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Poll: 93% of Ukrainians see Holodomor as genocide
As many as 93% of Ukrainians believe that the Holodomor of 1932-1933 was genocide of the Ukrainian people, and only 3% don’t think so.
That’s according to a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group on November 20-21, 2022, Ukrinform reports.
“Some 93% said they agree with the statement that the Holodomor of 1932-1933 was genocide of the Ukrainian people. Only 3% deny this, and 4% were undecided,” the report said.
Over the past decade, the number of respondents who agree with the statement that the Holodomor of 1932-33 is genocide of the Ukrainian people has increased by one-and-a-half times.
The Holodomor of 1932-33 is seen as genocide by most residents of the western, central, and southeastern regions of Ukraine. Also, there were no significant deviations in terms of age in this matter.
On the fourth Saturday of November, Ukrainians honor the memory of the victims of the Holodomor. In the 20th century, Ukrainians experienced three famines: in 1921-1923, 1932-1933, and 1946-1947. The most extensive was the famine of 1932-1933 – it is called the genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Stalinist regime.
NATO troops conduct exercises near Belarus, Russia borders
Some 2,000 Allied troops took part in the Tumak 22 exercise in northern Poland near the borders with Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave.
This was reported by Poland’s Ministry of Defense, according to Ukrinform.
Polish military from various units practiced operational interoperability with their American, British, Romanian, and Croatian counterparts.
In the course of the exercises, the military crossed rivers and reservoirs, repelled the attacks of a conventional enemy, and also ran a counteroffensive.
A thousand units of combat equipment and logistical support were also involved in the drills.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/BzwwvOEybD0Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Ministry of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak of Poland noted that the Polish military is ready to take responsibility for the security of NATO’s entire eastern flank.
“We know very well that the tasks, in addition to those we have seen, also relate to maintaining the border – both that with Belarus and with Russia’s Kaliningrad region. We react early, not after. We are immune to any threats posed by Russian policy,” Blaszczak added.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, Canada began training Ukrainian sappers on Polish soil.
Photo/video: Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej
The Kremlin does not teach its troops how to behave while surrendering
The Russian forces fighting in Ukraine are completely illiterate and ignorant when it comes to observing the internationally established rules and customs of war.
The top and middle-tier command evidently opt to not inform their subordinates about the limitations posed by international humanitarian law. Also, the command may actually encourage troops to violate it.
The consequences of such nihilism and ignorance are deplorable.
Russian troops commit war crimes in Ukraine — executions, torture, and inhumane treatment of unarmed civilians and prisoners of war. Their conduct gives grounds to believe that the Russian occupiers have received a “blessing” from their command to wreak havoc. This is not dissimilar to how Hitler inspired his soldiers: “I hereby free you from the chimera called conscience.”
In addition, the Russian command does not encourage its subordinates to observe even those norms of international humanitarian law which are designed to ease their own fate.
Russian troops fail to understand that there may be circumstances when they need to surrender. And this is nothing to be embarrassed of and neither this is a crime.
Captivity is a status that limits freedom, but at the same time, it is not the same as serving a sentence in prison for crimes committed. Civilized surrender and dignified stay in captivity are notable achievements of modern international law that have humanized war.
The Ukrainian political leadership and military command relied on the norms of international humanitarian law regarding the observance of the rights of prisoners of war when they ordered the Azovstal garrison to cease resistance in May 2022. And that is why most of the Ukrainian forces survived.
Putin’s troops in Ukraine, on the other hand, seem to be adhering to the opposite tactic. Stalin disowned his prisoners, brandishing them as weak-minded and treacherous. A soldier in Stalin’s era was supposed to die rather than surrender. Putin trains his soldiers the same way. At the same time, though, he allows them to resort to perfidy and treachery. For example, the troops are encouraged to pretend to surrender only to kill the enemy taking them prisoner.
This is what Prigozhin meant when he was recruiting inmates in the infamous video: “No one backs down, no one gives up, no one surrenders. When you are trained how to surrender, they’ll tell you: there are two grenades you must carry.”
This behavior is defined as perfidy and proscribed by Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (namely Art. 37). Violating civilized norms, the Russian military exposes itself to danger, instead of taking advantage of the guaranteed rights of prisoners of war.
The incident with the death of unidentified Russian troops in the video being spun by Russian propaganda is precisely a consequence of this barbaric attitude to international law. In case of armed resistance during capture, the opposing party is entitled to adequate self-defense.
Russia must publicly undertake to conduct outreach work with its troops regarding the laws and customs of war and the duty to strictly observe them. Otherwise, it is rather difficult to qualify these units as legitimate combatants.
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Comment by tonytran2015: The war is intense, its casualty figure is 30% higher than its average of 260/day. Ukraine may run out of soldiers (with a population of 50 millions) while Russia (with a population of 150 millions) may run out of conventional weapons, finance and political credibility and may decide go nuclear.
Russian death toll in Ukraine up to 84,600 – General Staff
The Armed Forces of Ukraine from February 24 to November 21 eliminated nearly 84,600 Russian invaders, including 390 in the past day alone.
That’s according to the General Staff, Ukrinform reports.
Also, Ukraine’s defenders destroyed 2,892 enemy main battle tanks (+6 in past day), 5,822 (+5) armored combat vehicles, 1,870 (+2) artillery systems, 393 (+0) MLR systems, 209 (+0) air defense systems, 278 (+0) warplanes, 261 (+0) helicopters, 1,537 (+0) operational and tactical-level UAVs, 480 (+0) cruise missiles, 16 (+0) warships/cutters, 4,378 (+7) trucks and fuel tankers, and 161 (+0) units of specialized equipment.Read also: Russian war crimes in Ukraine: More than 44,000 criminal proceedings already opened
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