Ukraine, Donald Trump and Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian nuclear weapon

It is hard if not impossible to keep up with everything that is going on within the last 24-48 hours. Somehow, Ukraine is back in the news. The president made a call to the new Ukrainian Pres. and basically said that he wanted Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to be investigated. The implications worried that if the investigation were to get underway, Pres. Trump would free up hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.

Why are we sending hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine? The answer is somewhat complex. In the 90s, the Ukraine voted overwhelmingly to separate from the Soviet Union. This led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and also to the Ukraine obtaining independence. Once Ukraine became a sovereign nation, it inherited a large nuclear arsenal from the Soviet Union. The United States along with several other countries negotiated with Ukraine to destroy the nuclear weapons. The deal was pretty simple. Destroy your nuclear weapons and the United States along with its allies will protect you from any threat/invasion from Russia. Simple deal, right?

If you remember, this is a big deal at the time. We sent nuclear experts to Ukraine in order to aid with the destruction of the nuclear weapons. We’ve been giving Ukraine military aid ever since.

Now, also remember, that Ukraine was recently invaded by Russia. The Russians have taken Ukrainian land. The Russians have killed Ukrainian military and private citizens. In order to fight this, we have sent Ukrainians military aid. It is this aid that Donald Trump was using as a bargaining chip to try to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Does this feel inappropriate to you? It does to me.

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