Chronicle of Bertrand Lanson. About Ukraine

Bertrand Lanson. ©Chafik AUNI

keep a chronicle Bertrand Lanson, refers to the situation in Ukraine. He expresses his point of view.

We all noticed that the warUkraine has polarized the media since 24 February past. France’s presidential campaign has been partially eclipsed before it has even begun. What then to say about other news, which, with the exception of sports, seems to have disappeared?

The event is serious because it marks the return of war to Europe after the one that dismembered Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001, with a tragic siege Sarajevo (1992-1996). This time it is not about centrifugal national forces, but about the embodiment of the old Soviet imperialism, the heir to the tsarist, that which intervened in Hungary (1956), in Czechoslovakia (1968) before taking over Afghanistan (1979-989), in Georgia (2008), in Crimea (2014) and now inUkraine.

Commentators rightly note that the latter revives the Cold War, which left its mark in the second half of the twentieth century.

Putin craves Ukraine as Milosevic was determined to keep Kosovo in Greater Serbia, considering it the cradle of the country. The fact is that the medieval Kiev principality, between the 9th and 13th centuries, partly belonged to Russia. In the middle of the 13th c. Alexander NevskiyGrand Duke Novgorod and Kyiv threw back the Swedes, and then the Teutonic Knights.

Power is both tsarist and Stalinist

The president Zelensky resembles this lofty figure, except that he fights not with the Germans but with the Russians, a contrast that can only be explained by the existence in Moscow of power, both Tsarist and Stalinist. Playing the “cannibal of the steppe” in this way, attacking the civilian population, Vladimir Putin also keeps pace with Tamerlane, the famous conqueror of the 14th century.

It’s time to watch or rewatch two great films: Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky (1938) and

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Andrei Rublev of Tarkovsky (1969). The first extols the resistance to the invasion, the second depicts the artist Rublev, taken to plunder the city by the Tatars. Ukrainians have their own language, but they are also Russian speakers; the descendants of the Crimean Tatars and Zaporozhye Cossacks live in Ukraine; the city of Kherson is nothing but the ancient Greek colony of Chersonese; many Ukrainians speak French because they are Francophiles. Thus, in the long term, the country looks like a pivot between East and West, like its southern neighbor Turkey.

After Milosevic’s Serbia, Putin’s Russia canceled the alliances France had made before 1914 with the Third Republic. Recall that Tsar Alexander III agreed to sign an alliance with the “outcasts” of the French Republic, who wanted to pincer the German Reich, and that an alliance with Serbia, liberated from Austria-Hungary, was a pretext for war. summer of 1914. Ukrainians are best understood by the Poles, who have long been the prey of the Russians and Germans and for whose sake the French entered the war in 1939.

This is the world, this is the brace

The brutality of the war in Ukraine put an end to the illusion, born after the Second World War, of establishing a lasting, even definitive peace in Europe. The martyrdom of Mariupol and Kharkov brings us back to the brutal wounds of Beirut, Sarajevo and Aleppo. The war that is on our doorstep comes to tell us that it is no longer unbelievable for us, that it is almost a natural state, that the world is a brace.

The generosity of the French towards Ukrainians is remarkable. The admission of refugees is a timely reminder that the French are not xenophobic. It also emphasizes the principle of proximity, according to which the closer an event is, the more anxious people feel.

Concern for migrants is experiencing an unprecedented development with Ukrainians after Syrians and Afghans were welcomed with less open arms. Maybe because Ukrainians, Christians and often French speakers would be closer to us?

As for Ukrainians, LCI mainly invites young, intelligent, attractive and well-dressed women. There is nothing to say about this, except that it raises the question whether there is not a form of more or less conscious media inquiry, since information has become a permanent show on the American model. Finally, it should be noted that in France, the artists rushed to the war in Ukraine in the ethically noble reflex of show business. Everywhere the flowering of Ukrainian color is a phenomenon that is certainly worthy of praise. It reminds us of the yellow stars on the chest of Danes in the 1940s. When ethics are so divided, petty conformities and dirty human trafficking must be seen as inevitable incidents, fortunately marginal ones.

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