For decades, the liberal order has shaped and fostered democratic values, human rights, international cooperation, and prosperity across the globe. The West, especially the European Union and the United States, must confront the harsh reality that the liberal order they championed throughout the 20th century is no longer unassailable. Western nations must appreciate the geopolitical realities that shape global power dynamics today. The Ukraine war serves as a wake-up call, a reminder that the liberal order has ended, and a new era demands a reevaluation of strategies and principles. It is futile to pretend that Russia’s strategic interests in its immediate neighborhood can be completely disregarded.