This week’s editorial: Put in a corner

Mr. Putin is painting himself into a corner. After 28 days of warfare, he has gained little ground, but awakened a goat hamster nest in most of the .

Seems already doomed
Millions of children and their mothers have sought safety while the men have stayed home to defend their country.

With the sympathy of the Western world on their side – military hardware continues to pile up – the Ukrainians are holding their ground. Russian losses are growing in the meantime.

Putin thought it would be a blitzkrieg. But instead, he has lost hearts and minds before he has won them. It is about to dawn on him that he can not win against a people at war with unlimited space at their disposal.

The yellow cornfields under the blue sky depicted ’s national flag remain a realistic optimistic picture of their future.

Refugees: from enemies to friends
The Danish political focus has changed 180 degrees. All parties are adamant about becoming refugee-friendly and accepting tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees – primarily mothers and children – and giving them hitherto uniquely favorable treatment. It is certainly not the treatment of the Afghan evacuees and the Syrian-Danish children who are left in the Middle East!

The Danish public has become more – and EU-friendly than ever before. Even the Unity List, despite the old Communists claiming that they are still against NATO, does not want to leave right now.

The has received the necessary support to increase the defense budget to 2 percent of GDP – welcome news, as the latest aid to the Ukrainians was difficult to find under the current conditions.

Funny to think that got his will in the end, even though the increase came two years after he demanded more defense spending. What he thinks about sending weapons to the Ukrainians is everyone’s guess.

And that may not be the end of the cost. A referendum in June could do away with the Danish reservation, which has kept the EU’s defense spending so low. Most polls, however, show that it will fail.

Still the key to peace
The repercussions of the sanctions against are that European such as Denmark must stop their dependence on Russian gas and switch to renewable much faster than was thought possible. So Putin is actually doing the climate a huge favor!

What will become of Russia after the Ukrainian war is still unknown. Since 1991, we have learned to love the Russians. We have traveled there and we admire Russian culture and it will not change from one day to the next.

But we have learned that Russia still has an autocratic soul and that the people love Putin – or at least the majority. Big lies are hard to contain, and Russian young people are fleeing the country – partly because they are ashamed, and partly because they do not want to be called up for military service.

All of this puts Putin in a corner, and we simply do not know how he will react.

It is up to the Ukrainian president to come up with a solution as he is currently sitting with the winning hand. Let’s hope he does not overdo it.

The same goes for NATO and the EU. There will be no peace without Russia and at the table, and it cannot be achieved without Putin fully involved.

Source: The Nordic Page

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