by David Blair
It may sound odd to Western Europeans, complacent in freedom and prosperity, but a blue flag with golden stars flew over the barricades of Kiev during Ukraine’s revolution.
When rooftop snipers fired into the crowds on Feb 20, 2014, murdering scores of demonstrators with clinical shots to the head, the victims died under the flag of the European Union.
Ukraine is fated by geography to understand better than anywhere else the alternative to the liberal order represented by the EU. To the east, Ukrainians see Vladimir Putin’s expansionist kleptocracy, now the invader and occupier of swathes of their country. To the west, for all its faults, they see peace and democracy.
This is such an excellent article. The Ukrainians understand better than any of us in western Europe that the European Union represents freedom, prosperity and peace.