In an op-ed for the Nov. 17 edition of the Politika daily, a group of foreign ambassadors to Serbia called on Moscow to “immediately change its course” so that the suffering and destruction in Ukraine, and Russia too, would be alleviated.
“Anyone concerned with the future of not only the people of Ukraine but of Russia as well must make the unambiguous statement that the best way to reduce the destruction and suffering is for the Kremlin to immediately change its course,” said ambassadors Giles Normand, Rafal Perl and Sian MacLeod, of Canada, Poland and the United Kingdom respectively.
According to their op-ed, Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded “to [his] military failures, the international censure and the dissatisfaction at home, [by] dragging [his] country further into the mud of conflict and launching even harsher violence against the people of Ukraine, while simultaneously wasting Russian lives.”
“This mindless death, destruction and devastation will stain Russia’s reputation. The longer it lasts, the darker that stain will become. It is grotesque to expect that soldiers, who have perhaps committed war crimes in Putin’s name, could simply wash themselves of their sins. Doubtless, there are many at the Kremlin who dread the day when they will have to face the repercussions of supporting this adventurism, even in the eyes of their own people,” wrote Normand, Perl and MacLeod.