What I learnt today from several of my Ukrainian friends is downright painful. They say that the Russians are shooting at civilians trying to save their lives after the dam at Kakhovka was blown up yesterday. One of my sources who lives in Odesa tells me about a friend who lives in the area along the Dniper. My friends tell me about people being shot at by the Russians while trying to save their own lives by landing on the Ukrainian side. Bodies float in the river according to the sources. The water masses try to kill them in the river, Russian shelling tries to prevent them from reaching land.
War crimes against civilians
This is something that adds to the series of war crimes we have seen from Russia during this war. We saw it in Butsja and Izium, among other places. We have seen examples of the bombing of kindergartens, schools and hospitals on an almost daily basis throughout the war. After all, shooting at people who are drowning in the water is so simple that I can hardly believe it.
Putin’s totalitarian regime is not far behind Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime and Josef Stalin’s use of brute force in the Soviet Union. The UN Security Council is almost a parody. As long as Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council and has the right of veto, the Security Council can do very little. It is high time to reshuffle the cards in the UN system and look at the Security Council in particular.
From water masses to nuclear weapons
A country that can blow up a large dam to achieve strategic gains in a war is also entrusted to take the next step in the vicious circle. Russia has by far the world’s largest arsenal of nuclear weapons. Ever since the war started, they have been threatening to use them.
Most “experts” have believed that this is just a threat. But after the explosion of the dam in Kakhodka, many are beginning to have doubts. A regime willing to do such a thing is also entrusted with using the most dangerous weapon of all. Which probably leads to an even bigger war.
My thoughts are with everyone in Ukraine, especially those directly affected by the flood, caused by a totalitarian imperialist in the Kremlin.