Author: Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defence of Ukraine
Once again, the russian terrorists have committed war crimes: missile strikes against a number of peaceful Ukrainian cities. The insidious nature of those attacks is underscored by the fact that they are made either from the depth of russian federation, from the territory of Belarus or from the waters of the Caspian and Black Seas.
This is a strategic challenge for the security of the entire Europe. A swift response to this challenge should consist of two parts.
The first part is the strengthening of sanctions. It is necessary so that russia could not manufacture and maintain high-tech weapons, which currently contain many components supplied by NATO countries.
The second part is the rapid deployment of an effective air / missile defence systems in Ukraine. This is an additional 500 – 1 000 km of safety for every European city. This is a very clear and logical step, which should be envisaged in the NATO strategy.
The long-term answer is just as obvious. The demilitarization of at least the European part of the terrorist state should become a condition for dialogue on the renewal of relations between russia and the civilized world. The extent and specifics of this demilitarization are to be determined by specialists.