Ukraine urgently needs and deserves our continued support.

Ukraine first declared independence as the Russian empire fell in 1917. It was crushed by the Bolsheviks.

Joseph Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians in 1932-33 so that the grain they depended on could be exported.

In 1991, Ukraine’s second declaration of independence was key to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. The Soviets and Vladimir Putin’s Russia have continuously attacked Ukrainian culture, language and nationalism.

Like Ukraine, the American colonies declared independence from a powerful empire. For those who oppose aid for Ukraine, consider this. How would our revolution have fared without timely financial support from France? Where would we be today if the French army and navy had sailed away from Yorktown?

Do people know the words to “God Save the King”?

David Griswold, Auburn

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