20 May, 2022

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Death Of Putin

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

I lived in Kharkov, Ukraine for six years from 1978 to 1984. I will never forget Ukrainians for taking care of me, educating me, giving me a place to live, and financially supporting me for six years—these are the things that parents do for their own children. Kharkov is the place where I discovered love. My love and gratitude for Ukrainians are indescribable.

I keep on thinking of the people that I know and that I knew. Even though I kept telling some of them that an attack was about to happen, they kept saying “Don’t believe what the Americans say.” I did not argue with them but kept quiet, which was very unusual for me. They hoped for the best, but they refused to prepare for the worst. That is the story of this infamy in a nutshell. Some of the places in Kharkov that I see on CNN were the places that I used to hang out. I am saddened, but I think this is the end for Putin, or the beginning of his end.

I know that Ukrainians will fight. I also think that the Russian soldiers do not have a dog in this fight. Ukrainians are their friends, brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandfathers, and grandmothers, not their enemies. This is Putin’s war. While Putin’s cronies—the crooks—brook him, the entire world bucks him and is praying for his peril.

In 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, Putin was a KGB officer in Dresden, East Germany. His comfortable life collapsed suddenly. When irate crowds stormed the headquarters of the secret police building where he conducted his espionage, Putin asked for help, but Moscow was silent. This is when Putin bluffed. Putin convinced the crowd that that his offices were part of the Soviet military installation. This is a good example of how easily political elites can be overthrown. Even now Putin fears demonstrations and that is why he has banned demonstrations now. Demonstrations remind him of Dresden: What the power of people can do to despots.

Ukrainians thought that Putin was bluffing.

Ukrainian people have showed us what real freedom looks like: the real freedom is what you’re going to do with what has been done to you. Instead of surrendering to Russians, Ukrainians have chosen to fight back. The Ukrainians are radically free, free to their roots! Their country is nothing else but what they build by themselves. Ukrainians have shown that they are responsible for their freedom and the quality of their own lives. The quality of their lives depends on their choices and their ability to assume responsibilities. Ukrainians are way more powerful than they think; they are way more powerful than they even want to be. They are carrying the weights that are heavier than what they can carry: assuming responsibility for their own freedom. They are not making excuses for not having powerful weapons to defend their country. They are using Molotov cocktails against mighty Russian army!

I sincerely believe that Putin is marching toward his own death; look at the way he conducts his meetings; it seems like he is sitting in a mausoleum, at a large white marble table; during his meetings, he keeps everyone, at least, five meters away from him. Simply, it is eerie. He has taken his first step: He attacked Ukraine. He called his attack on Ukraine “de-Nazification.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a jew, a grandson of a Holocaust survivor. I wonder what Hitler and Stalin are thinking in Hell.

I sincerely believe that most Russians do not support this war. Some of them are showing it openly by demonstrating, risking their own lives. I think in Russia, only one in a thousand who are against the war would participate in an anti-war demonstration, the war against Ukraine; others are simply scared. There are still scared of the old KGB tactics. I think Russians will get rid of Putin. It is just a matter of time. St. Petersburg, the home of Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoevsky is the place for this new revolution. Putin is going to join Muammar al-Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Ben Laden.

Countries like China, India, and Israel are showing their true colors.

In a nutshell, the future of the world depends on this war. When Putin is gone, Russian will join the EU like Ukraine did.

The remnants of Russia’s October Revolution in 1917 still haunt the world, this war in Ukraine has global ramifications. The world is a dangerous place now. Right now, we have one superpower, an ex-superpower, and an aspiring superpower. The ex-superpower and the aspiring superpower are united against the superpower. If Putin wins this war, China will attack Taiwan. Here is a quote from Xi Jinping at a Ceremony Marking the Centenary of the Communist Party of China, on July 1, 2021: Resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China’s complete reunification is a historic mission and an unshakable commitment of the Communist Party of China.

I feel sorry for Russians, not Putin; they are the God’s condemned people. Whether it is Romanovs or Ulyanovs, Stalin or Putin, it does not matter. They always screw the Russian people.

When Putin is gone, Russia will become a democratic nation and join the EU. Ukrainians and Russians will unite again.

To all Ukrainians, the entire world is supporting you, except a few morons.

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    Ukraine was the biggest weapons seller to the Sri Lankan government during the war.

    Not only that, Ukrainians trained SLAF with grave risk to their life. Sometimes went with Lankan SLAF officers in flying missions. A grateful SL cannot forget Ukraine.

    There is outpouring sympathy for Ukraine in SL.

    At the same time I wonder if it is karma.

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      Retribution? If it is so, it is too late. I understand that Ukrain women pilots bombarded Sencholai, ( Kilinochchi) an orphanage where several children were killed. Later they seem to have apologized to say they were misdirected by the Srilankan Government. Similarly, Russia may apologize after the damage is done and thousands Killed.

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        varunan

        i believe that was bombed by kfir jets.These are israeli made jets.What makes you think ukrainian women pilots can fly them ,but sri lankan pilots can’t?

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    Iraq , an ancient civilization was decimated on the premise that there were WMD. Libya a prosperous nation governed by a truly benevolent , much loved dictator was completely flattened , and is today in a state of total anarchy . Sryia and Yemen have been smashed to smithereens .Thousands of innocents were killed in countless drone attacks . Millions have lost their lives, property and livelihood – all in the name of ‘western’ democracy . Never once was there an official apology from the ‘global policeman’. The silence of the liberal democrats and civil rights activists was deafening .
    NATO was never meant to be the aggressor . Putin does not want them in his backyard .

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      Pundit,

      All were due to Russian-linked authoritarian regimes trying to topple the prosperity of the World Order.

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      But But according to a CBS reporter these are no Civilized countries . where as Ukraine is . So they do not count.

    • 6
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      Please listen carefully:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHB8BkrMPEM

      90 seconds of Tim Wilson remembering that Putin said that he’s more important than Planet Earth – so his threats of using the Nuclear Option must be taken seriously.

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    Dr. Asoka, thank you so much for writing this article because this is coming from some one who lived, experienced and know the facts firsthand. Many stereotypes who write article or comment are either biased, ignorant, parroting, eternally anti West/U.S or frogs in a well with no knowledge outside of Silly Lanka. When I wrote here about Putin dumping KGB seeing the demonstrators, Prof SJ (aka know it all) thought I was kidding. Bottom line, people who have no clue about their own future in Lanka are those trying to predict the future of Ukrainians.

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      Chiv,
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      I am totally in agreeement with you.

      Our know-alls thought that sino-srilanka ties could do lot more good. I think, had the current govt been close to the west, things could change for the betterment of the island nation. Look today, Rajakshes abusive politics has cornered SRILANKA to China, but the chinese dont seem to have special treatments to us while being caught by all various economic problems today.
      .

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      US has committed wrongs in the past which many Americans , though on hindsight did acknowledge.In my opinion WMD was the greatest blunder perpetrated by a few , misleading a novice President..Powell who was in charge then admitted to error of judgment, on his part and lived expreed guilt until his end.(if not it would have been unblemished history). Regardless, this war is between Ukraine and Russia . Some how justifying Russian invasion is a repetition of

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        (Cont) blunders in creating own sins.If WW 1 was about loosing pride then WW 2 was to regain the lost pride.??? This cycle has no limits supported by endless denials and excuses. Wars set the clock backwards and we Lankans should know better. Regardless we all will have to pay dearly just as in pandemic ( even more)

  • 16
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    Garry Kasparov, not only the greatest chess master but writer, political activist and commentator said “Putin is a snake, free world nestled to it’s bosom, treating as an ally, an equal while he spread his corruption. Now he strikes again”. Not only Kasparov, sports personalities in general including world boxer and former Olympic gold-medalist Klitschko, Manchester City Defender Zinchenko condemned Putin’s invasion. Few Russian born came out in open calling it a Putin’s war and not Russian War.

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      A most valid distinction, chiv.
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      This is not Russians vs Ukranians, this is Putin vs Civilisation.
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      Thanks for details of those opposing the war.
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      Panini

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        Dear Panini
        Yes it’s Putin against the whole civilised world. His problems seems to stem from a personalty complex.
        He is irrational and in most instances insincere. We have these depots all over the world some worse than the other
        How do we deal with these psychopaths is our dilama
        I am just watching UNGA debate on Russian- Ukrainian situation.
        Personally sanctions alone wouldn’t get Putin change track
        As for the writer , thank you Doc.

  • 20
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    USA did not hestisate invading Cuba and occupying Bay of Pigs. When there a risk of nuclear warheads right next to the border they will invade. Have you seen Ukraine on a map? Imagine NATO military camps just across the border from Russia? The Ukraine leader is a 32 year old comedian! He probably does not know NATO from EU. He can join EU but why is he trying to join NATO? For what benefit? He is being played by the British who is under pressure at home and abroad on multiple fronts. The British did something to start this war.

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      Jambu,
      “The Ukraine leader is a 32 year old comedian!”
      What does that matter? Our finance minister is almost 70 but doesn’t know kaputas from chickens. We have a PM who acts all the time. At least Zelensky stayed back and is fighting. Our leaders run away to their real country.

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      Dear Jambu,
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      A correction: the President of Ukraine, Mr Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is 44 years old, not 32 as you have stated:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy
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      Looking at the comments that I made during the last two days, I find that I have made mistakes of a different sort, linking readers to the wrong videos, for instance. I’ve tried to correct them, but have failed since I find it difficult to keep my mind on what I’m doing.
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      We’re talking about countries that we know little of. However, it is clear that Zelensky has been proving to be a fine leader..
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      I see other statements made by you which are also not accurate, but recognising my own “Internet Fatigue”, I’m not going to pinpoint any more.

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    I am sure Dr. Jagath Asoka also goes regularly on strike for better pay and privileges and looks the other way when sick and poor Lankan patients groan and suffer on hospital benches for days. Now here he is weeping crocodile tears for Ukrainians.
    Hypocrisy has many faces.

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      Dear Sarath,
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      I don’t think that Jagath is a Medical Doctor. I think that he has something to do with languages, linguistics, even with English Literature. He has a PhD.
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      I don’t know him at all
      , but that is what I have gleaned from many articles that he has written on CT.
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      Don’t you think that you should check before you so harshly condemn? It doesn’t usually matter if you shower the wrong guy with praise – that can easily be undone. Unfortunately, “the good is often interred”, but the “Evil that men do lives after them”.
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      There is truth in that, even though the words are cynically uttered by Mark Antony in the speech that he was given by Shakespeare somewhere in Act 3 of Julius Caesar. Off-topic, but has MP. Diana Gamage read the play properly by now?
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      I’m glad that you’re reading something; I’ll be more grateful if you followed up that reference that I gave you.
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      Also, check on Asoka. If having done so you apologise to him, then you will prove that you’re not a crocodile!
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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      Dear Sarath

      Best thing idiots should do is to keep quiet without exposing their lack of knowledge

      R

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    I am desperate for the right word. A parallel is not the right word, but is close enough.
    Jagath Asoka is deeply concerned over his inability to help his friends in Ukraine. Who would not be. That is what friends are for.
    Doesn’t he have friends in Sri Lanka. Do Tamils fall within his category of friends. I hope they do.
    It is not just war that kills and maims. There are many other ways to kill people and injure their future.
    Not that I am not worried about what is happening to Ukrainians, but I worry more about what is happening to Tamils.
    I too feel saddened by what is happening to Ukrainians. Is Jagath Asoka saddened by what is happening to Tamils. I wish that he does.

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    Gratitude is a fast vanishing trait. The essayist has it in abundance.

    Putin is also like that mad monk of Imperial Russia- Rasputin who was of peasant stock but managed to gain access to the court of the Czar and started messing around with his wife.

    Rajan Philipps in an essay elsewhere on these pages tells us that the grandfather of Putin was a cook to Lenin and Stalin.[This caught my eye].
    Putin is also corrupt; He has amassed a fortune within a very short time and dreams of being the modern day Czar. We too have our own version within Srilanka! Of-course!
    There is a bigger problem in the world bigger than climate change……………
    Lumpen elements dreaming to be Royalty……………

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      Plato

      I beg to differ.
      Jagath Asoka’s loyalty to Ukranians is blinding him from objective analysis.
      This is the continuation of unfinished European Tribal war.

      USA could not tolerate USSR installing missile batteries in Cuba while it reserved the right to maintain any number of missiles in Turkey in the 1960s. USA and its allies find every bit of the world being their backyard as if Russia should not concern about its own security.

      Please watch the link below:
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/24/tucker-carlson-says-ukraine-is-not-democracy-here-are-facts/

      Being a client state of USA gives Ukraine a good report.
      I am not sure what Jegath is talking about.

      By the way I am not a fan of Putin nor a supporter of Russia.

      Jegath has to revisit the time the Berlin wall was destroyed. It was KGB which organised the protest and eventual destruction and unification of Germany.

      I am not sure what has intervention of the west in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, ….

      Then the question of the extend of the role and influence of Military Industrial complex together with Financial Institutions.

      Please note “Neutral Swiss join EU sanctions against Russia in break with past”
      https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/neutral-swiss-adopt-sanctions-against-russia-2022-02-28/

      Surprisingly unusual.
      What is the story behind the story?

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        Native,
        It is time people realised that the world is driven by self-interest. Russia has to be condemned for invading Ukraine, but the West is being hypocritical. All we can hope for is that the Russians will get a bloody nose.
        Some day, maybe Tamilnadu will split from India and annex us. It’s better to be one move ahead and apply to join India.

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      Molotov Cocktails
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      I did quite a bit of other reading, spurred on by this:
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      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/28/i-havent-told-my-granny-ukraines-student-molotov-cocktail-makers
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      I have a dread of broken glass; so the stuff will also get propelled at high speed.

  • 17
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    Double standards of the West.
    Putin dropping cluster bombs on Ukraine is war crime
    Gota dropping cluster bombs on Tamils with the help of Ukraine is not war crime

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      Rajash,
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      Please rise above this level of pettiness
      . I try to do it almost all the time.
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      I have carefully stated somewhere that at the time of the Eelam Wars the leader of Ukraine was a horrible man (stooge of Putin) who was overthrown by the people of Ukraine. I have also linked you to the very thorough Wikipedia entry on current President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. See this as well:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_Ukraine
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      Isn’t it a minor crime for you to comment as you have done without doing a bit of checking? I’ve made many comments during the past two hours, but is because I have spent at least 60 hours during the past five days reading and listening to information on what is happening in this totally unjustified, and unjustifiable, war.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        Sinhala_Man – This is indeed a unjustified and unjustifiable war.

        This is not pettines.

        what if Russia declare a No Fire Zone and ask all Ukraine soldiers to surrender and bomb the hell out of them!

        How will the world react!
        for over a decade now the toothless UN is still pussy footing around Sri Lanka’s war crimes

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      Rajash

      “Gota dropping cluster bombs on Tamils with the help of Ukraine is not war crime”

      Gota is a bas**rd, but he is their bastard.
      Putin is a bas**rd but not their bastard.
      Hence Putin got a price to pay.

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        Hi Native Vedda/Sinhala_Man
        This is CBS news
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        “This isn’t a place, with all due respect, like Iraq or Afghanistan that has seen conflict raging for decades. This is a relatively civilized, relatively European […] city where you wouldn’t expect that, or hope that it’s going to happen.”
        ——
        Its ok to bomb the hell out of Afghan, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Palestine Pakistan etc
        but not ok to bomb white skinned , blue eyed Europeans who carry smart phone and Ipad

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        True Native, I wonder who’s side is Basil and Gotha are ??

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        Further, just like in Bosnia these victims of all these bombs and killings are white Europeans, many blue-eyed and blonde. Does not matter if they are Muslim, Christian, Protestant Christian, Catholic Christian or Orthodox Christian, Latin, Teutonic, Slavic, they are all of White European heritage, therefore they are very precious to the UN and to these powerful western and many other nations. Their lives matter. If anything bad happened to them, even to the Russians, the UN and the west, and all their allies will screech. It is also the to some extent the same to the light-skinned almost white west Asians, they are second in line in the pecking order. However, who cares about these dark-skinned Tamils, Tutsis, Kampucheans, Rohnghiya, the largely native American or African origin Campesinos in Latin America. Their lives and human rights do not matter, can be bargained and used, for the advantage of these powerful nations. The UN does not care, the west does not care and other powerful nations do not care. This is why their issues do not take precedence or importance, whereas anything happening in Europe or to people of White European heritage or other light-skinned people is of prime importance.

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    its heartbreaking to see this. both Russians and Ukranians are amazing people. The politicians who lead them not so much. I have never lived in these countries but I have worked with them for a long time.

    one cannot escape the geography. Its a pity the Ukranian govt did not heed this lesson. Did they really need to join NATO ? Did NATO really need to do this dance with the Ukranians ? A wise man once predicted the wrecking of Ukranine in 2015. Its a pity this has come to pass.

    Do you think India will stay silent if Sri Lanka signed a defence pact with China. I doubt they will overtly invade Sri Lanka like this but the consequences will be impossible to bear. One can only hope for intelligent leaders but there are no guarantees in life.

  • 7
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    “…..When Putin is gone, Russia will become a democratic nation and join the EU…..”

    Keep dreaming Asoka! Everyone thought in similar lines as the former USSR was crumbling down in 1991. Look what happened then with the KGB’s rebirth and the emergence of a man called Putin while Reagan and Thatcher were celebrating the end of cold war, USSR and Communism. You gonna see many similar scenes in the Terminator saga – Rise of the Machines!!

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    When people whom you like are troubled you feel sad. Hence the feeling of the author is understandable. He says he lived in Kharkov whereas a Google search on the map shows a town named Kharkiv which is within the current Ukraine but close to the Ukraine Russian border. It is common knowledge that the population of Ukraine is divided into two groups; namely those living in the Eastern sector of Ukrainian land divided by the Dnieper River, in which Kharkiv is situated, is more aligned to the Russians and those on the West to Poland. Moreover, the author was there during 1978 – 1984 a period in which USSR was at its height, KGB was ever present and not a dog’s chance to sport Ukrainian spirit. Moreover, many especially in the Eastern sector read and write Russian as opposed to Ukrainian or such other language now prevalent in other parts of Ukraine. Under such circumstances it is difficult to understand how the author found out a separate Ukrainian identity during his stay there. It is a law of nature that evil begets evil. Is it applicable to Putin? I would be cautious to pronounce a judgement on that.

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      There’s no real contradiction, GS.
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      “Kharkov” was the Russian name, and “Kharkiv” is the form that Ukrainians now use.
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      Similarly, Kyiv is the now used Ukrainian form; and Kiev is the Russian form. You have missed a lot if you haven’t heard this magnificent music that ends Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”, composed in 1874.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw7OM_Q810k
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      Mussorgsky was a troubled genius (please refer Wikipedia). Embedded in this video is a portrait of him. He scored this work only for piano, but it obviously called out for orchestration. That was done by his friend, Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov.
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      What I have given you here is a more modern setting. Since childhood Ukraine conjured for me this music.
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      Also, let’s remember that we shouldn’t get “Russo-phobic”. There’s just one evil man to blame for all this – Vladimir Putin.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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    Maybe we now see in the movie many versions of Agatha Christie’s ” Death On The Nile” we will soon many versions of ” Death of Putin” Maybe one with Bonnym singing ” Ra Ra Ras Putin. Russia’s greatest war machine” with Russian soldiers dancing and marching to this tune into Ukraine. Asoka what about the Thamizh of Sri Lanka and what happened to them? You do not have any Thamizh friends and feel or empathize with what happened to us and is happening to us? Just with only the Ukrainians, as you feel empathy towards them but not towards us. Charity begins at home. Whilst I feel sorry for the Ukrainians, remember they were selling arms and Ukrainian supplied arms, planes, and Ukrainian pilots were used to bomb, kill and commit all sorts of atrocities on the island’s Thamizh in 2009. This was not their war and just they are fighting Rissian aggression now, the Eezham Thamizh was also fighting against state-sponsored Sinhalese racism and terrorism against the Thamizh. Strange what these Ukrainians did to the Thamizh has now come back to bite them. This is what you call you reap what you sow as per the Christian tradition or Karma in the Hindu tradition.

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    Thanks to Putin. EU which was being dragged in all directions and not getting anywhere has now united for a worthy cause. 1) Germany which was criticized for not spending the 2 % GDP on defense has earmarked more than 100 Billions 2′) Hungary which was mostly a dissatisfied member is leading the sanctions. 3) EU and US are back to discussion and planning strategies since Trump’sdeparture. 4) UK and EU are back on cordial terms 5) countries who are not members of EU and NATO are now in discussion to get membership 6) Putin has given yet another chance to Biden / Boris to prove that they are worthy leaders. 7 ) Some Republican Trump backers are now questioning his nefarious relationship with Putin. 8) Reportedly Putin expected EU to be in disarray by his dramatic move and there by weaken further and split.

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    Putin has become a stupid leader who is responsible for his own destruction. He had become unbalanced not knowing what to do next, since the entire world sympathetic and supporting Ukranian people, who have to undergo enormous hardships, loss of lives and their belongings. This war has made Putin as an aggressor entering into another country since world war -II; and the ultimate outcome could be loss of his own status.

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    Certainly I weep for the innocent civilians of Ukraine and even Russian soldiers. Being a Tamil able to understand what it is from SL experience. Peaceful tamils were subjected to all forms of violence and suppression that finally led to tamil militancy. War is a curse. Putin is a mad grandiose fellow and his walk explains every thing. But we cant blame Russia alone here. US and its allies are threatening Russias safety under various excuses. Even Ukraine fell into that trap. Now the west led by US is shedding crocodile tears but their objective is to subdue Russia. The finl thing is that both sides are evils playing with the lives of innocent civilians. SL and Rajapaksas have a good lesson to learn. You must value your own citizens and respect them as equals and for heaven sake never ever think your mere numerical advantage will change the equation. You guys must realise that if similar things happen to SL today the citizens will not stand as one because you have not treated them as one. Sinhala Buddhsim will never ever save SL. You may win election but now that too is out. Our unity is the only way out. Our present tragedy could have been easily averted had you guys treated all our citizens as one.

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    russia with all its oil and gas will never join the EU.The author is IQ poor.Wonder where he got his doctorate from.Does he know why norway never joined the EU.Why did iceland not join the EU.When you join The EU you have to automatically share all your natural and fisheries reources.Anyway yu don’t need to join the EU to be prosperous.See switzerland and now the british also found out that the negetives are greater than the positives with people just moving into your borderless country.

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