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Russia, Ukraine Conflict Explained In Simple Terms {Full Thread}

Russia, Ukraine Conflict Explained In Simple Terms {Full Thread}

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday has made headlines across the world, with Western powers and some African countries criticising Russia’s “aggression” and demanding that the Kremlin withdraw its troops from its neighbour.

Some countries, notably China, have refused to condemn Russia, describing the crisis caused by Russian president Vladimir Putin as “complex”.

UK-based Zimbabwean law expert, Alex Magaisa, has attempted to explain, in simple terms, the crisis. Pindula News publishes Magaisa’s Twitter thread in full below:

1. Some say what about a piece on the war in Ukraine? I’m not sufficiently equipped in that area. But like everyone else who cares about humankind and the world I’m following events with keen interest. I have sketched out a very simplified take on events.

2. Once upon a time there were two rival gangs one led by Blue and another by Red. They threatened each other for decades but never had a direct fight. Each had a weapon that could destroy not only the other but themselves as well. So it was a cold war.

3. Later, however, Red’s empire collapsed spectacularly. He wasn’t managing his affairs well. As a result, he lost many of his friends who were quite delighted to have independence after decades of tight control. Blue felt triumphant and some even said it was the end of history.

4. Without any serious rival, Blue began to spread his way of life around the community. Free from control, some of Red’s former friends began to join Blue’s circle of mates. Red wasn’t amused by this turn of events but he was too weak to do anything about it & he bided his time.

5. As Blue made more friends close to Red’s residence, Red grew more uncomfortable. He thought his old friends were getting too big for their boots. As far as he was concerned they enjoyed their freedom at his pleasure and he could take it back if he wanted to & because he could.

6. Red’s old mates thought Blue and mates would help if Red threatened them. One of these chaps is Orange who wants to join Blue’s circle. Red is furious and has gone after Orange. The problem for Orange is Blue and his mates are not prepared to sacrifice themselves to defend him.

7. Blue and his mates don’t want a big war. They suspect that Red is unhinged & this is a risk since he has weapons that could destroy everyone. Red knows their fear and is using it to do as he pleases. His attitude is “Vangandidii? Hapana zvavanondiita!”

8. Blue and his mates take measures to exclude Red and hope that this will force him to relent. Red doesn’t seem to be bothered. Some of Blue’s friends are reluctant to take tougher measures because they are highly dependent on Red for some critical supplies in their homes.

9. Red knows their dilemma and vulnerabilities. He thinks he has them exactly where he wants them to be. Some of Blue’s friends host Red’s rich mates who have brought lots of their money to their homes. They are reluctant to take tough measures lest this affects them.

10. There’s another chap who’s quietly watching all this. For years, Purple has had an eye on an old neighbour, Green whom he claims to be an estranged member of his family. He wants to take him back, by force if necessary, because Green doesn’t really want to join Purple.

11. Red believes because of shared interests, Purple, who has become very powerful and wealthy in recent decades, is in his corner. Purple also has a tense relationship with Blue. So he’s watching events with great interest.

12. Meanwhile, the rest of the chaps are busy doing their calculations. They have opinions but not much else as they suspect they will be ignored. Those in the grey zone for example know they are small & are uncomfortable with the idea of the big boys having their way.

13. But some of them have old friendships with Red and Purple while they have a difficult relationship with Blue and his mates. So do they sit back and watch big Red suffocate Orange just because he is small or do they challenge Red and risk upsetting him and possibly Purple?

14. Some in the grey zone have stood up for Orange as a matter of principle but others remain silent, unsure how to handle their dilemma. The other problem is that they rarely stand up against bullies in their neighbourhood so they are also facing criticism.

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12 Comments

Gamba 2 months ago

am now following events unfolding with keen interests

thank you vamagaisa


Citizens of zim 2 months ago

Nyika dzinotsigira zanu hadzina Democracy


Nkust 2 months ago

Anopengao uyu Magaisa zvana blue, red zvabvepi ingotaura nyaya sezvairi ndiho ugwara uhui


Black = ? Kkkkk 2 months ago

Black = ? Kkkkk


KODZONGA WA MWAKO 2 months ago

Don't worry, YELLOW will work on this before BLUE jumps fo RED but RED is shivering.

YELLOW---ZIMBABWE

Why Zimbabwe?. It's because it's too friendly to Russia.
Plus Russia is major sponsor of Zimbabwe when we want to talk about armination
Army training and scientific war drills

ONLY ZIMBABWE AND CHINA CAN BE LISTENED BY RUSSIA.

VLADMIR IS QUITE RIGHT
WHAT FRIENDSHIP WAS WITH THE NATO COUNTRIES AND UKRAINE?

WHAT WAS THE NEXT STAGE IF RUSSIA KEPT QUITE ABOUT THE DELIVERING OF FIREARMS TO UKRAINE BY NATO COUNTRIES?

THEY WANTED TO BOMB RUSSIA UNKNOWINGLY, SO UKRAINE WAS A PREPARATIONS FOR NATO DEVASTATE RUSSIA.

PUTIN IS CLEVER.

HE IS SERVING HIS LIFE AND HIS PEOPLE.

FOR UKRAINE, IS A WHIP OF BEING A SELLOUT.

RUSSIA MUST INVADE THE COUNTRY AND WIN THE WAR. AFTER THAT IT MUST INAUGURATE THE PRESIDENT OF HIS CHOICE

FOR THE CASE OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING TO BEAR IN MIND THAT AMERICA AND UK ARE NOT GOOD FRIENDS BECAUSE WHEN DAYS ARE DARK THY FLOCK AWAY


Jenarari 2 months ago

Simplistic analysis and wishful thinking.

Regai tione kwazvichasvika. Aggressive bullies have never gotten away with it, history bears testimony.

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Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Bottom line, all this is happening because interests called greed that leads to selfishness.

Jus like in Africa, its only Zimbabwe with a human rights register marked by the west coz of interests on its land and underground causing conflicts amongst ourselves...


D1vant 2 months ago

Interesting times, we living in


Dhemutiyasi 2 months ago

I don't think Biden would want to involve himself in this one because running up to the 2020 American elections, Zelensky made headlines, siding with Trump in their bid to investigate Biden after he won the Democrats candidature, so Biden is smiling from afar


Mafyt 2 months ago

Blue = U.S

Red = Russia

Purple = China

Green = Taiwan

Orange = Ukraine

Grey Zone = the likes of U.K & Allies

however vaMagaisa forgot to or will soon say something about:

Pink = N.Korea


Ginious 2 months ago

And yellow-CCC

Tops 2 months ago

And velvet is reading the unfolding events keenly on pindula



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