We use simple stories to circumvent stubborn problems. So Volodymyr Zelenskyy is David on a hilltop appealing to the West to give him a pebble to defeat Goliath. The West cannot spare a pebble for fear of being drawn into the conflict. Whether it’s really that easy probably depends on how safe you are from the war. But you can see why Kyiv might see it that way.
r Zelenskyy believes that tens of thousands of his people have already been slaughtered in Mariupol.
Ukrainians are now preparing for the first full-scale military confrontation on open ground.
They appeal to all who want to oppose Russian aggression to increase arms supplies.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova said Moscow was preparing for a “massive attack in the east.”
Military analysts also say it is likely that the focus of the war will now shift to the eastern border that Ukraine shares with Russia, in an area known as Donbass.
The offensive will be on the scale of World War II. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba warned that although leaders announce successes in expelling Russian forces from Kyiv, “another battle is ahead, the battle for Donbass”.
In a message to NATO, he said it would likely involve large-scale military maneuvers involving thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and aircraft.
With new evidence of atrocities mounting, it is not surprising that calls to supply the country with offensive weapons are becoming increasingly urgent and widespread.
The West’s ethical cover for refusing to supply whatever is sought stems from fears of creating a turning point for World War III. But for thousands in Ukraine, the worst has already happened.
Without weapons or air raid protection, the living face the real prospect of countless more dying. Russian forces target civilians with artillery, air and missile attacks, summary executions, torture and rape.
The ruthless application of severe sanctions seems like the least we can do.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless whether the insane destruction is wrought in the name of totalitarianism or in the sacred name of freedom or democracy?”
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s futile visit to Vladimir Putin was intended to tell the Russian President that he had “morally lost the war”. Commenting on the procession of Western leaders appealing to Putin’s better side, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said: “I have no reason to believe he is ‘chatty’.” But six weeks of indecisiveness and division have resulted in Mr Nehammer – the first Western leader who has met Putin since the invasion – carried a very small cane.
Nonetheless, all mediation options need to be explored. The EU owes Ukraine a debt of honor to ensure that Moscow no longer finds buyers for its oil or gas in Europe.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/western-powers-must-do-all-they-can-for-ukraine-41543591.html The western powers must do everything they can for Ukraine