Here is a collection of letters sent in by readers about the current situation in Ukraine
Putin on the chips?
Margrette Young, Dorroughby
It would be more effective to shut down the casinos in Australia to penalise the Russian oligarchs as a sanction re Ukraine.
Remember the royal commission identified millions of dollars of dirty money being processed through the casinos in NSW and Victoria. Far more than legal banking.
Appease Russia now
Nathan Jones, Cudgen
It has been anticipated for a long time, and the war between Russia and Ukraine had just begun.
We all agree that ‘what’ is happening is wrong. It is an unprovoked attack on the people of Ukraine. We need to focus on the ‘why’ of this attack as a way of understanding what Russia wants so we can have a quick and peaceful solution soon.
It is not exactly about land acquisition; they already have the largest country on Earth. The Russians were promised by the USA in the months before and after the Berlin Wall came down, in 1989, that NATO would not expand one inch eastwards.
Over the last 30 years that has turned out to be a significant broken promise.
This situation has been described as similar to the 1962 Missile Crisis but in reverse. Compromise was the key then to avoid a war between nuclear superpowers, and compromise is needed now.
The Soviet Union agreed to not have its missiles in Cuba, if the USA removed its missiles based in Turkey, on their border. If Ukraine agrees to compromise and remain a neutral nation and not a member of NATO for the next, say, 50 years, then I think that would appease Russia and they would withdraw their military forces.
It looks very unlikely that any other nation will send their soldiers to defend Ukraine as we are all watching from the sidelines. The economic sanctions against Russia are unlikely to make them change their mind.
In the early days of the Cold War, it was decided that Austria would be a neutral nation and not part of the Eastern Warsaw Pact nor part of the Western NATO alliance. Austria survived quite well during those 50 years, and I am sure Ukraine will as well as a neutral nation. I am not supporting Russia, just the quickest path to lasting peace in the region.
Gas fuels war
Peter Olson, Goonengerry
The Germans have now agreed not to buy the cheap Nordstream pipe gas and instead to buy the much dearer, but politically acceptable, fracking gas, from our allies.
From a commercial view, the issue appears to be about who supplies the gas and of course, also about selling more weapons.
From our opponents view, it is about nuclear missiles being placed on their border and aimed at them.
From the media’s view, it is entirely about ‘Russian aggression’ and to the Russian speaking people of the Donbass region, it is all about their independence. Even if none of this is true, the allies’ fracking gas will now be sold, instead of the vastly cheaper Nordstream gas.
Since the price of fuel has risen correspondingly, the inflation mentioned in several unpublished Echo letters, will simply accelerate.
As forecaster Martin Armstrong wrote today: ‘they may in fact have unleashed WWIII and this is merely the first shots that will be remembered’.
Star wars, space cadets
Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay
Now that Russia has invaded Ukraine, war in space is a real possibility.
Given US reluctance to put soldiers on the ground and fly its warplanes over Russia-dominated airspace, the majority of its reconnaissance and surveillance intelligence is going to come from outer space, and Russia knows it.
Last November Russia demonstrated its ability to destroy satellites by hitting one of their own Soviet era satellites with a missile, thus contaminating space with thousands of fragments.
On the US side, Trump’s much-derided Space Force may soon demonstrate its worth by taking the battle into the heavens… with unknown consequences for our planet.