A police officer stands in front of a building destroyed in Russian attacks on Avdiivka in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, October 17, 2023 (Yevhen Titov/Reuters)

On Saturday, speaking alongside European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the Israel-Gaza war and its mass killings were taking the world’s focus away from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Is the world forgetting Russia’s own war crimes, with the slaying of thousands of civilians from Mariupol to Bucha to Hroza, and Vladimir Putin’s unending quest to seize Ukraine and topple the Zelenskiy Government?

I joined Times Radio’s Darryl Morris on Saturday to explain the need to maintain attention to both Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia, and to evaluate the latest military, political, and economic situation.

Listen from 1:07.38

After 20 months of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after the country surviving the onslaught overseen by Vladimir Putin, it’s still a significant story for the people living there.

They are trying to liberate the area still held by Russian occupiers. They are facing the possibility of Putin attempting a second “energy war” to break their resistance. They are facing the day-to-day challenge of keeping basic services going.

Just because we need to pay attention, for the sake of humanity, to Israel and Gaza — for the sake of humanity, we mustn’t forget about Ukraine.

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