“Russia He plans to starve Asians and Africans to win his war in Europe.”, esteemed historian Timothy Snyder revealed via his Twitter account. A Yale University history professor specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the history of the Nazi Holocaust explained his reasons for believing that this was a strategy devised by Vladimir Putin to win the war. “This is a new stage of colonialism and the latest chapter in the politics of hunger.”
“Putin is preparing a growing global famine as the next phase of his war on Europe,” the expert said.
The US professor’s warning comes in the context of Russia’s ongoing naval blockade UkraineOne of the world’s main food exporters is focusing on grain exports, which has been condemned by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky In the past weeks.
“In normal times, Ukraine is a leader in food exports. Now a Russian naval blockade prevents Ukraine from exporting grain.
“If the Russian blockade continues, tens of thousands of tons of food will rot in pits and tens of thousands of people in Africa and Asia will starve to death.”.
Snyder says Putin’s plan is so terrifying it’s hard to believe. “We forget how central food is to politics. A few historical examples may help.
The idea that Ukrainian grain control could change the world is not new, he stressed. “Stalin and Hitler wanted to do that.”
As for Stalin, he pointed out, “Ukraine’s black soil was to be exploited to create an industrial economy for the Soviet Union. In fact, collective farming killed about four million Ukrainians. Stalin blamed the Ukrainians for this situation.”
The Nazis, he said, “had similar ideas. They liked the idea of controlling Ukrainian agriculture.
In fact, this was the central purpose of Hitler’s war,” he said. “Hitler wanted to divert Ukrainian grain from the Soviet Union to Germany in hopes of starving millions of Soviet citizens,” the Holocaust expert adds.
Snyder believes that Putin’s new plan is designed to work on three levels: on the one hand, to cut off and destroy the Ukrainian state from its exports; On the other hand, “create refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, usually fed by Ukraine. This will create instability in the European Union. Finally, he hopes that a global famine with mass deaths will allow him to win the anti-Western campaign.
“A real mass death is needed as a backdrop for a propaganda contest,” he explained.
“When food riots start and famine spreads, Russian propaganda will blame Ukraine and demand that Russian territorial gains in Ukraine be recognized and all sanctions against it be lifted.”
This historian’s thread quickly went viral, not only because of his prestige, but because of the seriousness of the concept he was raising.
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