Open Dialog Foundation translator calls on his colleagues
Upon an analysis of reports dealing with the human rights violations in Ukraine, Alexander Skoblenko, a Ukrainian translator who has been working for years with the Open Dialog Foundation in Poland, decided to record an appeal to his colleagues and translators everywhere.
Skoblenko states that "the world froze in horror on the verge of World War III“, and that "what will follow will depend both on the politicians and each of us“. Thereby, he called on all translators, people who speak all the world‘s languages, to provide faithful accounts of the incidents in Ukraine through every possible medium.
Skoblenko also claims that the objections raised to the Russian aggression, "will prevent the war and thousands of casualties“. He concludes his appeal by issuing an address to translators: "let it be our contribution to the defence of Ukraine‘s sovereign choice and to peace around the world“.
Watch the video with Alexander Skroblenko’s appeal, the transcript to be found below:
"I call on you with regard to the situation in Ukraine; a few days ago, all of us, tearful and with bated breath, watched closely the events on Maidan. We raved about the heroism of the people who were defending the future of their country, fighting against a corrupt and thuggish regime. The victory came, the regime was toppled and the murderers and thieves began fleeing abroad. It seemed that the sun had come out. People became engaged in a social dialogue. Yet not everybody liked such a state of affairs. Especially Putin – after all, it was his squire who was overthrown. A squire who plundered the country, stole from the state treasury and ruined his countrymen by purchasing gas from his supervisor at the highest price in Europe. On March 1, having provided shelter to Yanukovych, who was already being pursued by Interpol, trampling on all the international agreements – the Charter of the United Nations and the Budapest Memorandum – under the pretence of protecting Russian citizens, he dispatched his troops to Ukrainian territory, claiming cynicially that they were in fact, Crimean Defence Forces.
We all perfectly understand that the world froze on the verge of World War III. After all, over 200 million people are involved in the conflict. What will follow depends both on the politicians and each of us. I – your colleague, call on you, people who can speak virtually all the world languages, people who like nobody else, can commiunicate to the world the truth about the events in Ukraine in each and every language you speak. I turn to you – communicate the truth to everybody – acquaintances, clients, politicians, organisations and everywhere on social networking sites, websites, emails and other mass media; let the truth be spread to every corner of the world. It should be us calling for an end to the aggression in Ukraine. Reveal all the cynical lies of Putin concerning extremists who have taken power, about terrorist attacks in Ukraine, about training militants in Poland, about persecution of Russians in Ukraine. Explain the real motive for Putin’s rebel movements aimed at destabilising the situation in Ukraine. Inform about the rampant anti-Ukrainian propaganda and the censorship in the Russian mass media. About dispatching militants to the east of Ukraine, about provocations arranged by Putin, about the gas blackmail and the threat of blocking the supply of nuclear fuel to the Ukrainian nuclear power plants, about the alleged illegitimacy of the Ukrainian government – it was Putin who professed such an opinion, not the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Every word we say about Ukraine is incredibly precious. Thanks to your engagement in this case, when people from all corners of the earth, those who have realised the real motive behind the Russian aggression respond, we will be able to prevent the war and thousands of casualties. Let it be our contribution to the defence of Ukraine‘s sovereign choice and to peace around the world“.