Ukraine Is Paying A Heavy Price For Its Total Dependence On The West

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It appears that President Vladimir Putin’s determination to protect Russia’s territorial integrity and put an end to what he perceives as a fundamental historical breach of its borders was underestimated by Ukraine and its Western supporters led by the United States. Putin is also legitimately concerned about how the National Atlantic Treaty Organization is sneakily encroaching on Russia’s eastern border (NATO).
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, is quickly recognizing that he was tricked by his Western allies and exploited as a pawn in a determined geopolitical conflict against Moscow. By glorifying Zelenskyy’s resistance to Russian forces in an effort to provoke him, Western media misinformation has actually made the volatile situation in Ukraine worse.
It’s telling that over the weekend, Zelenskyy accused his alleged Western allies of deserting him when he needed them the most and claimed that his nation had been “left alone” to deal with the Russian special military operation. He has come to understand that Western sanctions against Russia are overstated given its robust economy and the West’s recent avoidance of direct military intervention.
Analysts worry that Zelenskyy has overdone the joke as a former comic who has played the president on television comedies. He has come to realize that things are not always as they appear. He would be better off refusing to be persuaded by the West to escalate the conflict, calling for a truce and sincerely attempting to negotiate an end to the impending annexation of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2022. /VCG

Despite continuing to pretend, a number of circumstances have led to the West growing sick of the Ukrainian situation. First, because it was involved in drawing the border between the two nations, it is aware of the historical context of Putin’s complaints. For the United States and its friends in Europe, the proverbial chickens have gone home to roost.
Second, the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic and the ensuing worldwide recession have severely impacted Western economies. Particularly at a time when enormous resources are badly required to revive the currently fragile economies, the gains from preserving Ukraine would not be commensurate with the large resources required for a full-scale military operation. Political unrest would result from residents questioning spending on such an external priority when they are losing their jobs and housing.
The West is also plagued with remorse over previous interventions. When compared to official statements that served as justifications for forcible entry into other people’s countries, the U.S. notably has a lot of innocent blood on its hands for decades of so-called military adventures that have produced nothing. From Africa to Asia and the Middle East, the heinous involvement has left a wasteland, exacting a terrible human and financial toll on helpless, weak nations. The most recent illustration of this fact comes from Afghanistan.
The truth is out there, despite the pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia misinformation that dominates Western media. While Barbara Plett Usher correctly notes that “President Joe Biden has spent enormous diplomatic capital on countering Russian aggression toward Ukraine,” he has drawn a “red line in the most consequential foreign policy crisis of his presidency.” This is stated in her opinion piece for BBC titled, “Ukraine conflict: Why Biden won’t send troops to Ukraine.”
Plett Usher cites a number of justifications for Biden’s alleged betrayal, including the fact that the United States has no national interests in Ukraine, that the president does not want to start a “world war” in a conflict between the two superpowers, that military interventionism is not part of his method, and that the American public opposes war as well. Ukraine is now vulnerable and alone.
However, as negotiations between the two sides begin in Belarus, there is still room for diplomacy even in this dire situation. On Saturday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi renewed his call for NATO, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia to return to the negotiating table. The opposition appears to have been influenced by additional diplomatic pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s promise to mediate a resolution to the crisis on Sunday. According to observers, Bennett’s motive stems from Putin’s claim that “a band of drug addicts and neo-Nazis” rule Ukraine.
Zelenskyy should refrain from putting his subjects to death in the name of patriotism in the interim. He should approach Putin like a younger brother and acknowledge that the West has tricked him. His naivete thinking the West would sacrifice its troops for him, or that Western sanctions are an effective deterrence, has cost his country dearly. An African phrase that accurately describes his dilemma is “a distant rod cannot kill a snake.”
Ukraine needs to go back to the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, when its foreign policy strategy was characterized by a balanced partnership with the EU, Russia, and other major players. It should keep its independence and refrain from being abused by any authority.


by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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