At the start of the war in Ukraine, few had predicted the magnitude of this conflict. Recent developments, however, give reason to the most pessimistic.

Far from being resolved, the situation is getting worse day by day and, contrary to what declining media coverage would have us believe, the worst seems yet to come.

According to a speech given by Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Victory Day, celebrated last Monday, Russia will stop at nothing to “protect” its interests. As the victims mount, are we prepared to sustain our commitment to them for years to come?

Twisting the facts to his advantage, the Russian president did not hesitate to attribute a thousand and one bellicose intentions to the West and to NATO in his speech on May 9. Hammering the need to defend the “motherland”, he laid out a number of misguided conjectures, ranging from the nuclear weapon that the Ukrainian government is allegedly in the process of obtaining, to a NATO plot against Russia.

Although Putin has often resorted to a certain “victimization” in his speeches to appeal to the patriotism of the Russian population and thus justify his most drastic policies, the consequences of this type of rhetoric this time are more than catastrophic, especially for the Ukrainian population, which already counts thousands of dead and almost six million refugees.

Figures that will only get worse since the vision of the world put forward by Vladimir Putin in his speech seems irreconcilable with a de-escalation of tensions.

Barely 24 hours after the Victory Day celebrations, US intelligence revealed the advent of several armed incidents in Transnistria, a region of Moldova.

These incidents would be indicative of a widening conflict with Russia. With the war in Ukraine already seeming to have exhausted the Kremlin’s resources, what means will Moscow put in place to maintain another military front? Will martial law be brought up, as some experts predict?

If so, it would force the Kremlin to recognize that it is officially at war. Even though the war is obvious to us, it must be remembered that Russia has maintained from the beginning that it is more of a “special operation” to “denazify” Ukraine. This language adjustment appears minor, but it would in fact be very significant since it denotes a significant change in perspective accompanied by a significant increase in the resources available to the State to support this war for several months to come.

The Kremlin, the US intelligence service and the US House of Representatives, which on May 10 voted an additional $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, all seem likely poised for the conflict to escalate. But what about us?

Are the people of the West ready to give their attention to this conflict and support the decisions of their governments to help this country for several more months? While the war in Ukraine is still receiving fairly substantial media coverage, this conflict, which was expected to be short-lived, will require much more than the temporary change of a Facebook profile picture.

The media must therefore maintain their mission to inform and make sure to cover the horrors of this war so that we can maintain support that meets the needs of the victim populations. Because disinterest almost always leads to disengagement.

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