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The tragedy of Ukraine continues with the collision of a nascent nationalism pitted against a restoring force of an old tsarist version of what Russia is. As this ensuing violence becomes entrenched, any kind of peaceful resolution becomes more difficult.

That said, the West’s use of sanctions and skilled military support to Ukraine is justified. But that support does not include Ukrainian demands for a NATO-imposed no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Ukrainian claims that this no-fly zone is justified because a Third World War has already begun must be dismissed. Extending this catastrophic war to neighboring countries would not help Ukraine, let alone have millions more refugees.

The intransigence of great powers against the aspirations of small countries is as old as history. In 1776, America’s revolutionary demand for independence from British imperialism led to several painful years of war.

Likewise, Vietnam’s assertion of independence from French colonial rule, as well as post-war American triumphalism, again resulted in many painful years of war.

The outlook for Ukraine’s predicament is bleak, especially in the face of a powerful but untrustworthy regime that has the military capacity to render Ukraine uninhabitable.

Some kind of diplomatic and military armistice, neither peace nor war, may become a necessary option until a post-Putin era struggles to muddle through.

Paul Sopuk

Saskatoon

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