If today people are looking for the symbol of super strength, bravery and true strength, you will find it not among the decorated generals, but in the faces of mothers hugging. their children in the makeshift tents of Ukraineof cities.
Houses and hopes destroyed by the “Strong Man” of Europe, these heroic women are raising families together, as the rest of the world relies on helplessness.
Their treatment may be a massive insult to all that International Women’s Day stands for, but their spirit is what it is. For there is nothing sadder for an autocrat than to see defiance in a people supposedly incapable of real resistance.
Virginia Woolf wrote: “Women have served throughout the centuries as spectacles possessing the wondrous and delicious power to reflect a man’s figure at twice its natural size. “.
Each new day sees Ukraine in the face of the extreme violence from Vladimir Putin’s onslaught, further diminishing his rapidly eroding stature.
Their dignity at the frozen border stations, or trying to keep their toddlers entertained in the underground stations, is a tale of heroism. Their plight under such indiscriminate shelling has shaken the hearts of the world.
The targeting of civilians is now a documented issue. The UN has no way of recording fees.
Such deliberate attacks are a war crime, but seem to have no consequences for the Kremlin.
Moscow’s skepticism seems limitless.
Every time a cease-fire is established, or an evacuation attempt is made, it seems only minutes before a new battle erupts.
Mr. Putin has been accused of “manipulating” the West after offering to create humanitarian corridors for Ukrainians, which largely lead to Belarus or Russia. Those desperate to flee for safety, are effectively being given the option of “putting the pan on the fire”. One way or another, Mr. Putin, like all tyrants in history, will learn that dark actions come with inevitable shadows.
His strategy implies that cutting off the power supply, or playing with the risk of a nuclear accident to force Ukraine to surrender, is a crime against humanity. This nightmarish war: scenes of buried children, and families torn apart, could not but shake his regime.
He is causing hatred at home and abroad. And as always for autocrats, it is the enemies in his trusted circle that are more likely to be his undoers.
The iron curtain that he was responsible for restoring between East and West hurt both ordinary working people and the wealthy.
China has finally confirmed its willingness to participate directly in trying to negotiate a settlement. The carnage we are seeing is a completely unnecessary tragedy and must be ended. For now, Putin may be flexing his military muscles, but it is the courage of women and civilians that strengthens the world’s solidarity with Ukraine.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/the-story-of-ukraines-women-is-a-story-of-courage-41421256.html The story of Ukrainian women is a story of courage