Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting a nefarious plan, which involves bringing starvation to tens of millions of people, as a strategy to win the war against Ukraine. At least, that’s what European historian Timothy Snyder thinks, who shared his analysis on his Twitter profile.
“Putin is preparing to starve a large part of the world as the next step in the war against Ukraine,” he wrote.
For Schneider, Putin’s so-called plan includes three steps, the first of which is already underway. “Putin’s famine plan involves destroying the Ukrainian state by banning exports. In this way, it is provoking a massive refugee crisis in Africa and the Middle East.” [que dependem dos alimentos exportados pela Ucrânia]which will destabilize the European Union.
The concern about the food supply is really real. The blockade of Ukrainian ports, such as the important port of Odessa, and the destruction of agricultural silos in the European country had an impact on the export of grain and other food.
“Finally, and most horrifyingly, a hungry world is what Putin needs to provoke a campaign in which he blames Ukraine for this scenario,” he added. In the face of chaos and through this propaganda, Snyder explains, Putin will firmly demand Ukrainian territory, as well as lift sanctions on Russia.
Timothy Snyder recalls other occasions in history when famine was used as a tool of war. The historian referred to an occasion in which the same actors participated in the current conflict. During the Soviet Union, the government of dictator Joseph Stalin killed more than four million Ukrainian Soviets in what became known as the Holodomor in the 1930s.
Snyder also cited the Nazi regime, which attempted to divert agricultural production from the Soviet Union and thus brought famine to the region during World War II.
Russian memory politics paved the way for a famine plan in the twenty-first century. The Russians were told that Stalin’s famine was an accident and that the Ukrainians were Nazis. “It makes stealing and blocking seem acceptable,” Snyder says.
Russia plans to starve Asians and Africans in order to win its war in Europe. This is a new level of colonialism and the last chapter of the politics of hunger. 16/16
— Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) 11 June 2022
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