Poroshenko should rid himself of his fear 

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2014/11/16 • Politics

Article by: Oleh Romanchuk

We are responsible not only for what we do, but also for what we don’t do. They say this sentence belongs to Confucius. Whatever the case may be, but this opinion of the famous Chinese philosopher came to my mind when on November 11 I read what Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter: I want to stop the war. Not allow anyone start a third global madness. And further: Today in the east we are defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and we will always defend out motherland and our right to independence and development. However, I believe in peaceful regulation and consider myself obliged to do everything for peaceful life to come to Ukraine. 

Questions to Petro Poroshenko: a) is it a war or an anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine? (“I want to stop the war”); b) how should we interpret “I believe in peaceful regulation”? (“we are defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine”); c) how should we interpret “consider myself obliged to do everything for peaceful life to come to Ukraine?”

On November 13, Petro Poroshenko addressed the special OSCE monitoring mission with the following:

“We have to unite all of our efforts with the entire world in order to prevent war there (in Donbas – ed.), and more exactly, to stop the war.What is he talking about: “prevent war” or “stop” it? The matter is not the style but the logic of the facts. It is not enough to want to stop the war and believe in peaceful regulation. He needs not general words or mottos, but concrete action.

“You are a smart diplomat and know very well that you are leading the war against the Kremlin, so why don’t you call it war?” Asks politician, former political prisoner Levko Lukyanenko. “You are afraid of legitimizing war – which was already made legal by the Russian parliament – and give Moscow reason to use aviation against Ukraine? The politics of cowardice never stopped aggressors.”

“This is not an ATO but war for independence, a moment of renaissance, educating the nation,” American journalist Serhiy Loyko concludes after spending four days among the Ukrainian ‘cyborgs,’ the courageous defenders of Donetsk airport.

“We have to state our ultimatum – those who refuse to put down arms and continue killing, starving people and murdering them with cold, infringe on Ukraine’s territorial integrity, will be destroyed,” Leonid Kravchuk and Viktor Yushchenko stated recently.

The conclusions are correct. But it seems that the Ukrainian government, while balancing between its own business interests, war and peace, has lost its grip on the country.

“The government is speaking a common language with the thieves from Chernovetsky’s team, the head of the Donetsk Lux gang, the bastards from the former Party of Regions – some are towed to the parliament, some are supported in business, but they do not want to talk to the people. All the while the government’s disastrous mistakes bordering on betrayal of national interests, necessitate public acknowledgement and explanation” (Kostyantyn Ivanchenko, Argument).

Borys Filatov, deputy head of the Dnipropetrovsk OSA, is convinced that “Petro Olexiyovich did not learn the lesson of 2005, believes in peace with bastards, but is ashamed of patriots.” 

And so? Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin stated that the Ukrainian government refuses to fight for the temporarily terrorist-occupied territories in the east of Ukraine in a comment to German newspaper Rheinische Post. Shall we stay silent?

“If we are talking about the government, we should speak about the President of Ukraine. He does not only fail to notice that people are dying (formally, of course, he sees all this and understands it, but we are talking about legal and other consequences and reactions), he does not notice what Ukrainian law demands… Poroshenko cannot rise above the logic and motivation of a businessman’s behavior… There is no political solution to the conflict in Donbas. We have to either  reject this territory or continue fighting for it.” This is the opinion of the former Consul General of Ukraine in Turkey Bohdan Yaremenko.

The economic and defense situation in the country needs assertive, well-coordinated action. Everybody wrote about the weak human resource policies of the Ukrainian President.

Yury Kasyanov, one of the organizers of Armiya-SOS movement told censor.net in an interview that people like Heletey and Muzhenko are the President’s fatal error. “Petro Olexiyovich already lost three-quarters of the people’s trust and lost two oblasts of Ukraine, just for his own personal peace of mind… He is afraid of Putin, his army. He is scared of not having gas. The West’s support. He is concerned with his factory in Lipetsk… He is afraid of volunteer battalions.” 

Within half a year, the hryvnia fell by half. Small and average businesses are falling apart, the thin layer of the middle class is waning.

“The person in charge of the NBU is definitely not in their place” (Serhiy Teryokhin, former Minister of Finance). “If the NBU is not headed by a smart person who knows what to do, it will only get worse” (Olexandr Savcehnko, Dean of the International Business Institute).

How to find a way out of the situation volunteer Yury Kasyanov characterized openly: “Fair war for independence that brought the best people, patriots of Ukraine, under its banner, is turning into a mad farce, a bloody theatrical production with pointless talks, pointless elections, former ‘good friends,’ unsinkable regionals and more than bizarre debts before the aggressor country”?

There are no simple solutions in politics. Especially when we are talking about military strategies, the art of winning. The army needs patriotic commanders who are able to give direct and correct orders, it needs effective rear supplies. But not just that. “The army as an element of the state is an organized multitude of people who systematically prepare for victory and for it, to the extent of dying or killing in the name of the state’s goal. This is what defines its dignity and its tragic nature. The army can only exist to the extent to which it is inspired by the state-patriotic lawful consciousness” (Ivan Ilyin, Russian philosopher).

The government should be the first to have state-patriotic consciousness. Otherwise – defeat. On all fronts.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • Paul P. Valtos

    I don’t really believe that Poroshenko is fearful no more than Obama is. I believe that he does not want to have people killed nor is he cold blooded like Putin to get what he wants no matter what. Sort of like a child in those terrible two’s who has temper tantrums to get what they want. In the meantime young Russian boys are dying and he gives a damn less.

  • Brent

    Poroshenko’s biggest problem is a lack of military support from Western leaders like Obama and Merkl. Ukraine clearly has the will to fight for its own country, but not against endless waves of well armed Russian citizens the West keeps refusing to acknowledge. I find it hard to fault Poroshenko when he went to the EU, Germany and the U.S. and came back empty handed other than with armloads of condolences and advice on how to negotiate with Russia and its terrorists in Donbass. He was not asking for troops, but for weapons with which Ukraine could defend itself, yet the two countries that could have helped him, offered ‘blankets’ and a pat on the back. Ukraine even tried to negotiate with Russia and its terrorists through the Minsk Accord and that has been a massive failure with the terrorists continuing the war against Ukraine soldiers in defensive positions, and Russia continuing to lie about not being involved.

    Poroshenko also had to deal with domestic issues including two elections, a Rada dominated by “Russian puppets” who did not want changes from the old corrupt ways, and a way to stop his citizens from freezing this winter with Russia unwilling to supply gas to Ukraine. Change will come, but not overnight. But only if Putin can be stopped before he steals more of Ukraine. The longer any semblance of a ceasefire can last, the better chance Ukraine has to arm and defend itself and eventually recover its stolen territory.

    Obama and Merkl refuse to acknowledge Putin and Russian’s role in the invasion of Ukraine because they will have to admit they were wrong to think they could negotiate and sanction their way out of the mess they allowed. The refuse to supply weapons to Ukraine because they think Putin will stop in the Donbass. Just like they thought he would stop after they let him steal Crimea. They are complicit in allowing him to continue his war in Ukraine and need to finally take measures to stop Putin.

    If they were really serious about stopping him, they would declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorists. They would push to have them removed from organizations that Russia benefits like the WTO and the G20 and European countries should start petitioning FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup to another country. Russia’s access to the SWIFT banking system should be revoked until all Russian troops leave Ukrainian territory, including Crimea. The West keep dangling carrots in front of Putin and giving him offramps, but he has no interest in these and recognizes how weak Obama and Merkl are as leaders in World affairs and matters of war.

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      1939-40 Russia invades Finland. EXACTLY WORD FOR WORD AS TODAY, all the Western leaders give speeches that they are fully in support of democratic, liberal Finland but in fact not one single country lifted a finger to help Finland. Finns from the diaspora sent contributions and personally went to fight.

      Russia, as in every “Russian” war for 300 years up to 1991 fought with Ukrainian- not Russian- blood, using Ukrainians as cannon fodder (esp 44th regiment etc) TINY FINLAND PREVAILED, although it lost some territory (Karelia). OF COURSE no one will really help Ukraine either- except with hot air. Ukraine will have to fight alone. But truth is on the side of Ukraine.

      • DejaVu

        Yea it’s typical of the West. They will send troops and equipment to fight in the middle east for their oil interests but when it comes to saving Europe from 1938/1939 they will pull a Chamberlain moment.

    • Rods

      Well said.

      Ukraine needs to contain the situation in the East until they have build themselves up economically and militarily to be strong enough to do more about restoring the countries sovereignty.

      Last time a country was taken over by a nasty little dictator with very little bloodshed, the world followed the POTUS leadership as a man who knew right from wrong and set out to correct that wrong with an international alliance and liberated Kuwait. Now compare that to the current POTUS who has no Foreign Policy, leadership, vision or strategy and does not know how to project power with the assets under his control, so there is no global leadership and no vision for correcting a wrong and therefore no liberation by supplying Ukraine with much needed defensive weapons and substantial economic aid.

      POTUS rational over Ukraine is that Russia is stronger, therefore it is better to let Russia win as it will minimise casualties where if we supply weapons, Russia will supply weapons plus one! This is a totally bogus argument and on that basis the UK would have lost against the French at the Battles of Crecy and Agincourt, successfully defended Singapore against the Japanese, Israel would have lost their war for survival in 1948, the Six day and Yom Kippur wars, Russia would have won in Afghanistan and the US would have won in Vietnam and with their allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, where in all cases the losing side was much superior in military resources, but their poor tactical and strategic vision (which includes effective methods to win the following peace), meant overall they lost the individual battle or war.

      It is not only weapons, quality of leadership and troops, skills, motivation (very high when defending your territory) but also the political and economic price each side is prepared to pay. The cost of the Russian Afghanistan invasion was a major factor in the economic collapse and failure of the Soviet Union and there in no doubt that by supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine and thereby increasing the political and economic cost to Putin at this time of falling oil prices and too many Russian “cargo 200’s” returning home to conceal, would make life very difficult for his regime.

      Force = political will x military resources. If the political will is zero, like currently in the US, then the military resources are impotent and every nasty little dictator, despot and terrorist will take advantage of the resultant power vacuum. A good example of collapse due to lack of political will and the refusal of the troops to fire on their own people was the largely peaceful disintegration of the USSR at a time where they had the world’s biggest conventional forces.

      Unfortunately, in the west we do not have leaders in any of the major countries that are real statesmen/stateswomen, they have no moral compass, no strategic vision, offer very little in leadership, their policies are largely decided by focus groups and popularity, I call them ‘flip-flop’ politicians, where they flip and flop around trying to be part of the most popular political party and being in power is an end in its self. Unfortunately, Putin and many other dictatorial leaders know this and are taking advantage everywhere from Europe, the Middle East, to the South China Sea.

      • Dirk Smith

        What’s equally frustrating is the fact the US has hundreds pieces of military equipment just sitting around Afghanistan waiting to be moved home. This equipment is being stolen and destroyed by militants; much like what happened in Iraq to arm ISIS. Meanwhile, the muscovites continue to openly arm Putin’s inept monkeys and openly invade Ukraine’s sovereignty. At least free up some anti-tank weaponry and funnel it through a third-party. And then, like Russia, when our weaponry is discovered, just play dumb and deny any knowledge about it.

        • Brent

          Ukraine needs to find its own “Charlie Wilson” in U.S. Congress who was instrumental in helping the Mujahadeen defeat the Soviets. The U.S. has over 2000 M1A1 Abrams tanks sitting in the dessert outside of Reno that are never expected to see combat, but I agree they could start with repurposing the hardware sent to Afghanistan instead of supplying it to U.S. police forces or letting it be stolen and sold on the black market

          • Murf

            Hopefully McCain will step up into the role not just be blow hard.

          • DejaVu

            The problem is that the community organizer in power aka Obumble’s will veto any resolution congress passes. While a republican congress is more faithful to Ukraine a democrat bumbler is still in the throne.

          • Michael Couck

            Hmmm, perhaps they are! We also get a lot of drivel via the media, rest assured. And although there are no media reports of arms getting to Ukraine, who is to say it isn’t being moved in via the back door, wouldn’t be the first time. Please let that be true. We can’t let Ukraine go to war with a few sticks, that is completely unconscionable.

        • MyNameIsVladimir

          Russia expects the world to believe that Donbas militants mysteriously find weapons in their garages. So, why not let the Ukrainians mysteriously find weapons in their garages. The weapons just happened to appear on Ukrainian land like Russia claims.

      • Don Casavant

        Great post! I agree 100%.

    • Don Casavant

      Great Post, as always! Straight to the point and right on the mark!

    • Michael Couck

      Indeed, well said. What is wrong with these Europeans? This has potential to spill over into Western Europe, and personally I hope it does. Aparently the memory is rather short, let the cowards that renaged on their agreements bear the costs too, and they will.

  • Don Casavant

    I think that everyone knows what must happen to make the Ukrainian Army strong enough to isolate the Terrorists in the eastern part of Ukraine! Defensive weapons from the western governments would go a long way to make Putlier think twice about any further expansion of his war against Ukraine. It would become a lot more messy, with a large increase of Cargo 200 transports back to Russia. With such weapons the Ukrainian Army could blunt any further expansion of the Russian backed Terrorists. That being said, exactly what can be done to make it happen? Is there another Charlie Wilson in the US Congress? I don’t think so. Will any of the heads of state in the west provide such weapons? I don’t think so. Can Ukraine buy such weapons from another country without going broke? I don’t think so. Until one of the dynamics change nothing “good” will happen for Ukraine. How and who could change the dynamics?

    • Michael Couck

      Quite right Don.

      • DejaVu

        Won’t happen from the West. These problems could have been avoided had Ukraine not given up it’s nuclear arsenal for promises from shameful Western leaders. Oh well that being said the West has it coming for them from Russia in a form of a major European war.

        • Michael Couck

          Agreed. And agreed. Perhaps Ukraine has nuked up already. Would explain Putin not going any further, and being hesitant, no? Pretty easy for Ukraine, certainly have the knowledge, and with the financial aid from EU, just 4 kg of plutonium from the Russian black market and violla, a little surprise for the Ruskies.

  • Racquel Simone

    For the people of Maidan to pull off what they did in the name of democracy, no less, was transcendent. And to receive support in the form of empty words and nearly a year’s worth of useless warnings and threats from Western leaders is shameful. Why would the EU want to even do business with someone who admittedly seeks to destroy it anyway and spews anti-Western rhetoric every chance he gets. Hoping one day to read or hear that some leader somewhere will help Ukraine today. Russia might have time for sanctions but Ukraine doesn’t. Hopefully they adopt Lithuania’s recent proposal.
    I agree the US should funnel in the weapons and just deny like Putin does. petitions.whitehouse.gov

    • MyNameIsVladimir

      Good points! Why would the EU want to do business with Russia who currently seeks to divide and conquer Europe? Shame on European leaders and that person in Washington D.C.

      • DejaVu

        Because they still think that they can do business with Russia and that Russia will come to it’s senses. Too bad that won’t happen.