TOKYO (THE JAPAN NEWS/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The atrocities committed by the Russian military in Ukraine have been exposed one after another. The situation has become more serious.
The United States, Europe and Japan must unite and increase the pressure on Russia to make its invasion a failure. Following the withdrawal of Russian troops from the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, many residents are reported missing in areas such as Bucha and Hostomel.
It is strongly suspected that the Russian soldiers who occupied these areas systematically committed acts such as murder, kidnapping, torture and assault on women. Russia’s new state-run agency has published a commentary calling for the complete elimination of Ukrainians who resist Russia. The actions of the Russian military are not only war crimes, but may amount to “genocide”, the mass extermination of a particular group.
The fact that the invasion did not go as planned by Moscow due to the resistance of the Ukrainian army would be the origin of the barbaric acts of the Russian army. Russia has abandoned kyiv for the time being and is preparing to launch an offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine. There is no indication that Russia plans to abandon its tactics of intimidating residents and forcing them to surrender.
Russian President Vladimir Putin bears full responsibility. Accurate information about the war situation and sound advice from close associates may not reach Putin because Russia is a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. It can be said that Putin has put himself in a situation where it is difficult to make normal analyzes and judgments.
As the situation is set to drag on, the international community must do everything possible until Putin admits his mistake and withdraws the Russian military completely.
The United States announced additional sanctions against Russia’s largest bank, freezing its assets in the United States and barring it from doing business with companies and individuals. Britain has launched a ban on Russian coal and natural gas imports, while the European Union is also coordinating a coal embargo between member countries.
The sanctions aim to make it difficult for Moscow to earn foreign currency, manufacture and procure weapons, thereby weakening Russia’s ability to wage war. Countries that impose sanctions cannot avoid the pain of rising resource prices, among other things.
However, the sanctions must be treated from the perspective that “Russia is at war with the international community”. It is also important to extend military assistance to Ukraine. The outcome of the ceasefire talks is directly related to the war situation. If Ukraine can continue to repel Russian forces, it will strengthen its position in the negotiations and the possibility of extracting concessions from Russia will emerge.
In Belgium, members of the Group of Seven advanced nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held a series of meetings of foreign ministers. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi attended the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for the first time as a partner country.
NATO, a North American and European alliance, is increasingly aware of the threat posed by China. Japan must take advantage of its cooperative relationship with NATO for the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.
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