March 3rd, 2014
11:12 AM ET

Ukraine: Analysis and Potential Next Steps

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, (D) Ohio, and Nicholas Burns, former ambassador to NATO, weighed in on the situation in Ukraine on "New Day" Monday.

When Chris Cuomo asked Kaptur about the the conflict and the direction it could be heading, Kaptur responded:

"I think it is extremely dangerous. Ukrainian's fight. And Russians fight. And the history of the 20th century is that there's no place on earth where the soil is more blood-soaked than there. And so there is a moral responsibility for our world – the United Nations should be working over time to try to de-escalate the tensions there."

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Rep. Ed Royce, (R) California, also weighed in with potential solutions to the crisis in Ukraine.

Rep. Royce said sanctions against Russia could hit them where they'd be impacted the most – with their economy.

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  1. Matt

    You can help them in a civil war to bog the Russians down. NATO cannot even mobilize or send troops to the Baltic States or Poland to send a message. So if Ukraine falls uncontested, surrender in Crimea and then East Ukraine and a hot war for the west of Ukraine. You want long lines of logistics to attack not allow uncontested rally points behind what will be the front lines. Allow short supply of logistics for the fast moving armored columns. Anyway you stop it that way by making costly and if you want to secure the Baltic States as the EU and NATO have little appetite for a war over such small states perhaps not even Poland. Is move in tactical nuclear weapons. What you have is NATO states in western Europe with little appetite for conflict and a belt across eastern Europe of countries backed by the US and NATO, but western Europe NATO states are happy for the US to do the heavy lifting and protect them. This belt protects western Europe at the cost of the eastern countries and the USA. The EU was trying to draw Ukraine into the EU and NATO that is why this happened, now the EU and NATO say it not our problem you are not a member. I say what is the difference the intent was to make them one. For the US as with the EU and NATO and the issue of Ukraine membership for Western Europe it is about cost, either leave eastern Europe NATO states to Russia and Europe in general to Russia or move in tactical nuclear weapons to protect them. All about cost.

    March 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply

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