Ukraine War, July 15, 2022: Will NATO countries back Ukraine in a protracted war?

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1) Steven Erlanger, “Gaps in Arms Supplies to Ukraine Point to Countries’ Divergent Strategies; Beyond logistical issues, the uneven flow of arms to Ukraine hints at differences among allies about whether Russia should be punished or eventually accommodated,” New York Times, July 15, 2022 (12:01 a.m. ET);

2) Stefanie Bolzen, “Die Schlacht um Cherson wird die Schlacht um die Ukraine sein, und um Europa,” Die Welt, den 15. Juli 2022 (12:42 Uhr):


Stephanie, Bolzen, “The battle for Kherson will be the battle for Ukraine, and for Europe,” (Google translation) Die Welt, July 15, 2022;


Steven Erlanger provides a magisterial overview of the weapons promised to Ukraine and their actual delivery, and what the degree and pace of the arms deliveries have to say about the differing war aims of different donor countries.

Behind the scenes, leaders and government officials are quietly discussing potential terms of settlement that in their view might bring the war to an end or at leaset to a ceasefire.

One has the impression that some countries like Germany, France, and Italy just want the war to end so they can get back to the way things were before the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.

One doesn’t see in reports of these discussions or thinking behind the scenes any indication that officials who want to negotiate an end to the war soon have given any sustained thought to the feasibility or consequences of any such negotiated settlement.

They only discuss such “solutions” to the problem of ongoing Russian aggression and war crimes in broad theoretical terms, which seem to be pretty far divorced from reality. There is little evidence of the leaders and officials having grappled in detail with the terms of what might be both feasible, and desirable in view of its consequences.

Above all, very little serious thought seems to have been given to the consequences of appeasement or a Russian victory in Ukraine.

In a word, those who are talking now about a negotiated settlement and end to the war don’t seem to be serious, or to have seriously confronted the harsh realities and implications of Russia’s frontal assault on the U.N. Charter and the international legal order.

What they need to do, instead of naively talking about a potential negotiated settlement of the war, is to conduct very serious and in-depth studies of the likely consequences of a Russian victory in Ukraine, or of appeasement of Vladimir Putin by accepting a peace settlement on his terms.

The Trenchant Observer


See also,

Only force can stop Putin

“Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2022.


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