From the editors:

In connection with the second anniversary of Russia launching its all-out war against Ukraine, we have invited a number of prominent political, business and military people, analysts and journalists, to share their thoughts on what this somber date means for them and for all of us.

 

 

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

 

On Feb. 24, 2022, we entered a new reality. Illusions that had been built in Europe during three decades were shattered in a moment.

Putin has made it clear that he doesn’t recognize Belarus and Ukraine as independent countries. He thinks of us as territories he controls, and he doesn't want our people to decide their own future.

For Ukrainians, this became a fight for their very survival. They showed incredible bravery and strength in facing this challenge. This inspired people around the world to support them.

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For us in Belarus, it's also a fight for our nation's existence. It became our common fight. We're standing up for our freedom and the freedom of Ukraine.

President-elect of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, is the Belarusian democratic opposition leader, who is widely believed to have won the presidential election in her country in 2020 that was rigged by dictator and Moscow vassal Aleksander Lukashenko.

 

Garry Kasparov

 

Putin feels unassailable. The regime has fortified for 25 years, funded by the West, and the fear and apathy of Russians is high. But Putin's attack on Ukraine exposed him. He can be defeated without a soldier on Russian soil, without a US or NATO boot deployed. Just arm Ukraine.

Eurotopics: Ukraine Aid - Turning Point in Washington Decisive for Kyiv?
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Eurotopics: Ukraine Aid - Turning Point in Washington Decisive for Kyiv?

After months of wrangling, the US House of Representatives has passed a legislative package for 61 billion dollars in aid to Ukraine. Europe's press examines the implications of the decision.

Garry Kasparov is chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, author of Winter is Coming, a visiting fellow at Oxford Martin, business and tech speaker, and 13th World Chess Champion.

 

Anders Aslund

 

In April 2021, Russia had already amassed 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders. My insightful Kyiv friends told me that Russia would attack, though it was unclear when. On July 12, 2021, Putin published his article about the historic unity between Russia and Ukraine, which read like a declaration of war.

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Months in advance, the US, UK and Ukrainian intelligence understood that Russia would attack, while their German and French colleagues denied it.

The renewed Russian attack on Feb. 24, 2022, was thus no surprise, but strangely the West reacted slowly and ineffectively. Now the West must no longer be afraid of Ukraine’s victory and Russia’s defeat but do everything for Ukraine’s victory for the national security of the collective West.

Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Stockholm Free World Forum and Adjunct Professor Georgetown University, is a leading specialist on the East European economies and author of 15 books.

 

Andrei Kurkov

What has two years of full-scale war taught me? When I hear an air raid signal, I don't jump up and don't think about where to run. I, like many of my friends, check on the Internet for more information. And if it’s another MIG-31k, I stay where I am – at my desk, drinking coffee or reading a book.

I think I've lost the use of facial muscles, which are responsible for smiling. The optimism of the spring of 2022, when everyone believed in an early victory, has left us. Today's Ukrainian realists smile very rarely. There is simply no reason to smile, and the pause in military assistance from the United States tempts us to be pessimistic.

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But, as the last two years have taught me, even when things seem to be very difficult, good news can come unexpectedly from the Black Sea.

Andrei Kurkov is an internationally acclaimed novelist and cultural activist whose widely published articles provide a personal view of the situation in his home country, Ukraine.

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I ENJOY THE PRINCIPLED, THE INTELLECTUALLY HONEST JACK GRIFFIN
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It is so enjoyable to see once again the short-term idiots have moved on to a new shiny object: David Steele, Mark G, and you other idiots. Here's looking forward to John the loon from Canada no longer offer his arrogant stupidity as well.

Wilhelm freiherr von Rheinhardt
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@I ENJOY THE PRINCIPLED, THE INTELLECTUALLY HONEST JACK GRIFFIN, scumface scumbag thug fascist adolf hitler lover fascist jack griffin is his mothers whore, you slut

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HAPPY SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF SUFFERING FROM JOE BRIBEN
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So this is spam suspicion you worthless fascists at the Kyiv Post?
Joe BRIBEn is 100% responsible for this war. No different than Barack Hussein Obama allowing the first invasion in 2014. And neither BRIBEn or Obama gave Ukraine the means to defend themselves. And you idiots say we Republicans and Trump are a threat to Ukraine, and Jack Griffin is a troll. You folks are terminally insane.

Cedar
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@HAPPY SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF SUFFERING FROM JOE BRIBEN,
As it is the Republicans who have blocked the aid to Ukraine proposed by the President and approved by the Senate, who else should we blame? Trump openly says Russia can do as it pleases.

JOE BRIBEN IS BLOCKING THE $61 BILLION DOLLAR AID TO UKRAINE
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@Cedar, Hey shameless idiots, 2/3rds of the House supports the $61 billion dollar aid package to Ukraine. That's a roll call fact. I don't know where you live but we live in a Constitutional democracy. Our southern border is being invaded by over ten million illegals. One of those illegals murdered a nursing student at the University of Georgia Anthens this weekend. So idiot, all Joe BRIBEn has to do is agree to securing the southern border and Ukraine gets it's $61 billion. But Joe BRIBEn has refused to secure the southern border. Joe BRIBEn is the fundamental reason Ukraine is not getting their $61 billion. Why is that so difficult for you to understand?

Wilhelm freiherr von Rheinhardt
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@JOE BRIBEN IS BLOCKING THE $61 BILLION DOLLAR AID TO UKRAINE, scumface fascist thug jack griffin is deep in the arse of vladolf putler and comes with that stench here to pollute
fuck of, you scumbag griffin you are a downright adolf hitler lover and extrem rightwing fascist
americans kill amongst eachother for over 10.000 a year with your fucking ghuns

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Imokru2
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It is an undeniable fact that Ukraine grows stronger every day, and therefore eventually will defeat the katsap miasma forces.
Right now, there are some minor reverses on the ground, only because the Ruskies have a larger population.
The average Ukrainian soldier is far superior to the Russian recruit and land forces will prevail once Ukraine achieves air superiority.
Think about the carnage on the ground for Mother Russia once the F-16’s arrive.
Some Grand Poobahs in the West say that Russia is winning this war and that Ukraine should cut the best deal it can get. Don’t you for a second believe it!
Ukraine has basically neutralized the Russian navy in the Black Sea. Once air superiority is gained over Ukraine, the average Russian grunt will run like rabbits back to their mothers.
If you believe that Russia will win, I’ve got a destroyed bridge I’d like to sell you.

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