Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 349

Why the world must stand up to Putin

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 marzo 2022

In the hectic days since Vladimir Putin marched into Ukraine we have been assessing his rapidly unfolding campaign—a tale of Ukrainian courage, Russian military setbacks, Western sanctions and political repression in Moscow. Stay up to date with all of our coverage of the war here. For the weekly edition, we have brought all our reporting and analysis together. That starts with the heroism and resilience of the Ukrainian people. In the first days of war, Russia’s armoured might shrivelled before the courage of the nation it had attacked. In the face of Mr Putin’s aggression, Ukrainians have dis­covered they are ready to die for the idea that they should choose their own destiny. To a cynical dictator that must be incomprehensible. To the rest of humanity it is an inspiration.If only this week’s bravery were enough to bring the fighting to an end. Alas, Russia’s president will not withdraw so easily. From the start, Mr Putin has made clear that this is a war of es­calation—a hygienic term for a dirty and potentially catastrophic reality. At its most brutal, escalation means that, whatever the world does, Mr Putin threatens to be more violent and more destructive even, he growls, if that means resorting to a nuclear weapon. And so he insists that the world back off while he sharpens his knife and sets about his slaughter.Such a retreat must not happen. Not only because to abandon Ukraine to its fate would be wrong, but also because Mr Putin will not stop there. Escalation is a narcotic. If Mr Putin prevails today, his next fix will be in Georgia, Moldova or the Baltic states. He will not stop until he is stopped. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist


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