Former President Barack Obama is speaking out on Russia invading Ukraine.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Obama said at Chicago a seminar titled Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy, about Vladmair Putin, the president of Russia, “Putin represented a very particular reaction to the ideals of democracy but also globalization, the collision of cultures, the ability to harness anger and resentment around an ethno-nationalist mythology.”
He continued, “What we’re seeing is the consequences of that kind of toxic mix in the hands of an autocratic government that doesn’t have a lot of checks and balances.”
Obama also added, “This speaks to a much more bumpy, difficult, violent, challenging future for the coming generation if we don’t get some things right — here at home, in Europe, in Asia and Latin America because what’s happening there is not isolated… What we’re seeing is a reversion back to the old ways of thinking about power, place and identity.”
Additionally, Obama said it was “too early to tell what an endgame looks like” for the Ukraine and Russian conflict.
On Feb. 24, Russia’s Ukraine invasion was launched, sending in their troops and firing missiles from three fronts to broadly attack the nation. Since then, as Russia ramps up its military aggression in Ukraine, millions of people have fled the war-torn nation. In the scramble to escape, the UN has condemned widespread racist discrimination by Ukrainian officials against people of African descent.