Ukraine War, December 11, 2022: Military views on military situation; text of Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech by Oleksandra Matviichuk (with video)

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To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, and you will see a list in chronological order.

To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.

Dispatches

1) Daniel Michaels, “Ukraine Can Win the War. But the Cost May Be Too High for the West; Western military officials offer sobering assessment of what would be needed; The goal of expelling Russia is thought to require an assault beyond the current capacity of Ukraine’s forces,” Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2022 (5:30 am ET);

2) “Discours de la Prix Nobel de la paix : ‘La guerre en Ukraine n’est pas une guerre entre deux Etats, mais entre deux systèmes : l’autoritarisme et la démocratie’; « Le Monde » publie l’intégralité du discours prononcé, samedi 10 décembre à Oslo, par Oleksandra Matviichuk, présidente du Centre pour les libertés civiles, ONG ukrainienne, lors de la remise du prix Nobel de la paix, également attribué au militant biélorusse Ales Bialiatski et à l’ONG russe Memorial,” Le Monde, le 10 décembre 2022 (14h14, mis à jour le 11 décembre 2022 à 05h37);

3) Oleksandra Matviichuk, “Nobel Lecture given by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2022 Center for Civil Liberties, delivered by Oleksandra Matviichuk, Oslo, 10 December 2022, December 10, 2022 (text in English, Nowegian, Ukrainian, and Russia, with video).

Analysis

A few thoughts:

Territorial integrity is indivisible. It is integral, an indivisible whole.

We are paying the price now for not grasping and defending that prinviple when Russis sent troops into Georgia in 2008.

Freedom is indivisible.

The U.N. Security Council must be abolished, somehow.

The U.S. and China must come to this view.

We have to figure out a way to get around Russia. Maybe Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN has a good idea. We need to reexamine Russia’s claim to the Permanent Seat on the Security Council with veto.

The Trenchant Observer

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