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What are the Limits of Aiding Ukraine Against a Nuclear Power?

The stakes of the Russia-Ukraine war spilling beyond Ukraine's borders are high for the whole planet. At what point does western involvement become reckless?

The Russian war on Ukraine has heightened tensions between global superpowers. As the U.S. and Europe support the resistance to the invasion, the lives of millions of Ukrainians remain in the balance, and president Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to ask the international community for greater support, including enforcement of a no-fly zone. Journalist and lawyer Bill Blum, political analyst Eric Draitser and surgeon and former intelligence officer Dr. Keith Rose joined Roundtable to talk about the conflict, its global implications and how it can be ended.

In this segment, the panel discusses how the United States can support the Ukrainian people without risking further escalation and the use of nuclear weapons.

Dr. Keith Rose argues that the U.S. can do much more to support the resistance without crossing that critical threshold.

"We could give them lethal aid up to a point. We could support the European partners that are doing that," Rose said. "The number one thing we could do would be right now to lease our energy sector. It would definitely hit the Achilles heel of Russia's economy."

Draitser disagreed that selling oil and gas to Europe would meaningfully impact the Ukraine-Russia conflict. He argued that the move would just enrich American oil while slowing Europe's transition to clean energy.

"Europe has much more agency than the United States does when it comes to energy. Europe is already moving away from fossil fuels," he said. "This is going to be the push that actually is going to make that happen."

For Draitser, a key element in ending the war is standing in solidarity with not only Ukrainians, but also Russians who are protesting against Putin's war.

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"There were more than 7,000 people arrested in seven days," Draitser said. "This is unprecedented in Russia. That will continue. There are plenty of ways to show international solidarity."

Roundtable Guests:

Bill Blum, lawyer and columnist, Blum's Law

Dr. Keith Rose, M.D, surgeon and tactical medicine physician

Eric Draitser, political analyst and host, Counterpunch Radio

Watch the full discussion below: