Ukrainians need weapons, not sympathy, in the fight against Russia

In Europe, blue and yellow paint are in short supply. Europeans are desperately asking: “If we run out of money, how can we support Ukraine?”

My daughter told me this dark joke. As a proud Ukrainian, I was deeply moved by the many expressions of solidarity with my country and its people. Refugees are received with warmth and hospitality. People around the world are sending donations of all kinds. Europe and the US have taken concrete steps that were unthinkable not so long ago to help Ukraine defend itself against the unprovoked and barbaric invasion of Russia. Political leaders have made it clear that they increase it Apply pressure and consider further measures. I even hear that sympathy is developing in western capitals for the idea of ​​sending planes to Ukraine.

We are grateful, but . . .

We are grateful for that. But while you debate and develop sympathy, Ukraine will be destroyed. Russian planes drop bombs on our children and fire missiles on hospitals, schools and factories. Where they face resistance from Ukrainian fighters, they double with ferocity and raze city blocks to the ground – and the people in them.

While the West worries about violating rules of war and is careful not to escalate the conflict, Russia does not comply with such restrictions, using mass deception, false flag attacks, prohibited weapons, mercenaries and terrorists. Because Russia has failed to bomb Ukraine into submission, it is attempting ever more violent and brutal avenues of war.

A boy sleeps in the initial reception center for refugees in Medyka, southeast Poland, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, March 13, 2022.
A boy sleeps in the initial reception center for refugees in Medyka, southeast Poland, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, March 13, 2022.
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We thank you for the food, the money, the sympathy and the painted blue and yellow flags. But if you want to save us, Ukraine needs planes, anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, armed drones and other weapons of war. So I ask our friends in the West: Please give Ukraine the planes and other weapons it needs – now. Stop buying coal and oil from Russia. Don’t think about it; Don’t rate options; don’t consider Just do it. time is life I call on the European Union to make Ukraine a candidate country. An independent Ukraine belongs in the EU.

Be willing to take risks

I know that these actions involve risks. But in a deadly battle, you can’t help without taking risks. And there are even greater risks of inaction. What will happen if you allow Russia to tear up the international system, destroy a sovereign nation, commit mass murder? The attacker can only be stopped by force. We must counter Russia’s brutality with our speed, determination and determination. We can’t keep worrying about the aggressor escalating. We have to worry him that we can escalate too.

Ukraine will never be defeated. But many Ukrainians will die; their families are destroyed; Their cities will fall to rubble and ashes. These are ordinary, peace-loving people who never thought of attacking anyone, who just seek life in peace and tranquility and aspire to be a modern European country.

Ukraine-Russia War
A map of Russian attacks on Ukraine on March 15, 2022.

As Adolf Hitler’s troops concentrated on Britain in February 1941, Winston Churchill told Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” That’s what Ukrainians are asking for today: the tools to to defeat a brutal tyrant who has attacked a peace-loving, free democracy because it is a free democracy.

You have the chance to stand up to evil. To take a risk. Trust your conscience. Save the values ​​and ideals of the West. At this moment of crisis, Ukrainians do not say SOS, “save our souls”. The lives of Ukrainians are in danger, but their souls are safe. We say to you: Save your souls.

Victor Pinchuk is a Ukrainian industrialist and philanthropist. From the Wall Street Journal. Ukrainians need weapons, not sympathy, in the fight against Russia


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