Supporting Ukraine comes with different price tags

The JC Leader, 24 February 2023

February 23, 2023 10:58

Jews around the world feel a sense of pride in President Zelensky, as heroic a leader as there has been in recent years.

And his heroism is in many ways simply the personification of his country’s. When Russia invaded Ukraine a year ago today, many analysts predicted that the relatively small and ill-equipped Ukrainian forces would crumble in the face of the mighty Russians. They reckoned without the spirit and tactical nous of the Ukrainians, the leadership of Volodymyr Zelensky, the skill of the Ukrainian army, the tenaciousness of the Ukrainian people and — crucially — the support of the West.

With many of us having roots in Ukraine, what is happening there has a special resonance. But there is something deeper still: we see in the Ukrainian resistance to Russia a parallel with Israel’s resistance to those who have sought to destroy it since its creation in 1948.

Israel’s position is complicated. It is loath to antagonise Russia, given the security needs in the skies over Syria. But more than any nation on earth, Israel also understands the importance of defeating those who use armed force to destroy the rule of law.

The West overall has been heartening in its support for Ukraine. But with the war now entering a crucial phase, which is likely to determine the ultimate outcome, that support needs to be stepped up a level, with far more equipment and aid from all those who support freedom.

It is vital that the free world pulls together to defend Ukraine. But we need to understand that for some countries, the price is higher than for others.

February 23, 2023 10:58

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