I’m starting to worry that the war between Russia and Ukraine is about to enter a new and scary phase.
The Ukrainians have made progress in taking back their country. In fact, we had a story this morning that McDonald’s in Ukraine is calling people back to work. Three locations in Kyiv are offering delivery. Dine-in is set to resume next month.
To me, that’s an indication that Ukraine has made incredible incredible progress in beating back Russia. I’m sure that Vladimir Putin doesn’t like it one bit.
So many headlines today. Putin has ordered a partial mobilization of reservists in Russia. This is the first time Russia has done this since World War Two. We are talking 300,000 reservists here.
In a televised address to Russia, Putin said he would do what he had to. The Washington Post reports that Putin even made a reference to Russia’s nuclear arsenal: “With a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, to protect Russia and our people, we of course will use all the means at our disposal. This is not a bluff.”
For its part, the European Union condemned the escalation. So did the United States.
We are seven months into this war. It’s nowhere near being done.
Clearly, there is concern. The United Nations General Assembly is meeting in New York today. President Zelensky will address the Assembly in a recorded message.
President Biden is expected to repeat his calls for world unity in the face of Russian aggression at the U.N. He is also going to be meeting with the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.
I think we are still stunned that the scrappy Ukrainian army has accomplished what it has. It pushed the mighty Russian military back.
Now what? Vladimir Putin seems desperate. He’s bringing up reservists. Their reaction? Reuters reports plane tickets out of Moscow are selling out.
Putin’s war. Could it lead to Putin’s end?