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Is Boris Johnson’s Churchill Pose in Ukraine All About Northern Ireland?

By Martin Ivens

14 May 2022 · 4 min read

With every atrocity committed by his army, Russian President Vladimir Putin helps shore up a united western front against his invasion of Ukraine. CCTV footage of Russian soldiers shooting civilians outside Kyiv, broadcast by the BBC on Thursday, and the video evidence of the massacre at Bucha seen in April have helped turn even the most pacifist European democracies against Moscow.

The Ukrainian army has also performed miracles in defense of its cities and homeland. But what happens if Ukraine’s counter-offensive this summer fails to dislodge the Russians and a long, bloody stalemate ensues? Can Western unity hold when the story turns from brave resistance to an extended and uncertain slog?

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