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Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors?

The Sea of Azov, near the disputed Crimean Peninsula, has been a point of contention between Russia and Ukraine. In late November 2018, tensions increased as Russia’s navy attacked three Ukrainian Ships and captured 24 sailors. Russia received immediate criticism from Western leaders, many of whom are debating which measures should be taken to punish Russia. However, Putin denies the actions as aggressive, instead claiming the Ukrainian ships were in Russian waters. Trump canceled a meeting with Russian President Putin at the G20 summit in response to a Russian refusal to release the captured sailors and ships. Ukraine is demanding other Western nations take action in an attempt to deter future Russian aggression.

Those who support imposing sanctions argue that Russia should be punished for attacking three seemingly non-aggressive ships. They point to the success that previous sanctions have had by impeding Russian economic growth. Additionally, this side argues that imposing economic sanctions are an easy way for a group of countries to show solidarity with Ukraine. Such unity would demonstrate that future Russian aggression would not be tolerated. However, some argue that further investigation ought to be completed before Russia is punished. President Putin claims that the Ukrainian ships were in Russian waters and has accused the Ukrainian government of purposefully escalating a crisis to drum up political support before an upcoming election. What do you think? Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors?

Current Standings:
Yes: 62%
No: 37%
  • Kaila from Iowa

    I honestly feel there is no right or wrong answer here. What Russia did was wrong, yet we don’t know enough about the situation. to decide who gets “punished”. This is not about black and white it is about gray, both sides may be a little right but that should not determine how we act, it should be the best way we can even if its not a perfect solution to the problem.

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    I honestly feel there is no right or wrong answer here. What Russia did was wrong, yet we don’t know enough about the situation. to decide who gets “p…

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    • Kyleam from Florida

      I respect your opinion and your argument is solid, but Russia was an agressor in ww2 and it has one of the largest mitaries in the world, that being said if you allowed a country with that size to attack smaller countries with no form of punishment it loosens the leash so to speak. What’s to say they don’t take Ukraine completely or if it was a test to see the response of the world’s “leaders”. I feel that they should be punished and action sooner is more so needed than huge consequences later.

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      I respect your opinion and your argument is solid, but Russia was an agressor in ww2 and it has one of the largest mitaries in the world, that being s…

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  • Adrien from Virginia

    I think that the U.S should impose additional sanctions on Russia for attacking and capturing the sailors. Even if they were in Russian waters, why would Russia instantly turn to violence to deter the sailors when instead they could have offered an ultimatum to make them leave Russian waters. The action that the U.S., along with the help of other western nations, take on Russia will help in making sure that they do not always turn to aggression and stop it from happening every time something ticks off Russia. It seems lately that Russia is always turning to violence to resolve their disputes compared to other developed nations and that needs to stop because diplomacy would probably be more efficient and be the better choice to choose. It also seems like Russian and Ukraine are always battling over territory, and a third party needs to step in to make sure it does not get out of hand. The way Russia should be punished is to probably pressure them economically, and it has proven effective. When Russia had problems with Ukraine back in 2014 their economy was 10% smaller than in 2013, so if they choose to continue with their unruly choices then it is their own fault.

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    I think that the U.S should impose additional sanctions on Russia for attacking and capturing the sailors. Even if they were in Russian waters, why wo…

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  • Victoria from Florida

    The United States should impose additionally sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because it would suppress Russian aggression. The United States has a democratic responsibility in standing in solidarity with Ukraine; similar to any other democratic nation. Russia is likely to begin with microaggression prior to an act of complete force; and this situation is not “micro” at all. It is in the United States’ best interest to condemn this behavior.

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  • tracey from Virginia

    Yes, I think that the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia because it could prevent further acts of violence that could come from them. Russia may have done what they did because they felt threatened, but there were probably alternative ways to solve the problem. I feel like in a way, imposing more sanctions can signify how no further acts of this sort will be tolerated. It shows that we are putting our foot down as well as who’s side we stand with.

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    Yes, I think that the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia because it could prevent further acts of violence that could come from the…

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  • Taher from Virginia

    Yes, I do believe that America should impose sanctions against Russia. What Russia did was unnecessary even if they were in Russian waters. From Russia’s point of view, it was the right thing to do because they thought that the ships were trespassing however there were many other options that they could have used to work out this situation instead of resorting to violence. According to the ABC News, “The confrontation is an escalation of a dispute that has been intensifying between Moscow and Kiev over the waters around Crimea. A 2003 treaty designates the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov as shared waters between the two countries. Ever since Russia annexed the peninsula, it has begun to exert greater control over it, with Ukraine accusing it of blocking and harassing its ships and those bound for its ports beyond the straits.”. It’s unfair as the Sea of Azov is shared waters between Ukraine and Russia as it is stated in the 2003 treaty. So Russia doing that action of capturing the sailors who were simply trying to get to the Sea of Azov is going against what was written in the treaty between the two nations. According to Valentin Schatz, a research associate in public international law at Germany’s University of Hamburg, in the NBC news article, stated that In any case, if the Russian objection was that the Ukrainian ships were in Crimean waters, Russia’s annexation of that peninsula is not recognized under international law, “rendering any Russian enforcement action illegal per se,”. Russia should be held accountable for these acts of aggression and therefore the U.S. should impose sanctions against Russia.

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    Yes, I do believe that America should impose sanctions against Russia. What Russia did was unnecessary even if they were in Russian waters. From Russi…

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    • Victoria from Florida

      I agree with your source from ABC News. Russia’s capturing of the sailors is an escalation of their dispute. It is overly aggressive and disregards the possibility of peace talks.

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  • Evan from California

    I feel as though we must get involved in adding more sanctions on Russia due to the fact that they, once again began to meddle with the affairs of other countries. Due to their lack of fear of receiving backlash economically from other countries. And so this would be the 1st big step towards making them realize it is not alright to meddle in other countries affairs once more.

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    I feel as though we must get involved in adding more sanctions on Russia due to the fact that they, once again began to meddle with the affairs of oth…

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  • Freya from Virginia

    I think that the United States should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian soldiers. Those Ukrainian soldiers could have been United States soldiers. Under the Constitution, the United States has to provide for the common defense of all United States citizens. Though the soldiers in Ukraine were not U.S. soldiers, they could have been and according to the Constitution the U.S. government still has a duty to provide for the common defense and one way to do that would be imposing sanctions. Imposing sanctions can lessen the chance that Russia would capture more soldiers, just like how making something illegal lessens the chance of that act happening. Even though the soldiers were not from the U.S., imposing sanctions can help out other countries in need, like Ukraine, which will help the U.S. create alliances with countries that can reciprocate the help if we need it.

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    I think that the United States should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian soldiers. Those Ukrainian sol…

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  • Kiara from New Jersey

    The U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, however the topic is very delicate to really take a quick decision and the tension between Russia and the other western countries just keep on increasing . The U.S shouldn’t make blind eyes to a problem like this, and should help the Ukrainian out. After all, if it was the U.S. needed help, we would want other countries to put on their glasses and say or do something about it, therefore, we should think carefully on how this decision will affect our nation. The Russians didn’t even warn about their attack and violated the freedom of 24 people. The Russians have crossed the line and someone needs to put a stop to it, and if the other western countries aren’t doing it, the U. S. should try to at least help.

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  • laddie from Montana

    Russia gave zero warning before sinking the ships. They have no reason to sink whips without warning them first; perhaps they felt threatened because they were up to something? or they might just a world class bully. Either way it shouldn’t be okay for things like this to happen. You may say that the US shouldn’t be the world police, but this may be the first step into something bigger (world war 3?). The US should at lest watch and see what is happening in Russia (not like we already aren’t) and pursue an investigation. We need to be careful here.

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    Russia gave zero warning before sinking the ships. They have no reason to sink whips without warning them first; perhaps they felt threatened because …

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  • Klara from Montana

    Considering the history between Russia and Ukraine, I think there is reason to assume that Russia would be the instigator of this conflict. I do agree, however, that an investigation should be further pursued to confirm these suspicions before substantial action is taken by other nations.

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    Considering the history between Russia and Ukraine, I think there is reason to assume that Russia would be the instigator of this conflict. I do agree…

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  • b from Montana

    russsia is wrong and the us should retaliate

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  • Laura from Missouri

    I believe that the United States would be right to impose further sanctions on Russia in this situation. Russia has long proven its ultimate hostility toward Western nations and their allies. By refusing to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships, Putin is blatantly standing against the U.S. and Trump’s reaction confirms this. However, I think it would be wise to proceed with caution, and to be careful not to become too involved in an international matter which does not directly concern the U.S. without carefully gathering all the evidence.

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    I believe that the United States would be right to impose further sanctions on Russia in this situation. Russia has long proven its ultimate hostility…

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  • Jose from Florida

    I believe in making people responsible for their actions. Vladimir Putin and his office have for a long time disrespected both US statements and International Law. As a founder member of the UN there is not much the international body can do against the aggressor. It is time for the US to say stop. Too many killings, imprisonments, and suffering have been caused by the actions of the Russian government in a place where it has been clearly stated that they have no jurisdiction. To sit back and wait because “it does not involve us” to me is just disgusting. Imposing sanctions will at least put the US position out there even more. It has already been too many people affected and it is time to do something.

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    I believe in making people responsible for their actions. Vladimir Putin and his office have for a long time disrespected both US statements and Inter…

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  • cody from Illinois

    I believe that we should pass sanctions because they would not affect us and it would show Russia that they cant be a “bully” to other country’s. I think that Russia should not be able to do this because If they got away with one thing they will probably think they can do it again and again.

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    I believe that we should pass sanctions because they would not affect us and it would show Russia that they cant be a “bully” to other country’s. I t…

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  • Kristopher from Illinois

    I am in no way an interventionist but Russia cannot go around annexing other nations. It is time for the US to stand up and implement sanctions against Russian, specifically sanctions that heavily effect Russian oligarchs. It is also time for the UN and WTO to implement economic sanctions that will send a clear signal that invading neighboring nations is wrong and the world will no longer acquiesce this behavior.

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    I am in no way an interventionist but Russia cannot go around annexing other nations. It is time for the US to stand up and implement sanctions agains…

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  • Jacob from New Jersey

    Russia’s actions are wrong and we need to show the world we will not stand by as this behavior happens.

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  • McKenzie from Pennsylvania

    Russia and the US are currently competing as the two major world superpowers. If the United States Government was to allow Russia to commit this type of “bullying” behavior against less powerful countries, it would make the United States appear weak to both Russia and the rest of the world, which could encourage Russia to continue these behaviors against other countries, and possibly even against the US (hacking, cyber crimes, fake news stories, etc…) Also Ukraine is one of the border countries that separates Russia from Europe, and even though it is small and dosen’t have much power, it is important that the US keeps strong alliances with these borderline countries in order to keep Russia from gaining more land or power.

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    Russia and the US are currently competing as the two major world superpowers. If the United States Government was to allow Russia to commit this type …

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  • Ashley from Arizona

    i think that russia was in the wrong and that we shouldn’t be partners with them anymore

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  • Jonathon from Virginia

    The United States should impose new sanctions on the Russian Federation for its aggressive actions against the Ukrainian navy. This act of aggression, combined with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, is a direct attack on the sovereignty of Ukraine and the Russian Federation needs to held accountable for these acts of aggression. The United States has imposed sanctions on Russia for things far less severe than military aggression on a sovereign nation so why is it that this is even a question? Well it’s most likely because we now a president who is extremely sympathetic to the Russian president and their government and may be significantly financially tied to the Russian Federation.

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    The United States should impose new sanctions on the Russian Federation for its aggressive actions against the Ukrainian navy. This act of aggression,…

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  • DYLAN from Nebraska

    This is a difficult and sensitive issue, however we have to send a message. If we send a strong message that this type of behavior is not tolerated then it will prevent future actions.

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    This is a difficult and sensitive issue, however we have to send a message. If we send a strong message that this type of behavior is not tolerated th…

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  • Karina from California

    In my opinion, what Russia did was completely wrong, we should make it known that our Constitution does not support that acts of crime Russia has committed. If we were to still supply Russia with sanctions, this would only prove that we do not stand by our morals. We should stand on the side to free those 24 sailors, who intimately did nothing wrong.

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    In my opinion, what Russia did was completely wrong, we should make it known that our Constitution does not support that acts of crime Russia has comm…

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  • RYAN from Florida

    The United States of America is in charge of the protection of the world, to maintain the peace between countries to prevent further conflicts or inhuman actions that nations may do to one another. The U.S. has one of the if not the largest military in the world to maintain the safety and peace of law abiding nations (birth given rights to humans). We have done it many times in the past such as the conflict between North Korea and South Korea, and this instant should be the same. To maintain the safety of the world the U.S. should indeed interfere.

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  • Erik from California

    Russian military boats attacked a defenseless Ukrainian research boat in the neutral waters of the Azov sea. This is not a debatable or controversial act; it could be considered an act of war. Martial law has already been declared in Ukraine, and tensions are escalating exponentially. Not only does President Trump need to impose sanctions and denounce Russia, the rest of the world does too. Calls for a U.N. security council intervention won’t do anything because Russia is a permanent member of the council, and of course they won’t indict themselves. Tensions have been built up over the past 24 hours with Russia building forces near Crimea, and this act could lead to a devastating war if it is not addressed immediately. The Ukrainian hostages have yet to be released despite the fact that they were on international waters and their capture is comparable to piracy.

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  • Mikenzi from North Carolina

    If Donald Trump wants to continue trying to convince the American people that Russia has no control in United States relations then he will have to punish Russia for what they did or this will show the world that America is in Russia’s back pocket

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  • Lucy from Ohio

    I’m not a political science major, but I think Russia has done enough during this administration; both proven by the DOJ and speculated by the government and citizens alike; that there needs to be harsher responses for each unethical act they commit.

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    I’m not a political science major, but I think Russia has done enough during this administration; both proven by the DOJ and speculated by the governm…

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  • jeremy from Florida

    The consequences of not acting may be grave. Given the circumstances, Russia may be testing the response of the United States in matters like this. Taking a firm stand against Russian action may prevent future movements of Russian troops into the area as well as any additional annexation of land. This trend may be a reflection of the second world war, where Hitler kept gaining land because of an unresponsive British Prime minister-Chamberlain.

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    The consequences of not acting may be grave. Given the circumstances, Russia may be testing the response of the United States in matters like this. Ta…

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  • Ričards from Nebraska

    I was born in Latvia – a country that was invaded by Russia not only once, but thrice. Seeing what Putin is doing in both Crimea and Eastern Ukraine is inexcusable and a breach of international law. Almost 80 years ago, my country experienced the same scenario – our borders and territorial sovereignty were breached. It was a clear violation of treaties and pacts between Russia and post-WW1 Latvia. The only difference – we didn’t have anyone’s support at that critical moment. Now, Ukraine is a case that is similar and different at the same time. The Ukrainian territorial waters and the EEZ include waters around the Crimean peninsula, the Kerch Strait and the coastal areas of various Ukrainian cities and towns in the southeast of the country. Violating these waters is a breach of international law – specifically the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Moreover, we have to take into account that the annexation of Crimea in 2014 was also an unlawful act. The Russian occupation in Crimea is associated with limitation of freedom of expression and association, arbitrary arrests, torture, detentions, and disappearances by Russian authorities. Therefore, if we keep ignoring that Russia is using Eastern Europe as its sandbox, it will want more. We must sanction Russia with the help of the EU even more harshly. If not, my country might be the next.

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    I was born in Latvia – a country that was invaded by Russia not only once, but thrice. Seeing what Putin is doing in both Crimea and Eastern Ukraine i…

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  • Matthew from North Carolina

    Russian military boats attacked a defenseless Ukrainian research boat in the neutral waters of the Azov sea. This is not a debatable or controversial act; it could be considered an act of war. Martial law has already been declared in Ukraine, and tensions are escalating exponentially. Not only does President Trump need to impose sanctions and denounce Russia, the rest of the world does too. Calls for a U.N. security council intervention won’t do anything because Russia is a permanent member of the council, and of course they won’t indict themselves. Tensions have been built up over the past 24 hours with Russia building forces near Crimea, and this act could lead to a devastating war if it is not addressed immediately. The Ukrainian hostages have yet to be released despite the fact that they were on international waters and their capture is comparable to piracy.

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  • Dean from Pennsylvania

    Russian aggression against Ukraine has been slowly increasing over the years and must be dealt with. Sanctions are a good way to keep Russia in check by hurting them where it hurts, their wallets. If we allow this to continue with no response, it could turn into an all out war for land in Europe, something that has historically led to loss of American lives and resources.

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  • Taylor from Ohio

    My personal view is that I do not fully understand both sides enough to pick a side. However, I did pick yes on this topic because I felt that the U.S. might need to impose additional sanctions against Russia but the U.S. should try some other approach first. I honestly can see why someone would say yes and someone would say not to this particular issue, but as I stated above, I can not fully support either side since I do not know enough about this issue

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    My personal view is that I do not fully understand both sides enough to pick a side. However, I did pick yes on this topic because I felt that the U.S…

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  • Helen from South Carolina

    I honestly believe that what Russia did was wrong. If we do not bind together as a country and stop the mistreatment of our fellow countries then Russia is going to continue to mistreat people and get away with it. If we do not support our fellow countries that are being mistreated, then who are we going to expect to help us when we need it.

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    I honestly believe that what Russia did was wrong. If we do not bind together as a country and stop the mistreatment of our fellow countries then Russ…

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  • Camden from Oklahoma

    Crimean is part of the best sovereign country of the Ukraine. Russia disguised the invasion to seek the oil associated with this area.Causing civil unrest in the area. The Ukrainian ships have been shown to be in international waters, while Russia insist ottherwise. Russia overstepped it’s authority by firing on those ships and confiscating them. This defefinently a violation of the peace accord between the two countries and the world. Russia should be made to follow international law and vacate Crimean as a punishment and return the Peninsula to the rightful owners, the Ukraine. These actions resemble how Russia tried to influence Afghanistan. The world needs to stand up to Putin and demand the rights of the Ukrainian people.

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  • Kenzie from Washington

    I believe other procedures could have been taken, rather than attacking and causing a big dispute. We also don’t know every detail of the situation so it most definitely could be bigger than what they are portraying, but with the knowledge that I do have my answer is more pushed towards this was a wrongful doing.

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    I believe other procedures could have been taken, rather than attacking and causing a big dispute. We also don’t know every detail of the situation so…

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  • Michael from Michigan

    Ukraine is a sovereign nation, they have rights to their own coastal and non-coastal maritime provinces, and unless taking a provocative stance, aggressive action, or is in an area indisputably controlled by another nation, should be allowed to conduct their own business. Russia’s claims to the Crimean peninsula are belligerent, and to even claim the Black Sea, is even more outrageous and imperialistic. While the argument can be made, that the United States should not get involved in these foreign affairs, my question to that argument is, then who is going to help them? If the Russian Government is not punished for their actions, they will push further and further, appeasement is not a well made foreign policy.

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    Ukraine is a sovereign nation, they have rights to their own coastal and non-coastal maritime provinces, and unless taking a provocative stance, aggre…

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  • Soleil from New York

    In the present, it is easy to say this is none of our concern;
    But- Going back in time, impressment/imprisonment of soldiers was one of the reasons for outrage against the Britain in colonial America, this type of behavior literally aided to the start of the revolution. America knows how the Ukraine in this incident feels because we had the same struggle with Britain as well as the French in the past.
    And going back to the present, Russian aggression remains a prominent part of world politics, ranging from missing journalists under mysterious circumstances, to possibly interfering in our own democratic process. But just because our president claims that everything Putin says is true with seemingly blind faith, doesn’t mean we should ignore what the facts are. Ukraine has no reason to try to incite violence with a strong world power like Russia that has abused them in the past, especially sending their own citizens to death against them in a vain hope to victimize themselves. Sanctions may cause negative Russian backlash, it is true, but it is better then doing nothing and continuing to seem to stand by a man who has been framed as one of our worlds most feared political tyrants.
    Such sanctions could include restrictions on goods relating to a Russia’s need for machinery products. Including exports on computer parts or adding tariffs to being allowed to trade their oil based imports to the US. There is also the ability to simply not allow trade with them at all, relation to energy based trade is a high priority for them. Freezing all business deals, though it may make our current administrative leaders upset, is something that needs to be done to make it clear that America won’t tolerate continual aggression to a weaker nation.

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  • Fabio from New Jersey

    I think the U.S. impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. They should do this because the Russians attacked without any reasoning and they didn’t give the Ukrainian sailors an ultimatum to turn back or get captured. Russia has been turning to violence in the past years. We need to show them that violence is not always the way.

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  • Alex from Michigan

    Historically speaking, Russia has long desired both a warm-water port and a competitive navy to take advantage of that port. Running with the logic that Russia captured Crimea for the economic and militaristic value of Sevastopol, the fact that Russia has attacked Ukranian ships and captured two dozen sailors suggests that there might be something more nefarious being planned by Vladimir Putin and Russia. As such, America should crack down on Russia’s actions in order to prevent the possibility of large-scale conquest and destruction from potentially becoming a reality.

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  • Jonah from Arizona

    We need to take a stance that strongly condemns Russian expansionist action. We must take sanctions against Russia as a first step in a demonstration of unity with Ukraine and support for its sovereignty.

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  • Geovanni from New Jersey

    I believe that the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors for multiple reasons. Reasons one would be our relationship with the Ukrainian government for the years in which this nation had stood. We had given all of our trust toward Ukraine so that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t trust them. Reason two, the Russian navy claims that the Ukrainian sailors supposedly, “confessed” to sailing in Russian waters. Even if this is fact, the Russian navy should not take this act into further violence toward a nation in which they share the same waters with. Russia officials claim that Ukraine’s actions were meaningful and purposeful but we really don’t have enough evidence to prove this. America should place additional sanctions on Russia as their actions were unnecessary and dramatic in a sense that should be brought to attention and become punished for.

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    I believe that the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors for multiple reasons. Reasons…

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  • Yuri from New Jersey

    I believe that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because Russia had no right to attack those three ships if they posed no threat. If both Russia and Ukraine share The Sea of Azov then it was completely uncalled for for those Russian ships to attack those three ships and capture their sailors, I believe that Russia should be punished for their unnecessary aggression.

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  • Rain from Pennsylvania

    I think that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia along with other countries to show unity. If a few countries unite to show that they are not intimidated by Russia then they will likely release the Ukrainian sailors. The sailors should not have been captured in the first place, for they were not imposing a threat upon Russia. Russia over reacted to situation and is now trying to save face by saying that the Ukraine ships were in Russian waters. As a nation we need to show that we are strong and will not be sandbagged.

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    The U.S. is an ally of the Ukraine and it has been for quite a few years. Russia has had their soldiers and their ships captured and this situation could escalate if things turn out for the worst. This is why we should get involved and impose sanctions on Russia at least until they release the sailors and their ships. We are not allies with Russia and if we let this situation go other countries would have less trust in the U.S. seeing as how we just let Ukraine fend for itself. If we imposed sanctions on Russia until the release it would help pressure them into doing so and then investigations done by several countries could investigate this matter of whether Ukraine is trying to provoke Russia into situations like this.

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    The U.S. is an ally of the Ukraine and it has been for quite a few years. Russia has had their soldiers and their ships captured and this situation co…

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  • Katie from Pennsylvania

    Russia was wrong or what thy did, but to choose who gets in trouble for it is wrong because no one has enough information and they don’t know enough about it. I believe that both sides may be right in their own way but that should not determine how we act because someone disagrees. Communication should be the best way we can solve problems even if its not an exact turnout you wanted it to be.

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    Russia was wrong or what thy did, but to choose who gets in trouble for it is wrong because no one has enough information and they don’t know enough a…

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  • Seungik from California

    Both sides are correct, but there is no definitive answer. However, usually when nations capture boats of other nations it’s usually a sign of aggression, and nowadays I think Russia might need a little bit of diplomatic mindset more than the violent one.

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    Both sides are correct, but there is no definitive answer. However, usually when nations capture boats of other nations it’s usually a sign of aggress…

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  • Alexa from California

    Seems to me there are grudges! I feel there will always be tensions with Ukrainians and Russians due to Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union (now Russia). Russia and Ukraine are entitled to their territory but taking drastic measures by capturing Ukrainian sailors in Russian waters is quite outrageous. The U.S. like a babysitter should watch over Russia and Ukraine’s relations with sanctions much like a reward system but comes with penalties making both parties more cordial.

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    Seems to me there are grudges! I feel there will always be tensions with Ukrainians and Russians due to Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union (…

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  • Emma from Oregon

    The US must support it’s allies, not even other allies are allowed to mess with allies of the US.

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  • Jesse from Kentucky

    I said no. I am pretty indifferent on the topic and, to be honest, I think the United States should be too. I think it is wrong that Russia captured these people, but this also isn’t the United States problem. We could make an effort to free those people, but if we get too extreme it may not be worth it.

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    I said no. I am pretty indifferent on the topic and, to be honest, I think the United States should be too. I think it is wrong that Russia captured t…

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    What Russia is doing is absolutely crazy. Sailing into waters that aren’t rightfully theirs and capturing Sailors that aren’t apart of their army, is crazy and shouldn’t be allowed.

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    What Russia is doing is absolutely crazy. Sailing into waters that aren’t rightfully theirs and capturing Sailors that aren’t apart of their army, is …

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  • Ben from Kentucky

    Yes, because Russia attacked harmless ships and captured those people on those ships. We should stop all trades and all meetings with Russia until the release those prisoners. The US needs to do something about this and Russia needs to know that there is consequences to the actions.

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    Yes, because Russia attacked harmless ships and captured those people on those ships. We should stop all trades and all meetings with Russia until the…

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  • kenneth from Kentucky

    Though the ships were on russian territory, there was no true reason to confiscate these ships. They were non military and unarmed. I believe that we do need to impose more sanctions so things like this don’t happen.

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    Though the ships were on russian territory, there was no true reason to confiscate these ships. They were non military and unarmed. I believe that we …

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that the US should do this because Russia is not a trustworthy country. Putin should not have taken the ships from Ukraine. They were not trying to do anything to them, they just so happened to be on the territory of Russia. I believe these sanctions will help them realize that what they are doing is not okay.

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    Yes, I believe that the US should do this because Russia is not a trustworthy country. Putin should not have taken the ships from Ukraine. They were n…

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  • Ryan from Kentucky

    I believe additional sanctions should be put on Russia. If we allow them to continue walking all over Ukraine and destroying their ships without any sanctions nothing will change. If the US put these additional sanctions it would set a precedent for russia that they need to leave Ukraine alone and obey the rules we give them.

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    I believe additional sanctions should be put on Russia. If we allow them to continue walking all over Ukraine and destroying their ships without any s…

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  • Brooke from Kentucky

    The US should impose more sanctions on Russia in response to this because the Russians’ actions were unnecessary and unacceptable. Putin’s claims that the Ukrainian ships were in Russian waters is not proven, and even if the ships were in Russian waters, they were not threatening Russia in any way. The action to capture the Ukrainian sailors was outrageous and Russia needs to be punished for it. Also, if western companies come together and support Ukraine during this time, this solidarity may prevent events like this from happening in the future.

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    The US should impose more sanctions on Russia in response to this because the Russians’ actions were unnecessary and unacceptable. Putin’s claims that…

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  • Sarah from Kentucky

    The capturing of the Ukraine sailors should be considered an act of war, therefore sanctions could help change Russias opinion.

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  • Gracie from Kentucky

    I think that the US should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. It has not been determined yet that that the Ukrainians were in Russian waters. However, there is not a lot of information out;additionally, if they were “seemingly non-aggressive,” there would be no valid reasoning to capture them. The US can build their relationships with other countries by helping them out, which is what would be happening if they were to impose these sanctions.

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    I think that the US should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors. It has not been determined yet …

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    Russia is pushing their limits and attacking the ukrainians for no reason other to start a war. Russia should be punished for the unnecessary actions against Ukraine. Trump made the right choice choosing to postpone their meeting until Russa at least releases the sailors. Russia needs to release them and we need to hope a war doesn’t develop because of this.

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    Russia is pushing their limits and attacking the ukrainians for no reason other to start a war. Russia should be punished for the unnecessary actions …

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I think the US should continue to impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to protect Ukrainian sailors. Russia should not go to the next step and hijack ships. There is a fine line between arguing justly and going above and beyond. Even though the US is not directly involved in this, it is the United States’s job to defend for what is right. If the US was in this position we would want someone to help us out and impose additional sanctions against the wrongful force.

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    I think the US should continue to impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to protect Ukrainian sailors. Russia should not go to the nex…

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    With all of the power of the US, I think it is good for us to impose on the situation, but sometimes it can be better to just let those countries figure it out on their own without the US having to come to the rescue. I believe there’s always going to be someone captured in war/by the enemy and that country needs to do what they can without the help of other countries, but sometimes with the power of the US, it could be a good thing for us to impose.

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    With all of the power of the US, I think it is good for us to impose on the situation, but sometimes it can be better to just let those countries figu…

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  • rachel from Kentucky

    Yes, because I think it is completely wrong what Russia did to the ships. The U.S. should in fact impose additional sanctions against Russia. The Ukrainian sailors weren’t doing anything to affect Russia so Russia had no point in attacking them.

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    Yes, because I think it is completely wrong what Russia did to the ships. The U.S. should in fact impose additional sanctions against Russia. The Ukra…

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  • Justin from Texas

    The attacking of ships while killing and capturing troops is not something any nation should do in the attempt of capturing disputed land but should rather go through diplomatic means to achieve what they want. The sacrifice of lives is something that is not worth this scenario and is something Putin should be despised for, especially in the time of humanity where we can talk any situation out.

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    The attacking of ships while killing and capturing troops is not something any nation should do in the attempt of capturing disputed land but should r…

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  • Derek from California

    The idea of capturing foreign ships and capturing sailors is a direct aggression and can be considered to be an act of war. Historically, countries only capture the ships of other nations during wartime, against an enemy. The actions of Russia are no different from British tactics of capturing and impressing American sailors during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812

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    The idea of capturing foreign ships and capturing sailors is a direct aggression and can be considered to be an act of war. Historically, countries on…

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  • molly from Virginia

    Sanctions could help to change Russia’s position on this matter.

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  • Antonio from New York

    Realistically, the claim that Ukrainians had breached Russian borders is false. By accepting President Putin’s claim, the US would also recognize that the territory in discussion would belong to Russia, despite it being owned by Ukraine. This returns back to the initial (and very illegal) annexation of Crimea back in 2013, which was Ukrainian prior to Russian encroachment.

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    Realistically, the claim that Ukrainians had breached Russian borders is false. By accepting President Putin’s claim, the US would also recognize that…

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    • Danny from Texas

      I believe at least Ukraine should be able to use the channel for export and trading since Russia pretty much “stole” that part of their country with the resources needed to trade.

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  • Baily from Georgia

    Russia is showing aggression by sailing into waters which are not rightfully theirs. The capture of the Ukrainian Sailors should be considered an act of war.

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  • teo from Florida

    Russia deserve more sanctions.

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  • Carson from Michigan

    Russia has been the aggressor for a few decades with no other countries really standing up against them. It similar to Germany in World War II when they were the aggressor and the world was afraid to get involved until it was too late. U.S. has a moral obligation to its allies and the world to police the unprovoked acts of such countries like Russia.

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    Russia has been the aggressor for a few decades with no other countries really standing up against them. It similar to Germany in World War II when th…

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  • Kenneth from Texas

    Russia’s current behavior is unacceptable and they need to be punished for their actions.

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  • Joel from Colorado

    We need to keep Russia in check. George Washington once said “One of the most effective means for preserving peace is being prepared to go to war.” Russia needs to know that there is a red line that they cannot cross or else we will take action. Every time we let Russia take just enough for it not to evoke a response from of us – we get further from the preservation of peace. Eventually, we will reach a point where we can no longer keep peace. We must stand firm in order to avoid this. If there is not a respectful fear (not terror, but mutual understanding), then we get closer to a confrontation

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    We need to keep Russia in check. George Washington once said “One of the most effective means for preserving peace is being prepared to go to war.” Ru…

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  • lexi from Mississippi

    if Putin’s actions go un punished then he will believe similar actions will also go unpunished.

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  • James from Nevada

    We seem to involve ourselves in matter that do not concern ourselves. Russia’s invasion of Crimea is in response to the unfair treatment given to ethnic Russians in the areas of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea as a result of Ukrainians taking over the government a few years prior. Russia is defending those areas that wish to align with their heritage, Russia. This does not concern us one bit, and it is not our place to determine what is good war and what is bad, when have done the very same thing for less moral reasons. May I remind you all of Iraq? How about the Mexican-American War in the 1840’s which started on almost the exact same terms. Constant U.S. intervention and influence across the globe in matters that do not concern us is what creates hostile attitudes and eventual terrorism.

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    • Victoria from Florida

      This matter does concern the United States’ because by not acknowledging the situation, we allow for authoritarian states such as Russia to act in aggressive behavior. By imposing sanctions, we are not deciding the morality of their actions, rather we are standing in our own fundamental principles of democracy and respecting the sovereignty of Ukraine.

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      This matter does concern the United States’ because by not acknowledging the situation, we allow for authoritarian states such as Russia to act in agg…

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    • Noah from Virginia

      I do believe that the United States should not have to deal with Russia’s affairs however, what if Russia becomes power hungry? What if what they want is more? Then the United States needs to step in to make sure that Russia does not think that capturing foreign citizens is okay. In a way this is similar to appeasement in World War II. The Allies were trying to keep Germany at bay by keeping them contained with small things but eventually Germany wanted bigger and better things like conquering whole countries. I feel that if the United States does not step in to stop Russia, then what happened in WWII might occur again.

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      I do believe that the United States should not have to deal with Russia’s affairs however, what if Russia becomes power hungry? What if what they want…

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    • Jaxon from Florida

      I believed that Russia should still be partners with America, but we must call them out on their mistakes and show the world that this is wrong, if America does get involved, it will lead to unnecessary action that may lead to further discourse.

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      I believed that Russia should still be partners with America, but we must call them out on their mistakes and show the world that this is wrong, if Am…

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  • johana from New Jersey

    I don’t think the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because I believe that the United States is trying to avoid a war and getting in between the two countries can make them a target. Ukraine should find other countries to help them out and seek help in others. If Ukraine had the chance to take capture Russian sailors and invade other countries, they would take the chance because clearly the only priority these countries nowadays have is to gain more power and control over others. USA should put their people first and make a decision that would help its citizens instead of putting at risk of being in danger, therefore the Ukraine should battle this on their own.

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    I don’t think the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because I believe that the Un…

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  • Johann from New Jersey

    I feel like the U.S. should not impose in additional sanctions against Russia in response to the capture of Ukrainian sailors. U think this because the U.S doesn’t need to get involved in a situation/conflict that doesn’t involve them. Also if we do impose additional sanctions against Russia the U.S can be putting them in danger and causing a massive war that can lead to many lives dying. All Russia was doing was protecting their waters from potential danger, and I don’t really think we can blame them not taking any chances for their peoples safety. For the country’s safety we should just mind our business.

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    I feel like the U.S. should not impose in additional sanctions against Russia in response to the capture of Ukrainian sailors. U think this because th…

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  • Kallie from Montana

    As of right now we don’t know enough about the incident to make a clear decision. We need to further investigate before we make any decisions that could effect our future relations with these countries.

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    As of right now we don’t know enough about the incident to make a clear decision. We need to further investigate before we make any decisions that cou…

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  • Branson from Montana

    How does this concern the United States at all? This issue is between Russia and Ukraine, not the United States.

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  • casey from Montana

    We don’t need to get involved in a conflict that doesn’t involve us. This is the type of situation that got us involved in the Vietnam War which was massively costly in lives and dollars and got us nowhere.

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    We don’t need to get involved in a conflict that doesn’t involve us. This is the type of situation that got us involved in the Vietnam War which was …

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  • Sarah from Arizona

    I believe that this has nothing to do with our nation, so we should stay out of it. However, that does not mean that what Russia did is right and should be left completely alone (assuming that they did carry this attack out without any reason.) Our nation is a global superpower, and while many still believe that Russia is as well, I believe that Russia is weak. Russia’s government is fragile, and the respect the Russian government has from its citizens is growing weaker. I do not believe that we have anything to worry about regarding our safety from Russia right now.
    I do not understand why Russia is still keeping the men they captured–I do not think that is right. However, some say that this is because they want to “show their strength” or “scare other countries,” but in reality, I think the Russian government is doing this to hide just how weak they are. They are doing this out of spite and really for no reason. People are also arguing that we have to help Ukraine because it is our duty as America to help other nations, but if that were really true, there are plenty of other nations that need our help that we have not gotten involved with. Just because this event happened does not make the United States the only solution to the problem.
    We should not stand by and ignore what is happening in the world around us, however, we also need to take the right course of action when addressing these issues, and if it is not a danger to us and if there are other solutions, we should not proceed.

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    I believe that this has nothing to do with our nation, so we should stay out of it. However, that does not mean that what Russia did is right and shou…

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  • Nadia from Virginia

    This is a problem between Ukraine and Russia, the United States does not need to get involved when it is a very moderate problem. If it were to excel to higher measures I could understand the United States getting involved, but for now it can be considered as not our problem. It’s not even o the same hemisphere that was are on. There is no reason that the United States should be involved with these kind of foreign affairs.

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    This is a problem between Ukraine and Russia, the United States does not need to get involved when it is a very moderate problem. If it were to excel…

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  • Abby from Illinois

    I think that this has no right nor wrong answer because of everyone’s opinions. I think that since this event/problem occured and didn’t involve us, then we should stay out of it. I mean if for some reason Russia or anyone else brings us into the situation then we obviously should do something. We don’t need to create anymore problems for our country right now while we still have to figure other things out. I understand that we don’t want to be used in this arguement, but if we are not in it already, then we shouldn’t place ourselves there. It would be like walking into a dark room you have never been in before. You don’t know what is in there and we don’t know what to expect out of it.

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    I think that this has no right nor wrong answer because of everyone’s opinions. I think that since this event/problem occured and didn’t involve us, t…

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  • Cade from Illinois

    No I do not think we should put sanctions onto russia because of what they did. All Russia was doing was protecting their waters from potential danger, and I don’t really think we can blame them not taking any chances for their peoples saftey, just like the United States would do.

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    No I do not think we should put sanctions onto russia because of what they did. All Russia was doing was protecting their waters from potential dange…

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  • Kardiay from Indiana

    No we have added and imposed sanctions of Russia before and they overall have not worked. We need to find a better solution to deter Russia.

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  • shane from Pennsylvania

    No I think since we aren’t involved in the situation, we shouldn’t try to solve it.

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  • Avrosina from New York

    By becoming involved in foreign conflict, the US imposes itself in unnecessary tension. Especially with the apparent Russian meddling scandal being investigated, quarreling with Russia seems like a very sticky situation that can easily be avoided. Not to mention, Russia is a world power and opposing it would have devastating effects whether it be economically, socially, or politically. Countries that remain neutral in these situations often gain the most since they are not wasting resources on a fight that is not theirs. As we have seen in the Vietnam War, US involvement is not always the smartest decision. In addition, Ukraine is not one of our major trading partners, so remaining neutral would not really sever any ties.

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    • Keishala from Texas

      To the United States this is an issue of ethics. However it is surface ethics, seeing as we have two claims and currently no evidence to fully back either. The only true fact we know is that sailors were captured and are being held by Russia. So jumping into action, especially when it has nothing to do with us, seems very illogical. Also as you’ve stated, it would leave us with possibly more repercussions than necessary for a country we are not strongly tied to.

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  • Ahmad from North Carolina

    US should not put anymore sanctions in place before any further investigation on the fact that if the Ukrainian ships really violated the sea limit. Sanctions have been in place for quite a long time and it had been effective in terms of Russia’s economy but wasn’t so effective in the Moscow-Kiev conflict. It’s time to think of alternatives like a peace talk.

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    US should not put anymore sanctions in place before any further investigation on the fact that if the Ukrainian ships really violated the sea limit. S…

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  • Katie from Arizona

    This does not directly involve us. The United States should research the situation before taking action, because it could very well be politically motivated by Ukraine. This seems to be a possible situation that could cause future conflict between Russia and the United States. I would keep an eye on these escalating events over the next few months.

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    This does not directly involve us. The United States should research the situation before taking action, because it could very well be politically mot…

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  • Afonso from New Jersey

    The U.S. should not impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors as this is a foreign affair and our president has stated during the presidential debate that foreign affairs are none of our business. We have already put sanctions in place and this is penalizing Russia heavily, due to Russia’s dependence on overseas bank where there wealth is kept so they can be a part of the international business market. I also see this problem only being solved through civil discourse throughout Russia and Ukraine due to the fact that Russia previously annexed Crimea and Donetsk. I believe this gives Russia the upper hand as under the oceans and laws of the sea from the united nations, it states, “Coastal States have sovereign rights over the continental shelf (the national area of the seabed) for exploring and exploiting it; the shelf can extend at least 200 nautical miles from the shore, and more under specified circumstances”. Also keep in mind that we are not allies with Ukraine and are not forced to intervene as it is not directly hurting our economic standing. However if we do decided to take action we should notice that Ukraine is prepared for war as the Ukrainian defence ministry announced that orders had been given to put the military on full combat alert. So due to the fact that water extending 200 nautical miles from the coastline, this allows any state to exert their control for the purpose of preventing or punishing infringement of any kind. Meaning in my opinion that Russia could have rightfully attacked as a result of Ukraines sea vessels crossing there sea territories due to recently annexing Ukraines previous territory.

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  • Raquan from New Jersey

    I don’t think that it is a good idea for the united states to get involved into this against Russia because there has been previous tensions between Russia and the united states before. If we engage in this situation it can cause an even bigger situation. Also our own president has stated that he thinks that we should not engage in problems that aren’t our own. Reacting to this may seem as an act of war against Russia.

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    I don’t think that it is a good idea for the united states to get involved into this against Russia because there has been previous tensions between R…

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  • Christian from New Jersey

    The US should not impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, because firstly, we do not know the whole story. Before we even begin to intrude on something that the US is not even close to being involved in, we must see both sides. The media cannot be our only source of information, as it can be propaganda by the Ukranians. The media constantly manipulates information, to make one side look good, and the other side bad. In this case, Russia looks like the enemy, which can be a result of the media trying to stir up drama and get other countries involved. With only the video, the public does not know that the Ukranian ships were close to Russia’s coast and Russia owned the territory where they trespassed. Therefore, they had the right to attack, and therefore should not be punished. In addition, we should not punish Russia because it is between the two countries, and we are not impacted by this event. We should not intrude, solely because we want a potential friend, even though Ukraine can just use us.

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  • Edward from New Jersey

    I think that the U.S. shouldn’t impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because the United States is not currently involved in their problems. As a country, I think the United States should stop entering other countries conflicts, because even though we can possibly make an ally, we would also definitely be making a new enemy. In addition, Ukraine and Russia are currently in conflict, and is Ukraine had ships go into enemy territory, in a time of conflict, wouldn’t that be called an invasion? Therefore what Russia had done could be argued as to self defense, even if the ships had no weapons or posed no direct threat. What matters is the fact that Ukrainian ships entered enemy territory in a time of conflict and got captured. That is their business and not any part of our business as the United States, and how can an outside power dictate who to impose sanctions on, therefore we should not impose additional sanctions against Russia.

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  • ricardo from New Jersey

    n my opinion i think that the US should not impose additional sanctions against russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because nothing is directed to the US.Its almost like the US is like budding in.We seem to involve ourselves in matter that do not concern ourselves. Russia’s invasion of Crimea is in response to the unfair treatment given to ethnic Russians in the areas of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea as a result of Ukrainians taking over the government a few years prior.This does not concern us one bit, and it is not our place to determine what is good war and what is bad, when have done the very same thing for less moral reasons.In conclusion i think this is not concerning the US in one bit so they need to bud out.

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  • Kaedon from Illinois

    No, they shouldn’t put sanctions against Russia because it might invoke further aggression. Let them sort their problem out for themselves. When they start stabbing each other, then we can get involved.

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    No, they shouldn’t put sanctions against Russia because it might invoke further aggression. Let them sort their problem out for themselves. When they …

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  • avery from Pennsylvania

    no I don’t think that the U.S. should impose sanctions. yes Russia in in the wrong but the united states does not have a say in what Russia does, yes we are allies with Ukraine but if the U.S. would get involved that would create unnecessary problem for the states.

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    no I don’t think that the U.S. should impose sanctions. yes Russia in in the wrong but the united states does not have a say in what Russia does, yes …

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  • Kelsey from Pennsylvania

    I do not believe the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, for if the United States does it will cause more economic and political issues. Because of Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine in 2014, economic pressure already exists between the countries. If the U.S. allows for economic issues to continue, it could lead to violence. Also, in 2012 the U.S. Congress passed the Magnitsky Act to punish Russian officials, and eventually the Act went global. The measures have over time proven effective in penalizing Russia and it’s already suffered Therefore, I believe if the United States imposes additional sanctions against Russia, then it will just start unnecessary issues globally that will not just affect U.S. citizens but also citizens from other countries.

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  • Kenneth from Pennsylvania

    The question given hides many more within it that are all hard to answer. Does the US have a right to police matters that aren’t its own? What are the sanctions, and how far do they extend? What are the conditions that took place when the Ukrainian soldiers were captured? Before coming up with a definitive response, the answers to these questions and multiple others must be answered first. Knowing the context this extensively is a hard task for anyone, to be informed on. And so without being in any political position to comment, I would choose to vote no. The US has had a long history of acting as a world police force after becoming a leading world power, and so far it has returned mixed results with both allies and rivals. It is a hard decision to choose whether or not we should feel responsible in protecting political allies; for now my answer remains that we are not the cops on an international scale and should leave the disputes between Ukraine and Russia to resolve themselves. The nature of the capture was not anything that should cause a large action from the US. If we do impose a sanction against Russia, it should not be one that cripples the nation, but rather seeks to fix what has happened.

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  • brooke from Pennsylvania

    Brooke Miller- I choose no because I feel like America don’t have enough information on the entire situation to be punishing anyone. There are still things that America doesn’t know, such as, where exactly the Ukranian ships were, where the waters divide between Ukraine and Russia, why the Ukranian ships were so close to Russian waters, and were the Ukrainians there with hostile intentions. There are a lot of important facts that are missing in the story that we have been given, but I don’t think that we should make any hasty decisions without knowing all of the facts.So this is why I choose no, because we didn’t know every little detail and why the Ukranians were there.

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  • Corie from Pennsylvania

    The U.S. should not add additional sanctions against Russia due to the capture of Ukrainian sailors. Russia is in the wrong for not allowing the sailors to be released, but the U.S. does not have the ability to free the sailors because the lack of resources available.

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  • Tyler from Pennsylvania

    I do not believe that we should impose additional sanctions against Russia. Yes it is wrong that Russians are holding the sailors as prisoners, but the United States does not have enough resources to free the sailors and take further action. Since the United States is only a political ally with Ukraine, there is no reason the states should get involved with the of freeing these foreign troops. This will only create more tension with the other European countries. Also the United States needs to think about this, would Ukraine do the same thing for US sailors? In my opinion, I truly doubt that. The States should just stay out of it and President Trump should focus on our own problems within the country.

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  • Austin from Pennsylvania

    Austin hammerle- No i don’t think the U.S should impose additional sanctions against Russia because the U.S doesn’t know much about this and even though we are allies of Ukraine we do not need to get involved yet. I do believe that is is wrong that Russia captured sailors even if they were on Russia’s water because there was no harm of the Ukraineś ships, so there is no reason for the U.S to get involved just yet.

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  • Nick from Pennsylvania

    No, I don’t think we should. We have no reason to keep getting involved in other countries problems because it will create more enemies for the United States. The United States needs to let Russia and Ukraine solve the problems they have and stay out of it and worry about ourselves. If we stay out of it that will keep us from starting a war with Russia.

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  • Colt from Pennsylvania

    I’d rather try to keep Russia on the side of the U.S as they in this world are a super power that I would rather see work this out democratically, then just punish a side that we wanna say was the aggressor. Russia can be made a valuable ally, which may be a hopeless dream, but I’d rather not poke the bear sort of speak. Not saying that the U.S couldn’t win a war against the Russians but I know that I prefer the U.S to stay out of unnecessary conflicts when given the chance. There needs to be talks between Trump and Putin, and before anyone says anything, THERE WAS NO COLUSION, this needs to be dealt with through our leaders, through talks, and if talking does not go anywhere, we still do not just send our fleets to intercept Russian vessels. We have a man in office who has already talked back many citizens captured by NK, why can he not do the same with Russia.

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  • cole from Kentucky

    No because we should not get involved in these things. Both world wars started over something small and spread to something bigger. Let the two groups settle this out, and Is Russia really going to care if we impose sanctions? Do not get involved unless we have too

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  • Morgan from Kentucky

    No, I do not think that the U.S. should impose additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors because, it would just get us even more involved and bring more chaos into the mix, which we do not need. I also do not think that it is right or okay to punish or attack three seemingly non-aggressive ships. I see and understand those who vote yes to this question because by punishing these ships, it would demonstrate that future Russian aggression would not be tolerated. Lastly, I think that if the U.S. were to get more involved with this situation, it would just escalate the crisis and not actually solve anything.

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  • Carmen from Kentucky

    As someone else replied, I feel as if there is no right or wrong answer in this situation. Despite this inability to make a proper decision based on the information and activities that have taken place, I do not think that the US should get more involved at the moment. I think that Trump’s decision to cancel the meeting with Putin in response to the alleged capture of Ukrainian sailors was a good idea; however, I believe that involving ourselves further into this ordeal would only make matters worse, especially since there has not been a lot of investigation as to whether or not Russia is responsible for the damaged ships and captured sailors. If an investigation ensues and more information is gathered on the situation then I think we can make a better, wiser decision on how much the US should involve itself.

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    I do not think that the United States should not help because, in my opinion, we are already to involved with Russia. Our intervention could cause a variety of new issues and increase problems with other countries besides the ones involved.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    The United States likes to impose on other countries problems, but why do we do it. It is not affecting us directly so where is the reason for impeding on other countries problems. Ukraine has been at war with Russia for awhile now and they have having their country be taken over everyday. By taking ships and sailors it is just another part of the war they are in. If the United States did intervene with this, then Russia could possibly try and test was and possible but us in a predicament we would have trouble getting out of.

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    No, I believe we need to stay out of the foreign affairs for now and work on building up our own government. I think Trump has made the mistake in getting involved with Russia as much as he has. We should not be getting ourselves into fighting when we don’t have a lot going well in America.

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  • Joshua from Wisconsin

    There is no doubt that what Russia did was wrong. However, for every antagonistic action (ie sanctioning) the US takes towards other countries, US policymakers need to be clear in establishing what the purpose of said action is. Here, it is not clear what the purpose is. Sanctions rarely work, and do we really think we are going to change Russia’s behavior with these relatively insignificant sanctions? The ancient Greek historian Thucydides wrote that in a nation’s consideration of foreign policies, national honor triumphs over national interest. Do we really think Russia will stop these actions simply because it makes America mad? The legitimacy of Putin now depends on his ability to project his image as the restorer-in-chief of the imperialist Soviet Union.

    If the purpose is to “punish” Russia for some esoteric concept of retribution that exists in international relations, the US needs to be consistent in acting upon that principle. Are we going to sanction other countries everytime they do a similar action? And how does this help American citizens?

    But above all else, per the Constitution, the purpose of foreign policy should always be to protect the rights and welfare of the American people. The federal government has no business meddling in other countries. Much more good to mankind can be accomplished if the federal government focused on its own citizens’ concerns. This is the philosophy I believe the US should enact upon.

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  • Christian from Louisiana

    Yes because Russia isn’t trustworthy.

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  • Autumn from Washington

    I said no because I feel like we don’t have enough information on the enitre situation t be punishing anyone. There are still things that America doesn’t know, such as; where exactly the Ukranian ships were, where the waters split between Ukraine and Russia, why the Ukranian ships were so close to Russian waters, and were the Ukranians there with hostile intentions. There are a lot of facts that are missing in the story that we have been given, but I don’t think that we should make any hasty decisions without knowing all of the facts.

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    • Jill from Pennsylvania

      While I agree that further investigation is needed, don’t you think Putin should have investigated the Ukraine ship missions before attacking and taking prisoners? Seemed a bit extreme and hasty as I’m sure he did not have all the facts.

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  • Aliyah from Georgia

    I think the decision should be determined when further investigation is obtained.

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  • Pasmah from New Jersey

    I personally think that before the U.S. imposes additional sanctions against Russia in response to its capture of Ukrainian sailors, a thorough investigation should take place. The political world is known to be the reality T.V. of the government and because of this, many things are staged to make people favor one person over the other. In this case, the Ukrainian government could have purposely put its ships in Russian water in order to stir up drama and lessen the amount of political support Russia is getting before the elections. While the Russians could’ve acted less aggressively to the people on the ship, it is there right to protect their waters and for the U.S. create more sanctions against Russia, wouldn’t teach them a lesson, but would instead teach them that the U.S. chooses the less controversial side of the issue instead of investigating the issue and finding out who was truly in the wrong and who was in the right in this situation.

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    • Serena from Washington

      Placing sanctions on other countries when the issue at hand does not directly involve the United States could cause issues with the countries we are placing sanctions on. I feel like America tends to see itself as protecting the democracy of the world, but I think this is a bit of a reach to decide how other countries can defend their borders, especially given how seriously the U.S. takes border security.

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