Here's Why Kansas City Should Be Concerned About Impending Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Two words . . .

Gas prices.

The rest of it is above our pay grade. 

We won't pretend to understand geopolitics like so many other keyboard warriors. 

Sure, this thing might plunge us all into World War III . . .

Or, more likely, it'll just make this "dark winter" even more miserable and expensive. 

Store shelves are already sparse and that'll likely worsen. Gas going to 5 bucks a gallon and beyond in the Heartland won't end human existence . . . It'll only make drivers wish it had.

Accordingly . . .

We share this quick collection of news which realizes that international events do have an impact on cowtown life as the world keeps getting smaller.

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Headed to disaster? US, Russia harden stances in talks | AP News

WASHINGTON (AP) - The failure of last week's high-stakes diplomatic meetings to resolve escalating tensions over Ukraine has put Russia, the United States and its European allies in uncharted post-Cold War territory, posing significant challenges for the main players to avoid an outright and potentially disastrous confrontation.

Here's what a Russian invasion of Ukraine would mean for markets

Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are on the rise, prompting analysts and traders to weigh the potential financial-market shock waves. "If Russia invades Ukraine, the trade is buy TY," wrote Brent Donnelly, president of Spectra Markets, in a Friday note, referring to 10-year Treasury-note futures .

After talks make no progress, is Russian attack on Ukraine more likely?: Analysis

A week of diplomatic talks failed to dispel fears of a Russian attack. A week of high-profile diplomatic talks between the West and Russia have not dispelled fears that Russia may be preparing to attack Ukraine.

Fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine rise despite US push for diplomacy

U.S. officials are raising alarm that Russian threats of war against Ukraine are spiking dangerously despite the conclusion of a week of diplomatic meetings aimed at avoiding the outbreak of open conflict. is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.

Exclusive: U.S. talks to energy firms on EU gas supply in case of Russia-Ukraine conflict

The U.S. government has held talks with several international energy companies on contingency plans for supplying natural gas to Europe if conflict between Russia and Ukraine disrupts Russian supplies, two U.S. officials and two industry sources told Reuters on Friday.

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