‘Saving face for Russia is not an option’ – EURACTIV.com
France and Turkey want to deepen their trade relations with Russia, saying it helps them communicate with Russian leaders. Yet these leaders are war criminals who no longer have a “face”, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Roman Rukomeda is a Ukrainian political analyst. It’s his 26and account of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which he managed to send to EURACTIV despite difficulties and limited internet access.
The 32nd day of war is coming to an end. Ukraine continues to resist and destroy Russian aggressors despite massive air attacks and artillery bombardments of many Ukrainian cities. The damage done to Russian terrorists became apparent to the Russian leadership, who announced the new goal of their aggression against Ukraine.
Now it’s not all of Ukraine, including kyiv, but only part of Donbass. This announcement of Russian war criminals may hint at the failure of Russia’s main plans in its aggression against Ukraine.
One of the critical aspects of the war in Ukraine is global food security. The head of the IMF has already said that Russian aggression against Ukraine could lead to global famine in some regions.
However, it should be clear that Russia is attacking Ukrainian agricultural enterprises and key agricultural territories. For example, in the past two days, Russian terrorists have rocketed three major oil bases in the Kyiv, Lviv and Rivne regions. A considerable amount of fuel was burned.
It was planned to destroy agricultural tractors and equipment for spring work in the fields. Now the process of planting seeds for crops is badly damaged by Russian war criminals.
The issue of Russian nuclear terrorism remains urgent for Europe and the world. In the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl region, more than 10,000 hectares of forests are burning due to war, 31 fires have been recorded, leading to increased levels of radioactive pollution in the air. Fire control and suppression is impossible due to the capture of the exclusion zone by Russian troops. Russian terrorists do not allow Ukrainian firefighters and rescuers to come and neutralize the mentioned forest fires.
Following combustion, radionuclides are released into the atmosphere, carried by the wind over long distances. This threatens radiation to Ukraine, Belarus and European countries.
In this regard, representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy are now working to withdraw Russia from the IAEA, or at least to reduce its role there and to withdraw all Russians from the key positions they occupy within the secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Ministry of Energy is convinced that the policy of nuclear terrorism carried out by the Russians by seizing Ukrainian nuclear power plants is a fundamental reason for this.
It is strange that despite all the war crimes, the killing of hundreds of Ukrainian children and thousands of peaceful civilians, the use of banned lethal weapons, the destruction of more than 1000 houses in towns and villages, the destruction total of dozens of villages, schools, kindergartens, universities, theatres, museums, zoos and maternities some countries like Turkey and France and others call not to “cut the bridges with Russia.
This war is now about values and the new global political and security system. It is not about the comfort of the French and Turkish economies wishing to deepen their trade relations with the largest and most dangerous terrorist state in the world, the Russian Federation.
It is impossible to communicate with Russian leaders who are war criminals and help them “save face”.
They no longer have “faces”. The only negotiations with them could be about ending the war and continuing the demilitarization of Russia, its payment for all the destruction they have caused to Ukraine and its people, and the punishment of war criminals. Russians.
No other economic relationship with Russia is possible. Those who want to help “save face” Russia and some other wavering states will decide who they are with in this war. With Ukraine and the civilized world or with global terrorists and war criminals.