Analysis: Why a Russian invasion of Ukraine would hurt Americans too

If President Vladimir Putin orders his tanks into Russia’s smaller, democratic neighbor, he would send shockwaves around the world and trigger one of the worst and most dangerous national security crises since the Cold War.And while it is not his prime intention, Putin would cause significant damage to Biden’s prestige and inflict real-time consequences on Americans in an already tense midterm election year — including with likely new hikes to already soaring gasoline prices that often act as an index of voter anger and perceptions about the economy.The President’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, on Sunday encapsulated a weekend in which the tone of Western governments warning of a possible invasion became more alarming, exacerbating a sense that the weeks-long Russian buildup around Ukraine might be racing to a decisive moment.

“The way they have built up their forces, the way they have maneuvered things in place, makes it a distinct…

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