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The Invasion of Ukraine by Russia and How It Could Affect the United States.

(**P.S. - Do your own research, as this is just my opinion of what I see and is NOT to be taken as 100% fact. This is a conversation to inact thought and planning only. Thank you.**)

Immediately following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, it’s important to understand how this conflict could affect the United States and its allies in the long term, including the countries bordering Russia, such as Poland and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In fact, the Russian government has said that they are prepared to go to war with any country that aids Ukraine in fighting back against their occupation, which means that even if you aren’t directly affected by this crisis, you still need to pay attention to what’s happening so you can make informed decisions about your future safety and security.

How Russia's oil reserves could impact the United States during this invasion with Ukraine.

Like it or not, America has a vested interest in what happens between Russia and Ukraine. With Crimea’s recent annexation to Russian territory, we could be looking at a rerun of oil wars past: Iran’s 1979 takeover of US embassy hostages precipitated just such an oil embargo on American goods. Today, we have no oil embargoes against America – but that doesn’t mean we should rule them out as instruments of war.

A disruption in Russian trade could indirectly impact U.S.-based businesses as well; for example, both Boeing and General Electric rely on Russian titanium supplies for parts in their airplane manufacturing process. Imports of Russian oil to the United States are at the highest levels in the last decade, becoming the second-largest exporter of oil to the US last year. So ask yourself this question. What do you think not having access to that oil will do to our gas and food prices given the fact that food is transported by truck, plane, train, and ships that uses oil/gas? Think about it...

How food supplies in the United Stated can be impacted by the current invasion by Russia into Ukraine.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine, could disrupt some global food supplies. At issue is that some 20% of Ukrainian crops come from areas under Russian occupation. Even without a conflict, Crimea has an agricultural sector heavily dependent on neighboring regions of southern Ukraine, particularly for labor. Russian actions have already sent shockwaves through world stock markets, led to military mobilizations along its borders and raised fears that war could erupt in Eastern Europe. If those tensions continue to escalate, however, they could also directly impact how you eat: What happens if oil or other strategic commodities are cut off? Will cheap grain supplies be able to make it into your kitchen? The current invasion of Ukraine is a real example of what can happen when nations choose war over diplomacy—and it’s a story that will play out on your dinner plate if world leaders fail to resolve these tense situations soon.

Possible Russian cyberattacks have taking down some infrastructure in Ukraine, and why the United States should prepare for the same.

Cyberattacks have already played a huge role in events in eastern Ukraine, but as far as we know they've been used mainly for political purposes—to bring down Ukrainian government websites to spread propaganda or make statements. However, if Russian forces begin to invade eastern Ukrainian cities like Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk or Donetsk there's no reason to think that cyberattacks won't start affecting more critical infrastructure, such as power plants and communications networks. Even if these attacks are not carried out directly by Russian troops, it is easy to imagine how an individual hacker operating from within Russia could carry out denial-of-service attacks on key infrastructure using hijacked computers. The potential disruption caused by such attacks could have a huge effect on American interests in Europe and therefore represents a serious threat. With the United States and other allies mounting support for Ukraine, there is a real concern for cyberattacks in the supporting coutries including the U.S.

Why stocking up on food and other emergency supplies is now even more important during the Russia / Ukraine invasion.

A Russian invasion into eastern Ukraine could have a devastating effect on food supplies in America, causing prices to spike. Emergency experts are warning that an interruption in food shipments would immediately lead to higher prices at supermarkets across America. Global chaos is already fueling fears that food prices could spike, with analysts now warning that even a limited disruption in supply caused by an unexpected event like war could send costs soaring. If supply routes are cut off or disrupted for any reason, there is a very real chance of global panic and mass food shortages. We haven't even discussed what's going on with the shipping supply crises and the situations with the truckers.(Translation? It's always a good idea to be stocked up just in case).

Why NATO and other European countries are also now on high alert as Russia invades Ukraine.

With news that pro-Russian separatists have now taken over a number of airports in eastern Ukraine, NATO is also on high alert. While NATO can’t stop Russia from conducting military operations inside Ukrainian territory, it could in theory put some restrictions on things like limiting Russia’s access to ports and airspace (think travel bans). So far, neither NATO nor any other major European country has announced any such plans, but they have issued stern warnings that all Russian military operations inside Ukrainian territory are deeply disturbing. The question now is whether or not these warnings will translate into meaningful action—especially if Russian-backed rebels continue to press forward against Ukrainian security forces throughout eastern Ukraine.

Coach Dex / Surviving What's Coming / / 2/24/22

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