Bombing of maternity hospital should prompt Beijing to intervene

Not content with locking 400,000 people under a barbaric bombardment, Russian President Vladimir Putin saw fit to bomb Mariupol Children’s Hospital, including its obstetrics department.

uch indiscriminate slaughter, even in the Middle Ages, was classed as the devil. Targeting defenseless sick children and mothers-to-be is a crime against civilization that must call the world the way it feels.

As rescue workers dug through the rubble, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote of “people, children under the rubble”, calling the strike “atrocious”.

Desperate people rushing to flee Kyiv say with the common belief that an already brutal indiscriminate attack is descending to hell.

To the unconnected, witnessing such scenes of turmoil unfolding in Europe in this 21st century, may seem eerie, but for the outcasts of Ukraine, the horror is too immediately.

A mass grave was dug in Mariupol. It was filled with bodies hastily wrapped in carpets and bags. Sanctions can quickly and promptly put pressure on Moscow, but they will not stop the firestorm that has claimed thousands of lives. Putin did all he could to hasten death and destruction.

The spirit of the Ukrainian people is being forged by the onslaught. As one disgust follows another, the resulting tragedies only deepen the resolve to resist.

Putin’s miscalculations are now clear for the world to see. But everyone is paying a heavy price with their lives. An increasingly brutal and protracted war is inevitable. The entire world – not just the continent – will feel the consequences, unless a restraining influence is introduced.

Only China has the stature and ability to carry out such an intervention.

A serious humanitarian disaster is being exacerbated by diplomatic inertia in Beijing.

For decades, China has claimed its status is not properly recognized. The disregard for human rights and the suppression of freedoms have not helped its case. But today, Beijing has the opportunity to play a historic role and end this conflict using its close relationship with Moscow to good effect.

Diplomatic calls between Beijing and European capitals suggest that Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to avoid Putin’s clumsy invasion causing lasting damage to his broader ambitions.

In phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he expressed his willingness to reconcile. So far, Beijing has been content to point the finger at the US and NATO for Putin’s aggression. Such a stance is indisputable when the situation spirals out of control.

Beijing has made many nice statements about respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity, even as Putin’s shots hit his passive neighbour. But if the slaughter of innocents at a children’s hospital wasn’t enough to stir Beijing into advising its major ally to examine its dire path, it is horrifying to imagine what can happen. Bombing of maternity hospital should prompt Beijing to intervene

Fry Electronics Team

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