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In Europe, plenty of outrage and just not about Russia's actions in Ukraine

"When you look at Putin's politics, you understand that this man is really
showing aggressive behavior, and we were going to deliver the best tool to
support his new aggressions," says Grua, a former naval officer with expert
knowledge of the Mistrals, massive helicopter carriers built specifically for
amphibious land invasions.

By Daisy Sindelar for RFE/RL:

Bernard Grua, a financial auditor and amateur photographer from the Brittany region of
northwest France, was never interested in activism.

But that changed this year, when he watched with dismay as his government moved
forward with plans to deliver two Mistral warships to Russia despite the Kremlin's
intervention in Ukraine.

Since then, Grua, 52, has helped organize global demonstrations against the Mistral sale --
including a fresh round of protests on September 7 that will proceed as planned despite a
move by French President Francois Hollande to postpone a final decision on whether to
deliver the ships.

"When you look at Putin's politics, you understand that this man is really showing
aggressive behavior, and we were going to deliver the best tool to support his new
aggressions," says Grua, a former naval officer with expert knowledge of the Mistrals,
massive helicopter carriers built specifically for amphibious land invasions.

"It's a big issue not only for Ukraine but also for Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and the Baltic
countries," he says.

If Russia continues to build its naval capabilities, he adds, "it could also be very, very
serious for Western European countries."

In a summer of heated European protests, however, the conflict in eastern Ukraine --
where Russian troops have joined separatist rebels in fighting Ukrainian troops -- has
attracted barely a flicker of public attention.

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