How “two Burmese” see Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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The Myanmar junta, which came into power in February 2021, has supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG) voted “in favor” of a UN resolution condemning Russia’s actions. The NUG represents the former ruling party and political parties that oppose the government.

Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, a spokesman for the military government, told the Voice of America radio network that the government is supporting Russia.

First, Russia has been working to strengthen its sovereignty. I think this is correct. The second is to show the world that Russia is a world power.

Russia and the military government have a special relationship. After the 2020 coup, Russia was one of the only countries in the world to continue to do business with the military junta despite global public protests. In addition, more than 7,000 Myanmar military officers receive military training and university scholarships in Russia.

In an article published in Myanmar Alin, the mouthpiece of the Burmese military government on February 27, 2022, the writer who used the pseudonym “Minmyat” praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a vision leader. Did. The writer quoted the situation in Ukraine to criticize Myanmar’s exiled government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who were still detained after being arrested during the coup.

Politicians and individuals who think they are big just because they can bluff people about human rights and democracy are more about the security of our own people, the power of our country, and us than human rights and democracy. By now you need to understand that your national interests are important.

In contrast to the military junta’s position, the NUG issued a statement expressing solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Myanmar’s NUG also co-sponsored a UN resolution condemning Russia. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tung explained their position at the Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in Ukraine on March 2.

Myanmar understands and shares the suffering faced by the Ukrainian people more than others. Myanmar people face similar suffering due to inhumane acts, atrocities and crimes against humanity committed by the Myanmar military.
Myanmar is in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. In doing so, Myanmar will co-sponsor the resolution and vote in favor.

The NUG did not mention that Ukraine has also supplied military equipment to military equipment over the past year.

Independent news website Mizzima said the difference between the junta and the NUG’s statement reflects a fierce political conflict in Myanmar.

The two very different approaches reflected the division of Myanmar’s political and diplomatic status.
In one corner, the illegal Myanmar junta is trying to maintain a strong relationship with Moscow for diplomatic and material support in the form of fighters and helicopters.
In the other corner, Kyaw Moe Tun, the representative of the National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG), is about to run with Puck and his western supporters. Therefore, it is a “yes” vote to wrap Putin’s actions.

Apart from the NUG, activists and anti-junta groups have mobilized protests against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi recalled the support of many Ukrainian citizens for Myanmar’s civil disobedience movement after the coup.

Ukrainian activists, students, youth,
The Myanmar Revolution is with you.
We know that our country faces a unique hostile situation, but faces an evil dictator like Putin # Myanmar has about the same tactics So you can help with one or two exchanges.

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in Myanmar regularly posts up-to-date information on the situation in Ukraine, and local news reports that describe Russia’s actions as aggression are “prejudiced,” “misunderstood,” and “not. It claims to be based on “sufficient information”.

Progressive Voice, a news portal that promotes democratization, said the support that many governments and global agencies have given to Ukraine should extend to resistance to Myanmar’s junta.

The situation in Ukraine shows that the international community can act in a swift and largely united manner and punish Russia’s violent behavior. Myanmar’s democratic resistance is essential to receive the same support and solidarity that Ukraine currently receives. The spring revolution will be won by people. However, disciplinary measures, including concrete and material support and oil and gas sanctions, have already been stretched, scarce resources and further weakening the Myanmar army facing decisive and decisive resistance. There is a possibility. Such timely and coordinated action from the international community, as Ukraine has received, is the only missing part needed for the final push to completely defeat the Myanmar army.

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