‘Ukraine — War against Europe’

Published on 3 September 2014 at 07:51


“The European Union is about to set up new sanctions against Russia if the situation in Ukraine has not drifted towards an ending to the crisis within a week”, writes Libération, according to which Russian president Vladimir Putin “does not like ultimatums and does not believe in the effectiveness of Western sanctions”.
After “being long reluctant to acknowledge the reality” of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Western leaders must face the facts, adds the French daily in another article, quoting Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė: “Russia is at war against Ukraine, which wants to be part of Europe, meaning Moscow is virtually at war against Europe”.
In its editorial, Libération notes that —

following Russia’s aggression, Europe merely imposed economic sanctions that had no effect so far on the Kremlin’s master. Europe reacted the same way after Moscow’s men shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane. It’s as if Europe did not realise yet that the former G8 partner has turned into an opponent. Nobody in Europe is ready to die for Donetsk. Does this mean doing nothing and turning our back on Ukraine and its sovereign and elected government? Ukrainians are asking for weapons to resist the Russian invasion. Europe’s credibility depends on the EU’s answer.

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