No help for Kiev under Trump
With an admirer of Russia in the White House, Ukraine has lost all hope of a peaceful resolution to the war in our nation’s east, said Igor Vitovych. After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014, it sent troops disguised as volunteers to help separatist fighters in the Donbass region. Despite repeated attempts to secure a peace deal, the war in Donbass continues to simmer. President Obama never recognized Russia’s claim to Crimea and consistently called on Moscow to remove its troops from eastern Ukraine, but Trump might partner with Russian President Vladimir Putin “to decide the fate of Ukraine.” That is what the grand old man of U.S. diplomacy, Henry Kissinger, is recommending. According to Germany’s Bild, Kissinger has advised Trump to concede on Crimea and Donbass and to cancel sanctions against Russia. That’s partly because “Kissinger sees China as the greater threat” to U.S. interests and partly because Kissinger is involved with “several large American energy companies that are losing money because of the tension between the U.S. and Russia.” Ukraine does still have friends in the U.S. Congress, but they’re unlikely to be able to sway Trump. Our most important ally, America, will be lost to us—and so will the Donbass.