Another Way to Help Ukraine

Our nation could help Ukraine resist Russia’s invasion by requiring that Ukraine agree to extradite anyone who misused US aid to the point that they violated US law. Unfortunately, this is needed with the head of Interpol warning that US weapons will end up in the hands of criminals and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko alleging that the Ukrainian natural gas company Naftogaz was trying to embezzle $8 billion.*

Such a law would not slow our aid to Ukraine. In fact, it would help ensure that our aid reached the front lines, something that CBS highlighted as a problem, although it has since backtracked somewhat

It also would reduce the incentive that any corrupt politicians in Ukraine have for continuing the war. Unfortunately, with tens of billions of our dollars flowing there, some dishonest politicians will take advantage.

Martin Hellman

* Tymoshenko’s allegation appeared on an English language website whose accuracy is unknown to me, so I asked a Ukrainian-American friend to listen to the Ukrainian-language video on Tymoshenko’s Facebook page. My friend reported that the website presents an accurate account of what Tymoshenko said. This does not mean that her allegation is correct, but it is consistent with the high level of corruption in Ukraine.

About Martin Hellman

I am a professor at Stanford University, best known for my invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects the secure part of the Internet, such as electronic banking. But, since 1982, my primary interest has been how fallible human beings can survive possessing nuclear weapons, where even one mistake could be catastrophic. My latest project is a book, co-written with my wife Dorothie, with the audacious subtitle "Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet." It's on Amazon and a free PDF can be downloaded from its website:
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