Sir, My reaction upon reading Eugene Rumer’s article “ Arm Ukraine and you risk another Black Hawk Down” (February 4) was: more hand-wringing from an impotent western establishment. Vladimir Putin’s escalation, targeting strategic towns, threatens the collapse of the Ukrainian economy should it succeed, and with it the Ukrainian government. This is no time to blather about increasing economic aid in place of providing military support to this beleaguered country.

Ukraine has fought well considering the disadvantages under which it labours. Just give Ukraine the military aid it asks for, and let the Ukrainians do the rest, without trying to imagine or control the outcome. Remember the Finns in 1940 when confronted by a seemingly overwhelming Soviet power.

Anxiously worrying about what President Putin might or might not do in response, combined with failure to exercise the most minimal military option, has about it the stench of appeasement.

Albion M Urdank

Dept of History, UCLA,

Los Angeles, CA, US

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