What people are saying about Russia's move to supply humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

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The Washington Post, editorial: "Russia again appeared on the verge of invading Ukraine over the weekend, this time in the guise of a 'humanitarian operation.' (The motive) is clear enough: not the 'humanitarian crisis' the Kremlin claims is occurring in areas held by its surrogate forces but the threat that the Ukrainian army and allied militias will win a military victory. ... Vladimir Putin faces the collapse of his proxy force, a development that would not only loosen his hold on Ukraine but also potentially lead to political trouble at home."

Gary Samore and Simon Saradzhyan, The Boston Globe: "A decisive military victory over pro-Russian forces ... won't bridge Ukraine's ethnic and political divides between the pro-Russian southeast and pro-Western provinces in the center and west. ... Nor would a military victory eliminate Russia's leverage on Ukraine, which had depended on its eastern neighbor for one-third of its imports and exports before the conflict. Leaders in Kiev, Moscow and Western capitals need to understand the costs of trying to solve the conflict with force and the benefits of finding a negotiated solution."

Mark Rachkevych, Kyiv Post, Ukraine: "If Russia is truly concerned about the humanitarian situation ... it can swiftly alleviate it by a full-scale cessation of warfare. This includes ending the shelling from inside its territory (and) stop(ing) the supply and flow of weapons. ... Any sort of aid that Russia offers is just another tool in its arsenal of non-linear war designed to undermine Kiev and force the country back into Kremlin subservience."

Chrystia Freeland, Politico: "Ukraine isn't a failed state, prey to domestic extremists and weakened by civil war. ... After 23 years of chaotic post-Soviet independence, Ukraine now has a wired and educated civil society prepared to fight for democracy. ... If the Russian forces massed on Ukraine's border invade, it will be because Putin has decided to show ... the world that he has the power and the will to impose autocracy ... at gunpoint in foreign, sovereign states."

Jeffrey Tayler, The Atlantic: "(President Obama and John Kerry) need to ... cease proclaiming their desire to 'make Russia pay.' (It inflames) Russian passions against the United States, (depriving) Putin of the option of changing policy without suffering humiliation. ... Russia for centuries was a major power. ... Its 'national ego' befits a country with a thousand-year past."

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