To all my international friends following
If you are not Ukrainian and have never been here — that’s a text for you. It’s gonna be long, but it’s worth reading, I promise. I received multiple messages from my friends with questions about the situation here in Ukraine. The messages come from various places around the globe, from Sydney to San Francisco. I’ve decided it’s time to let you all know what is going on and why it matters.
What is going on:
After the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian military aggression in the Eastern region — Ukraine has been in a state of war. Russia has never officially declared it, but that’s not needed to call things by the name. Back in a day Russian military has captured the Crimean parliament, appointed their proxy government, and then staged a fake referendum with DPRK-style turnouts. They intended to do the same with Eastern Ukraine and South, sending their troops to capture governmental buildings, police offices, and arsenals. Donetsk “people’s mayors” were Russian citizens, supported by illegal Russian militaries, who never even lived in Ukraine.
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All the conflict long, Russian propaganda is bullshitting people’s minds, displaying this as a Ukrainian internal matter, which is not the case. Russian Proxies in the east have Russian citizenship, Russian commanders, and the Russian flag behind them in every video they record. And now, having the Russian army surrounding Ukrainian borders, it is more evident than ever.
The insidiousness of Russian actions is beyond explanations. Every person who can understand the Russian language is terrified by the degree of Orwell’s 1984 vibes in Russian “news”. State-controlled media has 3 (!) daily (!) episodes dedicated entirely to Ukraine, made of hate speech. Dozens of Russian politicians, including senators, talk about air striking Ukraine, dismantling the Ukrainian state, and speaking about Ukrainian ethnicity as a non-existing deviation of Russians. They even did a piece of news about “crucified Russian little boy” once. No kidding. The level of lies, manipulation, and toxicity is beyond any human boundaries.
After forcing Ukraine to “Minsk peace accord”, Moscow uses its military, cyber threats, and political blackmail techniques to restrict Ukraine sovereignty. They continue to do what they have been already doing. That is why they are surrounding Ukraine with troops and staging false flag scenes in Donbas now.
Why this is important
Not all of this gets to the western news, and I can understand why. However, what should be on the western media agenda is that the battle of civilizations is now here, in Ukraine.
Just like the last century, when the iron curtain and Berlin Wall were holding up the weird communist dictatorships from the rest of the free world, an invisible frontline divides now Eastern Europe. This line cuts Europe between civilized democracies and hybrid authoritarian regimes. And that line cuts the wound deep in Ukrainian land and people’s lives.
Putin can not let a country like Ukraine exist. Having a democracy next door in the state that used to have so much in common with Russia — would be questioning his legitimacy. That is why he puts so much pressure to destabilize Ukraine and push us out of existence as a nation. Ukraine has a minimum wage already higher than in Russia, holding regular free elections, doing an excellent job on digitalization, and having integration with the West. Russian State sees its best effort to wipe this success out with war and terror so no Russian citizen would dream and desire of such freedom in their own home country.
Ukraine may seem a very remote destination; however, a battle is closer than it looks. Russians have been poisoning people in the UK, shooting them in the German capital, blowing up military warehouses in the Czech Republic, getting ready for a coup in Montenegro. Just like Putin ended his domestic political rivals, he will be finishing his opponents offshore. Putin’s paranoia and obsession with a Cold-War Revenge push him forward to redraw the European map. Make no mistake: once the last Ukrainian soldier falls, he will come for you. That could happen in Riga, Warsaw, Berlin, London, or any other spot. There will not be safe heaven.
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What can you do
Depending on your life circumstances, you can do several things. If you can strengthen the Ukrainian military capabilities by any chance, we would appreciate more weapons. The more it costs Russians to invade, the less their militaristic optimism is. Meaning we all would be safer.
If you do business with Ukraine — keep doing it. Do more of it. The risk comes with a reward that could be easily yours. Also, fear and cautiousness are other weapons against our economy. So help us to discharge it.
If you can spread the truth about Ukraine’s war with Russia — do it. Make sure you address this as an RU-UA war and not a local armed conflict or civil war. This is a global issue that is spreading westwards and may involve you at the time and in a way you wouldn’t like. A spoken word said loud and clear can be of great help.
And it is our duty to act so it would not happen.
Greetings from Kyiv and Glory to Ukraine.