Oleksandra Matviichuk

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Workers unload civilian bodies in a cemetery in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 7, 2022. Rodrigo Abd/AP

Since my organization, the Center for Civil Liberties, was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize last year, I’ve met a lot of people around the world. They often ask what motivates me to keep on going amid this terrible conflict. How do I manage to get up every day, eat breakfast, have coffee and then turn to my daily work as a human rights lawyer: documenting the now thousands of hideous atrocities that have been committed — and are being still committed — by the Russian Federation’s armed forces against the people of Ukraine.

During those first weeks of the war last year, it was anger that fueled me.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ukrainian designer Margarita Chala, draped in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, stands next to shoes symbolizing war crimes committed against Ukrainian civilians, at Old Town Square in Prague on Jan. 15. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

The war in Ukraine is a war about values. This could not be clearer. Russia is striving to convince the world that democracy, rule of law and human rights don’t matter. Russia aims to prove that the only thing that matters is force — that a state with a powerful military and nuclear weapons can impose its desires on the world and modify internationally recognized borders.

In this regard, this is not just a war between two states. It’s a war between two systems: authoritarianism and democracy.

Let me be clear about one thing: Ukraine desires peace more than anyone else.…  Seguir leyendo »