U.S. struggles to preserve allied unity as Ukraine fight drags on
Added 06-15-22 05:35:02pm EST - “Cracks are deepening across Europe over how to handle the Russia-Ukraine endgame, according to new data released Wednesday, as a growing number of Europeans favor immediate peace over the continuation of a hard-line anti-Russia stance…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Poll suggests West is weary of war amid high food, fuel prices; plurality of Europeans want peace now even if it means Ukrainian concessions to Moscow
Cracks are deepening across Europe over how to handle the Russia-Ukraine endgame, according to new data released Wednesday, as a growing number of Europeans favor immediate peace over the continuation of a hard-line anti-Russia stance that’s defined Western policy since the start of the war nearly four months ago.
Former NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Wednesday that Europe has hit a “fork in the road” with respect to the war in Ukraine, acknowledging the rifts that have emerged throughout the continent as the war drags on, casualties mount, and food and fuel prices skyrocket around the world. Other former NATO officials spoke out Wednesday and warned some European leaders — presumably those in Italy and Hungary, who have become the loudest voices calling for an immediate ceasefire — against pushing Ukraine “into a bad peace” and offering any concessions to the aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But even as NATO defense officials gathered in Brussels Wednesday to map out the next round of assistance to the Ukrainian military and as President Biden announced a new $1 billion U.S. military aid package, it became increasingly clear that the European public is rapidly growing weary of war and wants its leaders to push for peace.
Ukrainian officials, led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, have said they are fighting to oust Russia from every inch of Ukrainian territory, including the Crimean peninsula annexed by Mr. Putin eight years ago, a goal spurred by early victories by Kyiv in the fighting. U.S. and NATO officials have repeatedly said they would back any peace deal that is acceptable to the Zelenskyy government.
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