(In all fairness, she has company.)
The World Needs to Admit the Agressor is Kiev
August 19, 2015
Revised August 20, 2015
Universal hand-wringing by global “diplomats” over the “worsening” of the situation in Donbass has been going on for more than a year and is not news. The long list of the clueless who have parroted this lament includes Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov, Angela Merkel, Geoffrey Pyatt, Victoria Nuland, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Alexander Hug, the US State Department, the OSCE, the UN, the EU, NATO, the G7, and many other entities worldwide. They are “concerned” about the violence in Donbass, “concerned” about the “failure” of the Minsk agreements, “concerned” about the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine, or the threat of “renewed hostilities”. There are meetings, summits, extravaganzas, phone calls, press conferences . . . and nothing happens.
And nothing will happen until the world admits the aggressor is Kiev.
Did you hear that, Angela Merkel and your friends in the G7? Do you get it, Daniel Baer and your OSCE associates? Are you listening, Samantha Power and your admirers at the UN?
Blaming Moscow or the Donbass Republics will never bring results. Not ever. Don’t imagine the problem is that Russia or Donbass are stubborn. The problem is that they are not the aggressor. Russia has no military presence in Donbass, and the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics are simply defending their people from attacks by the Ukrainian army. The aggressor is and always was the post-coup government in Kiev.
As for you, Putin and Lavrov, bowing to Poroshenko and obsequiously blaming no one just advances the goals of the West and draws more blame to Russia.
Blaming Russia is like depressing the clutch when you’re trying to hit the brakes. It will not prevent catastrophe. Any normal person would get this and immediately switch pedals. Yet the five-year-olds in charge of the world are stuck pressing the wrong pedal forever.
Maybe a little analogy would help their simple minds:
What if you’re driving along a cliff on a curvy mountain road? Isn’t it imperative to actually hit the brakes, instead of just pretending you’re trying to do so?
And what if Europe is headed for a major continental war? Isn’t it imperative to actually bring peace, instead of just pretending you’re trying to do so?
Hitting the brakes means officially recognizing Kiev’s aggression toward its former citizens of the east, ending support for the Ukrainian army, imposing sanctions on Ukraine, not Russia, and demanding de facto independence for the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts, be it according to the letter of the agreements signed in Minsk, or under the terms of a new protocol.
And why haven’t you done this, you diplomats and leaders conferring in your plush resorts? Is it hard for you to picture that Kiev is the aggressor? Is it hard to grasp that the media publish the same false news day in and day out, having both the means and the motive to do so? Is your imagination failing you? What idea are you missing? None of us out here in the intelligent world can figure out your problem.
These blind diplomats and world “leaders” may wonder occasionally why they’re failing. I can tell them. They’re failing because they’re afraid to blame Kiev. And why afraid? Because the Ukrainian oligarchs have too many connections and too much financial clout. And money drives the corrupt governments of the G7 plus Russia.
Such as Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk, the biggest supporter of the Clinton Foundation, which no doubt discreetly finances Hillary’s presidential race. This man not only funds major US politicians, he also holds in his pocket Mr. Jerome Vacher, the IMF’s official representative in Kiev (see IMF’s Man in Kiev Partied in Venice with Oligarch on Eve of IMF Mission to Ukraine at Russia Insider). Or the illegitimate acting Ukrainian president, who has extensive ties to Kremlin elite (see Poroshenko’s Close Ties with Russian Elites at Fort Russ), meaning even Vladimir Putin can’t unequivocally defend Donbass.
So is getting your monetary favors more important than European peace? Is it, Angela Merkel? Would you rather kiss the bankers’ feet than stop a major war?
This isn’t just the lives of the people of Donbass, it could impact the well-being of all the people of Europe.
This commentary was prompted by the following ridiculous non-news article that could have been written any time in the last year, dutifully published by Hot Spot Today:
Violence Surges Near Donetsk, Horlivka, Mariupol
– OSCE Chief Monitor in Ukraine
August 19, 2015
Ertugrul Apakan*, the chief monitor of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM), has acknowledged that the situation in the area of Donetsk, Horlivka [Gorlovka] and Mariupol in Donbass has worsened. “Violence has surged in/around Donetsk city, Horlivka and areas north and east of Mariupol,” the OSCE SMM Twitter quoted Apakan as saying to representatives of the OSCE member states in Vienna on Wednesday. Apakan said also that OSCE monitors in Donbas “need secure environment, freedom of movement and co-operation to do their job.” He also expressed the hope that attacks on OSCE SMM members would not happen again.
*footnote: Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan of Turkey is OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine. Mark Etherington of the United Kingdom and Alexander Hug of Switzerland are Deputy Chief Monitors.
Juncker to Receive Poroshenko on 27 August
August 21, 2015
European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker will hold talks in Brussels next week with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the tattered ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the EU said Friday (21 August). Juncker will meet with Poroshenko next Thursday (27 August) to discuss “implementation of the Minsk agreement”, Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt told reporters.
An escalation in fighting is threatening a peace deal signed in February in the Belarus capital of Minsk between the pro-Western Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists. The Brussels talks will follow meetings Poroshenko will have on Monday in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, who were both present at the Minsk agreement’s signing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not participate in the meeting. A communiqué of the Ukrainain President says that the meeting in Berlin is “aimed at the formation of rigid coalition on countering Russian aggression”.
“The key task of the Ukrainian authorities is to form a powerful international coalition that will stop the aggressor. These clearly coordinated actions are related both to countering the aggression in the East of Ukraine and non-recognizing the annexation of Crimea,” Poroshenko is quoted as saying. The Ukrainian leader says the meeting in Germany will be held at the initiative of Ukraine. “We are displeased with the non-fulfillment of the key items of commitments undertaken by the Russian party, inter alia, the withdrawal of heavy artillery,” Poroshenko said. Others take the view that the Berlin meeting is aimed at putting pressure on Poroshenko to deliver on the Minsk agreements.
The EU’s External Action Service [EAS] said on 11 August that mounting attacks in government-held areas of eastern Ukraine violated “the spirit and the letter of the Minsk agreements”, without explicitly blaming pro-Russian separatists. Similarly, on 17 August, a Commission spokesperson spoke of the need of both sides to observe the ceasefire, on the occasion of a recent escalation of violence near the city of Mariupol.
Some Kyiv politicians accuse Moscow of planning a new rebel offensive that could rattle the Ukrainian leadership enough to reverse its plans to implement a landmark trade treaty with the European Union at the start of next year. Russia has already threatened to expand its list of banned Ukrainian food imports should the agreement go into effect. Yet Poroshenko has said that he and Juncker had agreed by telephone that the “free trade zone should be strengthened as of 1 January”.
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The article states, “A communiqué of the Ukrainain President [Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko] says that the meeting in Berlin is ‘aimed at the formation of rigid coalition on countering Russian aggression.'” Here, as always, Poroshenko touts the absurd idea of “Russian aggression” to hide the fact that he himself is the aggressor. He also unashamedly misrepresents the well-documented front-line situation, saying,“We are displeased with the non-fulfillment of the key items of commitments undertaken by the Russian party, inter alia, the withdrawal of heavy artillery,” The fact is, the Novorossiya Armed Forces have unilaterally withdrawn artillery from the line of contact, whereas Poroshenko refused even to sign the agreement to do so. Moreover, excluding Putin from the upcoming talk signals a political escalation in the campaign against Russia and violates the spirit of the Minsk agreements. The West, frantic to cover up the fact of its own guilt, grows increasingly rabid in its vilification of Russia.
Fine. If you want to start a major continental war.
What does it take to get these people to stop? Nuclear obliteration?