The paradox of powerless superpowers compared to the plight & power of the Ukrainian people — Global issues

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters on September 28, 2022 that Russia’s plan to annex four occupied regions in Ukraine would be an illegal move, a violation of international law. and should be condemned, is a “dangerous escalation” in the seven-nation conflict. month war. “In these perilous times, I must emphasize my duty as Secretary-General to uphold the Charter of the United Nations,” he said. tell journalists in New York. “The rules are clear. Any annexation of the territory of a State by another State through the threat or use of force violates the Principles of the Convention. uncharted and international law.” Credit: UN photo/Mark Garten
  • Idea by John R. Bryson (bimmingham, united kingdom)
  • Associated Press Service

The time has come to develop a permanent solution to the Ukraine problem. This can only be achieved as Ukraine continues to unite against Russia and with the support of all nations and their leaders interested in supporting an independent nation against aggression. absurdity.

With each passing day, there are more Russian atrocities against the Ukrainians. The current phase of Russia’s ‘rapid’ special military operation focuses on disrupting the daily lives of Ukrainian citizens. This is about deliberately bombing the nation’s vital civilian infrastructure, with a focus on electricity and water.

It did include a Russian missile strike that killed a newborn baby when a missile hit a maternity home in southern Ukraine. Obviously, for Russia, maternity wards represent military assets.

This stage in Putin’s war with Ukraine is trying to force President Zelensky into negotiations that could end in some sort of temporary truce. Any truce would be temporary as Russia would use this period to rearm.

It is important that no negotiations or truce happen while Russia continues to occupy Ukrainian territory. Any truce would represent a defeat for Ukraine and a victory for Putin. Furthermore, Russia’s military capabilities and capabilities must be eroded to ensure that it is not possible for Putin to restart his special military campaign.

Zelensky is well aware of the dangers of negotiating with Russia. On November 21, 2022, Petro Poroshenko, the former president of Ukraine, outlined Ukraine’s response to any proposed negotiations with Russia on Council on Foreign Relations, an American think tankwhen he asks the audience to imagine that you are sitting in your own house and “the killer comes to your house and kills your wife, rapes your daughter, takes the second floor.

Then open the second floor door and say, ‘OK, come here. Let’s negotiate how to live further’. What will your reaction be?” He then went on to note that “from my personal experience. . . Don’t trust Putin.”

Negotiations or an armistice should then be avoided, but how will Russia’s war with Ukraine end? Perhaps Ukraine will be forced to negotiate when Russia has destroyed all of its vital civilian infrastructure.

However, responsible states should try to prevent this from happening. An important question to consider is which organization has the interests and power to persuade Russia to cease its special military activity?

The answer to this question is intriguing. The United Nations is just a shop that talks and has no power. Most UN members oppose the Russian war and this includes all actions against civilians. President Joe Biden appreciated the plight of the Ukrainian people and assured that the American people would support.

However, Biden is powerless because he has no authority over Russia. Similar is the case of Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. Macron tried to negotiate and influence Putin and found that he had no influence and no power.

Macron’s current plan is to try to resume a direct contract with Vladimir Putin, but for what purpose and for what purpose. What right does Macron have to try to negotiate on behalf of Ukraine?

Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany, was initially hesitant to support Ukraine and recently called on Putin to “stop the senseless killing, withdraw its troops completely from Ukraine and agree to negotiate peace with Ukraine. Putin probably won’t listen to this call, and he certainly won’t take advice from the German Chancellor, the French President or the US President.

The implication is that the UN and all prime ministers and presidents are helpless in the face of Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. So, who has the right to persuade Putin to stop and cancel? Only the three parties involved have any power over Putin.

First, there are Ukrainians who have shown that they have the ability, endurance, strength and courage to stand up to Russia. The best outcome is that Russia is defeated on the battlefield and forced to leave Ukraine.

Second, there are Russians. They have the choice to rebel against Putin and declare that they’ve had enough, and it’s time to stop sending Russians to their deaths.

Third, there are Russia’s political elites or the country’s political, economic and military decision makers. They are increasingly concerned about Putin’s war but have not yet reached a tipping point where action can be taken.

It has become clear that there is no point in negotiating with Putin. Ukraine is seen as Europe’s gateway, or borderland, with a brutal past. The time has come to develop a permanent solution to the Ukraine problem.

This can only be achieved as Ukraine continues to unite against Russia and with the support of all nations and their leaders interested in supporting an independent nation against aggression. absurdity.

John R. Bryson Professor of Business & Economic Geography, Birmingham Business School

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