Letter writer wrong about Ukraine, Russia
To the Editor:
The recent letter from a Sylva reader critical of support for Ukraine could have been written by a Russian intelligence agency. The assertions do not fit the facts.
First, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not a “domestic situation.” The attack is that of one sovereign nation invading another without provocation. According to recent congressional testimony, there is no legal basis for this use of force. It is clearly an international crime known as aggression.
Second, Ukraine may not have a perfect democracy, but is any democracy is perfect? However, the current administration was elected in an open election. It replaced a corrupt regime supported by Vladimir Putin.
Third, Vladimir Putin is committed to building the Russian empire back to that of the Soviet Union. Russia had a short-lived democracy until Putin took control. Since then, he has been relentless in trying to expand his control either indirectly by supporting puppets or actual armed incursions. The idea that “seeking a closer relationship with Russia” would have changed this situation is ludicrous. Appeasement did not work well for Chamberland with Hitler, and it would not work with Putin either.
In addition to the crime of aggression, Putin and his generals are guilty of other international crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. Repeatedly targeting children and other civilians violates the laws of armed conflict outlined in the Geneva Convention, the Hague Rules and other associated treaties and protocols.
Crimes against humanity such as rape, murder and torture are obvious from the satellite evidence, on-the-ground observations, and testimonials from victims.
Putin has no interest in negotiation. The only recourse is to stop his invasion by supporting Ukraine as much as possible and to hold him and his henchmen accountable within the international community.