The most terrifying feeling in the world is listing your mother as a missing person in Ukraine
From the first days of the war in Ukraine, Mariupol has been surrounded by Russian troops. On the seventh day of the war, I lost contact with my family there. The city is under constant shelling. This attack on our country is a genocide of Ukrainians, with a methodical destruction of houses, hospitals, maternity wards, and city infrastructure.
While most of the focus is on governments and NGOs, the private sector also has a role to play.
When a month ago Russia decided to brutally attack the Ukrainian people and their sovereignty, most of the attention of the public opinion turned to the role that governments and NGOs play in responding to the situation.
Ukraine has now been a sovereign and independent nation for over 30 years. As a sovereign and independent nation, Ukraine’s foreign policy is not a matter to be determined by Russia, the United States, or the European Union — it is a matter for Ukrainians.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin clearly disagrees. As Ukraine pursues a policy of closer alignment with the West, its relations with Russia have deteriorated to the point of being on the brink of a full-scale war.
During the last two decades, we Venezuelans have experienced the systematic and traumatic takeover of our democratic institutions.
Our judicial system is no longer impartial, apolitical, and respectful of the rule of law. Our different branches of government are no longer independent from one another. And virtually all major politicians of opposition are either in exile or banned from public life.