Before reading this article, please check the index your country has on Freedom of speech: https://rsf.org/en/ranking This will help you understand if you get enough information with many sides of the story or just the convenient version of your local politicians.
There are two things further that will influence how you see the situation in Ukraine: 1. your desire to become an Oligarch (or a Very Rich person owning several businesses) and 2. your mentality and cultural education.
From an oligarchic point of view, all things revolve around power and money. You give and take countries. You split the world and decide that some humans should live in a way while others in a different way. Some humans should express their opinions while others should obey their “presidents” or their new “presidents” that have decided that their land and lives belong to them in this new split of the world. An oligarch also has several media outlets and pushes the needed information in order to influence the people that are not taking part in the split of the world (but are split), and that will gladly kill others or get killed for a little more money, from the fear of repercussions or for an ideal that might have expired in these modern times.
We will not be able to influence the oligarchs so I’m not going to waste my time with that small group.
The most interesting thing is that humans that are not in oligarchic positions gladly accept that the world should be split and some oligarchs should take some part while others another part, and ideally the split shouldn’t influence them. It is understandable why gospodin putin in his mental sickness wants a split of the world, but it is really mind-blowing that humans that live poorly or in areas of conflict accept that Ukraine and the Ukrainians should be treated as an object with no will of their own and be “transferred” to Russia, whatever the reasons. This mind-blowing thing happens because of three things:
- The Russian propaganda, which is understandable. If an oligarch has money and they want to spend it on telling humans that life on Pluto is more attractive, and these humans agree to go to Pluto, it is because of their Education (or lack of). We can just offer another perspective but still let them take their own choice. But when the Russian propaganda tells humans that it is better for OTHER humans to go live on Pluto, now that one is dangerous. If you as a usual human give in to that and accept that the destiny of a group of humans should be decided by an oligarch, you might find yourself in a similar position soon, and the group of humans you “sold” for nothing will not be there for you. NEVER accept the opinion of an oligarch as the TRUTH. Take your information from the countries that are light yellow or yellow (sometimes also orange) on the Freedom of Speach index.
- This brings us to the 2nd thing that is hurting Ukraine now: the American ethnocentrism (the cultural education that the Americans believe that their culture is the best – very healthy for them, inspiring on the outside, but confusing in conflictual situations). The US is among the yellow countries regarding Freedom of Speech which allows them to produce any theories and claim that they are the truth. The lecture given by an American professor, Mearsheimer, on Ukraine being the fault of the US, confuses people all over the world. I’ll highlight some of his errors. He claims that Ukraine will become a pro-US democracy. “Democracy” was stained by some of the unfair US wars so no country wants to become a PRO-US democracy. If you want to understand Democracy look at the Scandinavian countries. That is inspiring and by the way, they are called “welfare states”. This American professor also claims that the US is behind the “EU expansion”. It is really arrogant to take credit for something that has nothing to do with the US. EU is a peaceful way of collaborating between countries that are very different, in terms of culture, language, race, and so on. EU can not “expand”. It may welcome other countries to collaborate better together if these countries are ready to do so, but the process of joining the collaboration is very harsh (hence Ukraine and other countries couldn’t join it yet). US might be behind the NATO expansion, but after 8 years of constant Russian hybrid war in Ukraine, after having Crimea stolen by Russia and two regions in Donbas destabilized, it could be acceptable that Ukraine would want to join a military alliance that would offer some protection. This American professor, by claiming that the US is behind Ukraine’s wishes to become a more functional democracy, puts on Ukraine all the hatred that the US has gathered on itself because of all the unfair wars in the world. Of course, the Russian propaganda will use that lecture for their own benefits.
- And we have reached the third thing that is hurting Ukraine the most now: the Confused Indifference of many of the humans in the world. If humans would understand how Society evolves, it would be harder for the oligarchs to disable their group power. The biggest Societal Change now is the TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT that makes people more interconnected, both through the Social Networks, as well as through the flights that allow anyone to be anywhere in the world in 48 hours. Cultural Differences are threatening because of how we are wired in our own groups, but EDUCATION on that can help. Populists and oligarchs will use everything available to maintain control over their wealth, but Education can help us take a constructive stand, defend other people from other groups so that we ourselves can be defended when needed. The biggest enemy in these times are the few local politicians that create alliances with powerful authoritarian states in order to control the population (aside for Russia in Ukraine’s case, or other uathoritarian systems for other small countries).
So, what is happening in Ukraine?
Due to the fact that for several centuries now Empires are not the best form of organization for humans, the USSR didn’t have the cultural structure to adapt to this reality while also maintaining a healthy connection between the nations that were inside of it so it has also collapsed. There are several political systems that allow several different nations to live together but the USSR (and Russia now) are not among these systems. Ukraine took its own path in 1991 and with all of their imperfect politicians, they have progressed towards a more participative system, moving away from an oppressive one.
In 2012 Mr Yanukovich (gospodin putin’s protege) promised that they will start a stronger collaboration with the EU, but probably because of Russia’s pressure, he changed his mind in November 2013. This triggered a few thousand students to go out and protest. After one week of protests, Mr Yanukovich decided to send the special forces to beat up the students, which angered one million Ukrainians to gather in the center of Kyiv and block the main square, requesting the president to leave. It would be naive to think that the Americans told the Ukrainians to go out and protest against a president that decided to send the special forces to beat up the students that protested against a decision.
By February 2014 the Ukrainians’ will was so strong that Mr Yanukovich decided to run away to Russia leaving the country in a big economic hole. It was at this moment when the “green military men” in unmarked uniforms started to appear in Crimea claiming that they are the “self-defense against the fascist government in Kyiv”. It is claimed that Russia used “project managers” from the Wagner consultancy (a paramilitary Russian group that does the dirty job of gospodin putin in various countries in the world). By the way, Russia is present in all the countries in the world through its media outlets and some of the local corrupt politicians. Where they are not present, they come in with Wagner. Coming back to Crimea, they organized a “referendum” in which the result was 96% for Russian annexation although in Crimea there were 13% Crimean Tatars that have returned after the 1980s after being deported by Stalin to Siberia in the 1950s. It is doubtful that at least these Tatars would want to go back to Russia and might have voted for the annexation. By the 15th of March, Crimea was annexed and gospodin putin issued a commemorative coin with the 21st of February on it and admitted that the “green men” were actually the Russian army. The very interesting thing is that nobody in Donbas was bothered by the new government in Kyiv until April 2014 when the Wagner “project manager” moved from Crimea to Donbas and managed to create the disturbance that they called a “civil war”. I personally have met separatist Ukrainians, that unfortunately were lacking the proper education on what a Democracy is or what a Country without corruption could look like, or why would the government in Kyiv be “fascist”, so their lack of education made them susceptible to the Russian propaganda. However, there was enough evidence that Russia sent military equipment to Donbas (including the BUK system that took down the MH17).
Now, in March 2022, there is a guerilla war ongoing with the Ukrainian population fighting back, even with bare hands, blocking the tanks without having guns, but also attacking with cocktail Molotovs. (As a parenthesis, do you know why those are called cocktail Molotovs and not cocktail Ribentrops? It’s because of the Finns. When Finland was invaded in Nov 1939, Russia under Stalin and Molotov claimed that they are sending food to the “poor Finns” while they were actually bombing Helsinki, so the Finns created these “cocktails” to send them back to the “generous Russians” and gave them the name accordingly.)
The war in Donbas in its hybrid form lasted until February 2022, when gospodin putin recognized the 2 regions as independent countries and sent the “Russian liberation army”. We were all surprised that the “liberation army” was sent to Kyiv both from the North, the South, and the North East while bombing several other cities in Ukraine. The “liberation army” also went for Chernihiv and Sumi in the North, Kharkiv in the North East, Kherson in the South and continued its expansion in the East taking Mariupol.
The Russians were bombing and shelling residential buildings in all of these cities knowingly to decrease the morale of the Ukrainians. It is NOT a ONE MAN war. The human Russians taking part in this genocide know what they are doing.
After some of the negotiations between the Russians and the Ukrainians, the Russians bombed one of the agreed human corridors killing a Ukrainian family. It is said that the Russians have orders to kill the Ukrainian population to punish them and to ensure that they will be able to control the newly occupied territory easier. Hopefully this Genocide will not go unnoticed, similarly to the other ones from the past 150 years that are still not acknowledged by Russia.
I have left Ukraine on the 24th of February after the first bombings and there are very few chances that my friends that stayed there in Kyiv, Irpin, Bucha, Kherson, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, are lying to me or are part of an extraordinary organization that is painting the buildings as being bombed just to make “Russia look bad”.
Next time you decide to defend Russia or to believe that we need a balanced approach to this “conflict” or “military operation” remember that you are supporting this genocide. Ukraine is not an American project and it is neither a Russian object, in the same way in which your country shouldn’t be any of this. If you need my insights into how your country is YOURS (if you’re not an oligarch) I can highlight for you the cultural aspects that need to be addressed in order for peace and prosperity to happen in your country with its neighbors.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is punished so harshly economically by many countries in the world because there was absolutely no provocation from the Ukrainian side, with the exception that Ukraine was becoming successful on its own.