The Party of Putin wing of the GOP plays right into his hands when members insist that money for Israel and the southern border trump helping Ukraine. All are important. But “20 Days in Mariupol” shows why helping Kyiv defeat Putin is more vital than either to U.S. security — and that of its allies.
Chernov made the courageous choice to stay in Mariupol even though his work was known to the Russians, who probably would have killed him if he had been caught. What he filmed was critical to understanding Russia’s intentions for Ukraine, which were to destroy it as a sovereign nation.
Chernov’s gripping footage dispels Kremlin propaganda about how Mariupol welcomed the Russians. He documents how Moscow deliberately bombed hospital after hospital.
One desperate Ukrainian doctor, having failed to save a 4-year-old child, looks directly into the camera and says, “Show this bastard (Putin) the eyes of this child and all these doctors are crying.” He then uses an expletive to describe those killing civilians.
In other words, show the work of a cold-blooded Putin who will not hesitate to take global advantage of U.S. weakness and MAGA extremists.
Chernov took the famous video of a very pregnant wounded woman being urgently wheeled across the courtyard from the maternity wing of a Mariupol hospital, a scene that Moscow still insists was played by crisis actors.
Chernov and Associated Press reporters followed up on her case and found that she subsequently died from a shattered pelvis. Her baby didn’t survive, either. Without the video, there would be no concrete way to dispute Russian lies.
“Every day was just like these videos,” Chernov told me. “I knew how important the story was. The world moves on, and the only way to preserve that scale is to do more. I hope the film gains attention for what has already happened and what is happening now.”
Which brings us back to Putin’s “useful idiots” in the U.S. Congress. Are they so blind that they cannot see the link between Putin’s Mideast machinations and his savagery in Ukraine?
The Russian leader is receiving Iranian drones to use against Ukraine, and in exchange reportedly helping Tehran with nuclear technology. Moscow has long welcomed Hamas leaders and backed its propaganda in an effort to internationally isolate the United States.
Israel can fight Hamas without more immediate military assistance, and the mess at the U.S. southern border can be addressed only with bipartisan cooperation. But Ukraine’s last chance to regain the offensive against Putin is now.
Congress must not cave to a global terrorist who threatens America far more than Hamas does. Watch “20 Days in Mariupol” and you will see why.