Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Ukraine Supporting Non-Russians inside ‘Prison House of Peoples’ Because ‘Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend,’ Goncharenko Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 3 – Aleksey Goncharenko, a Ukrainian deputy of the European Solidarity Fraction, says that Ukraine must support and cooperate with non-Russians inside the current borders of the Russian Federation because it is “a prison house of peoples” and given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

            For Ukrainians, he continues, this issue is both “sensitive and important.” Representatives of these non-Russian nations are fighting for Ukraine, and Moscow is using others of them as cannon fodder to kill them off while killing Ukrainians. Consequently, Ukraine has every reason to support the aspirations of non-Russians for independence (

            Goncharenko adds that he and other Ukrainian legislators are currently focusing on the North Caucasus in particular because it is especially closely involved with Ukraine; and that is why he is pushing for the Ukrainian parliament to follow Georgia and recognize the actions of Russia in 1864 against the Circassians as a genocide.

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