EU Racism: Refusal of Human Rights to 3.5 Million Donbass People in Europe
By Janus Putkonen
The European Union advocates the values of “liberal democracy” and condemns racism. The EU demands safety, equality, freedom of trade and movement across Europe for everyone…. But what about the 3.5 million Donbass citizens in the former Ukraine, who are living their lives in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics [DPR/LPR]?
Suddenly none of the mentioned “westen values” matter, and the whole ethnic Russian population in Donbass has been hunted by the West: the EU, USA and NATO.
Do you know that here in the DPR, all basic human rights have been denied by the West to about 2 million citizens, and in the LPR the situation is the same. For example, if you have a business, a factory in Donbass, you don’t have any right to export products to European markets. Yes, there are also great difficulties with Russian customs, but maybe with huge effort, some sales opportunities can be opened up there.
Not a single western financial institution will give you even a basic way to transfer money, I mean, not for your private or business needs. You are blocked, and the Russian liberal banking system won’t help you either, and basically your life is dependent on one thing—the flow of cash. When you live in Donbass, you are placed under full-scale western economic blockade. It does not matter who you are, nor what you have done in the past, because western-backed Ukraine alleges that everyone here is a “separatist” or even a “terrorist”.
You can’t get permission to enter EU-territory if you have a DPR or LPR passport. The only border that will let you enter for 90 days is Russia. That is the only freedom of movement in your life, because you are accused of being an “enemy of the West”. Our students cannot get an education in universities abroad, people are not allowed even to visit their relatives, and basic tourist travel is forbidden for Donbass people. Do you think this is fair?
The EU does not care a bit when your home is shelled, you are wounded, or your life is ruined somehow by Ukrainian military actions. Not a single word of condemnation has been heard from the EU leadership, which just keeps promoting the “success of Ukraine”, and especially after the Minsk-2 agreement was signed in February 2015 between Ukraine and the Donbass people’s republics.
Secret war in Europe—Life in Donbass has no value to the EU
Just this past month, Kiev troops have violated almost 30 000 times, in every possible way you can think of, the Minsk truce agreements. This means that here there is no truce, but a raging war in the middle of Europe, and the EU refuses to discuss it. Globalists don’t even want to hear about it, so the western mainstream media is silent, while the most secret war of our times is taking place here in Donbass.
Those wealthy guys from the OSCE Monitoring Mission are not reporting the realities of war, and they keep hiding the bombing of civilian populated areas, where casualty numbers are rising daily. But that suits just fine the EU leadership, which doesn’t want to recognize the cruel living conditions of 3.5 million people in Europe.
If you are a normal citizen of Donbass, trying to live your life like millions here are, its just a fact that your life has no value in the eyes of the European Union. What this means is that international laws, which should protect us all, are not here to give protection for anyone. The EU is doing nothing to help hundreds of thousands of poor people here who are direct victims of the war in Donbass. The only country that sends urgently needed humanitarian help to Donbass is Russia, thanks to God, and the good hearts of the leaders in the Kremlin.
Ukraine, with its western allies, especially those US “training operatives” with their troops on the Donbass front line, is absolutely free to conduct all kinds of military operations, like Grad-rocket strikes on villages, the use of heavy artillery, tanks and mortars, together with all possible weapons, vehicles and troops. Did you hear, just today, that a Ukrainian sniper killed a civilian in the city of Gorlovka. Oh, you didn’t?
In this blatant display of human rights violations in the middle of Europe that is happening today, Ukrainian war criminals have never been held responsible for their actions by the West. No, just the opposite, even the most racist-fascist elements in the so-called “Ukrainian National Guard”, its nationalist battalions like Azov and Aidar, are free to recruit the most extremist forces from the fascist Ukrainian parties and Right Sector movement.
These known Nazi’s in Donbass are supported, funded, trained and armed to their teeth by the West—the US, EU, and their allies—to destroy, if need be, all the people of Donbass, and to carry out a hostile occupation.
Why all this hatred from EU leaders regarding the war in Donbass?
Because the people of Donbass knew, and saw very well, what really happened in Kiev in 2014, first during the so-called Euro-Maidan of November 2013, and soon after during the Maidan coup in February 2014.
When the western leadership and its media were promoting a new “EU association agreement” and the rise of western liberalism in Ukraine, the Russian population in Ukraine were scared for their future as second class citizens under the new fascist rule. All Russians here in Donetsk who, as in Crimea, comprise over 90% of the population of these regions, know that anti-Russian racism and propaganda was the leading force in the western-backed coup.
They saw how extremist members—“ultra’s”—were heavily armed as a “police force” immediately after the coup. It was no secret at the time that they were formed as new military force for East Ukraine, and that they were sent in as motorized anti-Russian nationalist battalions. The fact is that the people of Donbass had no other choice left than to prepare their defenses, and do it fast—and they did.
The western evil plan, executed by the USA and EU, was drawn up first in US think tanks by western strategists, but fortunately, it didn’t work as planned, and “the sea of concentration camps”, as was written by the RAND Corporation, never came true in Donbass. As we know, even the most terrible war crimes here haven’t succeeded in provoking Russia to intervene militarily in the events of Ukraine. The West has failed.
The Kiev junta, led by its first president, Alexander Turchinov, gave decisive and illegal orders to use all military means against the Donbass people in April 2014, causing a huge humanitarian catastrophe, and after bitter fighting, there was a great Ukrainian military defeat by the defending population—the Donbass people’s militia. These facts are still not acknowledged by the West, which is unwilling to accept the reality that resulted from their own destructive actions in support of the Kiev regime.
The western defeat is the core reason why they hate everyone of us here so much. They are so afraid of us, of our example. EU-globalists are punishing everyone here, because the most patriotic individuals in Donbass took a brave stance, and stood up against the threatening “western liberal democracy”. The EU-punishment for Donbass is called “collective punishment against the population”, and yes, this kind of policy is illegal by international law. But what do they care? These laws are mostly written by them.
Yes, we are here and still defending ourselves successfully against globalist forces, which are occupying the rest of the old Ukrainian territory with fascist western hegemony. The EU really can’t blame the resisting population of Donbass for its humiliating geopolitical defeat, so the globalists behind the Kiev regime blame all their losses on Russia.
It really does not matter to the West that there has never been any evidence shown for direct Russian military-political interference in the Donbass war. So, they just keep blaming and accusing Russia basically for everything that’s happened, and that’s it. One important fact that the western media is never willing to tell you is that Russia is not even mentioned in the Minsk agreements. You should be wise enough to see the truth.
Why all this western racist and indifferent behavior toward the Donbass people?
Because the Donbass people:
1. Spoke the truth, and understood the national threats
2. Resisted the unconstitutional armed coup in Kiev
3. Held a referendum, and voted for regional self-determination
4. Defended themselves successfully against Ukrainian armed military operations
5. Elected their own leaders and parliament
6. Formed the new Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics
7. Kept protecting their language, culture and ethnic heritage
8. Did not let anyone rob and destroy their native land and their homes.
All of these actions are an outcome of patriotism, favoring world multipolarism, which has led to the situation that all ethnic Russian patriots in Europe, not only in Donbass, are accepted targets for EU racism.
“Racism and racial discrimination are often used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of whether these differences are described as racial. According to a United Nations convention, there is no distinction between the terms ‘racial’ and ‘ethnic’ discrimination. The UN convention further concludes that superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and there is no justification for racial discrimination, anywhere, in theory or in practice.” – Wikipedia.
—Editorial article by Janus Putkonen, Director, DONi News Agency
Janus Putkonen, a Finnish journalist, came to Donetsk in August 2015 and founded the Donbass International News Agency. His mission was to report first-hand the truth about the Donbass war. For more about Janus Putkonen, see Janus Putkonen: Finnish Journalist Returns to Donbass.
*Quemado Institute editor’s note: The above article has been edited only to correct minor second-language errors; the content has not been changed.