Yes, The West Is Also to Blame for Putin’s War on Ukraine

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readMay 8, 2023

At the outset, I should be very clear. The moral responsibility for Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is entirely with Vladimir Putin and his enablers.

That said, there are things the US (and the West/ Global North) more broadly could have done to deter Putin.

Let me explain.

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Jakub Ferencik

Journalist in Prague | Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views