GTI-Prof. Dr. Kovalik, in an interview with RTI Jul 30, 2023, said, we cannot separate the series of conflicts in isolation. Starting from Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and finally Ukraine which is still burning. Systematic planning for the Ukraine conflict has been in the making for a long time. Ukraine cannot be analyzed from just the perspective of Ukrainian sovereignty from the side of the last government. Because the previous political process was colored by a coup.
Ukrainian society is Russian-speaking and Orthodox Christian. They were prohibited from using everyday Russian, and forced Orthodox Christians to support the Ukrainian government which was supported by the USA. Democracy can be implemented if Ukrainian society is safe, without threats. Kovalik believes that the UN and ICC must be impartial, and must not be used by the US and the NATO alliance unilaterally in line with their interests.
The Ukrainian people are free to join the European Union, but if they join the NATO military alliance, for Russia it is a military step that must be responded to militarily.
Daniel Kovalik is an American attorney and human rights defender who currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1993. He then served as in-house counsel for the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW) until 2019. While at USW, he handled Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising from horrific human rights violations in Colombia.
The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian union members under death threats, described Mr. Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented murder of labor unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on international human rights issues and US foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured around the world on these topics. He is the author of several books, including his latest, “The Plot To Overthrow Venezuela, How The US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil,” which includes a Foreword by Oliver Stone.