“Ukraine is the new Silicon Valley of democracy, because it is not afraid to change the world by fighting for freedom.” These are the words of Valerijovic Honcaruk, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, in office from 29 August 2019 to 4 March 2020, who reports to Adnkronos: “The war will last months, perhaps years. There are no real negotiations with Russia. beyond words and the attempt to show a beautiful face, the negotiations are a direct window from the Russians. Kiev would like to stop this madness. But Moscow does not want to. This war will only end when Russia loses all opportunities and capabilities to go further, or after Putin dies. Because it is impossible to negotiate peace with those who want to kill you. ” “Now – he continues – we Ukrainians can only fight the Russian army militarily. The problems with Russia are only artificial, invented to attack us and then expand to Georgia, Moldova … Already in Belarus – remarks the former premier – Moscow controls the military machine and the country through Lukašėnka, who is a puppet of Putin. ” Could Ukraine’s use of some form of neutrality help? “The demand for Ukraine neutrality is another rhetorical figure that Moscow needs – he replies – Among other things, even if it obtained it, it would not stop the war. Putin does not aim at a neutral Ukraine, but at controlling it or cancel its existence “. According to Honcaruk, it is Russian propaganda to justify the occupation with an imminent entry of Ukraine into NATO and the European Union: “Putin knew it would take years, which were distant prospects. The reality is another: Moscow has occupied us. because he fears that our democracy may be an example for Russia. Putin fears that his people may aspire to freedom as is already happening; he wants a totalitarian state in Russia, and equally in Ukraine “. Speaking of his link with the ‘Stanford University, in Palo Alto, attended before becoming prime minister, and where President Zelensy will probably go later this month, Honcaruk says: “Ukraine is one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of information technology (It ), so this is not what struck me during my stay in Silicon Valley. I was impressed by the culture and the open-mindedness of the people, by the concentration of this type of people who cons equal outstanding results that allow you to change the world. From their energy, from their desire to create. I made up a saying: Washington wants to rule the world; Silicon Valley wants to invent the future and knows how to do it. Today I can say that Ukraine is the new Silicon Valley of democracy. Ukraine, which geographically is at the center of Europe, will be the center of the democratic world “.” Thanks to the example of Ukraine, the old Western democracies that have weakened in the last 20 years are regaining courage and their democratic values - he explains – We we have given back to the West the audacity and strength to fight in the name of freedom, to save democracy. We are an example to old and new democratic countries such as Germany, France, Sweden and the USA which have changed their approach. Because the example of Ukraine, a young democracy and the only nation that is not afraid to oppose the second military power in the world and totalitarianism, teaches that even a small country can oppose a large totalitarian state. This is why Russia has failed. “The former premier, taking another step back in time, looks at the period he spent at the prestigious California university, along with other international scholars” who worked in top positions “:” It was the first time i went to a western university. What has deeply impressed me and that I have then brought with me over the years, in addition to the unique atmosphere of one of the best universities in the world and the incredible people I met, was the freedom of the relationship between professors and students; the horizontal exchange; the sense of equality, which is very important; equal relationships, light years away from the hierarchical and rigid ones that characterize totalitarian regimes such as Russia where fear is the main resource and the basis of relationships between people, instead of trust, which is the pillar of democracy “. (by Roberta Lanzara)
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