Ukraine, more weapons against Russia: the interests of Europe and the United States

They believe that the war can end only by eliminating Moscow’s military advantage

The disparity of resources is one of the premises of theRussia’s invasion of Ukraine. In Putin’s plans, and in the assessments of many analysts before February 24, 2022, Moscow’s war capacity vastly superior to that of Kiev should have ensured rapid success. According to the oldest law of war, the biggest and strongest should have won. However, the Western reaction, with the support assured by the United States and Europe to Volodymyr Zelensky’s resistance, compensated for the imbalance of forces in the field.

The constant flow of weapons in eleven months has allowed Ukraine to counter the Russian war power. According to another law, that of an international community that considers the defense of a free State to be attacked as a priority, to defend democracy and freedom.

Much has been said, read and written about this contrast between Russia’s military ambitions and the defense of the basic principles of international law. With a range of positions, and arguments, which in all countries, and also in Italy, has created different interpretations and narratives in the political forces and also in public opinion with respect to the interests at stake. However, there is a factual fact. Almost a year into the war, Russia continues to arm itself with its own resources, and partly with the unspoken and unofficial contribution of Chinese and North Korean resources, and Ukraine continues to arm itself with the resources of the Western Front ranging from the United States to Europe.

Right or wrong? How far should and can we go? The simplification that draws a line to separate those who support war from those who promote peace is obviously a trivialization. The analysis of opposing interests is instead a key to understanding that can allow us to reduce the level of exploitation. And when it comes to evaluating partisan interests, several factors come into play.

The most evident, what in these hours has returned to center stage with the decision to send tanks, the already famous Leopard and Abrams, is that the outcome of the war between Russia and Ukraine passes through the balance, or the imbalance of forces in the field and, therefore, through the financing of arms. With the conditional that, given the decision taken, the Western states have reiterated that it is in their interest that, despite the price to pay, the war does not end with the disappearance of Ukraine and full victory for Russia. (Of Fabio Insenga)