Crimea and Donbass
The second anniversary of Crimea reuniting with Russia brought memories of Charles Dickens’ famous, A Tale of Two Cities, a novel set in Paris and London about the French Revolution. Dickens’ first line is still with us today.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the Spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”
Much like the poor French peasants who suffered under the brutality of their revolution which would turn on itself before the long struggle was over, the present day Ukrainian people suffer from the unanticipated failure of their Western puppet government.
Kiev and the Neo-Nazi nationalists did not wait long. They went after the Russian population in Eastern Ukraine with a vengeance, even having MPs bragging about what they were going to do to them.
I have before me a street protest rally photo of normal looking Ukrainians with a big banner sign that my translator said read, “Death to Russians – More Murder”. Crimea had a better option than the rest of Ukraine did, and took it.
On this second anniversary the Crimean people are happy not to be Donbass. The people there who have signed the Minsk2 peace agreement with Kiev are still being shelled and threatened with a summer military campaign.
Many say it will be a desperate attempt for the Western coupmeisters there to divert attention from the utter failure of their government to move the country forward politically and economically. The two-headed monster of incompetence and corruption are strangling Ukraine and the West will not own up to its own failure, hence the continuing effort to pin the blame on Russia.
France and Germany, who guaranteed Kiev’s good faith compliance with the Minsk2 accords, have done nothing despite well documented obstruction by Kiev.
Hollande and Merkel met with Poroshenko last week and publicly “asked” him to move forward with Donbass elections, but of course said nothing about what they would do if he did not, which would be nothing. Through Kiev’s non-compliance they are keeping the sanctions on Russia.
The whole world also knows that the EU, US and NATO were behind the violent Maidan coup, that went forward anyway after Viktor Yanyukovych had agreed to the protesters demands. All the suckers in Western Ukraine who thought the land of milk and honey was at hand, billions in Western investment, visas to get out of Ukraine and flee to Western Europe, found it was all just a mirage.
The role they had been assigned was to be cannon fodder against Russia as NATO pushed up to the Russian border with its US missile defense shield that it wants to install everywhere it can to block a preemptive strike target from retaliating.
Ukrainian orphans in Russia
Crimea has had a difficult past two years but nowhere near the suffering of Donbass. Over a million eastern Ukraine refugees are living in Russia, and we never hear anything about them because they are being well taken care of. The West does not want the comparison with the refugees that the freedom and democracy charlatans have been manufacturing for two decades are living, many in squalor like so many Syrians.
The Western press I reviewed over this second anniversary featured the expected verbs like “seized” and “grabbing”, or the noun “annexation”, most of them leaving out the overwhelming vote from the people living there to say they did not want to be victims of the Western coup.
This “Russia hijacked Crimea” game is getting a bit silly, so much so that Putin has done a documentary on how it all went down. There is a trailer out for it already, called Homeward Bound. Of course Russian regular troops were involved and with no lives lost, unlike the Right Sector’s neo-Nazi thugs that the US used to overthrow the Ukrainian government and crush any resistance.
All the military people in the West understand that there was no way that Russia was going to let Crimea, with 1.5 million Russians, 65% of the population, or its main Black Sea military base and fleet fall under the control of the Kiev coupmeisters as a freebie of the Western putsch.
Crimea had always be Russian until it was given to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev when he had the power to do so. Ukraine has been heavily subsidized by Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and a huge trading partner, including high tech defense and space contracting. Economically, it was closer to Russia than Canada is to the US.
Putin has described how in an all-night meeting the Russian command saw the extremist violence running unchecked all over the country and openly threatening the Russian population there, but decided that the Crimeans were going to have the opportunity to vote on their future.