Výročie začiatku vojny

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. So don’t be inactive.

Povedal Alexei Navalny pred pár rokmi. 

Nič nie je čierno-biele, aj Navalnemu sa dalo všeličo vytknúť. Ale jedna z vecí, ktorá sa mu uprieť nedá, je odvaha (niektorí to nazývajú hlúposť). Keď sa v januári 2021 vracal do Ruska, po tom, ako sa zotavil z atentátu v auguste 2020, musel vedieť, že je to samovražda. Nezabili ho hneď, popretŕčali ho pred súdmi, popremiestňovali v rôznych väzeniach, až kým neskončil na Sibíri, kde 16. februára zomrel. Jeho telo vydali jeho matke 24. februára, na druhé výročie ruskej invázie na Ukrajinu.

Prečo Rusko zabilo Navalneho?

The Russian prison system has said he collapsed after months of ill health. Perhaps he was murdered more directly, but the details don’t matter: The Russian state killed him. Putin killed him—because of his political success, because of his ability to reach people with the truth, and because of his talent for breaking through the fog of propaganda that now blinds his countrymen, and some of ours as well. He is also dead because he returned to Russia from exile in 2021, having already been poisoned twice, knowing he would be arrested. By doing so he turned himself from an ordinary Russian into something else: a model of what civic courage can look like, in a country that has very little of it. Not only did he tell the truth, but he wanted to do so inside Russia, where Russians could hear him.

Na druhú stranu, Putin chce ukázať Rusom a všetkým ostatným, že ani takáto odvaha nemá šancu. 

Ukrajina sa neubráni sama. Potrebuje pomoc. Ale s Amerikou je problém:

I’m not for an endless war in Ukraine. We should always be probing for the possibility of a negotiated settlement between Kyiv and Moscow. This year has shown America and Europe two things: The West cannot and will not just keep pouring money into Ukraine to fund a stalemate, and an outright victory by Ukraine or Russia seems more remote than ever.

But the way to get a decent negotiated settlement is not by cutting off aid to Kyiv cold turkey, the approach that many House Republicans and some Senate colleagues are essentially advocating. That is not only shameful but also strategically insane. The only way to get a deal now or down the road — a deal that is in Ukraine’s interest and in the interest of the West — is by reaffirming our military and economic assistance to Kyiv while doubling down on diplomacy to end the war.

Yes, it’s a tricky business; ending wars always is. There will have to be some hard compromises by both sides. For me, that means, at a minimum, Ukraine comes out of this war with a clear pathway to membership in the European Union. If Ukraine, with its advanced army, giant agricultural breadbasket and flourishing young tech sector, can one day be admitted into the E.U., it makes a whole-and-free Europe closer to becoming a reality and the E.U. much stronger as a player on the world stage — promoting democracy, free markets, pluralism and the rule of law. That’s good for us.

And if the price of that is that Ukraine has to cede some of its Russian-speaking eastern provinces and has to rely for now on informal U.S. and European security guarantees and continued arms — instead of formal NATO membership — we’ll deal with it.

A Európa na to sama nemá. 

Zatiaľ u nás na Slovensku? Náš aktuálny premiér hovorí o “falošnom démonizovaní Putina”. Hanbím sa zaňho a som nahnevaná, že toto je človek, ktorý reprezentuje našu krajinu. Jedna (smutná) vec, o ktorej s ním súhlasím, je, že keď skúsim odhadnúť, kde budeme o rok, tak to budú akurát plnšie ukrajinské a ruské cintoríny.  

ako pomôcť finančne; učením slovenčiny

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