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‘Representatives of two countries that attacked a third’: advisor to Zelensky’s Chief of Staff on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners

Source: Meduza

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to President Zelensky’s Chief of Staff, criticized the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to “representatives,” as he put it, “of two countries that attacked a third.” “The Nobel Committee clearly has an interesting understanding of the word ‘peace’,” Podolyak tweeted.

Neither Russian nor Belarusian organizations were able to organize resistance to the war started by Russia against Ukraine, Podolyak pointed out, adding: “This year’s Nobel is just ‘super’.”

On October 7, the Nobel Committee announced the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winners. The award was divided between human rights activists from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus: the organizations Memorial (Russia) and the Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine), and Ales Biliatski, currently a political prisoner in Belarus.

Earlier, Western countries imposed sanctions on Belarus for its support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kyiv has repeatedly accused Minsk of participating in the war.

On October 4, Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus was indeed taking part in Russia’s “special military operation” against Ukraine, but wasn’t sending any of its own troops.

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Translated by Anna Razumnaya

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