Echoing President Biden’s resolve on the war in Ukraine and Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons, National Security adviser Jake Sullivan warned Russia that such an action would bring “catastrophic consequences.” On Sunday’s ABC News show, Sullivan said, “We have communicated directly privately to the Russians at very high levels that there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia if they use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.”
This assertion comes in the wake of several developments in the war, and nothing more dramatic than the upsurge of resistance in Russia against the war. Countless number of young Russians, having received conscription notices, are fleeing the country.
Meanwhile, a recent poll conducted by the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and Data for Progress indicate that 57% of likely voters strongly or somewhat support the U.S. pursuing diplomatic negotiations as soon as possible to end the war in Ukraine, “even if it requires Ukraine making compromises with Russia,” according to a new account. The poll said that just 32% were strongly or somewhat opposed to this.
Nearly half of the respondents or 47% said they only support the continuation of U.S. military aid to Ukraine if the U.S. is involved in ongoing diplomacy to end the war, while 41% said they support the continuation of U.S. military aid to Ukraine whether the U.S. is involved in ongoing diplomacy or not.
Along with a growing concern that diplomatic efforts are lagging, those polled note that the expenditure on the war is beginning to have an impact on domestic financial affairs. President Biden has expressed this concern on several occasions clearly aware that defending Ukraine would be a costly involvement.
Back in the spring, he said, “Every day, Ukrainians pay with their lives, and they fight along—and the atrocities that the Russians are engaging in are just beyond the pale. And the cost of the fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is even more costly…That’s why we’re staying in this.”
To date, the U.S. has provided over $15 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, along with numerous weapons, but a new hue and cry is gaining resonance demanding more diplomacy and less munitions.