Debunking attempts to rationalize Putin’s war

Before I start the main part of this story, let’s all be clear about this fact: it’s absolutely unambiguous that Russia is the side that started the war in Ukraine; for more than three weeks now it’s purposefully causing death to tens of thousands; ruining livelihoods of millions. Even if there are attempts to “unvilify” Putin’s motivations, or even if the West “should’ve paid more attention” to Putin’s concerns, Russia’s aggressor role is now forever cemented in history.

Now, let’s look at the most common theme used to rationalize Putin’s war. By the…



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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day.