“Europe Must Play Its Key Role in Starving the Russian War Machine”, Kateryna Markevych (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

On February 24, Russia unleashed the war aimed at the total annihilation of the Ukrainians. Every passing day brings artillery attacks, aerial bombings, and blockades of Ukrainian cities. The world continues to receive shocking news of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers against civilians. Hundreds were tortured and killed by gunshots to the head in Bucha and Irpin. Thousands died under rubble and from shrapnel wounds in Irpin, Borodyanka, Kharkiv, Izum, Chernihiv, Sumy, and dozens of small towns around Ukraine. Many cases of rape of women and children both girls and boys are recorded by the International Criminal Court prosecutor.

The civilized world including the EU condemned Russia`s aggressive actions. However, paradoxically, European countries continue to support the aggressor financially by buying Russian energy resources. According to the IEA, Russia’s revenue from energy resource exports based on present market prices is more than $1.1 billion a day. This can buy around 160 Kalibr cruise missiles or 95 Su-25 fighter-bombers both used to level Ukrainian cities with the ground.

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