et that was also a moment of suffocating courage. The Ukrainian people and their leaders, with grace and courage beyond imagination, did not succumb to overwhelming power. Thirteen Ukrainian border guards on a small island in the Black Sea were asked to surrender by the Russians on the warship. Their response: “Go on your own.”
They were all thought to have been killed at first, but Ukrainian officials on Saturday said they may have survived. Whatever their fate, they will go down as heroes in Ukrainian history.
One cannot help but think of Shakespeare’s St Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V: “For today the one who shed blood with me will be my brother.”
We’ve seen Ukrainian families waiting overnight in a subway tunnel, a scene reminiscent of Londoners during the Blitz, when another madman underestimated the will of a man. free people.
We have heard from the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who before the invasion made a strong appeal to the Russian people.
As his country was being battered, he appeared again to tell his Ukrainians about the casualties but also about the brave troops that had “defended almost all of Ukraine’s territory, where the direct blows are to be taken.”
He said Ukrainian forces have recaptured the airport near Kyiv. He then announced that he would “stay in the capital” and “stay with my people”.
He said that “the enemy has marked me as number one” and that his family is “number two”. He warned Kyiv residents that Russian petty thieves may have entered the city.
We saw thousands of Russians marching in the streets, chanting “Do not join the war!” About 1,700 people were arrested on the first day.
Russian scientists, journalists, celebrities and other figures have put their names in statements and taken to Instagram to protest the war.
The performance was a courageous stand against a police state and a stark contrast to US politicians who could not themselves condemn the defeated former president Donald Trump, who declared passed on to Putin.
Before this is over, many brave Ukrainians will be killed or wounded, or lose their homes and livelihoods. Many Russian protesters will feel outrage at Mr. Putin’s thugs.
They are risking their lives for the simple idea that democracy, freedom, and independence are things worth defending.
The past week will be a jarring wake-up call for the West, which has taken its democracy and security for granted.
Just as Western nations must fortify their democracies against tyrannical bullies internally, they must also make sacrifices to prevent evil regimes that are willing to wage war against nations. freedom and international order. All in all, Nato will need to spend more on defense.
The West will also bear the cost of finding new energy sources and separating from Russia’s energy supply, which remains Putin’s lifeline.
I find it sad that so many reporters and politicians are asking to know if Russia’s sanctions mean people will need to pay more for gas. Surely we are not selfish, materialistic enough to refuse our obligations to other free people because it would cost a little more to fill our tanks.
We can say to the Ukrainians and the Russian protesters, we have done a great job for their courage and idealism, for the defense of democracy and for international peace. Furthermore, we can pray for their survival and be willing to make sacrifices to support them in the weeks and months to come.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/the-past-week-should-serve-as-a-deafening-wake-up-call-to-the-west-41392229.html The past week will be a jarring wake-up call for the West