NYT Board Fails to Understand the Russian War Against Ukraine. Here is Why

NYT Board Fails to Understand the Russian War Against Ukraine. Here is Why

By Bohdan Bernatskyi, Erik Kucherenko, Oleksandr Kushch, Nick Yurlov | Ukrayinska Pravda | May 24, 2022

Featured image: A map showing the regions in which Russia organized secession movements
*RSA – Regional State Administration

Three months into the largest war in Europe since 1945, The New York Times Editorial Board published its Opinion “The War in Ukraine Is Getting Complicated, and America Isn’t Ready“.

The Board argues that:

1) Without clarity on U.S. aims and strategy the White House “jeopardizes long-term peace and security on the European continent”;

2) “A decisive military victory for Ukraine over Russia, in which Ukraine regains all the territory Russia has seized since 2014, is not a realistic goal”;

3) “Ukrainian leaders will have to make the painful territorial decisions” and “it is not appeasement”.

The US has been one of the key leaders of the Western support campaign for Ukraine. Given its leading role as a cornerstone of the Euro-Atlantic Alliance, any potential US policy shift on Ukraine would greatly affect the capacity of the collective West to act, especially in view of some European states’ reluctance to sanction Russia and support Ukraine. It is for this reason that the NYT Editorial causes so much preoccupation and deserves thorough response. We hereby address the key messages of the NYT Editorial Board to dispel certain delusions about Russia and Ukraine.

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