Nod to Ukraine NATO Membership comes from Ukraine Women

“A Mural in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine was dedicated to a 3-year-old war orphan Milana. In 2015, Russian forces fired at the Eastern micro-district and killed her mother. Milana lost part of her leg and miraculously survived the artillery shelling,” says Ukraine journalist, Iryna Matviyishyn.

  • “Russia must end its dangerous military buildup and ongoing aggression along Ukraine’s borders,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday.
  • ‘In 2021,’ said Andrii Taran, a member of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Cabinet, and Ukraine’s Defence Minister, ‘I and our president are making the Action Plan for Membership (MAP) in the North Atlantic Alliance our top priority [translated].”
  • Geraldine Frisque, a spokesperson for The RINJ Foundation, a global feminist group says, “RINJ conducted a poll of our members in the Ukraine, and learned that there is very strong support for what Minister Taran is pushing for, but that wasn’t always the case. Trust in the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance was close to zero, some women members of our organization told us in 2010. A lot of educational work has been done since then, and the team’s western sisters have been doing a lot of that. Now, after ten years of hell from Russia, with no love at all, the culture has made a 180 degree turn.”
  • “Ukrainian women are emboldened,” Frisque continued,  “by having what they say is ‘a good, honest, competent leader, his excellency Volodymyr Zelensky,’ President of the Ukraine.”
  • Moshe Karem, a security analyst and consultant to FPMag in Jerusalem, Israel, said that the current situation is a “prelude to invasion” that only reaches just “below the threshold of war”.
  • “But this could go either way if one single slip-up sends the snowball rolling down the hill. Yes, the Ukraine should be immediately set on a path for being embraced by the NATO alliance. The whole country will breathe a sigh of relief and Russia is half expecting the move. Meanwhile, NATO members can help the new friend and member build better democratic processes and help rid the embedded subterfuge from Russia and Ukraine’s remnants of past corrupt regimes.”
Mural in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine

“Mural in the city of Mariupol was dedicated to a 3-year-old war orphan Milana. In 2015, Russian forces fired at the Eastern micro-district and killed her mother. Milana lost part of her leg and miraculously survived the artillery shelling,” says Iryna Matviyishyn. Artist is Sasha Korban
Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

“Women in the Ukraine who belong to the global civil society women’s group RINJ Women have strong opinions about their country joining the European Union and joining NATO,” Frisque added. “They are demanding their government get this moving forward.”

“Our group in Ukraine is strong and numerous since the rape and murder of Oksana Makar in 2012 by men who were the sons of corrupt officials,’ said Ms. Frisque.

Murder and rape in the old regime.

The RINJ Women in the Ukraine have a long and painful history dealing with the old regime’s patriarch. Oksana Makar was raped by three men, set afire in a rug drenched in gasoline, yet she managed to escape and tragically, died in hospital a day later. “We are glad the sick regime is gone,” said one member in a trembling voice. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

7 April 2021: A Ukrainian Soldier Holding the Line against very high estimates of Russian troops over this young man’s horizon in front of him as his young wife and baby hope he will come home, and soon.

Ukrainian Soldier holding the line 7 April 2021. Photo unverified Credit: Source provided.
Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Russian Tank T-72 V3

On April 13 2014, a clash between armed men and Ukrainian security forces near the town of Sloviansk led to the first casualties of a war which, according to UN estimates, has now cost more than 13,000 lives.
Here, a T-72-B3 captured with Russian Soldiers by Ukraine Forces in 2014 When Russia said ‘We are not involved”. It was all about Russia. File Photo from 2014.  Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

In 2021, “Reports that Russia has been moving large numbers of troops and military hardware towards the Ukrainian border have raised fears of a new escalation of violence in the region. Kyiv has accused Moscow of aggravating the security situation in Ukraine’s south-east. The Kremlin, meanwhile, has claimed that all Russian troop deployments have been defensive and do not pose a threat to anyone,” says Jakob Hauter in ‘Rapid Escalation of conflict in 2014 has lessons for today.

Video presents forensic evidence that it was Russia, in 2014 despite its denials from the top.


Vladimir Putin is becoming increasingly unpopular at home, say Russian woman who talked to FPMag about their protest marches in January and those being organized now.

Putin has passed laws that allow him to stay in power until 2036. According to anecdotal reports from numerous contacts, seven Russian women and their families say they are not happy in the Russian Federation and a growing anger is spreading.

The popular Ukraine President

His Excellency Volodymyr Zelensky, President Ukraine, since 20 May 2019. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag Screen grab from France24 Youtube Video. 

Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of violating the following treaties and laws.

  1. UN Charter (1945);
  2. Helsinki Final Act (1975);
  3. Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the UN Charter (1970);
  4. UN GA Resolution 3314 “Definition of Aggression” (1974);
  5. Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty (1965);
  6. Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States (1981);
  7. Declaration on the Enhancement of the Effectiveness of the Principle of Refraining from the Threat or Use of Force in International Relations (1987).
  8. Russia had also violated number of bilateral and multilateral agreements, namely:
  9. Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances related to the Ukraine’s accession to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (1994);
  10. Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation (1997);
  11. Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian-Russian state border (2003);
  12. Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in use of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait (2003);
  13. Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the status and conditions of Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine (1999).

“Vladimir Putin has his hands full at home. He has arrested his opposition leader (for being the opposition leader) and he is back into his KGB mode and thirsty for blood after numerous recent embarrassments in his failing grip on power. Would he start a major war as a distraction? That is why Ukraine must be embraced by NATO to make war an impossible scenario for Russia, but more importantly, to extend the capability for sanctions and negotiations,” said Prof. Moshe Karem.

Women protestors at Putin's Palace in Mokva

Women protestors at Putin’s Palace in Москва (Moscow) 21 January Photo supplied by Source Alicia.  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag