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Helping Ukraine win against Russia is a vital interest of NATO

The West can no longer pretend that a negotiated peace in Ukraine is possible. Not after Russia killed 57 civilians with a ballistic missile at the Kramatorsk train station. Any settlement could only legitimize Russia’s control over Ukrainian land. This is not acceptable. Ukraine must be victorious, and any instrument of peace should document this fact.

In war, geography determines tactics. Fighting in urban areas brought important advantages to the Ukrainian armed forces. Small, highly mobile groups, armed with man-portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, inflicted heavy casualties on Russia. Deprived of his conquest of Kiev, Vladimir Putin seems poised to fight two battles. One is in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine; the other is attempting to establish a permanent land bridge with Crimea, thereby denying Ukraine access to the Sea of ​​Azov. The Donbass consists of the energy-rich Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Mr. Putin would like to get his hands on their natural gas and coal reserves. Both areas are predominantly Russian-speaking and contain self-proclaimed breakaway republics.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/helping-ukraine-win-is-a-vital-nato-interest-russia-putin-donbas-natural-gas-missile-attack-war-invasion-11650036249 Helping Ukraine win against Russia is a vital interest of NATO

Ethan Gach

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