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Ukraine wonders if the West will stay on track if inflation bites

Does Ukraine really matter?

That would have been an unthinkable question a few weeks ago, when the US and Europe seemed ready to give Ukraine all the help it needed to defeat Russia.

Why we wrote this

As the war in Ukraine exacerbates global inflation, Ukrainians worry about whether Western consumers are willing to pay the economic price that their country’s defenses will demand.

But as President Vladimir Putin makes a long-term commitment – ​​he recently recalled Peter the Great’s 21-year war with Sweden – he is challenging Western governments and the public to stay on track. And that won’t necessarily be easy.

Allies are already beginning to disagree about what the end goal of the war should be and what kind of heavy weapons they should deliver to Kiev. Ultimately, Washington’s voice will be the loudest, but Washington is just as susceptible as its European allies to the kind of pressure that could lead Western consumers to put their own interests ahead of Ukraine’s.

Because the war has exacerbated inflation, especially for fuel prices. Are Europeans and Americans willing to pay the economic price that Ukraine’s defenses seem to demand?

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, who grew up under the Soviet occupation, is convinced that it should. “Gas may be expensive,” she said recently, “but freedom is priceless.”

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How much is Ukraine For real matter?

Just weeks ago, the question would have seemed strange, as the United States and its European allies seemed poised to step up their efforts to help Kiev defeat or even defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion army.

But as the war takes a heavy toll on both sides – and the Western alliance faces major new tensions and tensions – the issue is growing in importance.

Why we wrote this

As the war in Ukraine exacerbates global inflation, Ukrainians worry about whether Western consumers are willing to pay the economic price that their country’s defenses will demand.

How the Allies decide it will show the strength of their perseverance and their dedication to the core principle behind their strong early response to the invasion: the need to defend a fellow democracy against an unprovoked attack by an autocratic power bent upon it. is to destroy her.

While Western governments remain determined to prevent an outright Russian victory, their arms deliveries in the coming weeks will show how ready they are to equip Ukraine for a counter-offensive. At the political level, the European Union will decide whether to accelerate Ukraine’s application for membership.

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