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Apr 23 11 tweets 2 min read
Why should the US support Ukraine?

On April 20, the US Congress made a historic decision to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom. Still, there were many who opposed this decision. So, let’s discuss why supporting Ukraine is directly alighted with the US interests.
1/n Image 2/ It is the right thing to do. Seeing a genocide and doing nothing is a sign of moral bankruptcy. To quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Apr 19 4 tweets 1 min read
A brilliant response by Timothy Snyder to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s accusation of Nazis in Ukraine. As a leading scholar on the subject of nationalism, Snyder makes three points:
1/n 2/ No far right party has ever crossed more than 3% barrier in any Ukrainian elections.
Apr 19 5 tweets 1 min read
What made Speaker Mike Johnson change his mind about Ukraine?

Mike Johnson has been stalling Ukrainian aid for months, each time giving a different excuse. But yesterday, he came with a very clear message, condemning russia and expressing his support of Ukraine. Why?
1/n Image 2/ I think I might have an explanation. Last week, I wrote that one of the reasons the US is more willing to help Israel than Ukraine is that Israel has a very strong and systematic lobby in the US. For example, there are strong religious ties with the Protestant community.
Apr 14 6 tweets 2 min read
A painful truth: the US has never been a true ally of Ukraine and their policy towards Ukraine is hypocritical and cruel.
1/n Image 2/ Last night, the US intercepted over a hundred Iranian missiles and drones directed at Israel. It was the right thing to do. But it also showed one simple and painful truth. The US has never been a true ally of Ukraine.
Apr 9 9 tweets 2 min read
There is no neutrality in the face of evil.
The russian war and genocide against Ukrainians have changed me. The russians killed three of my friends; they have beheaded, castrated, raped, tortured thousands of my countrymen; they have destroyed the livelihood of millions.

1/n Image 2/ I used to be much more tolerant and accepting of different points of view. But now, my vision is more black and white. The war became personal. The pain became personal.
Apr 9 4 tweets 1 min read
A video of a Ukrainian pastor preaching to an empty church building destroyed by russians. He says that at one point of time there were people here who were freely worshiping God. Then he starts crying, because russians have destroyed this place of worship.
1/n 2/ This is a reality of the “russian world” - russians are torturing and murdering Ukrainian Christians in occupied territories for their faith. The russian Orthodox Church has already called it a “Holy War” against Ukrainians, blessing the genocide against Ukrainians.
Apr 9 5 tweets 1 min read
Trump’s ally, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has gone mad. In her recent address, she lied about Ukraine by accusing Ukrainian government of attacking Christians.

1/n 2/ Here is her exact quote: “This is a war against Christianity. The Ukrainian government is attacking Christians; the Ukrainian government is executing priests. Russia is not doing that; they're not attacking Christianity. As a matter of fact, they seem to be protecting it."
Apr 8 4 tweets 1 min read
18 russian “diplomats” were allowed to work inside NATO headquarters in Brussels. 8 of them turned out to be spies and were kicked out in 2021, but NATO still kept the 10. Now, Stoltenberg says that the 10 also turned out to be spies. What a shock!

1/n Image 2/ How can one be so naive? Russia always lie and their diplomacy cannot be trusted. Starting with Budapest memorandum, where russia agreed to protect Ukrianian sovereignty, and ending with hundreds of direct lies from Kremlin, such as “we are not going to attack Ukraine.”
Apr 4 4 tweets 1 min read
Mike Johnson again cancels voting on the US aid to Ukraine.

The date has been postponed again for several more weeks. Speaker Mike Johnson is coming up with new excuses, saying that he is trying to 'soften opposition' from radical Republicans.

1/n Image 2/ If put to a vote, the bill is expected to pass with a large majority in favor, just like in the Senate. But Johnson, who has accepted russian campaign money in the past, refuses to put the aid bill to a vote.
Apr 3 15 tweets 3 min read
Two years ago, I wrote a post that went viral and was translated into various languages. The post was about Ukraine's determination to fight to the end.

Today, I want to add more…

1/n Image 2/ At that time, people were pushing Ukraine to negotiate. I wrote then that Ukraine would not negotiate until the russian occupiers retreated from our territory. Neither independence nor territorial integrity can be a subject of negotiation.
Apr 2 11 tweets 2 min read
Two years ago I had one of the most painful conversations with a faculty I hired at American University Kyiv. Hanna was supposed to move to Kyiv, but she stayed in Sumy - a city surrounded by russians. I didn’t know if I would ever see her again. Here is that conversation:
1/n Image 2/ Me: Hanna, how are you? Were you able to get out of Sumy? Do you need a place to stay in Western Ukraine?
Mar 31 6 tweets 1 min read
Christ is risen! Easter - is a celebration of justice in the universe. Jesus was innocent and on this monumental day He overcome death, becoming the atonement for sins of humanity.
1/n Image 2/ This is a great news for the righteous, those who have suffered from evil, those who have been unjustly killed, raped, tortured, those who have been crying on the graves of their relatives, howling in the night from the agony of pain.
Mar 27 5 tweets 1 min read
Russian opposition speaker and the Chess Grandmaster, Gary Kasparov, at the NATO Public Forum said things most of the Russian 'opposition', including Navalny, would never do:
1/n Image 2/ “The liberation of Russia from Putin’s fascism will not start until the Ukrainian flag is raised over Sevastopol. Period. Anything else is wishful thinking."
Mar 27 7 tweets 2 min read
It is russia's Putin, not Putin's russia.

This is something that many people do not understand. It is not Putin’s war against Ukraine. Even if you take out Putin, nothing will change. He is a symptom of a much bigger sickness.

1/n Image 2/ It is not Putin, but russians who are killing Ukrainians, castrating and beheading men, raping women and children (as young as 4 years old), shelling civilians.
Mar 25 8 tweets 2 min read
“The great russian culture”

There are still people who admire the “great russian culture.” Most of them are brainwashed and morally bankrupt, such as Pope Francis. They believe that somehow Putin miraculously departed from the true russian heritage and became an evil tyrant.
1/n Image 2/ These beliefs couldn’t be further from truth.

Putin is a symptom of a much bigger sickness. The sickness of imperialism and superiority that came from the russian culture.
Mar 23 7 tweets 2 min read
This is so profound and scary at the same time. In 1995 the President of Ichkeria (Chechnya), Dzhokhar Dudayev, predicted everything that is happening today! He was assassinated by russia the next year.
1/n 2/ He predicted that russia would eventually attack Ukraine. He said that "as long as russism exists, they will never give up their ambitions."
Mar 23 12 tweets 2 min read
Who organized the terrorist attack in Moscow and why?

Before answering these questions, let’s look at some facts:

1/n Image 2/ Three days ago, right after the so-called “election” in russia, russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the creation of 2 new ground armies, with 16 new brigades and 14 new divisions.
Mar 18 12 tweets 3 min read
“Why are the russians doing this to Ukraine? Because they can, because the world has allowed them to.”

Testimony of Taira (Yuliya Payevska) to the US Helsinki Commission. She was captured and imprisoned by russians on March 16, 2022 and released on June 17, 2022.

1/n Image 2/ Taira about herself: "My name is Yuliya Payevska. By profession, I am a graphic designer, as well as the president of one of the Aikido federations of Ukraine. Russians call me a Nazi. This is what they call everyone who opposes them, or does not want to see russia in Ukraine.
Mar 18 4 tweets 1 min read
Anyone who says that NATO provoked russia to attack Ukraine is either stupid, brainwashed or simply doesn’t know the history. To the contrary, a simple cause-and-effect analysis shows that it was russia who pushed Ukraine towards NATO.
1/n Image 2/ Until 2013, only about 20-30% of Ukrainians (depending on the poll) were in favor of joining NATO. After the annexation of Crimea, that number went up to more than 50%. And now, after the full scale invasion, close to 90% of Ukrainians say that they want Ukraine to join NATO.
Mar 12 5 tweets 1 min read
My grandfather was right, and I was wrong to doubt him.

Growing up as a child I could never fully understand my grandfather. He told me that russia did a great evil to Ukraine and other nations. But I couldn’t fully accept his message.

1/n Image 2/ I was studying in the school during the Soviet times. I was taught how the Soviet army liberated Nazi Germany, how russia allowed for the Soviet Union to fall apart peacefully, how Ukraine got its freedom in 1991 without a fight.
Mar 11 5 tweets 1 min read
The Walt Disney Company removed the nomination and award ceremony for the Best Documentary film from its shortened international version.
1/n Image 2/ The film 20 Days in Mariupol by Mstyslav Chernov and Yevhen Malolietk won Oscar for the Best Documentary.