Kyiv must create an International Day in Memory of Victims of Russian Aggression, Ukrainian commentator says

Russia's military aggression in Donbas devastated Ukrainian territories under the Russian occupation (Image: Novosti Segodnia)

Russia's military aggression in Donbas devastated Ukrainian territories under the Russian occupation (Image: Novosti Segodnia) 

Analysis & Opinion, War in the Donbas

The current conflict between Russia and the West provide an opportunity to create an International Day of Memory of the Victims of Russian Aggression in order to be “an eternal reminder to Russians both now and future generations that they must take responsibility before history for themselves and their leaders,” a Kyiv commentator says.

The conflict between Russia, on the one hand, and Ukraine and the rest of the world, on the other, is not simply a military one but rather is about symbols. Moscow has understood this with its “hybrid” war approach; it is time, the Ukrainian commentator writing under the name Setevoy Orakul says, to turn the tables on it.

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“The establishment of [such a day],” he writes in Delovaya Stolitsa, “would have enormous symbolic meaning both as a day for grieving and as opportunity to remind the world that Putin has not ended the war against our country.”

Ukraine should establish this day as a national one immediately, the commentator continues, and then work to secure its recognition at the international level much as it has done with the Holodomor. At present, “about 20 countries” recognize that this was an act of genocide “by the totalitarian Stalinist regime;” and more will in the future.

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  • zorbatheturk

    Must form an anti-Putin coalition.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Having a special day to commemorate and honor those Ukrainians who have been slain and/or persecuted as a result of Russian aggression would be appropriate from a moral perspective but it would make no difference to the rat pack that rules in the Kremlin. In fact, all that these Russian rodents understand is raw power. As such, Ukraine’s leadership should either press its allies for much more meaningful economic and military aid in deterring Russian imperialism or re-evaluate the option of nuclear capability. Why? Evidently, the Budapest Memorandum On Security Assurances which was signed on December 05/1994 by the Russian Federation, The UK and The USA that was supposed to guaranty the independence, sovereignty and the EXISTING BORDERS of Belarus, Kazakhstan and UKRAINE in return for sending their nuclear weapons to Russia and for their signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, was not worth the paper it was written on. As for the current status quo, it simply isn’t acceptable.