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THE COMING CRISIS – OVERNIGHT:  The buildup of Russian forces in Ukraine is frightening, a nightmare before us.  I have to wonder whether the Russians are planning to mount a major attack to coincide with President Biden's State of the Union address.  How dramatic is that?  From Fox: 

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombing Sunday of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, is garnering comparisons to Nazi Germany's actions at the start of World War II.

"This reminds you of something doesn’t it?" Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday. "Indeed, very clear parallels could be drawn to the beginning of the Second World War."

"The most recent example," he continued, "the Russian army shelled with Grad multiple rocket launcher systems the residential area of the city of Kharkiv – the second biggest in Ukraine."

"The level of the threat to global security has been equated to that of the Second World War, or even higher, following Putin’s order to put an alert to Russian nuclear forces – what a madness," he added. "If he wants to kill himself, he doesn't need to use nuclear arsenal. He has to do what the guy in Berlin did in the bunker in May 1945."

Kharkiv came under intense rocket fire Monday as Ukrainian and Russian officials met for peace talks near Ukraine’s border with Belarus. Those talks ended Monday without a deal being reached.

Ukraine officials said dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds more injured in the Kharkiv attack after Russian forces bombed residential areas and apartment complexes.

Vladimir Dubinin, a Ukrainian man hiding in a bomb shelter in Kharkiv, phoned into Fox News’ "America’s Newsroom" on Monday following the bombing attack.

"Everything [is] not so bad as it was several hours ago when Putin's troops attacked the civilians in our city," he said. "Right now we are – it looks OK, but we are waiting [for] a new attack anyway in several hours."

COMMENT:  Meanwhile, some European nations, notably Germany, are stepping up and promising to increase their defense spending, while also sending military equipment to the Ukrainian resistance.  My question is whether they will continue to do this good stuff if the Ukrainians are finally crushed.  "How quickly they forget," Johnny Carson used to comment.  And they can forget a whole people when they are the losers in a major conflict. 

February 28,  2022