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An Open Letter To Ukraine’s Zelensky – OpEd

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Dear President Zelensky,

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By standing up to the Russian Invasion and rallying your countrymen to put up a brave fight to defend Ukraine you along with your country men and women have earned the respect  world over.

On the eve of the 100th day of the war you said “up to 100 of your soldiers were dying each day and that Russia now occupies a fifth of Ukraine’s territory.”  Over 8 million Ukrainians remain internally displaced and  migrated with the majority never to return to be united. Most parts of the Eastern Ukraine are already razed to the ground.

You have got your country trapped into US led NATO proxy war against Russia  without them losing their soldiers. US and the NATO have categorically stated they will not send soldiers to fight in Ukraine. Ukraine has got caught between the superpowers. The longer this war continues, the more Ukrainians will flee their homeland, more the devastation to their homes, cities, industry and economy taking a critical hit.Are you not a worried person for your country and the safety of your people?

On 21st May you said to a Ukrainian TV channel; “The Ukraine war can only be resolved through Diplomacy.”  In he end of March you had proposed ‘Ukraine’s Neutrality Proposal’ accepting that “Ukraine would not join NATO, will become  non-aligned,non-nuclear and will have no foreign military bases or contingents on its territory” or words to that… Then who let this Neutrality Proposal down?

Mr President during this war I am sure you have well understood the harsh reality of world politics and you well know this war will have “No Winners” but only losers so do not make the war a do and die destructive issue for Ukraine. Be realistic and act like a leader that you are who understands his country’s geopolitical position and interests best.

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You had said “If the world would like to end this war, it needs to supply us with heavy weapons.”  This is no solution to bring an early end to the war but has only been prolonging the war bringing further destruction and misery to Ukraine and Ukraine only with the West watching from the fence from their drawing rooms since February 24 at the cost of the Ukrainians. Mr President you need to understand this proxy game early to end the war. At this juncture it appears it is in your hands only in coordination with the UN to have a ceasefire to stop this war. Only you and only you can stop this war.

A well-wisher from India 

India the country which believes that “The World is One Family” (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam). This phrase is another demonstration of the all-inclusive attitude that the Indian tradition has and believes in. Unity in diversity is something that we have been practicing for thousands of years.

Patial RC

Patial RC is a retired Infantry officer of the Indian Army and possesses unique experience of serving in active CI Ops across the country and in Sri Lanka. Patial RC is a regular writer on military and travel matters in military professional journals. The veteran is a keen mountaineer and a trekker.

6 thoughts on “An Open Letter To Ukraine’s Zelensky – OpEd

  • July 4, 2022 at 3:26 am
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    Thanks for appreciating president Zelensky, Ukraine did what you are asking with the illegal invasion of Cremea in the same Ukraine did Russia stop? no Putin came back for more and he will keep coming until he takes all of Ukraine, I can see you understand Ukraine but you need to study Russian politics the aim here is to take back all the Soviet republics one piece at a time

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    • July 7, 2022 at 3:56 pm
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      Putin is a power-addicted psychopath leading a country that he made totally corrupt with his own hands. You can’t bargain with such scum. Would you have bargained with Hitler?

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  • July 4, 2022 at 3:51 am
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    You could not have said it better, Patial. Unfortunately, the situation is more complex than the sound advice you have proposed in your open letter. Zelensky is unable to stop this war by himself until the direction to do so by his backer (an incredibly sad situation for a “leader” to be in). However, I am confident that Zelensky backers would give the necessary directions to him to negotiate with Russian when the war begins to weigh down on them (the backers). Until then, Ukraine and Ukrainians would continue to endure most destructive elements of the war.

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  • July 4, 2022 at 9:45 am
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    Ukraine sure did not start this war, but has all rights to defend themselves.
    You seem to forget this. The ball is not only in Zelenskys court.
    Putin and his helpers are the aggressor.
    Make no mistake, as soon as India is not of help to RU anymore, they will go against you.

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  • July 5, 2022 at 7:45 am
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    No one is making any mistakes and no one in the world is siding Russia for the invasion. ALL are concerned about humanity and at the moment is Ukraine and its people. Chess is being played on the canvass of Ukraine which need to be stopped by the master players and let Ukrainians not be the pawns which sadly somehow they have become !

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  • July 5, 2022 at 8:22 am
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    We need to understand both sides. War started by Russia who suffered very heavy losses in terms of men and material. NATO will never get involved directly in this war. This is abundantly clear after 100 days of aggression. Initially it appeared, liberating Donbas was Russian aim. With Ukraine’s fight for survival with the support of West the war between the two escalated and continued indefinitely. Ukraine need to think on it’s own & negotiate with Russia under the aegies of UN for ceasefire . UN forces deployed; should ensure ceasefire between the two countries. Negotiations & settlement of dispute in a peaceful manner. This is not going to be easy for Ukraine. Russia is able to choke Ukraine economically and destroy the Ukraine’s industry, cities & population. The suffering is of Ukraine only. This needs to be prevented by all democratic nations

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