Since the outset of the Russian invasion, Luxembourg has been a steadfast ally in Ukraine’s resistance. Through significant military, economic, political, and humanitarian contributions, Ukraine has maintained the frontline, preventing the war from spreading further across the continent. However, Russia openly threatens to invade Europe, asserting that once Ukraine falls, it will move forward to attack European countries.
As members of the LUkraine organization, citizens of Luxembourg, and citizens of the free democratic world, we are dedicated to supporting Ukraine in its hour of need. Today, we stand at a crossroads in history and face a challenge that not only tests our resolve but also the very fabric of European security and democracy. The war in Ukraine is not a distant conflict; it is the future that could await Europe if we fail to act decisively. Ukraine’s battle is a fight for the future of Europe—a future that could be engulfed in a blood war if we allow the aggressor, Russia, to succeed.
Our manifesto outlines key points of the ongoing Russian aggression against Europe that has started in Ukraine and action points to mitigate further military escalation and guarantee Ukraine’s victory as a result.
І. Common Bonds:
Luxembourg, with its rich history of overcoming adversity and its commitment to European unity and peace, has an important role to play. Our nation, once caught in the crossfire of world wars, understands the price of freedom and the importance of standing together against tyranny.
Drawing parallels to Luxembourg’s history during WWII, Ukrainians today endure hardships, facing persecution for their commitment to their nationality, language, and culture. This is why Luxembourg should understand Ukrainians, supporting their resistance as they have supported Luxembourgish resistance to invaders.
In 1938, the world witnessed appeasement with Nazi Germany, allowing its expansion into Czechoslovakia. Presently, Russia adopts a similar strategy, starting with Chechnya in the 1990s, moving to Georgia in 2008, and eventually annexing Crimea and Donbas in 2014. The international community, reminiscent of its actions during WWII, often turns a blind eye to aggression, fearing provocation.
We, the people of Luxembourg and our fellow Europeans, must draw on our collective strength and history to support Ukraine in this existential fight.
II. Russian Military Aggression Foundations:
Russia builds its military aggression based on the following:
- Enforcing Military Power
The resilience of Ukraine’s defenders has been remarkable, yet Russia’s military, with plans to expand its forces, remains a formidable threat. Both the weapons and economy of Russia have shifted toward a military track, enabling the constant production of missiles and other high-tech equipment used to bomb Ukrainian cities. The West must increase military aid to Ukraine, providing not only defensive weaponry but also advanced offensive capabilities to challenge Russia’s military advantage. Sanction mechanisms must be tightened to hinder Russia’s production of high-tech military equipment, closing gaps that allow for the bypassing of international sanctions.
- Scale up military aid, including advanced weapons systems.
- Strengthen sanctions against Russian military production.
- Enhance intelligence and cybersecurity support to preempt Russian military strategies.
2. Disrupting the Unity of the West
Russia exploits Western indecision and disunity, with critical moments like the U.S. presidential election posing risks to continued support for Ukraine. The lack of punishment and unity in the Western world in its resistance towards Russia is a green light for other totalitarian countries for their invasive intentions. European countries must prepare for potential shifts in alliances and strengthen their defense and diplomatic efforts to maintain a united front against Russian aggression.
- Foster greater EU and NATO unity and strategic autonomy.
- Prepare contingency plans for shifts in U.S. foreign policy.
- Increase defense budgets and readiness among European nations.
3. Enhancing Propaganda
The government’s actions receive considerable support among the population. Due to the work of a powerful propaganda machine and its persuasive narratives imposed for decades, Russians blindly believe in the greatness of the regime instead of receiving real information about the economic, military, and human losses caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine. The only way to make Russian society protest against its regime is to make people witness the consequences of its decisions. Sanctions should be designed to impact the Russian elite and military capabilities, aiming to create internal pressure for policy change.
- Target sanctions more effectively at the Russian elite and military-industrial complex.
- Amplify efforts to counter Russian propaganda, both within Russia and globally.
- Support independent media to foster internal dissent.
4. Creating Dependency on Energy Resources
Despite sanctions, Russia has adeptly circumvented measures with a shadow fleet, continuing to profit from hydrocarbon sales. Even with a significant reduction in Russian gas consumption by European countries, the EU’s dependency on it underscores the urgent need for diversification and investment in renewable energy sources, coupled with stricter enforcement of sanctions to undermine Russia’s economic resilience. Energy dependence is one of the components of Russia’s conquest policy. By manipulating access to energy resources and threatening to cut off fuel supplies, Russia is looking for ways to influence the economic and political decisions of states.
- Implement more rigorous sanctions on Russian hydrocarbons.
- Accelerate the EU’s transition to renewable energy.
- Develop alternative energy sources and supply routes to reduce dependency on Russian gas.
5. Extending Allies Network
The support of China, North Korea, and Iran amplifies Russia’s military capabilities and undermines sanctions. The West must expand its diplomatic efforts to isolate Russia internationally, working to cut off military and economic support from these allies.
- Strengthen diplomatic efforts to isolate Russia on the international stage.
- Encourage global partners to join in sanctioning Russia and its allies.
- Counteract the military support provided to Russia by its allies through increased aid to Ukraine.
The battle against Russia’s aggression is a pivotal moment for Europe and the world at large. The actions we take or fail to take will resonate through history, determining the kind of Europe that our children and grandchildren will inherit. It is time for decisive action, unity, and unwavering support for Ukraine—not just for its sake but for the future of a peaceful, democratic Europe. Let this manifesto serve as a call to arms for all who value freedom, democracy, and peace.
This is a call to action for the citizens of Luxembourg and for all Europeans. The time to act is now. Let us stand together, for the sake of Ukraine, for the security of Europe, and for the peace of future generations. Let this be our legacy: when faced with a challenge that threatened the very essence of our European values, we met it with courage, unity, and determination. Let us act now for a Europe that remains a beacon of hope, freedom, and peace in the world.