Hvis Vesten ikke vil gribe ind, kan Ukraine lige så godt give op nu og skåne sin civilbefolkning for flere lidelser.
Is there a red line, Russia cannot cross before the West intervenes?
If the West does not want to intervene, Ukraine might as well give up now and spare its civilian population more suffering.
As the Russians relocate their troops, we have watched the results of the atrocities committed by the soldiers in Ukraine.
A man is intertwined in his bicycle. He must have been shot while biking down the street in his village.
A woman shares her story with a journalist. She had to bury her husband in her backyard. He had never held a gun in his life but the Russian soldiers dragged him out of their house and shot him.
A witness shares what he saw. Lines of cars trying to escape with signs taped to them – on the roofs, trunks, and on the sides of the cars. “Children,” the letters said in Cyrillic, clearly visible from the air and from the ground – bombed and left with the dead still trapped in the burned-out cars.
The TV screen shows Ukrainians lying in piles or in mass graves. In some places they are left in the street a few meters apart. Shot and then burned to hide what the Russians did to the Ukrainians. Some bodies have their hands tied behind their backs, some are shot from behind – deprived of life and a dignified burial.
Even in war, there are rules. They appear to have been violated again and again. Russia stubbornly denies this and says in claims the images are a setup with professional actors.
And then there is the disgusting weapon, the attempt to crack women and those who care about them. Rapes, some committed while children and men were forced to watch. Some women were barely left alive, while others were shot and burned.
Violence against women has always been used strategically in war – to break a population, to exercise power, to infiltrate ethnic populations with “foreign” blood when a baby gives off its first cry nine months later.
“The world is interconnected. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why we seem to be watching, while Zelenskyj repeatedly begs us to close the airspace and provide more help.“
There is no shortage of condemnation from the leaders of the Western world. USA, Germany, UN. Everyone has strong words to reassure the Western and democratically-minded world that Putin’s despicable actions are beyond their comprehension.
One sanction after another hit Putin and his cronies. One load of military hardware after another is being sent towards Ukraine. One country after another, with Poland as the main recipient, opens their borders and hearts to fleeing mothers, children, and the elderly.
Meanwhile, the carpet bombings continue targeting civilians – families in suburbs, hospitals, cultural and religious buildings.
The world is interconnected. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why we seem to be watching, while Zelensky again and again begs us to close the airspace and provide more help.
Brazil is dependent on fertilizers, Europe on oil and gas, etc., etc. The Western world buys much more from Putin than we contribute to Ukraine’s resistance.
No one is interested in a world war. And Putin knows that. But what does it take before the world has to react? What more can Putin do to the Ukrainian people that he has not already done?
If the answer is “nothing,” Ukraine might as well surrender now. The alternative is far too devastating to the civilian population.