Ukraine: how to stop the war

Monday, March 28, the day before closing, around 3:00 pm. Like every week since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, we meet to finalize the pages of the file and include, among other things, news from the weekend. We are also thinking about what we will be covering in future releases.

We have been working on the refugee problem since two reports published one in a Hungarian weekly. Magyar Hang, and the other, in New York Times. The first tells about the extraordinary mobilization of civilians in villages near the border with Ukraine. The story here is about Hungary, but it could be Poland, the Czech Republic… the neighboring countries that have taken in the most refugees since the beginning of the crisis.

Almost 4 million of them have already fled their country when more than 6 million Ukrainians were displaced in their country. Or one of the biggest draws in history in such a short time. And, in turn, one of the largest solidarity movements ever seen. Europe, new country of welcome? We would like to believe it. Because this crisis could have a lasting impact on the migration policy of the European Union (EU), which reacted very quickly by granting Ukrainian refugees the status of temporary protection. A measure that allows them to live anywhere in the EU, have a renewable residence permit valid for one year, be able to work and have access to housing, education, etc.

We are far from the debates of recent years about the right to asylum. It’s not a question of being angelic. Many questions arise, starting with the impression of double standards regarding the fate of some refugees. You must read the story about New York Times, which followed the route of two of them in parallel. One Ukrainian, the other Sudanese. They crossed the Polish border on the same day, but faced different reception conditions. Far from there.

It prevents. The breach was open. The whole question is whether the mobilization will work in favor of some in favor of others. Is it sustainable in the long run? In Poland, where almost 2.3 million Ukrainians are accepted, there are concerns: “How much longer can we hold out?” asks the site Political criticism.

This discussion is important. He was to be the subject of our coverage. But here, already at the end of the week, several signals foreshadowed, perhaps, the first turn in the war. The Russian army for the first time announced the reorientation to the Donbass. A sign of weakness due to the ongoing stalemate? Or the first step towards an “exit door” that may seem “acceptable” to all the main characters? We asked ourselves a question.

Until that famous meeting on Monday.

We do not all agree to change the front page. Can we titrate on speculation? Imagine scenarios, and negotiations resume the next day? What about refugees? We recently dedicated a cover to him (“Life is for you”, international mail, No. 1636). We do not remove articles. The news is just catching up with us. Dilemma. The arguments agree.

Tuesday, March 29, 10:00 a.m., a few hours before closing. We have added pages, translated new articles that question the terms of the de-escalation. “Since the war has been going on for two months, there is no end in sight” Write Los Angeles Times. The chances of achieving a ceasefire are very small, the newspaper writes. “although all the ingredients for an agreement are clearly present.” The same feeling in spiegel, where a British military expert evokes a long war scenario. “The most important concessions in this war must come from Moscow,” he explains… But Vladimir Putin is afraid of losing face and power. in The keeper, Ukrainian political scientist explains why Ukraine will not give up a single centimeter of territory.

We don’t have a cover (and title) yet.

Tuesday, March 29, 4:00 pm. After the resumption of negotiations in Istanbul, the head of the Russian delegation told the press that after the exchanges “constructive” Russia proposed “Two steps towards the Kiev authorities in order to de-escalate.” Political move and military move. In particular, the Russian army. “reduces its combat activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernigov.”

Perhaps this is the first twist in this conflict. We change the cover. And this is production.

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