Ukraine must remain master of its destiny – Liberation

War between Ukraine and Russiadossier
While the region coveted by Russia is taken in a pincer movement by the troops of Vladimir Putin, raising fears of a tilting of the Donbass, Kyiv awaits “active” military support from France.

“60-year-old desperately looking for a victory photo for his May 9 party.” For more than two weeks now, Vladimir Putin’s army has been trying, on a 400 kilometer long front, to take the territory of Donbass in a pincer movement. Part of it is already controlled by the Russian-speaking separatists, and the Kremlin would like to fly the Russian flag over what remains, so as to be able to present a semblance of victory to its people. Our special envoy was able to witness the ferocity of the fighting and the tenacity of the Ukrainian defenders, well aware that from minute to minute, from bombardment to bombardment and from death to death, their defeat seems inevitable.

“The hardest”explained to us the volunteer who searches for the remains of Ukrainian soldiers who fell in Barvinkova in the fighting on the northern front, “It’s not to pick them up in the field, it’s to bring them back to their families”. This simple and tragic truth should remind us that only Ukraine is the master of its destiny, and only the Ukrainians will have to decide whether to hand over their arms to Donbass or if they continue to resist.

Too many Western officials seem to suggest that President Volodymyr Zelensky would do well to cede Donbass to spare Putin frustration that would drive him into unpredictable actions. On the contrary, it is this kind of fearful pressure that could push Putin to continue his work of death. Talking this weekend on the phone with his Ukrainian counterpart, Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his will “to work actively during his second term to restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. As the verb chosen by the president is synonymous with action, the addition of the adverb “actively” can only double the expectations of the Ukrainian people, disappointed for the moment with France’s very cautious military commitment. May 9 may be a deadline for many.

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