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The Good Ukrainians, Continued
“I do not know what Scott expected the people of Ukraine to do. […] and the nationalist western half of the country that supported their government’s policies. “
I accept that one could assume I was referring to people being passive in the first sentence of the quote. And like Scott, I also divide Ukraine into eastern and western parts, each with its unique characteristics. However, I was unclear on those points, and I apologize for leading you to those assumptions, Scott.
But I still maintain there are good people in all parts of Ukraine.
Events following the government change in 2014 affected the ability of some people to respond or act. Some women refuse to leave their sons, husbands, or elderly parents behind. Others remain to care for the ill, disabled, and orphaned. Some men hide from the authorities to avoid conscription. Finally, some people successfully fled, and others ran and paid the ultimate price of death. I can speak personally to each of these situations.
Although I agree in principle with what Scott wrote, these are some reasons people may choose to be what Scott calls passive, and I call survivors.
However, I won’t take sides in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. I have personal contact with people on both sides of the clash, and their situations lead me to agree with Scott that war should always be the last option, as it is the civilian people who suffer the most.