About the editor: Myroslav Shkandrij shows us the long history of Ukraine’s struggle for independence and freedom from Russian domination.
For more than two weeks we have watched as a brutal Russian dictator wages an increasingly cruel unprovoked war against Ukraine. We see ordinary civilians being bombed out of their homes, fleeing with their children to an unknown exile, being murdered in the streets by Russian bombs
All this to boost the dictator’s weak self-esteem. He lies to his own people and prevents them from seeing the truth.
Must we continue to stand idly by as these atrocities continue? Is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization so powerless in the face of the Russian tyrant’s empty threats? Can’t we help Ukraine’s fight against a brutal aggressor?
Yes, sending guns and imposing heavy economic sanctions are important, but innocent people are being murdered. Can’t we join forces with our allies in a robust military defense to help the heroic Ukrainians?
Donald Broder, Studio City
About the editor: So Russian leader Vladimir Putin believes that Ukrainians are Russians whether they like it or not, so he’s conducting a “special military operation” against them to force them into submission, and he claims the Ukrainians would do it to themselves do to
Impressive. In this day and age, it’s not that hard to see who’s doing what. And yet we have media personalities, as well as some of our elected officials, praising him. The same people call the democrats communists.
I say, “Keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
Jennifer Roberts, San Diego
About the editor: Shkandrij’s guest article on modern Ukrainian history was very informative in understanding this country’s quest for independence. But as Oliver Cromwell reportedly said while sitting for a portrait, “Paint me as I am, warts and all.”
So here are the Ukrainian warts: virulent anti-Semitism for hundreds of years, many enthusiastically welcomed the Nazi invasion (hoping to be freed from Russian oppression), and many joining Nazi murder squads to exterminate the Jewish population .
Erwin Diller, Playa Vista
About the editor: What Putin is doing, we did more than a century ago when we invaded Mexico and got away with California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Texas, and parts of Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming.
Someone has to say to Putin: What you are doing is no longer done. The times have changed.
Gaston Serrato, Rowland Heights
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-03-15/russia-wants-to-wipe-ukraine-off-the-map When will the US stop Russia from wiping Ukraine off the map?