Perspective: Ukrainian Conflict

March 2, 2022 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

This is my perspective on the Ukrainian Mess 

From where I sit this conflict is unnecessary. It is just a power play. Putin has an appetite for expansion of his empire.  He has an ambition to return to the Glory days of a Russian Empire. The first thing he did was to annex Crimea and he got away with it.  Then he suspended the constitution and gave himself more powers.  He will be in power until 2038.  He is evil as my friend Rose has opined.  Hungry for power and might.  As is well known:

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

He is so evil today that he has allowed power to fly to his head. So he decided to recognize two breakaway states and has recognized them as independent. He then wants to control them through military might.  It is all a grand plan at empire building.


He has been amassing troops along the Ukrainian border and has promised that he wouldn’t invade. Well he has now invaded and may want to topple the government and install a puppet regime in Ukraine. Will NATO allow this to happen?  Time will tell.


The west has threatened sanctions with the hope that this will bring Russia to the negotiating table.  We do not know how crazy President Putin is.  Like Hitler, these leaders get isolated at times and increasingly paranoid.  This may even lead to a form of mental illness.  It could reach to the stage where he is assassinated or he commits suicide.  It may be as extreme as that picture that I have painted.  It may appear farfetched, but it may not be at all.

Ukraine Is A State

The territorial integrity of an independent nation should be respected.  To roll your tanks and kill Civilians cannot be in order.  President Putin knows better, but power has blinded him.  He has allowed scales to grow temporarily over his eyes. He needs a Damascus experience as did Saul who persecuted Christians.  President Putin has caused the world economy to go into a tailspin. The currency of his own country has been negatively impacted. The Ruble, the Russian currency has devalued 30 plus percent.  What is the west doing?

Latest Casualties In Ukraine

Two thousand Ukraine citizens have been killed.  Some 800,0000 refugees have fled Ukraine.  President Putin has been reported to the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands.  He could be arrested and tried for war crimes.


Canada has been deafeningly silent.  Is Canada secretly arming Ukraine?  If this is so,  then telling the world of such a covert operation is not wise.  It would not surprise me if behind the scenes diplomatic moves are being made.


Russia is being isolated financially and could find it difficult to economically maintain this war.  Only time will tell.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a poet, elegist, author, and senior international journalist who writes for GTA Weekly Newspaper. 

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