Journalists and experts of law and social sciences discussed the causes of and possible solutions to the war in Ukraine in a virtual conference.
Director of Law School, Ukrainian Catholic University
“A fundamental principle of criminal law is that evil should be punished. If it is not, there will be consequences. All of us are aware of the Russian occupation of Crimea. It happened eight years ago. Was evil punished? No. So now we have the second stage.”
Then there's the problem of disinformation in the heavily centralized system Putin has established, explains Volodymyr Turchynovskyy, an expert in social sciences. He says that Putin's control of, not only the government and the military, but of the media and the Church, has allowed him to propagate a distorted vision of reality and ensure that his commands are executed.
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Ukrainian Catholic University
“[Putin] was saying that Ukrainians had no right to exist. That's the sort of explanation, reason, that he was giving to Russian people and to the outside world. So from his viewpoint, that was a way to fix that anomaly and kind of bring together and rebuild the Russian empire.”
There's no shortage of people around the world who want to help the besieged population.
Journalist, Voice of America
“People can go and protest to show the government of their country that, not only Ukrainians, but their constituents, their citizens, they care about the situation and they are interested in resolving this. Second thing, here, people in America, they say that you can call your representatives in Congress, or in Parliament, to say, please do something to support Ukraine.”
He says individuals can also donate money to support the Ukrainian military or humanitarian aid organizations, and to avoid diffusing false information about the war.