Local professors, elected officials weigh in on Russian invasion of Ukraine


Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 6:24 PM CST
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(25 NEWS) - As Russia launches an invasion into Ukraine, the effects are being felt in Central Illinois.

Several local lawmakers took to social media to share their thoughts. Congressman Darrin LaHood (R-IL18) says this move shows “the true evil of Putin.” Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) calls it “a dire threat to established international order.

“We know that this just isn’t a matter of concern about Ukraine and the innocent people who are the victims of Putin’s aggression,” Durbin said. “The question now is ‘will he stop with Ukraine?’”

At local universities, professors tell us their Ukrainian students are worried and that solidarity and unity should always trump anger and the blame game.

“I think at this point, it is totally unproductive to to try to figure out who’s fault it is, because it’s Putin’s fault,” University of Illinois Associate Professor Emerita Carol Leff said.

Bradley University professor Angela Weck is the executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.

“When we fight about we as a nation fight about what actions are being taken and attempt to blame someone in our own country for the actions of Vladimir Putin, Putin wins,” Weck said.

President Biden announced more sanctions on Russia Thursday afternoon, but many fear that may not be enough to deter Putin.

“I hope they are enough, and I can tell you some of the sanctions Biden is envisioning will have a devastating impact on the Russian economy,” Durbin said.

Before a further move by the US, Weck says we have to consider the consequences.

“With this horror right in front of us, are we as Americans ready to send our American forces, our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters to Ukraine to fight Russia, and I don’t know the answer to that,” Weck said.

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