More than six weeks have now passed Russia launched his invasion of Ukrainebut we seem to be further than ever from a solution. Wladimir PutinThe “military special operation” that many predicted Kyiv would fall within days has clearly failed. Yet he continues to inflict massive pain and bloodshed on his neighbors.
Carniola, with most of the world at its back, has withstood this unjustified aggression and reclaimed lost territory.
But this stalemate does not end the suffering. There is now a growing risk of an endless cycle of violence as neither side claims victory or concedes defeat.
Peace talks have yielded nothing, and while Western sanctions have hurt Putin and his allies, the measures taken are not enough to stop his war machine.
Over time, the risk of people looking the other way increases; that we become desensitized to mass graves, blood in the streets and the plight of women and children fleeing terror.
This would amount to an inadvertent assumption that this is Ukraine’s future.
Just yesterday we received reports from Kramatorsk – a city in the Ukrainian government-controlled Donetsk region – of a cluster bomb killing at least 39 people.
Pictures from the station show cars with windows smashed, luggage left behind and bodies lying in an outdoor waiting area.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said thousands of people were at the station when it was attacked.
Elsewhere, he has warned that the situation in the town of Borodyanka is “significantly more dire” than in nearby Bucha.
Reports from Bucha included stories of summary executions and rape and torture of civilians.
In his address to the Oireachtas, Mr. Zelensky also described Russian missiles aimed at places where food, fuel and farm equipment are stored. He claimed hunger was being used as a new weapon of war.
There is also an unusual admission of heavy casualties on the Russian side. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reported that they suffered “significant troop casualties.”
“This is a great tragedy for us,” he said.
So there are no winners in this senseless war, but it continues with no end in sight.
Earlier this week, the UN General Assembly suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, rightly expressing “grave concern at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis.” Russia then withdrew from the Council anyway.
This war was neither quick nor clean. Answers to how to end it are not easy, but we must not ignore the plight of Ukrainians.
As our great peace advocate John Hume said: “The basis of peace and stability in any society must be full respect for the human rights of all its inhabitants.”
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/we-must-not-let-ourselves-become-desensitised-to-war-41535540.html We must not allow ourselves to become desensitized to war