They are supposed to repeal those illegal decisions that impede the cargo ships, the export of grain, and so on and so forth.

There aren’t many opportunities for lasting peace in Ukraine – and those that do seem utopian. A quarter of a century after the end of the war in ex-Yugoslavia, tensions in the Balkans linger despite Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia being in NATO. The tensions there will probably only end when Serbia becomes a member of the EU. Likewise, one can only imagine a harmonious settlement of relations between an imperialist Russia and a proud and independent Ukraine, with both states becoming part of a united Europe. But this wishful thinking hardly seems feasible – neither under Russia’s President Vladimir Putin nor under any of his possible successors.