Discussions on how Russians allowed the regime to wage war on Ukraine is unhelpful right now – Sviatoslav Vakarchuk

13 September 2022

The international society should rather concentrate on the war in Ukraine then discuss the light and dark corners of the Russian soul to find out why they allowed this situation to happen, Sviatoslav Vakarchuk has said at the 17th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting Ukraine: Defending All Our Freedom, organised by YES in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

“To be honest with you, I believe we should now concentrate not on an analysis of the light and dark corners of the Russian soul but on our war. I think after the war the sociologists, psychologists and philosophers will have a lot of work to do. There will be plenty of discussions when we all are safe, Vakarchuk said. 

Vakarchuk thanked the Ukrainian defenders for holding Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine but suggested discussions on how and why the war was allowed should be put on hold until after victory. 

“I respect Ukrainians for their strength, their willingness to fight. I think over 40million Ukrainians have made the same decision. That is why we stay in Kyiv now and we discuss the timeline for Ukraine’s victory. No one had known about what would happen in February and March, but we progressively moved forward. There is good news already from the south and from Kharkiv. I am certain of our victory,” Vakarchuk said.

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Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder
Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University, YES Annual Meeting, 2023
«We have to be realistic, the only way to end this war is to win it militarily»