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U-Talk: Should the U.S. increase, decrease or maintain the same level of support for Ukraine?

By Staff | Mar 20, 2023

Tiana Lao, Special to the Daily Herald

Heidi Shopp

“The same amount. Because, I think that we’re giving them, really, quite a bit, and that I would hate if we gave more. I think it will lead to a larger war, like WWIII, and I don’t want to see that happen. And Ukraine seems to be holding their own. I just think we need to keep doing what we’re doing. We certainly could use some money here in the U.S. We have a real big homeless problem, but we need to give them as much support as we can to try to get this war to end.” — Heidi Shopp, Provo

“Decrease. I think we have problems at home that we need to deal with — recent train derailment, that’s just one example. We have plenty of things here we need to deal with; oncoming debt crisis and solvency of social security, stuff like that. Well, we should just go full haul and go send in some troops, and do another Afghanistan. Why don’t we just waste trillions of dollars right now, and get it over with? That’s what they want to do anyways. I don’t think we should go to war, but I also don’t want Russia becoming a huge super power either.” — Aaron Smith, Provo

“I mean, we probably should do more, but it just depends. If we have the resources to spare, I don’t see why not, I guess. But, if we obviously don’t have that, then we shouldn’t be forced to or encouraged to, especially, like, we have to make sure our nation is secure and not worry too much about external affairs, which is why our country has lasted as long as it has because we kind of stayed neutral in things. But, if we decide to, I wouldn’t be against it.” — Nicole Partridge, Eagle Mountain

“I think they should keep giving support. … There’s more that needs to be done. It’s been a year already. I definitely don’t think they need to send troops, no. Maybe just give more economical support to Ukraine, so they can fight in the war. Well, they need to keep, you know, all the industries that Ukraine has, that they need to keep going. All the products there, the grain, and the food that they produce and export. But, also, help them to find a solution to stop the war. We don’t really see exactly what their needs are. We need to be more, like, down to earth, more grounded, and think of everyone.” — Brenda Gonzalez, Orem

“I think that it should be something that should steadily decrease. I was out in California, Sacramento, the other day. Had a colleague of mine that is Ukrainian, grew up his whole life there, and then moved when he was like 40, so he’s only been out of Ukraine for maybe three years or so. And, he said that he still has a ton of family in Kyiv, and the situation is getting a lot better for them. Like, they have access to clean water, food… so, he was just saying it seems like things are getting way, way better than they were a year ago.” — Clark Manwaring, Vineyard

Tiana Lao, Special to the Daily Herald

Aaron Smith

Photos and interviews by Tiana Lao, Special to the Daily Herald.

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Nicole Partridge

Brenda Gonzalez

Clark Manwaring


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