This 2015 cartoon uniquely sums up how France, Germany and the world have let down Ukraine. There has been endless 5 years of talks with Putin. Endless statements of “concern” about Russia’s actions. And yet, the endless Russian shells keep on killing Ukrainians.
It features the then French President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel and Putin.
They are holding up the now ineffective and outdated so-called Minsk agreement. Both France and Germany are part of the Normandy format group, who along with Ukraine and Russia, are supposed to doing all they can to bring an end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. To date, nothing substantive has been achieved by them.
The artist totally nails the reality of the on-going situation. Russia signs up to things and publicly expresses a desire to see peace etc. whilst privately telling its forces in Ukraine to keep on firing and causing mayhem.
Time and again world politicians have shown they are happy to TALK, but as Putin knows all too well, they never TAKE any meaningful action against him or Russia.