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February 24, 2022

As you surely know by now, last night, Vladimir Putin made good on his threat to invade Ukraine. There’s no hair-splitting about it, it’s a full-on military invasion, including tanks and troops crossing the border and the shelling of the capital city of Kyiv, the largest military attack in Europe since World War II.

Before I get into the details, the most important thing I can do is ask you to join me in praying for the safety of the Ukrainian people, for the return of peace, and although this may sound like too much of a miracle to ask, for Vladimir Putin to realize the evil of his actions and change his heart and mind.

I’m not going to attempt to update you on what's happening, because events are moving too fast. For the latest, here’s a link to a Fox News feed of continually-updated bulletins:

As of this writing (early Thursday morning), there are reports of dozens of people dead. The leader of a Ukrainian emergency response organization said that it appeared Russia was targeting military locations and not civilians, although there is a crush of panicking civilians trying to evacuate. He said so far, Putin was doing exactly what he said he would do. His best case scenario was that he would just attack the military, install a Russian puppet government and pull back without targeting civilians.

Putin threatened that any countries that interfered in his invasion of Ukraine would face “the greatest consequences in history,” not making clear whether he meant cyber warfare, nuclear attack or something else. He also claimed he was reversing the “Nazification” of Ukraine, a bizarre claim considering Ukraine has a Jewish President and a large Jewish population. I wonder where he could have gotten the idea that an autocratic communist could justify crushing his political opponents simply by branding them as “Nazis” first.

Some who watched his TV appearance said he didn’t seem like the same Putin who’s smoothly played the media and attended summit meetings in recent years. No, he seemed like what he has always been: a former KGB thug and Stalin admirer who wants to reassemble the Soviet Union police state. That shouldn’t be a surprise, but too few people these days know real history. Is it only a coincidence that Putin waited to strike until February 23rd, the anniversary of the first mass protests of 1917 that kicked off Russia’s communist revolution?

Just as Russian media misleads the Russian people into thinking that NATO is a threat to Russian sovereignty (it’s actually a purely defensive force against Russian aggression; believe me, nobody wants to take over Russia, certainly not in February), many young people in America have been misled by their teachers into thinking that communism is just “people sharing” and the real evil in the world is the United States.

Well, kids, those Russian tanks and missiles are your rude awakening to reality. You finally get to see the real face of communism that the rest of us grew up with. It’s a tough way to learn what “violence” and “imperialism” really are, and it's not someone building a Chick-Fil-A on your campus.

Putin will do whatever he wants without regard for any threats from the US or NATO. He’s seen weakness, he’s waited for the perfect moment to strike, and after seeing us leave Afghanistan, he’s decided that this is it. And he’s not the only one. Yesterday, China defended Ukraine as an independent nation only so they could warn the world not to confuse Taiwan with one of those because it’s part of China. They went on to make a not-so-veiled threat that implies Beijing has also been emboldened by our weak dealings with Afghanistan and is watching closely to see what Biden does about Ukraine.

At this moment, we’re still waiting to hear what Biden plans to do, although last night, he did reimpose the sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline that he inexplicably lifted less than a year ago.

Maybe that will help bring down the estimated extra $1 billion a day that’s been flowing into Putin’s war chest thanks to high oil and gas prices brought about by targeting America’s fossil fuel industry.

The White House warned that due to the Ukraine crisis and coming sanctions, Americans might be seeing even higher prices at the gas pumps. Gosh, if only there were some way that America could produce its own oil and gas so we wouldn’t be reliant on imports from places like Russia.

There’s a lot more that I could say, but there’s an old tradition in America that’s been ripped up in recent years, but I think it deserves preservation: when America is facing a serious crisis abroad, Americans shouldn’t attack their own President. I think we all know why we, and the world, are in this situation now, so I don’t have to belabor it.

Let’s just say for now that I, and I hope all Americans, stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and behind all those who stand up against this barbaric action by Vladimir Putin. And please, pray for Ukraine.

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  • Kathleen Schmidt

    02/28/2022 09:30 AM

    You are spot on about this. Thanks for all you do in keeping people informed ??.

  • Ed Thompson

    02/28/2022 08:44 AM

    Russian military are now in control of Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Why?are they going to use it as a “chip” to hold the world hostage while they continue to murder innocent people? Simple answer— yes! And it’s sad that people here though Trump was bad! We need him now more than ever.

  • Thomas Grimes

    02/28/2022 02:04 AM

    Why you above all is trashing what is happening, blaming Putin. I am a very strong patriot. But , I see the agenda of NWO taking place there and bio weapons etc. and yes the CIA part in setting up the leaders that run their puppet government with help of Biden family.

  • Lisa Gooch

    02/27/2022 09:39 PM

    Thank you for mentioning about the Jewish people of Ukraine, I don't believe anyone else is mentioning this, all the more reason to pray. God bless and sincerely, Lisa

  • Kathleen Rust

    02/27/2022 06:24 PM

    I agree that Putin is a bad guy. If he was asked by some of the provinces to "help" in their ongoing civil war, I feel that fact needs to be reported too. Also, because I really don't have all the information, I would like to know if the U.S. has been fueling that civil war. Over time, I have learned so much about our government's underhanded operations all over the world and for decades, that I need to know those details. I am also completely convinced that we are funding Putin by way of buying his energy and having shut down our own energy independence. Biden is equally as bad as Putin.

  • Sylvia Cox

    02/27/2022 02:59 PM

    Many people in my church have friends there, we support several missionaries and an orphanage; huge ties. We are praying for Ukraine and the surrounding areas; also for the people of the US to be thankful for the freedoms we have enjoyed over the years , that seem to be more in peril every day... God is sovereign and knows the hearts and minds of all. Praying he will extend mercy and protection for His people that are suffering there and change the heart and mind of V. Putin.

  • Nancy L Knauss

    02/27/2022 02:53 PM

    Hello Gov - I just want to say I hope millions of Americans are watching the Russian aggression against Ukraine and seeing just what freedom truly means to a Country! My heart goes out to the Ukraine people who are willing to die for their freedom, how many here would do the same? Our freedoms should never be taken for granted...

  • Bill Watson

    02/27/2022 01:32 PM

    How about penalties for Belarus for enabling part of the Russian invasion of Ukraine by allowing part of it to occur through their country?

  • Andrew Margrif

    02/25/2022 01:27 PM

    We are overwhelmed by the republican party backing the invasion of Russia. We are hoping and praying that Biden will take decisive action against This invasion and protect Ukraine and become the Republicans that protect our country’s rights like it used to be

  • David Gustine

    02/25/2022 01:01 PM

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Yuri Boldirev <[email protected]>

    Sent: Thu, Feb 24, 2022 9:21 am
    Subject: We can be next!

    Dear Drake and LaJuan,

    This morning along with everyone around us we woke up to a shocking reality that the war we were really hoping would not happen has begun. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would ever see footage of Russia bombing Ukraine, sending in tanks and basically conducting a major invasion.

    Here is a map I received from a good friend and a dear brother in Kyev. I checked on him first thing in the morning and he and his family were awaken by exposition near the city. We heard some explosions too rumbling away. Our thoughts and prayers go to our friends and everyone in Ukraine
    At this point there is no fighting in Moldova although a state of emergency has been introduced and our airspace closed. Odessa, Ukraine is just 90 miles away from us with explosions over there and then there is yet another factor which does not help us here in Moldova
    We also have a breakaway ‘Republic of Transnistria’ between us and Ukraine. Legally it is a part of Moldova but since 1992 after it broke independent Russia keeps a lot of their military there. 3 times the size of our whole military I might add! They promised to pull most of them out by 2001 but never did. Transnistria only exists due to Russian military and economic support and the reasons for that are rather obvious. For many years we thought they are just trying to keep a ‘stronghold’ on the other side of Ukraine but will there be a Ukraine tomorrow? Will they keep invading? Tiraspol, a capital of Transnistria is an hour away from us… What will happen next? We just do not know. We know that we can be next. We are making some preparations to hunker down, ready to help incoming refugees. If things turn for worse we will probably try to get out into Romania but we will cross that bridge (well, literally) when we come to it. We shall keep you posted!

    At any rate, thank you again so very much for your prayers for Moldova and Ukraine! Thank you for praying for peace and for innocent lives to be spared!

    From Moldova (and Ukraine!) with love,

    Yuri and Olga