Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.09.2018
Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2014. A foreign army from Muscovy attacked the largest country by area that lies wholly within Europe: Ukraine. Putin’s War has been raging in the heart of Europe ever since. The war started by the Muscovites shattered the peace of Europe, as did the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in September 1939. But unlike the Second World War when Britain and France joined common cause with Poland against the aggressor, in Putin’s War no European state other than Ukraine fights the invader. Russia is at war with Europe, and only Ukraine defends civilization.
On September 12, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered a “State of the Union 2018” address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In this speech containing over five thousand words, Juncker never once mentioned “Russia” or “Ukraine” or “invasion” or “occupation.” He mentioned “conflict” once, but only in the context of Syria – outside of Europe. He mentioned “war,” but only in the context of the First and Second World Wars – the past of Europe. Jean-Claude Juncker completely ignored Putin’s War.
Jean-Claude Juncker seems to inhabit an alternate reality where war is a terrible lesson from the past of Europe and a risk in the future of Europe. He ignores that war is present in Europe, in time and in space. It is being waged by Russia in Ukraine. Juncker said in his State of the Union 2018 speech: “Living up to Europe's rallying cry – never again war – is our eternal duty, our perpetual responsibility. We must all remain vigilant.” He has utterly failed in is duty and responsibility. Junker has not only failed to remain vigilant, but he is deliberately blind.
Europe has not enjoyed 70 years of peace because of the European Union – which is the common phrase that Juncker and other Russia-appeasing European politicians use. Europe enjoyed about 66 years of peace, until Muscovy invaded Ukraine and the European Union did nothing to stop it.
Juncker not only ignores that Russia is at war with Europe, but he seeks further appeasement while Ukraine’s sons and daughters are fighting and dying in the trenches of Donbas. “I want us to do more to bring together the East and West of Europe. It is time we put an end to the sorry spectacle of a divided Europe. Our continent and those who brought an end to the Cold War deserve better,” said the President of the European Commission. This is the closest Juncker came to acknowledging Putin’s War, but he did so in the vaguest possible terms. The real division in Europe is between the nations – led by Ukraine – which fight and resist foreign Muscovy aggression, and the Moscow-appeasement faction in the European Union – led by Jean-Claude Juncker.
On September 12, while Jean-Claude Juncker was giving his State of the Union 2018 speech, Russia was attacking Ukraine. The invaders of Europe in Donbas bombarded positions of the Ukrainian army near the settlements of Krymske in Luhansk region on the Siverskyi Donets River, and near Hnutove and Vodyane in Donetsk region close to the coast of the Sea of Azov. Against Europe’s defenders, Putin’s invaders used grenade launchers of various systems, large-calibre machine guns and small arms.
War is raging in the heart of Europe. It was started, unprovoked, by Putin’s Russia. The immediate war aim of the Muscovites is to annihilate the Ukrainian nation. The further war aim of the enemy is to destroy the European Union.
That is the real State of the Union 2018. Putin’s War is the reality that Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, carefully and deliberately ignores.
Russia is at war with Europe. Europe is leaderless.