Kaja Kallas

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Nearly two years ago, I had the opportunity to chair the first official UN Security Council meeting on cyber-security. Almost everyone at the meeting stressed what all states have already agreed: international law, including the UN Charter in its entirety, applies in cyberspace. Russia did not.

Eight months later, Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine and violated every rule in the book. For years, we had heard predictions that the next big war would be a kind of cyber-Armageddon. But instead, Russia brought back large-scale conventional war. Images of destruction from places like Bucha, where the Russian occupiers tortured and killed civilians, shocked the world.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ukrainian soldiers riding a tank near Bakhmut, Ukraine, September 2022. Ammar Awad / Reuters

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has never been solely about Ukraine. It is also about the international rules-based order and the security architecture of Europe. In December 2021, the Kremlin gave NATO and the European Union an ultimatum: end NATO’s open-door policy and limit its right to self-defense by refraining from deploying forces and weapons in countries that joined the alliance after 1997—or risk a war.

Since then, horrors that we thought belonged to history have once again happened in Europe. Russia is waging a genocidal war in Ukraine, shocking the world with the magnitude of its war crimes. It is targeting civilians, destroying civilian infrastructure, and using mass killings, torture, and rape as weapons of war.…  Seguir leyendo »

I am writing this essay as the world has woken up to the horrific scenes from Irpin and Bucha, suburbs of Kyiv in Ukraine. We see pictures of mass graves and civilians murdered by Russian troops. These photos remind Estonians of the killings by the Soviet regime and the NKVD, its law-enforcement ministry. Its machine of state terror murdered civilians in exactly the same way. Deportations and filtration camps take me and every other Estonian family back to painful memories of repression under Soviet occupation and of Gulag prison camps.

Placing civilians at the frontline is a Russian war tactic. The proof?…  Seguir leyendo »

I’m the Prime Minister of Estonia. Putin Can’t Think He’s Won This War

A cualquiera que haya vivido bajo la ocupación soviética, las informaciones que llegan desde Ucrania nos traen de nuevo escenas que pensábamos que no volveríamos a ver. El bombardeo de civiles y la destrucción gratuita de edificios recuerdan las matanzas desencadenadas en el continente europeo por Hitler y Stalin. En Mariúpol, una ciudad portuaria sometida a un despiadado y terrible asedio, los habitantes están siendo presuntamente deportados a lugares remotos de Rusia, donde les aguarda un destino incierto.

eses cuando, en 1949, los soviéticos la deportaron, junto con su madre y su abuela, a Siberia. Mi abuelo fue enviado a un campo de prisioneros siberiano.…  Seguir leyendo »

I’m the Prime Minister of Estonia. Putin Can’t Think He’s Won This War

To anyone who lived under Soviet occupation, reports from Ukraine replay scenes we thought we would never see again. The bombing of civilians and the wanton destruction of buildings recall the carnage unleashed on the European continent by Hitler and Stalin. In Mariupol, a port city subjected to a brutal, horrifying siege, residents are reportedly being deported to faraway places in Russia where an uncertain fate awaits them.

My family knows what that’s like. My mother was only a 6-month-old baby when, in 1949, the Soviets deported her, together with her mother and grandmother, to Siberia. My grandfather was sent to a Siberian prison camp.…  Seguir leyendo »