As an American Israeli I really have no right to ask anything of those that suffered under the USSR and then under Russian rule. However, I’m afraid that the fate of this Russian invasion of Ukraine falls on the hands of ordinary Russians. I am therefore pleading with every Russian Israeli who still has family and friends back in Russia to plead with them to do whatever they can to let the Russian government know they are upset with the loss, not only of Ukrainian lives, but also the loss of Russian lives.
Putin is a narcissistic despot who has painted himself into a corner with no escape and no way to stop without losing face – which he will not do. Thus, the Russian economy will be further crippled. Already over 500 Russian soldiers have died – for what? Putin’s dream of a Greater Russia. Putin is sinking Russia into another Afghanistan situation which in the long term is devastating to Ukraine and Russia. Nobody wins. Additionally, he is threatening to bring the world to nuclear destruction.
The only hope is the Russian people, if they can convince their more rational leaders that it is time for Russia to help its own citizens rather than destroying its economy and killing its sons. Please contact any friends and family that you know in Russia and urge them to do whatever they can to put a stop to this disaster – even for Russia’s sake! The world can put pressure but the only way to put an end to this madness is to stop the madman which can only be done from inside Russia.