Ria Novosti, a media outlet controlled by the pro-Russian government, recently published an article entitled What Should Russia Do With Ukraine?
It was written by Timofey Sergeytsev, an influential commentator who worked on the presidential campaigns of Mikhail Prokhorov in Russia and Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine.
It says: “The special operation showed that not only the political leadership in Ukraine are Nazis, but also the majority of the population. All Ukrainians who took up arms must be eliminated – because they are responsible for the genocide of the Russian people.”
He clarifies this by saying, “Denazification means de-Ukrainization. Ukrainians are an artificial anti-Russian construct.
“They should no longer have a national identity.
“The denazification of Ukraine also means its inevitable de-Europeanization.”
He argues that “Ukraine’s political elite must be eliminated as they cannot be re-educated”.
“Ordinary Ukrainians must experience all the horrors of war and absorb the experience as a historical lesson and atonement for their guilt,” he says.
He then lists the tasks that must be taken on by Russia, including liquidating the Ukrainian armed forces and all supporting infrastructure; the formation of an anti-Nazi (read pro-Russian) government; the creation of a Russian information space; a mass investigation program into Ukrainian war crimes and in support of the Nazi regime; Forced labour, imprisonment and death sentences for all accomplices of the “Nazi regime”; and the establishment of permanent denazification offices.
Mr Sergeytsev places the conflict in the context of eradicating US subjugation and Western totalitarianism and their ungrateful treatment of Russia after all Russia has done for the West by offering alternatives to capitalism.
Given that Russian President Vladimir Putin has also spoken about the need to denazify Ukraine and has also claimed that Ukraine is not a real country, the government here may wish to summon Ambassador Yuri Filatov to explain whether is this an official Russian government policy?
Frank Schnittger, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Putin must pay for his crimes against humanity
Russian ambassadors have been busy claiming that the recent outrageous killing of innocent Ukrainian civilians was “staged by locals for Western television and the press.”
This kind of “diplomacy” may have worked before the invention of photography, radio, and television, but with modern satellite coverage, the truth will emerge.
Putin and his henchmen must be held accountable for these heinous crimes against humanity, and that cannot happen fast enough.
David Ryan, Co Meath
The protesting Zelensky deserves little applause
Some left-wing Irish TDs chose not to applaud the President-elect of a democracy currently at war with a backsliding, tyrannical neighbour.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy risked his own life by staying in one place for the duration of the Irish response.
Maybe their hands were tied?
Eugene Tannam, Firehouse Dublin 24
Anti-family policies harm our future
In response to Tom McElligott (“We’re having a baby boom, so why all the fuss about pension deficits?”), Irish IndependentLetters, April 5), just because other EU countries have an even bigger problem with declining birth rates doesn’t mean we don’t have a problem at all.
We have indeed a serious problem. Ireland’s total period fertility rate (average number of children for women aged 15 to 49) has been falling steadily for years and is now well below the population maintenance level of 2.1.
If our population grows in the future, it will be due to immigration, not native population growth.
And we will also need immigration to prevent our elderly from becoming an unsustainably large proportion of the total population.
And (shamefully) probably also about euthanasia, which is the path we seem to be taking.
It is no exaggeration to say that we have lost our way as a nation a hundred years after independence. So much of our government policy now seems anti-family.
We introduced legal abortion in 2019, which alone has reduced our birth rates by about 3,000 a year.
We have funded free abortions and free contraception, but we have not funded alternatives to abortion.
We actively discriminated against women in our tax system who wanted to stay at home and start families.
On the face of it, we have quite generous child support, which should encourage people to have children, but our failure to provide affordable housing for couples has effectively forced both of them to stay in the workforce, and the child support then ends up being eaten up by the child care funds.
Mr McElligott is overly optimistic if he thinks that a one-off Covid-related surge in our birth rate will somehow eliminate future problems.
We must follow Hungarians and Poles in actively promoting marriage and family.
Jim Stack, Lismore, County Waterford
The Greens don’t seem to understand rural Ireland
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan suggested that we all in rural Ireland should take shorter showers and fewer car journeys to save energy.
This left an overall bad smell and a lot of trouble in the regions. How does Mr Ryan expect rural people to get to work, including doctor and hospital appointments? Go?
There are too few buses and trains and no Luas connections in the regions.
There is currently no train service between the two largest conurbations in the province of Connacht, Galway and Sligo.
The green agenda doesn’t seem to understand how rural Ireland works. After shutting down the peat industry overnight some time ago, they forgot that the horticultural industry relies on peat to function. And now we have to import thousands of tons of peat a year to support those jobs.
How embarrassing is that? What a shower.
Tom Towey, Cloonacool, Co Sligo
Full-time nurses also earn a basic income
I am writing to you today to tell you that it is wonderful that artists have been recognized and will qualify for a basic income of €325 per week.
God knows we need the light that artists are bringing to us, even more now after two years and a pandemic.
Minister Catherine Martin said the scheme is a recognition that artists’ income can be precarious, which can affect their creativity.
She said the income isn’t a social protection benefit but a payment for artists to carry out their work.
I look after my 16 year old son full time. He has a severe/severe intellectual disability and extremely complex medical needs that require 24-hour care. Due to his vulnerability, he has been living at home 24/7 during the pandemic for more than two years.
Just wondering if the government thinks it’s ok for carers to live in poverty and survive on €224 a week?
Also, keep in mind that full-time carers do not have an opportunity to earn extra income. If they have free time, they can work a maximum of 18.5 hours per week. Nursing allowance is means-tested and the basic income for artists will not be. Care allowance is also taxable.
This isn’t whataboutery, by the way, because I’m not dismissing artists – we love and need them – but it’s about acknowledging that caregivers are important too and that we too deserve a basic income for some quality of life.
We have to keep our homes warm at all times, we have to do more washing than the average family, we have to pay for private appointments and therapy. We don’t get days off and many of us don’t even get a night’s sleep. How should we live with rising energy costs? Can someone in government advocate for caregivers? We work hard to take care of our loved ones, often at the expense of our own health.
Aisling McNiffe, Ardclough, County Kildare
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/government-should-summon-ambassador-yuri-filatov-to-explain-moscows-denazification-policies-41535561.html The government should summon Ambassador Yuri Filatov to explain Moscow’s “denazification” policy