October 3, 2022

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Foreing Policy magazine published an article Putin Is Trying to Turn Ukraine Into a Culture War by Lionel Beehner and Thomas Sherlock.

Lionel Beehner is an adjunct professor in the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program and a co-editor of Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations.
Thomas Sherlock is professor emeritus of political science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His writing does not represent the views of the U.S. government, the Department of the Army, or the U.S. Military Academy.

They believe that a conservative message isn’t selling well on the Russian homefront.

At home, Putin is framing the war in Ukraine as a conflict of tradition versus wokeness, a narrative which some in the West’s far-right are latching on to even as they condemn the war from the standpoint of international law, write Beehner and Sherlock.

«This article is total crap. He’s casting it as a war against Nazism. It has ZERO to do with “Wokeism.” This is just an attempt to frame “Wokeism” as some moral high ground when it is nothing less than the organized destruction of western democratic civilization»,

T. L. Headley, MBA, MA, in comments on LinkedIn.

Writers have got lost in a sociological survey as soon as they started talking about “framing has backfired on Russia inside Ukraine itself. A survey in July by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found that only 12 percent of Ukrainians support European or Western values, as opposed to 78 percent who support “traditional Ukrainian values”. But when traditional values are framed as “common to Eastern Slavs,” and Russia or Belarus is mentioned, then support evaporates: Only 33 percent support traditional values, while advocacy for European values jumps to 51 percent”.

Beehner and Sherlock believe that “Ukraine is not as united a country in cultural terms as often portrayed, and its citizens—especially in the Russian-speaking, industrial, and lesser educated parts of the east—arguably lean more conservative than their western counterparts. Yet Putin’s invasion has squandered almost all the soft power Russia once enjoyed in the country. Other surveys underscore that the invasion has accelerated the reshaping of a post-Soviet national identity and culture in Ukraine that is understandably much more hostile to Russia and significantly more receptive to joining the West”.

Limiting their sources to questionable sociological surveys, Beehner and Sherlock show that they have no idea about Ukrainian history, Ukrainian traditions and customs, Ukrainian culture. They are looking at Ukraine through the Russian historical myth they adopted when taking classes in Russian and Eastern European studies (if any). This mistake takes them further to misunderstandings and misinterpreting the nature of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Actually because of these misunderstandings and misinterpreting the nature of Russia’s war on Ukraine Beehner and Sherlock are talking about Putin’s ambitions towards Ukraine as his “conservatism”, Russian Orthodoxy, etc.

Of course, Russian war on Ukraine can be considered as a cultural war, but not in aspects Beehner and Sherlock are talking about. This war is a war between civilizations, i.e. civilizational war, and from this point of view it can be defined as a cultural.

But not only. We, Ukrainian scholars, have defined this war as existential war. What’s interesting, Putin himself also defined this war as existential war.

I personally wrote about this a few times, underlining that this definition is true and correct. If Russia looses this war, it will disappear from the world map as an empire. If Ukraine looses this war, it will disappear from the world map as an independent country along with Ukrainians as an ethnos.

By winning this war Russia wants to preserve its imperial status. To preserve its imperial status, Moscow needs to destroy not only Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, but Ukrainians as an ethnos as well.

That’s why we see so much of Russian atrocity in Ukraine: destroying cities, towns and villages, burning out the soil, torturing and killing people, etc.

Prof. Dr. Volodymyr Ivanenko

On Topic:

ENCOURAGE THE WORLD TOWARDS UKRAINE — 2 — UWIN

RUSSIAN HISTORICAL MYTH & RUSSIA’S WAR IN UKRAINE – Dr. Volodymyr Ivanenko

RUSSIA’S WAR ON UKRAINE SHAKES ACADEMIA – Ukrainian University Club

THE BATTLE FOR HISTORY & BUILDING OF IDENTITY – Ukrainian University Club

UKRAINIAN UNIVERSITY CLUB STATEMENT – Ukrainian University Club


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