Whatever the reason that this war was started and whatever the reason that this war is still going on, one important thing is never to forget that one injustice does not justify another injustice and that one wrong does not justify another wrong.
Discrimination against and exclusion of ordinary normal Russian citizens, who have no influence on the decisions of those in power, will make them feel they have no one to turn to.
This may make them feel that their own regime is the only thing left to them.
This effect can strengthen this regime.
I don't usually spend much time on fictional fantasy literature, but now I'm making an exception: The following words are loosely based on the words of the fictional Star Wars character Yoda. As that is a fictional character, I actually use the words of those who thought up Yoda's words. Those were/are real people who intended to reach real people with their real message through a piece of fiction:
I think not restricting access for anyone is a good thing:
Discrimination and exclusion lead to distrust. Distrust leads to fear. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Discrimination and exclusion are not means to unite humanity in good.
In 1972, the Council of Europe adopted Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony theme as its anthem. In 1985, it was adopted by EU leaders as the official anthem of the European Union. The later version of Friedrich Schiller's ode "To Joy" often accompanies this melody as a song text. The later version of Friedrich Schiller's ode "To Joy" pays homage to the idea that all humans become brothers.
We all need to understand that all humans becoming brothers is sort of obsolete because we all already are sisters and brothers, and that whatever we do to another, we do to a sister or to a brother.1
We are born as sisters and brothers. Our mechanisms of perception and awareness and consciousness, our thinking, our reference to reality are based on the same categories - e.g., categorization, conceptualization, space, time, implication, reality, fiction, the virtual.
Better than with all other forms of life, we humans can communicate with each other by conceiving objects of cognition as concepts and by representing these concepts in communication by means that affect the sense organs, e.g., by audible sound waves or by visible images or characters or, e.g., by tactile Braille. The sensory impressions are "reported" to the brain and interpreted and reach - in apperception-related processes - the awareness and thus the self of the communication participants.
A person can communicate with other people to reach the self of other people. A human being cannot reach the self of a tree or a fish in this way. All human beings are born as sisters and brothers.
In one of his lectures, the nuclear and quantum physicist Hans Peter Dürr mentioned that the orbitals of an atom extend over the entire universe and that therefore the orbitals of all atoms overlap and that in this sense the hearts of all living beings, built of atoms, are intertwined and connected.
Even those people who cheat and betray and lie and and wage war and bring suffering to others are sisters and brothers.
They are sisters and brothers who have lost their way. In a devastating and tragic way.
They must be made to stop doing what they are doing and they must be prevented from doing it again. When intervening, the attitude is to be taken that one has when intervening because a sister/brother has lost perspective and is going down a reprehensible path.
One needs to be careful not to lump innocent people in with these people. Because otherwise one declares people to be a war party who do not want to be.
Declaring others belligerents at will and at one's own arbitrariness and without being authorized/entitled to do so by the state whose citizenship one has is, among other things, presumption against all the citizens of the state whose citizenship one has.
The only good way wars can be reliably ended and prevented is by all mankind striving to give priority to respect for humans, individuals, fellow beings and life in general in the regulation of their affairs, and therefore to keep improving their sense of these aspects.
The Völuspá, one of the most important poems of the Nordic Middle Ages, is about Ragnarök. Ragnarök is a saga of the creation of the world and the end of the world, and the re-creation. The focus of this saga is on what is to come, the end of the world.
In this poem there is a verse "all evils get better"/"all ills grow better". This verse is not about martial, merciless elimination. This verse is about evil being defeated by causing it to change and to mend and to transform into something that is not evil.
Humanity faces a difficult and fearsome task that it must overcome for the sake of salvation of life.
1Those who have committed and are committing atrocities have done and are doing so to fellow human beings and thus to sisters and brothers. Every human being is responsible for her/his own actions and omissions according to the degree of insight into her/his own actions and omissions—the argument of being a recipient of orders or being a mere tool of those in power does not count when one has control of the trigger of the weapon oneself. Humans have conscience not to lay it down on command, but to listen to it in critical situations.
Regarding the keywords "insight" and "restricting access" - anyone who censors and/or restricts access and/or spreads false news restricts the possibilities for correct insight and thus also the possibility of assessing the extent to which one's actions are in line with the standards of those ethics for which one advocates.
The Great Dictator, starring Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, 1940 - Ending Speech
Reinhard Mey, Johannes Wagner, Konstantin Wecker - Es ist an der Zeit
(Attempt of a translation into English language.)
Chris Simmance - If I Lose