“We have to have to convince ourselves that it’s never too late. At any stage, you can stand up and fight and do something. We can still stand with the Ukrainian people. You can always save what can still be saved. Where there’s life, there’s hope.”-Michael MacKay, excerpt from my Byline Times report, Putin’s War of Annihilation - A Decrepit Empire’s Last Stand, February 24, 2022
Everything that has happened in Ukraine in the past eight years has foreshadowed the attacks on the West. As I wrote yesterday in Once Upon a Time in the West - Brexit and Trump Were Russian Attacks, a quick study of Putin’s aggression in Ukraine and you find all the same bad actors here in America, and many in the UK.
On the eve of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine I reached out to my friend, Michael MacKay, a brilliant Canadian academic who taught in Ukraine and who has been documenting Putin’s aggression daily since 2014. I didn’t know what else I could do to be helpful other than the one thing I knew how to do - report.
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(Image above: Banksy mural on a shelled building in Ukraine's liberated town of Borodyanka.)