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Who said that Russia is only Ukraine's problem?

3 May, 2024 Friday
12:19

When I hear: "Why should Europe help us," I want to ask the following question

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I think everyone knows perfectly well how the USSR and Germany divided Poland in half under the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Then why does no one remember the Saar Offensive?

If you haven't heard, I'll tell you about it. In 1920, Poland and France signed a mutual defense treaty, and in the 1930s a plan was developed according to which the French were to attack from the west if Germany attacked Poland.

And when Germany attacked Poland, the French and the British concentrated 110 divisions on the western border. Only instead of attacking, this army simply stopped!

The official story says that they were afraid of the German reaction, although later it became known that all German forces were sent to the east, and the western front was completely unprotected.

And they waited until the Germans returned after the successful completion of the invasion of Poland and were able to repel the indecisive allied offensive!

Later, at the Nuremberg trials, military commander Alfred Jodl said: in 1938, we did not lose only because 110 divisions did not attack 23 German divisions. And General Siegfried Westphal said that if the French had attacked, the German army would have been able to hold out for no more than a week.

Or can you also recall an earlier episode with the Munich Conference? When, after Germany seized the Sudetenland region from Czechoslovakia, the leaders of France and Britain gathered to ratify this seizure and forced Czechoslovakia to recognize Germany's territorial claims. They naively thought that Hitler would stop after that.

If we draw parallels with the present, then who said that Russia is a problem for Ukraine alone? Are you really so naive to think that if Russia invades Ukraine, it will stop there? What will stop it from invading Kazakhstan, Georgia, or Armenia? Or maybe it will want to take back the Baltic states? And then return the countries of the former Warsaw Pact under its control? The Poles and the Baltics are very serious about this. What will stop it? And do you realize that by expanding its territories, Russia will become more powerful? And then it will be much harder to fight it than it is now? Not for us (Ukrainians -ed.), but for Europeans. And this must be constantly explained to Western leaders.

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About the author: Pavlo Vernivskyi, economist, expert at the Oleksandr Pol Institute

The editors do not always share the opinions expressed by the authors of the blogs.

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