Ukraine crisis: an organization of victims of communism calls the Russian invasion “illegal” and a “warning signal”

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The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world,” called on Friday The Russian invasion of Ukraine “illegal” and “a revival of the West”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that he wants to “denazify” Ukraine, despite the fact that Ukraine helped Russia fight Nazi Germany in World War II and that its current president, Volodyomyr, Zelenskyy, is a Jewish president whose family members survived the Holocaust.

“The ongoing unprovoked and unwarranted attacks on Ukraine by Russian military forces, described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ‘special military operation’, are illegal and contravene international law,” the VOC said on Friday. declaration. “This baseless aggression has significant long-term ramifications for the United States and the West.”

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Russian state media repeated accusations of ‘genocide’ by Ukrainian troops against Russians in Luhansk and Donetsk, the regions Putin declared ‘independent’ as Russian troops were supposed to secure them last week as part of of a “peacekeeping” mission, which VOC declared “a plain and simple lie.”

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“The implications of this illegal action are manifold. More immediately, it poses a profound threat not only to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but also to the life and future of the Ukrainian people, especially those fighting the troops Some speeches by Russian leaders suggest that Moscow may seek to overthrow the Ukrainian government by force and even act against specific politicians the Kremlin does not like,” VOC said. “[U]kraine will suffer greatly.”

Medical specialists carry a woman, who was injured in a building bombing, to an ambulance as her husband stands nearby in Kiev, Ukraine, February 26, 2022.
(REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

The memorial foundation accused the Kremlin of breaking international law, including the Helsinki Accords on European security and the Budapest Memorandum, which prompted Ukraine to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for sovereignty.

VOC later called the invasion a “reminder to the West”.

Ukrainian troops inspect the site following a Russian airstrike in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday February 26, 2022.

Ukrainian troops inspect the site following a Russian airstrike in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday February 26, 2022.
(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

“The attack on Ukraine is a clear wake-up call to all who have argued that America does not face dangerous great power competition, not only with China but also with Russia.” , continued VOC. “Russia is destabilizing Europe, seeking to undermine American power and influence around the world, and fragmenting our close alliances and partnerships. And Moscow is implicitly and explicitly threatening to use its massive nuclear arsenal against anyone who resists. These events will shape the international system and U.S. foreign and security policy for years to come.

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The United States’ response will shape how foreign governments view the United States and its commitment to global stability, especially in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, the organization said. non-profit in its press release.

A humanitarian center for refugees from Ukraine at the Moldova-Ukraine border in Palalanca, Moldova, Friday, February 25, 2022.

A humanitarian center for refugees from Ukraine at the Moldova-Ukraine border in Palalanca, Moldova, Friday, February 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Aurel Obreja)

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The Biden administration announced earlier this week punishments against Russian banks, oligarchs and the owner of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Putin said the crisis could be resolved if Kiev recognizes Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed after capturing it from Ukraine in 2014, drops its bid for the NATO and partially demilitarized. The West has denounced the annexation of Crimea as a violation of international law and has previously categorically rejected Ukraine’s permanent exclusion from NATO.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Aubrey L. Morgan