By Volodymyr Tsyalkovsky | March 31, 2022
History repeats itself, isn’t it? In addition, it is quite unfortunate that we learn so little from the lessons of the past.
When I was a teenager, growing up in the western city of Ukraine, Lviv, I remember my teacher once told:
Class, we had a lesson today. Everything we learned seems so obvious right now. But the matter of the fact is that tomorrow more than 80% of that knowledge will be forgotten. That is natural.
So, what do we remember? We remember—what is important. Important lessons stick.
We do remember 1992–1993 when Russia occupied Transnistria and provoked the Abkhazian war. We remember two Russian-Chechen wars, first in 1994–1996 and second in 1999–2009. The Russian-Georgian war of 2008. Russia’s invasion of Syria that began in 2015. And also, we remember that the Russian-Ukrainian war began by annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation in 2014.
What age are we living in? What year is it?
Throughout the last 30 years, everything that Russia touched turned to ashes and suffering in the international arena. And they were able to get away with it. I hope and trust—not this time. Regardless what Russia calls it, “peacekeeping missions” or “special operations” to “protect the Russian-speaking”, they will have to bear the consequences for their actions, both on the battle field and in the court of law.
The world remembers. Justice shall be served.
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