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Will of the people: Ukraine and Russia

The battle between the Ukraine and Russia is about the Ukraine defending sovereignty even as it recovers from its government failing. The Russian foe is also a cousin. Many Ukrainians are ethnic Russians. It is a family feud of sorts.

Vladimir Putin wants to have cake and eat it too
Vladimir Putin wants to have cake and eat it too AFP/GETTY

The outcome and consequences from the Ukraine-Russian struggle are important to the free world for these reasons:

  1. Protecting the integrity of sovereign nations against illegal intervention
  2. Protecting the rights of people to political self-determination
  3. Protecting the rule of law

If Russia is permitted to continue to intervene and invade the Ukraine, it sets precedence in the region that Russian may threaten other nations that include ethnic Russians. Russia’s actions may be interpreted to mean that ethnicity is grounds for redefining national boundaries. The Kurds, for instance, might appreciate that to expand the territory in Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. That notion is against international law and it is in contradiction with the notion of pluralism and a pluralistic democratic free world. Therefore, Russia’s actions must be opposed and the Ukraine must be aided in the process.

Free people have a right to peaceful protest. They also have a right to oppose repressive government. When their governments fail, they have a right to try to correct it. Some believe that the free world has an obligation to show the way.

International laws and regulations and laws and regulations within sovereign nations guide how people address problems and solve them. Russia’s violations of the international rule of law, including its invasion and capture of the Crimea should not go unpunished. It is a crime against the free world. That is why economic sanctions are imposed and why Russia is now classified as a rogue nation.

Ethnic Russians in the Ukraine should be invited to participate in the Ukraine government and the process to strengthen the Ukraine. If they are not allegiant to the Ukraine, then their status as Ukrainians may be challenged in the Ukraine courts. Perhaps many are eligible for deportation to Russia. Others who violate the law with violence against the Ukraine should be tried and incarcerated if found guilty. That is due process.

Russia has no legal right to deploy troops in the Ukraine and it has no legal right to support insurrection there.

“Russia ‘cannot stand aside’ in Ukraine - Putin

Russian president says ending the crisis depends on the political will of the Ukrainian authorities
Inhabitants of Mariupol form a human chain in support of Independent Ukraine and against war on the eastern side of Mariupol in the Donetsk region yesterday. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 11:49
First published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 09:00
Russian president Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow could not stand aside when people were being shot at in Ukraine.

“It must be borne in mind that Russia cannot stand aside when people are being shot at almost at point blank,” he was quoted as saying by ITAR TASS news agency.

Asked if it was possible to predict the end of the crisis in Ukraine, RIA news agency quoted Mr Putin as saying: “No. It largely depends on the political will of current Ukrainian authorities.”
The West accuses Moscow of supporting pro-Russian separatists who are fighting Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia denied accusations.

Earlier, Ukraine handed over a group of captured Russian paratroops and Russia has returned 63 Ukrainian soldiers who crossed into its territory last week.”

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/russia-cannot-stand-aside-in-ukraine-putin-1.1913241