While Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) is talking about irritating plans to ensure the power supply of the 2-million-inhabitant metropolis of Kyiv with generators removed from railway locomotives, other Western European politicians are likely to assess the situation in Ukraine much more realistically: Without electricity and district heating, more than 30 million Ukrainians are at risk of dying from the cold, and it is already minus 6 degrees in Kyiv.
In addition, the Russian rocket and drone attacks on the critical infrastructure also severely damaged the drinking water supply as well as the communication systems and food production. The eXXpress has already reported on this dreary situation.
After Joe Biden’s suggestion that he himself – under certain conditions – would like to talk to Vladimir Putin about a ceasefire, a step towards the ceasefire is now coming from Paris: “One of the key points that we have to address, as President Putin always does said is the fear of NATO closing in on Russia’s doors and the deployment of weapons that could threaten Russia,” Emmanuel Macron said in a recent interview with TV channel TF1. And: “This topic will be part of the topics for peace. That is why we need to work out what we are prepared to do, how to protect our partners and member states, and how to give guarantees to Russia once it returns to the negotiating table.”
Macron also said that he himself would like to speak to the President of the Russian Federation “soon”: “I will be able to lead with President Putin on the issue of civilian nuclear power.” It is considered very likely that it will also be tested under what conditions Moscow would be willing to start ceasefire talks. Before that, Macron also wanted to talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about it.