The entirety of the European Union Parliament stood in unison, united behind Ukraine, applauding the resolute address that Ukrainian President Zelensky had just completed. Their support was unquestioned. Whether they are prepared to fight for Ukraine and prevent senseless death and war crimes is another matter.
Video of Zelensky’s speech to the EU Parliament:
Zelensky updated the EU representatives on the latest Russian atrocities inflicted upon civilians. He accused Russia of engaging in “frank, undisguised terror.” How else would one describe a missile attack on a public square in Ukraine’s second-largest city that killed at least seven people, injured dozens, and damaged an administration building?
Zelensky stated the obvious; “They are using terror to try to break us.” So far, on day six of the Russian invasion, such attacks have only stiffened the resolve of the Ukrainian people. See below and imagine it happening in your city, Then imagine the bravery it takes to face this enemy head-on, outmanned and outgunned.
⚡️⚡️ Russian missile attack against the Kharkiv regional administration. Awful. This morning pic.twitter.com/hUmRN1JZsQ
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) March 1, 2022
The sanctions imposed upon Russia are crippling the country already, but sanctions don’t prevent missile attacks like the one above, at least not in the short term. So the EU Parliament stood and applauded his bravery. No one wants a world war to break out from this invasion. But one wonders whether there will come a point where the Europeans and possibly Americans stand behind Zelensky to prevent further war crimes, rather than just stand and applaud bravery.
It is not an easy call. The sanctions seem to be working, but how long would it take to force Putin to withdraw and prevent more innocent death and destruction as seen above?
At this time, there are no good answers.
Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a dual Canadian-American citizen, which he grows increasingly thankful for every day. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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