Updates will return tomorrow….just need some decompression…..
This post will not make me many friends….but I have never been one that held my tongue or my pen.
The world is in admiration of the Ukrainian president, Zelensky, thanks mainly to the PR campaign by the media.
But sadly the American public is fickle and the interest seems to be waning…..after a month of yippee skippy and all the chest thumping….the rest of the story needs to come out.
After a month of war in Ukraine and the invasion of the forces of Vlad the Invader and the news is always dire for Russia and glowing for the forces of Ukraine and Zelensky.
Since my return from Vietnam I have studied conflicts around the world and I can tell you that the media is not giving the entire picture for they deal with emotions and not actual facts…..
So when I read the news of the conflict in Ukraine I am always trying to make sense to the fighting…..there is always more to a story than the media’s version…..and the same with the Ukrainian conflict.
The question now is just what went wrong that would lead to the death and destruction that is being inflicted on Ukraine.
Where did all this begin….well the Smithsonian takes a look…..
Over the centuries, the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires, Poland, and Lithuania have all wielded jurisdiction over Ukraine, which first asserted its modern independence in 1917, with the formation of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. Russia soon wrested back control of Ukraine, making it part of the newly established Soviet Union and retaining power in the region until World War II, when Germany invaded. The debate over how to remember this wartime history, as well as its implications for Ukrainian nationalism and independence, is key to understanding the current conflict.
In Putin’s telling, the modern Ukrainian independence movement began not in 1917 but during World War II. Under the German occupation of Ukraine, between 1941 and 1944, some Ukrainian independence fighters aligned themselves with the Nazis, whom they viewed as saviors from Soviet oppression. Putin has drawn on this period in history to portray any Ukrainian push for sovereignty as a Nazi endeavor, says Markian Dobczansky, a historian at Harvard University’s Ukrainian Research Institute. “It’s really just a stunningly cynical attempt to fight an information war and influence people’s opinions,” he adds.
Dobczansky is among a group of scholars who have publicly challenged Putin’s version of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine and the years of Soviet rule it’s sandwiched between. Almost all of these experts begin their accounts with the fall of the Russian Empire, when tens of thousands of Ukrainians fought against the Bolshevik Red Army to establish the Ukrainian People’s Republic. Ukrainians continued to fight for independence until 1922, when they were defeated by the Soviets and became the Ukrainian Soviet Republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.). By leaving out Ukraine’s short-lived but hard-fought period of independence in the early 20th century, Putin overlooks the country’s sovereignty, says Dobczansky.
There is always more to the news than the day’s offerings by the media.
If you want to know then always look beyond the day’s news and find the answer you search for…..always look for the ‘rest of the story’.
Some say that the forces of ‘Vlad the Invader’ were destined to fight in Ukraine…..
This war was not inevitable, but we have been moving toward it for years: the west, and Russia, and Ukraine. The war itself is not new – it began, as Ukrainians have frequently reminded us in the past two weeks, with the Russian incursion in 2014. But the roots go back even further. We are still experiencing the death throes of the Soviet empire. We are reaping, too, in the west, the fruits of our failed policies in the region after the Soviet collapse.
And there is more……
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