A NEW Europe is emerging from the smoke of Ukraine.
President Putin fundamentally miscalculated the political situation not only there but the whole continent.
Europe has finally woken up and decided to do something about Russia.
The EU yesterday announced plans to start shipping weapons to Ukraine for the first time in its history.
It also banned Russian planes from entering European airspace and imposed a series of new sanctions.
Putin’s Efforts to Overcome His Independent Neighborhood seems to run out of steam over the weekend.
The Ukrainians were attacking his supply lines as the Russians tried to advance.
Putin’s troops last night were still fighting in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city.
And the Russian attacks were repelled in the ancient port of Odessa.
But we are hearing reports that the Russians are running out of fuel and high-tech weapons including missiles.
That’s why their rate of fire was slower than expected.
Surrounded by just a handful of his former colleagues from the KGB, Putin is so out of place that he has no plans for a Ukrainian patriotic resurgence.
All of this was supposed to be over in two or three days.
It is now Thursday and the Russians have yet to achieve any of their main military goals.
If Putin doesn’t win quickly with his military, he loses even faster with his politics.
He has very little time.
His dark hints yesterday about the nuclear threat showed he was growing desperate.
One view from the intelligence community is that – if in a few days Ukraine is still standing and its government is still standing – then the Russian leader will have to start negotiations with the country’s hapless president Volodymyr Zelensky. .
In fact, Putin went that way to propose “negotiations” on the Belarusian border.
If fighting stopped immediately in any negotiations, that would give the Ukrainians time to arm themselves with the weapons they had promised.
As a sign of how much Europe is changing, Germany – which has always refused to supply weapons to war zones – is sending 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to support Ukrainian forces. .
Germany is also currently allowing other NATO members to export weapons to Ukraine with German-made parts.
With all the help promised, if there is a pause followed by a second wave of fighting, Ukraine could do even better at holding back the Russian aggressors.
- Michael Clarke is Professor at King’s College, London
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