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I keep hearing the same argument in the West regarding Ukraine's problematic past, both the second world war and a more recent one. As if it justifies the atrocities Russia is committing in Ukraine's present.

It reminds me of similar arguments opposing the BLM movement, emphasizing George Floyd's criminal record as if his past could somehow justify police brutality and systemic racism.

Ukraine isn't perfect. As any other country. Does it mean that any country deserves a genocidal invasion?

It is not that you shouldn't discuss Ukrainian issues. After all, upon taking a closer look, you might discover that at least some resulted from Russia's colonialism, and some are a product of its propaganda.

It is that now is not the time to focus on them. Because, at the moment, the words you shatter the air with end up breaking the bones in our bodies.

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