Buy into 'undeclared' war narrative at your peril

21 March, 05:31 PM
Residents of Kherson protest against the occupation by Russia on March 20. (Photo:REUTERS)

Residents of Kherson protest against the occupation by Russia on March 20. (Photo:REUTERS)

War is manifestly self-evident. There’s no need to pass a bill or sign an executive order attesting that we are at war.

It’s a neat demonstration of how Russia’s FSB is baiting our patriots and intellectuals into this detrimental argument. We even start hearing the word “treason” being thrown around. Yesterday and today, we’ve seen a tidal wave of questions about the legal status of this war. Surely, that’s no coincidence.

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Any war is self-evident.

For example, the mere fact of a foreign aggression against our lands, of occupation means that we are all at war right now. And it doesn’t matter if the war is officially recognized or declared.

In other words, there is no need to pass a bill or sign an executive order attesting that we are at war.

We’ve been at war since Feb. 20, 2014. That’s when Russia’s military aggression (plainly speaking – war) against Ukraine began. This date is mentioned in numerous laws and court rulings.

Speaking of courts.

We have 17 rulings that attest that Russia has committed a crime of military aggression against Ukraine.

Below you’ll find a quite from the 1974 UN General Assembly Resolution 3314, that clearly spells out what actions constitute a war, regardless of whether there was a formal declaration or not. Note that paragraph F is particularly interesting in regards to Belarus. To allow a country party to pass through your territory in order to launch an act aggression against a third part is an act of aggression, too.

Article 3. Any of the following acts, regardless of a declaration of war, shall, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of article 2, qualify as an act of aggression:

(a) The invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State, or any military occupation, however temporary, resulting from such invasion or attack, or any annexation by the use of force of the territory of another State or part thereof,

(b) Bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State or the use of any weapons by a State against the territory of another State;

(c) The blockade of the ports or coasts of a State by the armed forces of another State;

(d) An attack by the armed forces of a State on the land, sea or air forces, or marine and air fleets of another State;

(e) The use of armed forces of one State which are within the territory of another State with the agreement of the receiving State, in contravention of the conditions provided for in the agreement or any extension of their presence in such territory beyond the termination of the agreement;

(f) The action of a State in allowing its territory, which it has placed at the disposal of another State, to be used by that other State for perpetrating an act of aggression against a third State;

(g) The sending by or on behalf of a State of armed bands, groups, irregulars or mercenaries, which carry out acts of armed force against another State of such gravity as to amount to the acts listed above, or its substantial involvement therein.

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