As Europe is yet again left with a fascist dictator dreaming of resurrecting an empire, let’s talk Victory Day in Russia and Ukraine.

To understand modern Russian identity and how the invasion of Ukraine perfectly fits into it, you have to take a close look at the #VictoryDay.
It might surprise a lot of people, but the Soviet Victory Day was not nearly as big as it is in modern Russia.

In fact, Victory Day in Russia is basically what independence day means for most other nations.
Victory Day provides a perfect bridge between the imperial, Soviet, and d modern-day Russia. It also feeds the unresolved imperialist ambitions of Russia.
Folks, it’s a death cult.
I can’t stress enough how undermining Russian version of Victory Day for the rest of former Soviet states and allies.
Ukraine’s relevance and human sacrifice in defeating the Nazis is one of the most widely ignored aspects of WWII discourse.
There is little joy for Ukraine in the WWII story. It’s a huge tragedy.
Of course, if you create a cult of war, sooner or later you’re gonna find a war to fight. Just call some people “Nazis” enough times and you’re good.
Kindly reminder that the Z-symbol and glorification of modern-day Russia basically means open support for the genocide of Ukrainians.
#NeverAgain now has dark undertones because a fascist war of extermination is here again, in Europe.
But it’s not too late to act.
Support for Ukraine is crucial right now.
If you want your donation to have a real impact, I urge you to donate to my dear friend @bo_pavlo who’s been volunteering 24/7 to supply Ukrainian defenders with drones.
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How did it end?
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Zero civic resistance, no public outrage.

Ukrainians abandoned these campaigns on the ~3-4 well of war.
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