Views from Ukrainian-American Alex Morozov, as told to Sophie Pappas
I have lived in America for more than 20 years. I consider myself a Ukrainian-American. My children are now in high school, and they live in what I call the double bubble. They have a bubble because they live in America, and another bubble because they live in Carmel. We have a unique country here and I hope it will always stay that way.
My home country is Ukraine. And what you see on the news may be very complicated. But really the issue in Ukraine is very simple: Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power 15 years ago, after giving his university dissertation on what he called the largest tragedy of our time, the end of the Cold War. Not the first World War or the Holocaust, but the end of the Cold War. This should tell you who he is.
In the last 15 years he has used propaganda in Russia and the world. This is very similar to what Hitler did in Nazi Germany beginning in 1934. And Putin has admitted that he is interested in taking over Ukraine for one purpose: to bring back the Soviet Union and weaken the U.S. Unfortunately, we already have a very weak U.S. government and that is what Putin wants. He wants America on its knees.
Senator John McCain once said that Russia is a big gas station, and this is true. They are focused on exporting oil and gas. Since the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was elected in 2010, he has been very pro-Russian, always helping Putin and receiving money from Putin. In 2010, the Ukrainian people were not ready to take to the streets. This year, they were ready after Yanukovych said he would sign documents putting Ukraine in the European Union. Sadly, Putin paid Yanukovych $6 billion to not sign those documents. This was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
The people of Ukraine don’t want to be a part of Russia. They want to be independent. Putin has sent more than 25,000 un-uniformed troops into Ukraine, all carrying high-tech weapons. On February 22, Yemocovich fled to Russia with his family, taking between $20 and $40 billion from the Ukrainian government. I celebrated this event, but soon Russia wanted to strike even harder and take Crimea, again this is just to make the U.S. upset.
My biggest concern right now is that Putin will not stop here. He is just like Hitler was in the 1930s, and he wants complete domination. I’m positive if we had President Reagan in the White House, Putin would remain silent. Obama and the current administration need to show Russia that the U.S. is not weak. The Ukrainian people, and myself, do not want a war. We do not want blood. We believe the Western world needs to impose heavy sanctions on Russian oil and gas.
Putin dreams of the Cold War, and wants to recreate it just like Stalin. I am thankful for Mr. Putin because he has united Ukraine and showed us that we don’t want Russia anymore.
If anyone would like to help Ukraine during these tough times, please provide your contact information by going to the web site www.UkraineForDemocracy.com
Alex Morozov is CEO of Swan Software Solutions, a company based in Central Indiana with three offices in Ukraine.