US lawmaker seeks to bring American troops to Ukraine — Analysis
Adam Kinzinger’s resolution would allow President Biden to deploy American forces if Russia uses weapons of mass destruction
Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois announced Sunday that he will present a resolution authorizing use of military force if Russia is deployed. “chemical, biological and/or nuclear weapons”Ukraine. Kinzinger is a constant advocate for US participation in the ongoing conflict. He has previously supported policies that President Biden and others claimed would bring about a resolving of the crisis. “third world war.”
Kinzinger’s resolution would authorize the president to use the American military to “assist in defending and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine,”In response to the hypothetical Russian use chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil.
This resolution will give the President sole authority to verify that Russia has attacked Ukraine. It does not require any international investigation. This could be used to incentivize Ukrainian troops to attack Russia in an attempt at drawing them into the conflict.
The authorization for the use of military force, also known as AUMF or Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), would allow the resolution to function in the same way that the post-9/11 AUMF has been. It was renewed each year since 2001. The authorization gives the US presidents permission to strike more than 12 countries, which includes Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria since September 11, 2001, with no formal declaration of war.
“As the President of the United States has said, Putin must be stopped,” read a statement from Kinzinger’s office. “Accordingly, the Commander in Chief to the world’s greatest military should have the authority and means to take the necessary actions to do so.”
Kinzinger, who is Republican and aligns himself with Democrats on many issues, publicly called for US participation in the conflict. Kinzinger became a public advocate for US involvement in the conflict within a matter of days after Russian troops entered Ukraine in February. demanding that NATO enforce a ‘no-fly zone’ over the country, a move that would see the US-led military alliance commit to shooting down Russian aircraft and striking Russian air defense systems.
Although Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has requested this move as well, Biden refused to grant it, claiming that it would cause a retaliatory attack. “third world war”Russia. Kinzinger also pressuredBiden’s administration requested that fighter jets given by Poland be sent to Ukraine. The administration refused. Biden reiterated that he did not want US pilots delivering warplanes in an active conflict area, citing the dangers. “World War III.”
It is currently unclear if and when Kinzinger’s resolution will be brought to a vote. Biden himself has said that the US “would respond” to any use of weapons of mass destruction by Russian forces in Ukraine, but has avoided drawing any binding ‘red lines’. The US continued to send weapons to Ukraine, and currently trains Ukrainian soldiers to use these weapon systems in Germany.
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Russia deployed troops to Ukraine on February 24th, following Kiev’s inability to comply with the Minsk Agreements, which were first signed by Moscow in 2014. This was followed up by Moscow’s recognition of Donetsk’s and Lugansk Donbass republics. Minsk Protocol, which was French and German-brokered, gave the regions that were separated special status in the Ukrainian government.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics using force.
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