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Two years ago – a few months before Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine – the then JAPCC Director, General Harrigian, spoke about how such an act should be a ‘forcing function’ for our governments and for NATO itself. The actions taken so far to support Ukraine and defend NATO nations have had significant effect and, after some initial hesitancy from some NATO members, have shown commendable unity and solidarity.
One great danger is that, as the war continues deep into its second year, a form of ‘compassion fatigue’ may affect public opinion and, in turn, the resolve of some NATO nations. The resolve of the Ukrainian people is unshakeable and as strong as ever. However, they continue to suffer losses of both their combatants and non-combatants and the destruction of their towns, cities, and critical infrastructure. Whilst the Russian invaders have substantial human resources and show an apparent willingness (even carelessness) to expend them in ill-considered offensives, Ukraine cannot afford to lose its men, women and children in similar numbers.