Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) — who’s himself an active member of the U.S. military, in addition to his service in Congress — joined those rallying on behalf of Ukraine this week after Russian forces invaded the country. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated on Friday that some 2,800 Russian military personnel had been killed in the fighting, suggesting that Russian leaders could’ve substantially underestimated the readiness of Ukrainians to defend their country. At the same time that the Defense Ministry promoted those numbers, it also said that Russia’s losses had included around 80 tanks, over 500 armored combat vehicles, 10 warplanes, and seven helicopters. On Twitter, Kinzinger shared a link to an article breaking down recent developments and commented as follows, with the latter part drawn from the accompanying headline:
‘2800 Russian dead and hundreds of vehicles. Ukraine is fighting back. Ukraine says it has inflicted one of Russia’s heaviest days of losses.’
2800 Russian dead and hundreds of vehicles. Ukraine is fighting back.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) February 25, 2022
It shouldn’t be an open question whether support for Ukraine is found among elected or otherwise prominent Republicans like Kinzinger — and yet, Trump recently drew steep criticism after referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin as “genius” after the Putin regime announced recognition for two independent countries on Ukrainian territory and revealed troop deployment plans for the areas. (That juncture was before the full-fledged invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces that has since begun.) As Trump put it: “Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s going to go in and be a peacekeeper… That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re going to keep peace, all right. No, but think of it. Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.” In contrast, the Biden administration has unveiled sanctions targeting various elements of Russian society and has provided substantial tranches of military aid to Ukraine — keeping in touch with reality instead of whatever it is that Trump and his allies are on about.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden plans move to freeze assets of Putin, Russian foreign minister, matching EU sanctions against Russian leadership.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 25, 2022
Hillary Clinton recently spoke of the need to strongly counter those spreading rhetoric like what Trump has pushed. As she explained things this week, Americans “have to… make sure that within our own country, we are calling out those people who are giving aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin, who are talking about what a genius he is, what a smart move it is, who are, unfortunately, being broadcast by Russian media… to demonstrate the division within our own country… We have to be much more united in the face of what is a very real threat from Vladimir Putin and his imperialistic ambitions.”
NOW: POTUS reports that Russian attempts to divide NATO have failed: pic.twitter.com/xzsz33fE9K
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) February 25, 2022