As we learn more details about the tragic plane crash in the Ukraine, a University of Kentucky professor who is a former American Ambassador, said this is a much bigger problem.
The Ukraine has had its share of political problems and conflict with Russia stemming from when the Soviet Union broke apart nearly 25 years ago.
Carey Cavanaugh is a retired American Ambassador who was in charge of dealing with conflicts in the former Soviet Union.
He said the problems in the Ukraine are from the collapse of the Soviet Union. He said Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, is having a hard time accepting the independent countries.
There are still many questions about who shot down the plane as the investigation in pieced together but Cavanaugh said this disaster highlights in the importance of dealing with conflicts on a world-wide level since we live in such global economy.
He said conflicts need to be solved with diplomacy, talking through problems, not military action.
He said the U.S. needs to remain engaged not just with the Ukraine and Russia but all countries.
“I think we see every day that you have to, it isn’t easy but you can’t ignore it,” said Cavanaugh. “People pay a huge cost in not addressing these problems.”