Utahn sent to Ukraine for Bush in 2008 says Russian invasion out of Hitler’s playbook

Ron Fox, a former White Home advance planner, says he is frightened about Ukraine after Russia invaded Thursday.
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SALT LAKE CITY – When Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, the White Home despatched a delegation to Ukraine to guarantee our ally of U.S. assist. A Utah man organized and attended that vice presidential delegation. Now, he is very frightened concerning the Ukrainian folks because the Russian invasion intensifies.

“It was merely to reassure our allies that we had been going to proceed to be their allies,” stated Ron Fox, a former White Home advance planner.

He served that function for six presidents and went to Ukraine in 2008 as a part of a delegation with then-Vice President Dick Cheney. As an advance planner for the White Home, he took care of vital particulars upfront of the arrival of the president or vice chairman.

“They’re a pleasant, good, hard-working individuals who had damaged away from communist rule,” Fox stated, describing the Ukrainian folks.

The Ukrainians need their nation to thrive and prosper, free from oppression, simply in addition to their neighbors in Western Europe. Fox did the advance planning for that delegation and was in Ukraine for two 1/2 weeks.

“We had been there to guarantee them that if an assault did come in opposition to their nation, because it had simply occurred in Georgia just some weeks earlier than, that we’d be there for them,” he stated.

Now, practically 14 years later, he stated what we’re seeing from Russian President Vladimir Putin is true out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook previous to World Battle II: invading a neighboring nation below the guise of repatriating its folks.

“The folks of Ukraine are in deep trouble,” he stated. “Their entire lifestyle is altering. Their entire security issue, whether or not or not they will survive the bodily assaults. Then will come the uncertainty of, have they got jobs? It is not like something that we are able to bear in mind.”

He stated it is a terrifying day for the folks of Ukraine as they attempt to stay their lives.

“Their greatest hazard is simply to remain out of hurt’s approach as a result of they’re firing actual bullets, and sending actual rockets and actual tanks,” Fox stated.

Meals, drugs, and different vital provides might rapidly be unavailable as provides are inevitably minimize off by the invasion.

“Issues are going to cease. Persons are going to be rallying round their households, and trying to guard their family members, and their prolonged households all through their nation as a result of he’s now attacking Ukraine from all sides.”

Fox is watching developments carefully, very involved concerning the aggressive invasion.

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Utahn in Kyiv shares concerns as Russian invasion continues

Former Utahn David Anderson, who labored as a Division of Protection contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and different conflict zones, resides in Kyiv the place he retired a 12 months in the past. (David Anderson)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Because the assault on Kyiv continues, and tens of 1000’s of Ukrainians flee, one Utahn is ready out the assault in his condominium.

He can hear gun battles and explosions miles away, however proper now, there aren’t any Russian troops exterior his window.

In a telephone interview, David Anderson stated he doesn’t concern for his security, however he does concern for the way forward for Ukraine. He admitted some would possibly name him naïve, however he is spent loads of time in conflict zones as a former Division of Protection contractor.

“It is just a little bit like an previous ‘Twilight Zone,'” Anderson stated, describing the eerily empty streets exterior his condominium constructing. A four-lane street that’s often full of automobiles creeping from gentle to gentle is extensive open, with no automobiles to be seen, he stated.

“That is how empty the streets are.”

Cabinets are additionally emptying out within the retailer in his condominium constructing and shutting down.

Anderson lives in southwest Kyiv, which he stated is about six miles from the principle assault on town to the north. He hears the conflict in spurts.

“You will hear a bunch of computerized stuff happening, a number of explosions, they usually’re within the distance,” he stated.

However, he stated, these noises of conflict are too far-off to see any flashes of sunshine.

“The motion I hear always is within the distance,” Anderson stated. “This a part of city would solely be affected, I feel, if there was an occupied scenario.”

He doesn’t suppose Russia needs to occupy Kyiv.

“I feel they simply need to do away with the western-friendly authorities and put in their very own and get out of city.”

He is impressed by the armed resistance from Ukrainian reserves, known as the House Guard, dealing with off with the Russians. “I do not suppose they deliberate on this a lot resistance,” he stated

Anderson lived in Utah on and off as an grownup. He labored as a Division of Protection contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and different conflict zones earlier than retiring in Kyiv a 12 months in the past.

After visiting Kyiv, he stated, “It is like, holy cow, that is such an incredible metropolis.”

Anderson didn’t suppose the airports would shut so quick and that might be an issue for him. “I do not need to say I acquired caught right here, however I used to be fairly shocked on how briskly I could not get out.”

Airports are closed. Trains are nonetheless operating, however they’ve began excluding males, and he is OK with that.

“Even when I needed to go to Poland, it will be an incredible effort,” he stated.

For now, he is taking life in Ukraine each day. He began stocking up on requirements a number of weeks in the past.

“In anticipation that this might go on greater than only a few days,” Anderson stated.

Folks requested him if he needed to affix them fleeing town and he stated no.

“I am too curious and too pigheaded to be pushed out,” he stated.

Proper now, Anderson has water, electrical energy and Web, and doesn’t really feel like he is in quick hazard.


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Utahn arrested in Orem metal pipe assault that later killed a man

An Orem man was arrested Thursday for investigation of homicide in reference to a steel pipe assault at his house in August. (Spaxiax, Shutterstock)

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OREM — A person who claimed he hit one other man with a steel pipe in self-defense in August has now been arrested for investigation of homicide.

Preston Marsh, 39, of Orem, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Thursday.

On Aug. 22, Orem police have been known as to Marsh’s house, 1169 W. 400 South, on a report of an assault. Officers discovered the sufferer within the driveway, unconscious with a head harm.

“The suspect, Preston Marsh, acknowledged that he hit the sufferer within the head with a steel pipe out of self-defense because of the sufferer threatening him,” based on a police reserving affidavit.

Docs acknowledged the sufferer had a “minor mind bleed” that required staples to shut the wound. However a number of days later, the sufferer suffered a seizure “and medical employees indicated the seizures have been doubtless tied to the mind harm brought on by Preston,” the affidavit states.

On Nov. 1, the sufferer — who just isn’t recognized within the arrest report — was discovered unconscious by his girlfriend and later died. An post-mortem was performed and the health worker concluded “the reason for loss of life was a seizure brought on by the unique harm inflicted by Preston Marsh,” the affidavit says.

Detectives have been capable of acquire house surveillance video of the incident and noticed Marsh hit the sufferer, however “there was no act seen within the footage that could possibly be interpreted as an act of risk, violence, or assault towards Preston,” police wrote within the affidavit.

Police cited the Utah code for arresting an individual for suspicion of murder and famous that “an inexpensive individual would know that delivering a blow to an individual’s head utilizing a big, steel pipe would trigger severe bodily harm and will simply trigger a mind harm, which might be harmful to human life, and even loss of life.”

As of Friday, no formal felony expenses have been filed in opposition to Marsh within the case.

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