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Ukraine Liveblog Day 199
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
John McCain Says Putin Has Invaded, Wants Frozen Conflict
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McCain says that 4,000 Russian soldiers, tanks, and heavy equipment are trying to achieve a land-bridge to Crimea which will put pressure not just on Ukraine but also on Moldova.

McCain also said that he, Senator Menendez, and Senator Levin were trying to make it a law to provide Ukraine with additional weapons and supplies.

 McCain says that he is hoping that there will be agreement for additional sanctions against Vladimir Putin, and he would hope that "very stringent" sanctions would be passed as a result of this invasion.

"I don't know if that will happen. But if it doesn't happen, in light of an invasion... that will give Vladimir Putin a green light... Because we did not support Ukraine Putin has become emboldened."

McCain said that anti-tank weapons would be "required," but also said that the US needs to provide Ukraine the intelligence information that they need. "Anti-armor, anti-air, all kinds of equipment which they do not have" needs to be provided.

McCain said that there was little chance of true peace in the east right now. "What Putin would like to see is a 'frozen conflict'" like Moldova, South Ossetia, and elsewhere. "There must be a withdrawal of Putin's forces from the border."