This week’s editorial: Silence before the storm?

The war has gone into hibernation.

A clearer picture emerges
The Russian campaign to occupy was powerful, but disappeared and ended in a victory for the Ukrainians: militarily as well as morally.

The Western held its breath as the approached in 50-kilometer-long columns of armored vehicles. They stopped, suffered heavy losses and were eventually withdrawn, leaving mass graves behind – the result of massacres of civilians carried out by frustrated troops.

What is clear now is that Ukraine remains a free nation. But what the playoffs will look like, given Putin’s need for a victory, is still unknown.

Heavy weapons are now being delivered to the Ukrainians from the and others, and Putin will soon face critics at home over the more than 20,000 soldiers killed or wounded, on top of the humiliating loss of the missile cruiser ‘Moscow’.

Reversal of attitudes
About 4.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country, of which 25,000 have now arrived in Denmark.

Despite the general negative attitude towards foreigners for years, it is amazing to see the open arms and reception committees that have greeted the Ukrainian refugees. Authorities have been ordered to remove the bureaucracy and organize schools for the children and permits for the adults – mostly mothers.

It really is a remarkable turnaround – perhaps because the Danes are deeply ashamed of how Inger Støjberg could not wait to do another cruelty to throw at the refugees.

Now we have to wait and see if we will export the asylum seekers to Central Africa while their asylum application is being processed. Let us hope that the remarkable European solidarity shown during the war in Ukraine can spill over into the issue of migration.

With Macron still in business in France and Stoltz showing a certain character in Germany, it could turn into something: All to prevent more desperate migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in rubber boats and the thousands of people in refugee camps in .

To meet challenges together
Putin, and the waves of migrants are the challenges – and with the Russian leader’s hand over the handle ready to shut down Russia’s gas supply, it will certainly be a very interesting year.

Forgotten now is the pandemic along with the first shock that Putin could invade Ukraine.

Our world is shaken: is skyrocketing, and solutions are needed – in solidarity with our fellow Europeans. The invasion of Ukraine has shown us that no one can be sure on their own. Future support for and the EU appears to be assured.

So maybe there will be no storm at all, but only a little clean-up after the suffering.

Source: The Nordic Page

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