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Ukraine risks becoming ‘a failed state’

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Ukraine risks becoming a “failed state”
The backlash to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made it look as if Vladimir Putin had “massively miscalculated”, says Andrew Sullivan in The Weekly Dish. But after several months, the “grimly relentless logic” of war seems tilted in Russia’s favour. After a “humiliating start”, its military is now on the safer ground of artillery-led attrition warfare. It has conquered more than a fifth of Ukraine, including critical industrial and agricultural regions, and begun to “Russify” the territory it controls. Kyiv’s economy is in freefall and casualties are mounting among its courageous young men and women. If it can’t launch a successful counter-offensive this summer, “Ukraine risks becoming a failed state”: impoverished and permanently divided.
Soaring oil and gas prices give Moscow not just the means to keep financing the war, but substantial leverage over Kyiv’s European allies. Across the West, inflation is surging while living standards are plummeting, which doesn’t exactly endear citizens “to make real and profound sacrifices for a foreign country”. Ukraine’s biggest booster, Boris Johnson, is on the way out, as is Italy’s Mario Draghi; Germany faces a choice this winter between heating its homes or running its factories. This invasion “has wrecked Russia’s future economic prospects”. But in the short term, conditions are ripe for “some kind of settlement” that Putin can call victory.
sarabee1995 · 26-30, F
If left to itself, undoubtedly Ukraine would end up a failed state. After all, let's not forget she was invaded by the world's second greatest (!!) superpower, The Russian Empire ... oops, I mean the Russian Federation. And the great Red Army cut through Ukraine's farmers like a knife through butter, right?

But wait ... what's that??? Another Ukrainian farmer towing another Russian tank?

There will be a failed state when this war is over. That much is certain. There will be a country left with only shadows of its former glory. There will be a country with thousands of its young fleeing and heading west.

And there will be a country with its women and children returning east to their hero husbands and fathers. There will be a country rebuilding itself with seized assets of the aggressor. There will be a country re-shaping itself into a free and independent society with Euro-centric values.

I leave it to you to figure out which country is which.
mcane · 22-25, F
@sarabee1995 Slava Ukraini.

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