Russia claims to be defending its national interests in its so-called sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and expects the world to accept this as natural order of things. This policy denies the fundamental rights and wishes of the Ukrainian nation and people to determine their own affairs.
This is precisely what is wrong with the state of the world. It is a place where the USA, Russia and China reserve the right to dictate the affairs of countries in respective (and extensive) “their backyards.” It is a world where the national interests of big powers matter and wellbeing and desires of smaller nations and peoples to live in peace, dignity and safety do not.
I do not support any of the major powers, or their “right” to interfere, intervene and dominate smaller countries bordering them or in their region. It is wrong for the USA to treat small countries in Latin America, the Pacific, Middle East and elsewhere in this way, or China to do this in East Asia. And that goes for Russia in eastern Europe and central Asia. The policies practised by powerful nations has been the cause of far too much suffering, millions of deaths and enormous economic, social and environmental destruction.
Ukraine is totally justified in defending its independence. And it has every right to make new friends and alliances to balance its chances of survival living next to Russia. It took a brave and principled stance for world peace by getting rid of its nuclear weapons. It was given guarantees by the world community that in doing so its territorial integrity would be respected. The world needs to therefore stand up for Ukraine. We should not allow any of the big powers or their military blocs to continue to bully other countries. We need things to change, to find a better way to solve the world’s problems.