The brutality of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has shocked the world. The Russian dictator is now formally accused of war crimes by the United States, and sanctions have been imposed by democratic countries across the world. In Europe, however, these sanctions have not included oil and gas – instead we have continued to send half a billion euros per day to the Kremlin in payments for Russian fossil fuels.
In his arrogance, Putin thinks we will lack the courage and strength to stand up to him. He thought the same about the Ukrainians. With their unity and bravery, they proved him wrong – and so can we.