Ukraine does not need illusory “peace” at the price of capitulation – Ukrainian intellectuals

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Op-ed

The participants of Ukraine’s First of December group, a coalition of intellectuals, called upon the Ukrainian authorities and society to refuse an illusory peace at the price of capitulation, as that will only encourage the enemy to new aggression.

Though the appeal was made on 16 March 2017, it is even more relevant, as calls for making “compromises” with Russia have been repeated by pro-Kremlin politician Viktor Medvedchuk in an interview to Financial Times, and a campaign to force Austrian-style neutrality upon Ukraine in exchange for the promise of Russia stopping its war.

 

What is the nature of the peace for which we long?

Appeal of the “First of December” Initiative Group

The Russian Federation is waging a hybrid war against Ukraine. However, it started long before 2014. The conditions were identical one hundred years ago: Soviet Russia incited conflicts within the very heart of Ukraine, and established the puppet regime of “Soviet government,” deceiving and manipulating leaders such as Kotsiubynskyi and Shchors, through whom they could effect their military interventions… Additionally, a percentage of the political leadership of the Ukrainian National Republic could never free themselves of the illusory dream of establishing a socialist but independent Ukraine under the patronage of a democratic Russia!

It wasn’t long before the true cost of this illusion had to be paid: with the very lives of these leaders, the loss of Ukrainian independence, and the deaths of millions of victims.

The fundamental characteristic of Russia is imperialism. The operative concept of a “democratic Russia” has nothing in common with the real world understanding of democracy, and it never will, unless and until the Russian people experience a cathartic transformation, a liberation from their current national idea and imperialistic essence.

In its current form, present-day Russia has no use for an independent Ukraine; it requires Ukraine to be a submissive Little Russia.

In such circumstances, peace is merely a dream.

Any disposition towards compromise is understood by the Russian government as a weakness in one’s opponent.

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They view all accords to be as worthless as the paper they are written on. Their real weapons are deceit, falsehood, and contempt for the norms of international law. They are motivated by the instincts of a violent empire, offended that they have lost their status of “greatness” and will stop at nothing until it is reconstituted.

We must keep their motivation in mind.

Malicious “peacemakers,” both within Ukraine and beyond her borders, expect us to be like docile lambs. Their proposal for “peace” requires a price that is nothing less than our capitulation. Ivan Franko had a saying that is timely for us now:

“Peace is the blessed work during times of peace. If you are agitating for peace during turbulent times, you are either a traitor or a coward.”

It is beyond dispute that Ukraine has become fatigued from this war. It is also true that this entire time of enduring great trials has also strengthened the core of our national identity.

We are paying a great price for the right and the possibility of being a free people, and we are becoming much stronger than we ever were in the past.

Now we understand clearly that no one from the outside can ever conquer Ukraine so long as we ourselves do not destroy her from the inside. Consequently, it bothers us tremendously to see the current state of Ukraine’s political class, their greed, their eagerness to take the interests of the government during a time of “painful compromise” and manipulate them to their own benefit; and finally their utter lack of concern for the very basic needs of ordinary people. It also upsets us that the governing elites are devoid of all strategic vision for the future development of our country.

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The world is repulsed by the weak, and we have seen this impatience from our own experience. Our only hope is to become strong: spiritually, economically, and militarily.

When we become strong, we will become victorious, and in this manner will establish a true peace.

We seek a dignified peace.

We have no desire for an illusory “peace”, obtained in exchange for our national interests; such a “peace” will only encourage our enemy to initiate new acts of aggression.

What we want it a unified, united, and free nation, with the strength to stand on our own feet, and with whom others must contend.

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The Initiative Group “First of December” was created on the twentieth anniversary of the referendum for the Independence of Ukraine.  It includes senior national intellectuals: Viacheslav Briukhovetsky, Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, Volodymyr Horbulin, His Eminence Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Ivan Dziuba, Myroslav Marynovych, Myroslav Popovych, Yevhen Sverstiuk, Vadym Skurativsky, Ihor Yukhnovsky, and aims to achieve the establishment of new rules in the country.

More from First of December group:

Translated by: Jeffrey Stephaniuk
Source: 1-12.org.ua

  • veth
    • zorbatheturk

      Putin is a vampire. He was created in a Soviet lab.

  • veth

    Putin not more interested in Minsk Agreements. So, only force will return Donbass and Crime back to Ukraine. Destroy the Russian Army there, the separatists aka Russians fascists.

  • Fortranz

    “- Additionally, a percentage of the political leadership of the Ukrainian National Republic could never free themselves of the illusory dream of establishing a socialist but independent Ukraine under the patronage of a democratic Russia!

    It wasn’t long before the true cost of this illusion had to be paid: with the very lives of these leaders, the loss of Ukrainian independence, and the deaths of millions of victims. –“

    This of course is truth, however, this is what far too many Russians are telling the world is truth:

    Bloger — Mikasa Ackermann

    you are simply clueless about history. There is no such thing as a “Holodomor”. It’s a Ukrainian propaganda invention. There was, indeed, a a USSR-wide famine (which was by far the most severe in Kazakh SSR and some regions of the RSR), which coincidentally also affected what is now Ukraine (then Ukrainian SSR). But that famine was not deliberately caused in order to kill people, or more precisely, it was “collateral damage” of Soviet so-called collectivization efforts to reform the kulak system and industrialize agriculture, combined with several years of very severe droughts. But it was neither the first nor the last famine, there were some others both before it – in 1922, or many times with the Czars as e.g. 1901 or 1898 – or even post WW2 in 1946/47.

    all the CHK and NKVD people you’ve cited have little or nothing to do with it – e.g. Dzerzhinsky died in 1926.

    basically, you have a patchwork, fragmented semi-knowledge of individual facts without any understanding of the underlying situation, like most other modern-day wikihamsters.

    “- They [Russia] view all accords to be as worthless as the paper they are written on. Their real weapons are deceit, falsehood, and contempt for the norms of international law. –“

    This is also the truth. The Russians also employ an army of social media Blogers to pollute social media discussion with lies such as the ones demonstrated by this above example. They are motivated by personal profit from Russia and the brainwashing of the Russia school system. Their instincts and conditioning is the promotion of a Russian status of “greatness” and innocents of any crimes of political excess or crimes against humanity. They will stop at nothing to use deceit, falsehood, contempt and revisionist history [lies] to corrupt and destroy all Western Democracy not just the Ukraine. They do this in the certain knowledge that few in the general Western public have knowledge of Russia’s history past or present. And are easily duped by assertions of misinformation.

    To combat this the Ukraine intellectual community must lead the world in anti-disinformation in both social media and Western MSM. Being victorious here by refuting lies in social media and refusing an illusory peace at the price of capitulation, will establish a true peace for Ukraine.

    • MichaelA

      True
      and it looks like the Ukrainians are leading the world in anti-disinformation
      This article is one of the best I have read in a long time

      • Fortranz

        Agreed, now how to get it circulated more in MSM that’s the question.

  • veth

    Nalvalny blind at one eye, after second attack with poison on Putlers orders.

  • Greg

    Great article and a wonderful message of strength to all Ukrainians and in fact to the Western world. Russia has nothing but misery to offer its own peoples and all other peoples of the world. Russia is a criminal state and should be treated as such. Russia will never be a great nation, ever for thy have no soul for life. As the article mentions Russia can only deliver corruption and destruction.

  • zorbatheturk

    Stomp the Putinator and all RuSSian imperialists.