extremely limited stand-off weapons capabilities. For example, it has a small number of Turkish drones. Providing Ukraine with modern attack drones would give Ukrainians the chance to target Russian troops and supply groups more effectively.

3. A wave of cyberattacks on Russian assets.

An area of St. Petersburg could lose power. A virus could force the grounding of flights at a Russian airport. A gas or oil pipeline might be thrown offline. In this crazy, unstable, and dangerous world, who knows?

4. Information operations to prepare news about the actual events during the war for the Russian people.

Many Russians do not have access to facts about what is going on, and this would help them to access the truth. Critical points to transmit are as follows: Russia’s attack is an invasion, and Russia is targeting and killing civilians. There are tools to circumvent Russia’s blocking of various media outlets. An early example of this idea is BBC’s announcement that it will return to shortwave broadcasting for Ukraine and parts of Russia.

5. Finally, preparation for an insurgency in the Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine.

No one knows for sure how this is going to end. However, it is likely that Russian troops will remain on at least some Ukrainian territory even after this phase of combat operations is concluded. They should not be allowed to stay “for free.” Flow of arms, combatants, and supplies from the countries that border Ukraine must be sustained. Most importantly, it means laying the groundwork for an insurgent force now, while Ukrainians still control most of their own territory and communication network.

In addition, it’s recommended that many of Russia’s neighbors could announce preparations for military trainings in various places along the Russian border, from Poland in the West to Japan in the East. Even if these military trainings of the troops are not carried out, or are done on a very small scale, it would still help to distract some of the Russian forces that would otherwise be used against Ukraine.

Cited from article by Andrew R. Novo, cepa.org

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