June 28, 2022

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War in Ukraine gives new meaning to European values; Read the article by Lourival Sant’Anna

The The European Commission approved Ukraine’s request on Friday.. The initiative has enormous implications, at a time Russia is imposing itself militarily on eastern Ukraine. And this is accompanied by renewed promises on the side Germany, France and ItalyWhose rulers visited Kiev on Thursday Maintaining the military, economic and political support of the country.

Contrary to Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric, what motivated the Russian invasion was not Ukraine’s remote entry into NATO, which had been blocked since he ordered an invasion of Georgia in 2008. The Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 In the wake of the popular uprising following the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych, Putin succumbed to pressure to abandon joining the European Union (EU).

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This year’s invasion is a continuation of the campaign launched in 2014, in which Russia occupied 8% of Ukrainian territory. Putin fears that a democratic, prosperous, European neighbor will be an inspiration to Russian citizens.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Kiev followed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky (center), Romania, Klaus Iohanis, Italy, Mario Troki, France, Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholes of Germany.
On Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Kiev followed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky (center), Romania, Klaus Iohanis, Italy, Mario Troki, France, Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholes of Germany. Photo: Ludovic Marin / Reuters

Four days after the invasion, on February 28, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky formally called for a speedy entry into the EU, with an appeal: “Our aim is to be with all Europeans and to be like them. I firmly believe that we deserve it.”

By ending a dictatorial regime against democracy, the war gave new meaning to European and Western values; A nuclear invader to a small and vulnerable country, but its people show a moving courage and impressive willingness to sacrifice themselves for their freedom and dignity. All of this speaks so deeply to the souls of Europeans that the stories of their parents and grandparents were marked by the same courage and sacrifice.

During his visit to Kiev, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his earlier statements that “Russia should not be insulted.” He reaffirmed this view, but said that a peace deal foreshadowed a return to pre-2014 borders: “Ukraine opposes. She must win.”

Criticizing Germany for not helping Ukraine as much as possible, President Olaf Scholes said: “We do not want to show solidarity, but to ensure that financial, humanitarian and military aid continues.”

The German Ministry of Defense said 15 Gepard tanks with the promised anti-aircraft guns would be delivered in July and the Panzerhaubitze 2000 would be delivered soon. France has already promised Caesar units of 6 truck-loaded artillery in addition to the 12 cannons already supplied.

1,000 155 mm rifles, 300 multiple rocket launchers and 500 tanks: this is far less than what Zhelensky’s military adviser Mikhail Podoliak estimates would defeat Russia. NATO is holding a summit in Madrid on the 29th and 30th, and those demands will be on the table.

* He is a state columnist and international affairs analyst

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