Crisis in Ukraine: as explained simply by Ukrainian Village resident


Ukrainianian National Guard members at checkpoint near the town of Slavyanoserbsk, in Luhansk region as captured by Gleb Garanich, REUTERS

UPDATE: A report on Reuters tells a story on Fri,. Sept. 12, about the Russian people asking where their loved ones have died. 

To those of us who follow every news article, Facebook post, email or forwarded blog report, it is difficult to explain the situation in Ukraine objectively. 


Ukrainian President Petro O. Poroshenko (r) talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Existence of Ukraine
For centuries now, the Russian government (Czarist, Soviet or the present Federation) has tried to purge any notion of the actuality of a legitimate Ukrainian State. In addition to various attempts to eradicate the existence of a Ukrainian people, language, culture, and history and call it as their own. Historically, the world in general has ignored, even supported Russian aggression on Ukraine.

In the United States and the European Union, you have hard line former Soviet - now Russian politicians and “bought” Russian sympathizers, (or as many of us call them “Trolls”), complicating the story by spreading threats, wild half-truths and out and out lies. These are ardent adherents to the “Putin doctrine of world control by great Mother Russia”.

Who are the revolutionists?
Peter Pomerantsev wrote, in the Sept. 9 The Atlantic article: “How Russia Is Revolutionizing Information Warfare,” on the totally fabricated and deceitful Russian propaganda programming being distributed in Russia and throughout the world. “In today’s Russia, by contrast [to Soviet programming], the idea of truth is irrelevant. On Russian ‘news’ broadcasts, the borders between fact and fiction have become utterly blurred. Russian current-affairs programs feature apparent actors posing as refugees from eastern Ukraine, crying for the cameras about invented threats from imagined fascist gangs. During one Russian news broadcast, a woman related how Ukrainian nationalists had crucified a child in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk.


Alexei Volin as seen on the Russian Institute site

Marketing or propaganda?
When Alexei Volin, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications, was confronted with the fact that the crucifixion story was a fabrication, he showed no embarrassment, instead suggesting that all that mattered were ratings. “The public likes how our main TV channels present material, the tone of our programs,” he said. “The share of viewers for news programs on Russian TV has doubled over the last two months.”

The Kremlin tells its stories well, having mastered the mixture of authoritarianism and entertainment culture. The notion of "journalism," in the sense of reporting "facts" or "truth," has been wiped out. In a lecture last year to journalism students at Moscow State University, Volin suggested that students forget about making the world a better place. “We should give students a clear understanding: They are going to work for The Man, and The Man will tell them what to write, what not to write, and how this or that thing should be written,” he said. “And The Man has the right to do it, because he pays them.” 

Battle for Eastern Ukraine
The battle for Eastern Ukraine has been especially difficult for Russia, Putin and his native born and/or bought Russian mercenaries. Fighting to unhinge the duly elected government of Ukraine had failed horribly. Recently, the poorly supplied Ukrainian military forces had the Russian Separatists/Terrorists “on the ropes.” Facing humiliation, Putin ordered the shelling of Ukrainian troops in Eastern Ukraine from Russian territory and sending in verified Russian troops to prop up the failing Russian mercenaries in Donetsk and Luhansk. In addition, Russian troops are now crossing the Russia/Ukraine Southern border and attacking the port of Mariupol despite a supposed cease fire.

Putin has repeatedly claimed that the troops in Ukraine are not Russian, which has been disputed by published United States, British and many other reports. He has stated that Russia is not initiating, supporting or partaking in troop movements in Eastern Ukraine. However, there are visible Russian labels on equipment and supplies used by the “Green” men, as they are called.

Some of the soldiers have identified themselves as active Russian military forces in Ukraine on Facebook posts, GPS locators on cell phones and groups that identify soldiers as Russian from posted pictures.

It is also interesting that in those areas occupied by the Russians, Russian passports and currency is being distributed to the populous, by force when they meet any resistance. If these areas declared themselves as independent republics, how can Russian passports and currency being handed out without the active approval and support of Russia?


Vladimir Putin as pictured in Wikipedia

Putin's interest in "The Way We Were"
The action taken by Russia reflects the strong desire of Moscow authorities to turn back the clock. Emotionally, Putin has stated that the breakup of the USSR was the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.

It is clearly evident that the idea of restoring a Russian Empire is a cornerstone for present Russian foreign policy. Documents are now emerging showing a long standing strategy by the Kremlin to systematically destabilize former Russian territories by trained Russia operatives with such barbaric methods that boggle the mind.

Who will help?
It is obvious that the United States, European Union, NATO and others are not too eager to come to the aid of Ukraine.

Why is there resistance to provide military supplies and personnel for Ukraine? It may be:

  • fear of a initiating world war
  • drastic increase cost
  • stoppage of energy supplies
  • elected officials who support Russian activities for whatever reason
  • no desire to expose a country’s own troops to one more bloody conflict
  • apprehensions of Russian nuclear retribution for any support to Ukraine

But the recent Russian incursions into Ukraine have changed NATO members’ strategy and are now working on various programs of military supplies, mutual military training exercises, as well as, a special 48-hour troop deployment force to react to any further acts of aggression by Russia.

What is the line Putin must cross
How far will Putin be allowed to continue to push the envelope? No one knows for certain.

Sanctions placed on Russia, as reported by “experts,” have caused the Russian economy to falter with more sanctions lurking in the background. The Russian pride with the annexation of Crimea is reported to be fading. Mothers, sisters, wives, and families have started to ask questions and demonstrate against the war as body bags containing their loved, dead Russian military servicemen, numbering at around 2,000, arrived at their doorstep.

There are hundreds more asking why there is no information on their missing Russian servicemen. There are reports by Ukrainian news sources that many Russian mercenaries and soldiers are being buried in mass graves, bodies being thrown into empty coal mines and cremated in Eastern Ukraine to cover up the truth about the Russian involvement.

Much to the dismay of Putin, citizens of Member Russian Federation States are exhibiting the desire to obtain more autonomy from Russia. The leaders of these protests are being arrested as political agitators.

The only certainty in the free Western world is that people are dying in a conflict initiated and supported by a violent, lying and uncompromising Russian aggressor. 


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