The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, who has reported on Russia for decades, says many observers were "shocked" that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine, calling it an "indefensible" decision. President Biden ordered strong sanctions on Russia in response, but he has also heeded critics’ warnings not to send troops to Ukraine in order to avoid a world war. Vanden Heuvel says that it’s vital that instead of further military escalation, there be a "diplomatic escalation" to resolve the crisis and end the war.
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