Local reaction was, obviously, extremely anti-Putin following a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

However . . . 

A few brave Republican elected leaders in Missouri were willing to go on record and denounce Prez Biden's handling of this drama. 

In the meantime . . . 

It remains to be seeing if Vlad really cares that he's now one of the few world leaders with an opinion rating lower than Prez Biden & Veep Kamala Harris.

Accordingly, in this post we share a comprehensive TKC roundup of reactions, perspective and local links on the hot mess involving the whole wide world . . .

Pro-Ukraine gathering to be held Saturday in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- A local organization will hosting a Pro-Ukrainian rally this weekend in Kansas City. The Stop Russian Aggression Demonstration will be held at fountain on Mill Creek Parkway on The Plaza. It begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday and is being put on by the Ukrainian Club of Kansas City.

UMKC political science professor explains the reasons for U.S. involvement in Ukraine

Why is Putin obsessed with Ukraine, and how does that involve the United States? What is the United States' responsibility in all of this, and why should we care? Experts say there are multiple reasons, starting with our involvement in NATO.

Rep. Cleaver's Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

February 24, 2022 (Kansas City, MO) - Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement after Russia began an unprovoked and unconscionable invasion of Ukraine. "Today, my heart and my prayers are with the proud people of Ukraine.

Kansas, Missouri congressional leaders condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Congressional leaders from Kansas and Missouri on both sides of the political aisle condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for additional sanctions against Russia after its unprovoked military invasion. "We must make crystal clear that Russia cannot intimidate or invade our allies and partners without significant consequences," Rep.

Hawley: Biden 'emboldened' by 'shutting down' American energy

'He [Biden] shuts down American energy production and green lights Russian energy production,' the Missouri Republican said 'Is it any wonder, is it any wonder that Vladimir Putin feels emboldened to do whatever the heck it is he wants to do?' Hawley continued Upon taking office, Biden shut down U.S.

Graves Condemns Russia's Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

February 24, 2022 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) released the following statement condemning Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of the independent republic of Ukraine...

Russia invades Ukraine: Kansas, Missouri lawmakers react

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The world awoke to news that Russia's attack on Ukraine continued and forces were attempting to seize Chernobyl. Congress is putting forth a united front that the invasion will not be expected. "Russia's brutal assault on Ukraine and invasion of its territory must be met with strong American resolve.

'Our hearts are heavy': Prairie Village concerned for Ukrainian sister city amid Russia invasion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Russian invasion of Ukraine is hitting close to home for Prairie Village. According to a city spokesperson, Prairie Village has a sister city relationship with Dolyna, Ukraine. For several years, the city has welcomed delegations of visitors and has sent Prairie Village representatives to Dolyna.

Sean Penn is in Ukraine, working on a documentary

Actor and filmmaker Sean Penn is in Ukraine, attending press conferences and meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky as Russia begins its invasion of the European country, according to an official Facebook post and reports.

'It's our country. It's our nation': Ukrainian citizen with who studied in Kansas City talks about war

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- As war begins in Eastern Europe, people with connections to Ukraine in Kansas City are worried about their loved ones. KCTV5 spoke with a former exchange student from Ukraine who spent time in Kansas City. Thursday was the first time Brenda Poor has seen her former host daughter since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russian professor visiting KU offers unique insight into invasion of Ukraine

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Even though he's been predicting the Russian invasion of Ukraine for a while, Valery Dzutsati was still in shock Wednesday night. "Imagine you're in a crowd in a nice restaurant or something," the traveling professor from Russia, currently visiting the University of Kansas, said Thursday.

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