Recalling that, in April, Russia withdrew the operating authorization of Amnesty International and other international organizations, based on legislation that accuses them of being foreign agents, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi states that the recent Amnesty report initially assigns a responsibility to Ukraine, although “he was no better with the Russians than the previous ones”.
The Ukrainians “fought the way they do in the Middle East and generally fight the weak against the strong, hiding in populated areas, using schools and hospitals for military purposes, for example. After some of these were hit by the Russians, at great cost to the surrounding civilians, the Ukrainians accused the Russians of hitting purely civilian areas and perpetuating a genocide, not waging a war,” writes the political science professor, who sees the report as “a serious blow to Ukrainian propaganda”.
To believe that propaganda is one-sided and to outline a solution in which Russia is not a former aggressive empire, but a terrorist state that wants to conquer all of Europe and commit genocide in Ukraine is still propaganda, and it is not one that help us find some solution, that we cannot eradicate Russia.
“Russia remains the main aggressor, but the Ukrainians preferred to resist rather than always spare their civilians – there is no nation that has not survived through blood, so the idea that Russia is solely responsible for the deaths of civilians must be relativized”, writes Alina Mungiu-Pippidi , stating, among other things, that although the tactic of fighting in cities proved effective in stopping the Russian advance, it was used at the cost of destroying those cities.
Propaganda is of great help in war, but propaganda alone does not win the war, and may possibly prolong it, at greater cost to all sides.
She draws attention to the importance of expressing the truth because otherwise, “decisions made by leaders pay in many lives by ordinary people, there is no accountability and no one gives an account.”
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“Ukraine is sublime, but it is not perfect, and the more people they arrest for treason, the more we see how the logic of war affects not only the other camp. It’s sad, but it’s natural. And he can’t hide. Freedom of speech must survive the war in Ukraine, that is one of the reasons why Ukrainians do not want to live under the Russians”, concludes Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.
In response to Amnesty International’s report, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the organization of “trying to amnesty the terrorist state” Russia and “shifting responsibility from the aggressor to the victim.”
Zelensky’s reaction is a typical behavior of Kiev, writes journalist Marin Gherman, on Saturday, in Libertatea, in an editorial in which he recalls that every time it was criticized, Ukraine had the same type of response. In 2017, after the Council of Europe made a decision that did not satisfy it, it said that this force was financed by Russia, and when the Venice Commission criticized the Ukrainian legislation, also in 2017, Kiev manipulated the Commission’s observations.
“If you criticize the Ukrainian state, it thinks you have a hostile agenda,” points out the journalist.
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