A victorious Russia would not only be free to continue its extermination of Ukrainian society, but its forces would be on the Polish border, and its leadership convinced that the West lacked the will or ability to defend itself.
It was my fourth visit to the country since Russia tried, but failed, to launch a full-scale invasion in February last year. The strength of my commitment to Ukraine grows with each visit.
The objective seems to be to help it survive and to stay in the fight (with perhaps 70,000 dead already), but not for it to win back its lost territories in a timely manner.
Maybe the future isn’t Leavers v Remainers, or even Conservative v Labour. Perhaps its truth v post-truth – Rowling v Dorries. I’m with Rowling. You?
Racist opposition to immigration, notably in the former East Germany, does not mean reputable opposition is impossible.
Putin has tamed his mercenaries, promoted his allies, deposed perceived weak links in the military command, and is building a praetorian guard to safeguard against future threats.
Or: Хотспур. Which, in translation, would be “Hotspur – an immersive retelling of the Percy rebellion from Henry IV, Part I.”
It may not be possible for the West to find one, but it’s in our interest to try – no less than to support war-torn, Putin-invaded Ukraine.
British support for Ukraine has so far been unwavering. But how long would it survive the return of Donald Trump?
Or does Brussels propose to put up with Orban’s provocations and allow him to assume next year the presidency of the EU?
The aim of its attacks is obvious: drive down through the middle of the territory Russia occupies, divide its forces, prevent ammunition and fuel from getting into Crimea, and push into the peninsula once its supplies start running low:
How would we have felt if our benefactors had grown tired of the burden and attempted to force us into a negotiated settlement with Hitler? Thankfully, Britain had the resolve to continue and our allies remained true.
Republican presidential hopefuls are trying to adopt firm defence and security positions without alienating the more insular Trump-influenced base.