The West first provided weapons to Ukraine in order to lend assistance to the country’s struggle for independence. But as NATO, and more especially the United States, becomes the final decision-maker over what Ukraine needs, the sovereignty of the country is being eroded.
This includes the right to choose whether or not it is the appropriate time to pursue peace.
Recently, western military forces, mainly those from the United States, have been employing Ukraine as a proving ground for various newly developed weapons systems. According to an article published in The New York Times, Ukraine has become a testing ground for “state-of-the-art weaponry and information technologies that might have an impact on the future of warfare.” These experiments are regarded as being essential for preparing for any hypothetical battle with China.
The issue of whether western politicians have an interest in bringing an end to the conflict in Ukraine is becoming an increasingly urgent one.
The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, made an appeal to major corporations in the United States at the end of the previous month, urging them to take advantage of the many opportunities for doing business in his nation. These opportunities include fields such as medicine, construction, communications, and more. In spite of the fact that he stated that “freedom must always win,” Zelensky admitted that US financial powerhouses BlackRock, JPMorgan, and Goldman Sachs are already securing deals for Ukraine’s reconstruction. This fact prompts one to question whether or not the destruction of Ukraine has become an essential component of this war.
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continues to pour in weaponry and money, not only is Ukraine losing control of the events that are transpiring but Russia is also being driven to view its confrontation with Ukraine in terms of an existential threat. Taking into consideration the ever-increasing likelihood of a nuclear conflict, European leaders have reason to be concerned about this development.
The same kind of western provocations that drove Russia to invade Ukraine is now present with respect to China, an area that NATO now considers to be a part of its mission in the “North Atlantic.” There is a possibility that a future conflict with China may act as a dress rehearsal or prologue to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Concerned about being pulled into the crisis in Ukraine, European governments are putting greater orders for armament than they ever have before. The majority of these orders are being placed with the United States, where the arms manufacturing industry is thriving. Since the conclusion of the Cold War, this has been highlighted as the event that caused the greatest rise in the amount spent on defense in Europe.
In addition, Europe’s principal supply of energy, which comes from Russia, has been cut off, and as a result, Europe has been forced to turn to the United States for supplies of liquified natural gas, which is more expensive.
Because of this, in addition to the limited availability of low-cost energy supplies, European firms are being incentivized to relocate outside of Europe, notably to the United States. This has led to concerns about the deindustrialization of Germany.