Putin’s predictions about the Ukrainian people were wrong: University.Illinois Professor

Expectations of Russian President Vladimir Putin How Ukraine responds to aggression Ukrainians have never been more united, according to a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“At this point, the” rally’round the flag “effect, the idea of ​​unity, and the idea of ​​social unity in Ukraine are stronger than ever, which is the exact opposite of Putin’s prediction. Sociology professor Cynthia Buckley said in an interview with Kevin Hogan on March 12th: NTD News..

“He’s predicting chaos and people will be scattered,” she said. “This has not happened.”

Buckley emphasized the important role played by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in rallying his people to fight the Russian army.

“You have seen the emergence of a very charismatic leader in Zelensky,” she said. “He stayed with the army and being in Kyiv was tremendous so far in terms of solidifying unity, establishing patriotism ideas, and truly connecting Ukrainians.”

But the professor warned that this solidarity could diminish as Putin escalated the war and human suffering increased.

“We are currently at stake, especially in terms of social welfare in central and eastern Ukraine,” Buckley said. “And as it evolves … seeing more big cities go without water, medical care and basic social services, the idea of ​​social solidarity and patriotism may begin to diminish.”

Buckley said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Viklov was not ready to escalate his military actions.

“On the Russian side, there is no immediate motive for the ceasefire,” she said. “Lavlov’s actions [the] Even for Sergeĭ Viklov, the obvious human war crime face was very surprising. So, unfortunately, the ceasefire is not currently at the table. “

A Kyiv government adviser said negotiations on the fourth round between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations on a possible ceasefire were temporarily suspended on March 14 and will resume the next day.

Buckley said she thinks it would be difficult to hold Putin and his administration accountable for war crimes, especially if Kyiv was captured.

Hundreds of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since Russia invaded the country early in the morning of February 24th. The move prompted widespread international criticism, with many Western nations hitting Russia’s economy with serious sanctions. It is more likely that you are on the way.

Since the beginning of the conflict, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Russia, according to the United Nations International Organization for Migration.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.



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