Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine speaks at IU Bloomington on war

Ambassador William Taylor
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Published: Apr. 6, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine spoke at Indiana University Bloomington Wednesday and he’s calling for some changes that may help bring the country peace.

Ambassador William Taylor was in Ukraine’s capitol Kyiv right before Russia invaded the country. He says he was there testifying on international order in the country since before the war began.

Wednesday he spoke at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies annual “America’s Role in The World” conference.

“We need to support Ukraine,” Amb. Taylor said. “They are fighting for us, for their own values, for freedom. Those are also our values.”

Ambassador Taylor met with other foreign policy leaders like former senator from Indiana Dan Coats and U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ambassador Bonnie Jenks to discuss the global impacts of the war.

“We are isolating Russia from the world financial system in ways that no one ever thought of,” Amb. Taylor said. “Are we Americans ready to pay this price? Are we ready to defend ourselves and democracy? Defend nations who are trying to defend themselves like the Ukrainians. That’s going to be hard for us.”

Amb. Taylor says it’s the United States’ responsibility to engage and support the sovereign country of Ukraine.

Also on a panel at the conference, IU Russia and East European Institute Director Sarah Phillips. She says it’s important to have these in-depth conversations about the situation.

“As those Russian troops pull back, we really see the devastation and evidence of war crimes,” Phillips said. “The international community just cannot turn a blind eye to this.”

She says she believes the war will affect international law as a whole and it is possible Russian leaders will be tried for war crimes.

“It’s good to see that world leaders are calling Putin out and are calling for war crime tribunals to begin as soon as possible,” she said.

Phillips says she’s aware of international leaders working to take the next steps to put President Putin on trial for war crimes. While it is a long process, she says she’s hopeful the International Criminal Court will pull through and help bring the people of Ukraine peace.

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