Headline RoundupMarch 2nd, 2022

How the Russia-Ukraine Conflict Could Impact the US

Summary from the AllSides News Team

While sanctions against Russia have already started to weaken its economy, its continued attacks on Ukraine could also lead to consequences for the U.S. economy and national security.

Coverage from all sides highlights how the Russia-Ukraine conflict could lead to higher energy costs in the U.S., more cyberattacks from Russia, mass influxes of migrants fleeing to the U.S. from Europe, and an eventual devolution into a nuclear weapons crisis. Russia ranks second in oil exports among all countries, and roughly 8% of U.S. oil imports came from Russia in 2021. Meanwhile, Russian cyberattacks on U.S. companies and government agencies have already been an issue in recent years. Some, such as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), are calling for the U.S. to help establish a "no-fly zone" over Ukraine in an effort to curb Russian air attacks, a move Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnkyy has reportedly pushed President Joe Biden to endorse.

Outlets on the left and right often focus on how U.S. energy prices could rise, and frame that fear in the context of the already-high costs of gasoline, electricity and home heating. While some voices are calling for the White House to offer Ukraine direct military support, many others across the political media spectrum oppose the idea and criticized calls from Kinzinger and others for the U.S. to get more involved; most argued that such a move would likely lead to war between the U.S. and Russia.

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