The crisis between Ukraine and Russia might go for years, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned, calling it a “grave humiliation that a European nation needs air-raid alerts almost 80 years after WWII.”
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, 66, made the remarks this week while visiting Kyiv and was compelled to seek refuge in a bomb bunker due to concerns about a Russian missile attack.
The holy man is visiting the war-torn nation of Ukraine and holding meetings with displaced people, refugees, and religious leaders while urging Britons to give what they can this winter.
As with the Israel-Palestine issue, he told the Times that he thinks it is a “very fair concern” that the war might go for years. He also said that the West “needs to know they will have to demonstrate long-term endurance” and provide “very long-term assistance.”
This morning, he remarked in an interview with Radio 4’s Today show that Ukraine should not be forced into signing a peace agreement with the ‘evil’ Russian ruler Vladimir Putin.
When asked whether he meant that war is sometimes the best course of action, he said, “Peace is always better than war.” The Archbishop of York and I first referred to it as an awful invasion, but there are occasions when justice requires that it be stopped. And don’t feel bad for stating it.
“Ukraine is the sufferer in this circumstance; we cannot go back to a 1938 Czechoslovakia, a country whose people we know nothing about.” Real resilience is required.
According to Rev. Welby, the West has not “taken on board” the possibility that the crisis in Ukraine might go “for a very long time.”
‘I don’t believe that the West in general has taken on and has been led to take on that this may go on for a very long period,’ he said on BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
We hope and pray it doesn’t, but that’s not within our power. We don’t want it to. And it’s crucial that this takeover fails for this reason. It’s really complicated, far too complicated to explain everything in a quick interview, but it must fail.
“The West needs, the people of the West need to realize that the cost of this war, in inflation, in all sorts of difficulties—and there is much suffering in our own country, in the UK—the consequences of this are not short term, we need to be very stern about this.”
In addition, he was questioned on whether it was ethically acceptable to execute Russian conscripts who had been compelled to fight.
It’s never a good idea to murder someone, he said, but self-defense has been a recognized state right since the time of St. Augustine and is ethically acceptable in all of the world’s main religions.
“Now, the sadness of losing a young life is the price of self defense, but the blame for it must lie with the people who launched the conflict, not with Ukraine,” the speaker said.
He said that everyone he has seen, including religious authorities of all religions, has shown a “overwhelming feeling of commitment” to prevent Russia from annexing Ukraine.
It comes after US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he was willing to meet with Putin but included a number of restrictions.
According to Biden, the summit must include NATO allies, and Putin must be prepared to discuss how to put a stop to his invasion of Ukraine.
At a press conference held at the White House with French Trump Emmanuel Macron, the president stated he would tread cautiously when questioned about meeting the Russian leader.
I don’t currently have any plans to speak with Mr. Putin. Mr. Putin paused before continuing, saying, “I’m going to select my words very carefully.”
Biden stated, “I’m ready to find out what he’s willing to do, if he’s willing to speak.
If, in fact, Mr. Putin decides he wants to find a solution to stop the conflict, I’m willing to meet with him about it. He still hasn’t done it. If that’s the case, I’d be pleased to get down with Putin and discuss his intentions with my NATO allies. He said, “He hasn’t done it yet.”
According to Biden, Putin’s withdrawal of his soldiers is the only option to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
The president said, “The notion that Putin is ever going to beat Ukraine is beyond understanding.”
Both Biden and Macron reiterated their fervent support for Ukraine during their official visit on Thursday.
The two leaders vowed to hold Russia accountable for “widely documented atrocities and war crimes, perpetrated both by its regular armed forces and by its proxies” in Ukraine in a joint statement released after their Oval Office discussions.
In the meanwhile, Ukraine has branded previous assaults that have left it without electricity as “genocide,” according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, who also said that Russia is preparing more missile strikes on his nation’s energy infrastructure.
Andriy Kostin, the nation’s top attorney, made the remark yesterday as Mr. Zelensky described how six million households had experienced power outages as a result of a volley of Kremlin missile attacks.
Mr. Kostin said that assaults on the electrical infrastructure were directed at “the whole Ukrainian country,” while families in Ukraine are facing a dismal winter without light and heat amid record-low temperatures.
Since Vladimir Putin’s invasion began in February, the prosecutor-general informed the BBC that his office is looking into accusations of more than 49,000 war crimes and crimes of aggression.
According to Ukrenergo, the government-run power grid operator, Ukraine barely has enough energy to meet 80% of its electrical demands.
As utility technicians fought to restore electricity, water, and heating, Russian soldiers shelled numerous important locations in the eastern and southern regions. Residents of Kherson, which had just been freed, were still leaving throughout the weekend despite further bombardment.
Since Russian soldiers departed the city in the south earlier this month, police reported 32 civilian deaths as a result of attacks. According to governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, five people were killed by shelling in the eastern Donetsk area throughout the course of the previous day.
Oleh Syniehubov, the governor of Kharkiv, reported one fatality and three injuries in the northeastern area.
As the UK sent more specialized missiles to Ukraine, deaths occurred. The Ministry of Defense stated that an undefined quantity of its Brimstone II precision-guided missiles had been transferred to Kyiv to be used by that nation’s military to take out tanks and armored vehicles.
The relief shipment was loaded into a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III military aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, as shown in a video published by the MoD yesterday.
The biggest power plant of its sort in Europe, Zaporizhzhia, seems to be under Russian control, according to the director of Ukraine’s nuclear energy organization Energoatom.
Being one of their main front lines and having been captured by Russian troops in the initial days of the invasion, the location in the southeast is notable. However, frequent bombardment of the facility and its surroundings has raised concerns of a nuclear catastrophe.
Petro Kotin, the CEO of Energoatom, stated in a television interview yesterday: “We are receiving indications that they may be getting ready to depart.
There are several stories in Russian media that suggest it may be worthwhile to evacuate and perhaps surrender authority to the UN.
One gets the feeling that they are leaving and robbing everything they can.
While workers were reportedly near to finishing the restoration of heat, water, and electricity, some blackouts had to be implemented, according to municipal officials. Waves of Russian air attacks disrupted millions of people in and around Kyiv.
“We know the terrorists are preparing additional attacks.” In his nightly video message, Mr. Zelensky said, “We know this for a fact. ‘And they sadly won’t settle down as long as they have missiles,’ the statement said.
According to Zelensky, the next week may be just as challenging as the week before, when assaults on the nation’s energy infrastructure caused the most severe power outages for Ukrainians since Russian soldiers invaded the country in February.
“Our defense troops are preparing.” The whole nation is preparing, he added. “We have discussed every situation, even those with our partners.”
To Mr. Zelensky’s allegations, Moscow had no immediate comment.
Moscow has claimed that since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 that it does not target civilians. On Thursday, the Kremlin said that Kyiv could “stop the misery” of its people by acceding to Russia’s demands.
In September, Russia seized large portions of Ukraine’s east and south, and President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow’s territorial claims are unassailable. Following the annexation, Mr. Zelensky said that he would not engage in negotiations with Moscow and stated that the territorial integrity of Ukraine could not be discussed.
There were no deadly assaults on Kyiv or any other large cities on Sunday, which was mostly quiet. According to the central army command of Ukraine, Russian soldiers shot several times at civilian targets in the Dnipropetrovsk area and conducted four missile assaults.
In his evening speech, Mr. Zelensky said that the situation along the front lines in several regions of Ukraine remained critical.
As in previous weeks, the Donetsk area presents the greatest challenge, he added.
Russian forces reportedly bombarded 12 villages in Donetsk, including the key objectives of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, according to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
As employees scramble to rebuild damaged power plants, the cold weather is progressively increasing energy requirements, according to grid operator Ukrenergo.
Following Russia’s missile assaults on Wednesday, electricity producers are still unable to restore a complete power supply and are forced to impose blackouts in order to save energy.
According to Ukrenergo on Telegram, “the consumption limitation regime is still in effect owing to a capacity deficiency, which now stands at roughly 20%.”
The top executive of Ukrenergo last week referred the damage to power-generating facilities as “colossal.”
In recent weeks, Moscow has targeted critical infrastructure with waves of airstrikes that have killed people and caused extensive power outages.
Since the fighting began nine months ago, new attacks on last Wednesday have resulted in the biggest destruction, leaving millions of people without heat, light, or access to water as the temperature dropped below freezing.
The issue was “under control,” according to Mr. Zelensky, who said that utility and emergency personnel were working around-the-clock to deliver electricity. However, the majority of the areas were subject to planned blackouts to assist with system restoration.
Regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said that 17% of customers in Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine that Russian soldiers withdrew from last month, now received electricity. In the ensuing days, more districts would be joined.
Utility authorities and Zelenskiy have continuously urged users to save energy.
Kyiv’s electricity supplier, YASNO, chief operating officer Sergey Kovalenko, said on Saturday night that while things have gotten better, they are still “very bad.”
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, came under fire from Zelenskiy for not doing enough to assist the city’s struggling citizens.
Former professional boxer Klitschko responded to Zelenskiy, saying the criticism was inappropriate given Russia’s military campaign.
That makes no sense, said Klitschko.