This is no longer Putin’s war… maybe it was, but no longer.
It is the war of every Russian mother and father who failed to teach their sons that women and children are to be treasured, not shot and run over with their vehicles… or that no child should have to watch their mothers being raped to death.
It is the war of every Russian parent who did not teach their children that all life is precious and the elderly are to be respected, not shot while riding their bikes searching for food.
It is the war of every Russian child who saw his father self-emasculate behind a bottle of alcohol and saw his mother beaten and abused.
It is the war of every Russian school teacher who looked the other way when she knew her students were looking on each other’s paper because “what is the point of going to school if you do not do well,” who taught their students to win at any cost and that appearances count more than character.
It is the war of every Russian that believes “might makes right,” that the poor are to be exploited, that they should envy others who have what they have not, and that anything that does not belong to them is communal property for their taking.
It is the war of every person in the Russian herd who believes what their leaders tell them on television, rather than think for themselves or believe their Ukrainian relatives who are eye witnesses to the unprovoked horrors which are taking place in Ukraine at the hands of the Russian military.
It is the war of every Russian wife who asks her soldier husband to send home a set of dining chairs, or a household appliance from a Ukrainian apartment, or every Russian citizen that buys “goods” stolen from Ukrainians by soldiers and marauders.
It is the war of every Russian who sleeps in his own bed and keeps his silence while millions of Ukrainian civilians are sleeping and dying in basements, bomb shelters, subways and homes that are not their own.
It is the war of every hell-bound priest and pastor who claims to represent Christ and does not represent the poor, the widows and orphans, the sick and injured, the meek, the lowly, the peaceful… who keeps his silence while widows and orphans are newly minted every day by the hundreds and thousands.
This war of Russian aggression may have started out as Putin’s war, but make no mistake… THIS IS RUSSIA’S WAR and unless Russia soundly loses this war, she will never repent.
Eric Yodis has served through WorldVenture in Ukraine since 1995. After nineteen years in eastern Ukraine with his wife, Beth, they fled the war of Russian aggression in June 2014. Since 2015, they have lived in the Kyiv Oblast. They have once again been forced to evacuate due to the continuing war of Russian aggression against the peace loving people of Ukraine.