Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk: 'War Is No Longer Just a Concept From the Past. It Is Real"

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.31 - 2024 9:33 AM CET

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Amid rising tensions and the specter of war, European leaders weigh in on the continent's precarious position, echoing a sentiment not felt since the days before World War II.

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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's stark warning encapsulates the growing fear: Europe stands on the precipice of conflict, a reality not grappled with since the world wars.

"War is no longer a concept from the past. It is real," Tusk remarked in a significant interview with LENA, underlining a chilling shift in the continent's security landscape.

The alarm sounded by Tusk is not an isolated cry. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia more than two years ago shattered any illusion of a peaceful, unassailable Europe.

This act of aggression has pushed European nations to ramp up weapons production, not just to support Ukraine but also to fortify their own defenses.

The thought of Kyiv's fall spells a nightmare for European security, with Tusk cautioning, "no one in Europe would feel safe."

Transatlantic Tensions and Support

The geopolitical chessboard sees additional complexity with the potential return of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.

His previous NATO-skeptic views have cast a shadow over the reliability of American military assistance, prompting a reaffirmation of the transatlantic alliance's importance, irrespective of its leader.

Amidst these concerns, French President Emmanuel Macron has boldly stepped up, promising unwavering support for Ukraine, even as he navigates the contentious idea of deploying troops.

Ukraine's Perilous Stand

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's recent comments to the Washington Post underscore the dire straits in which Ukraine finds itself.

The potential withdrawal of U.S. military aid could force a retreat, underscoring the critical role of international support in sustaining Ukraine's defense efforts.

Despite facing ammunition shortages and intensified Russian attacks on infrastructure, Ukraine remains defiant, with Zelenskyy vowing to continue counterstrikes against Russian targets.

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