Russia is the only country at fault in the Ukraine conflict

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2014/11/27 • Op-ed

Article by: Justin Hillstead

Russia is the only country at fault in the Ukraine conflict

In most conflicts there is a middle ground, but not when it comes to the Ukraine conflict. This entire mess in the South and East of Ukraine was completely orchestrated by Vladimir Putin who used the revolution as a pretense to justify his actions. The main justification for the Russian backing of the rebels and troop incursion is that there is a Neo-Nazi faction allegedly running the government in Kiev, a baseless lie. There are extreme right-wing militias working on the Ukrainian side, but they make up an extremely small percentage of the fighting force. There is simply no comparison between the number of Ukraine Neo-Nazis and the many extreme right-wingers that are currently operating in Russia and supporting Vladimir Putin – but you won’t hear about them in the Russian propaganda.

This tragic crisis was began after Putin’s corrupt Ukrainian ally Viktor Yanukovych fled the country when deep public resentment was displayed during the Euromaidan protests. Yanukovych dodged a much-discussed EU trade agreement that won him the presidency, in favor of closer ties with Russia and the CIS. The Russian deal also came with a 15 billion dollar loan for the cash strapped Ukrainian Government, but the people had had enough. In retaliation for losing Ukraine in the Russian-dominated CIS, Putin seized control of Crimea after a bogus referendum in which 97 percent of the population allegedly voted. The same thing was about to happen in the heavily Russian populated East of Ukraine but halted due to International Sanctions.

Russia is currently gearing up for another incursion within the East of Ukraine after the Minsk Peace Agreement that has never been honored by the Pro-Russian separatists that Putin is actively arming. Ukraine has responded to these obvious preparations for an offensive by sending reinforcements to key positions like Mariupol. Putin again used the reflective reasoning to say that Ukraine’s forces are the ones preparing for an offensive, contrary to facts. Many photos and satellite data show Russian Equipment entering the east of the country. It has to be the worst kept secret in the world that Russia is in the Ukraine, and yet Putin constantly denies this.

With all these blatant provocations by Russia, why can the UN not do anything? Is the UN not an organization that strives for world peace, or is it becoming as useless as the League of Nations was in stopping further wars from happening? Russia currently holds a permanent seat on the UN Security Council which they regularly use to veto any rebukes by that committee. Is the UN Security Council the only body which can send in UN Peace Keepers to a place like East Ukraine?

Justin Hillstead was born in Montana and raised in Idaho. He’s started several companies and lived around the country and in Brazil. Justin is currently a student in Boise. He has a passion for politics and is a strong believer in objectivism, which tends to guide his choices in life.

Source: Originally published on examiner.com

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  • Roger Mikael Klang

    What can I say, Putin is obviously a very evil man. I Believe he is coming for our Island Gotland, my region Scaania because of the Öresund inlet to the Baltic sea, maybe the island Öland, and of course the Baltic states next. Just study a map!

    • Michel Cloarec

      You might be right !

    • Don Casavant

      Calling Putlier an “evil man” is the biggest understatement I have heard since someone told me that the current POTUS was a pussy!

      • Roger Mikael Klang

        So what would You call him? With one Word.

        • Don Casavant

          Khuylo!

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            What doe’s it mean?

          • Don Casavant

            It is a Russian/Ukrainian word and there is no exact translation. A generalization would be “dickhead” or “penis-head!” 😉

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            Yes, he is a ‘dickhead’. :-)

          • Brent

            This started in the spring when a member of Ukraine’s RADA referred to him as such in order to quiet some demonstrators and it took off in a big way. I remember reading “Volya” was not very impressed about this and even think Lavrov made some comments complaining about it. As far as I recall, someone in Ukraine even applied to have a star named “Putin Huilo”. Lots of images on “Google” if you do a search “Putin khuylo images” that are also quite funny, but here are some samples….

          • Don Casavant

            I thought that the Putin Khuylo song started at a soccer match in eastern Ukraine!

          • Brent

            You may be right! But I remember reading one of the RADA members stopped a protest by singing this to them. I can’t remember which happened first, but they both pissed off that little runt “Volya”. I love the naming the star after this too. I bet it’s a ‘red dwarf’ just like Putin….sorry, couldn’t resist that one….

          • Don Casavant

            LOL

          • Oknemfrod

            Actually, it was the then pro-tem Minister of External Affairs of Ukraine Andrii Deshchytsia (Андрій Дещиця). Immediately after the terrorists in Donbas shot down the UAF IL-76 transport plane killing all people aboard, a crowd of protesters gathered, on June 15, 2014, near the Russian Embassy in Kyiv. The demonstrators had been roused, among other things, by the fact that the pro-tem government seemed to have grown no gonads to call things their real names. The atmosphere was being very tense; Deshchystia, as a pro-tem EA minister, went out to talk to the people, and, to defuse the situation, said, verbatim (in Russian): “Я за то, чтобы протестовали, я готов встать вместе с вами и сказать: Россия, уходите прочь из Украины! Путин – хуйло, да”. Id est: “I support the protest, I am ready to join you together and say with you: Russia, get out of Ukraine! Putin is khuilo, indeed”. At which point the crowd, rather than to continue rioting, started singing the by then widely known and spread football fan chant (whence the words “Putin – khuilo” had originated in the first place). Thus the riot was defused, and the two words made Deshchytsia instantly famous throughout Ukraine and far beyond. The Russian EA ministry demanded a profuse apology (which it has never received). Precisely because it was a diplomat who dared to publicly utter an eminently undiplomatic expression, the news of the episode spread like wild fire throughout the world in no time, prompted countless inquiries to clarify what “khuilo” actually means, and transformed it from an obscure Russo-Ukrainian obscenity into an international phenomenon – along with the chant, now sung even in Japan.

            More importantly, the term has now been firmly and forever glued to the Putin’s persona, thus making him a subject of derisive ridicule. It is easy to understand how much it infuriated (and sure keeps riling) the man whose chief character flaw is vindictiveness arising from taking himself too seriously. For from now on, any squall of odes and panegyrics sung to him by his pocket media and countless putinoids on the Internet discussion boards is effectively countered by the word “khuilo”, always hanging imperceptibly in the air. He may, for the time being, have armies and gullible populace on his side; however, there is no weapon against the label of ridicule and sarcasm etched, figuratively speaking, on his forehead, particularly because “khuilo” is grossly offensive and, due to its clever compound linguistic design, evokes so many vulgar connotations.

          • AndrewO

            Eloquent, as always, my friend! The point I would make is that Putler has been planning the takeover of Crimea and the Donbas at least since 2008. The departure of Victor “Yolka” Yanukovych was the trigger the set Russia’s plans in motion. They needed something (a “putch”) and someone (“the CIA”) to blame. Outside of gullible and spiritually sick Russia few are buying the false narratives created to mask Putler’s blatant criminal aggression against Ukraine. He is certainly that word you so ably explain.

          • Oknemfrod

            Nice to hear from you, pane-brate Andriye, the world traveler!

          • Don Casavant

            Welcome to the club!

          • Roger Mikael Klang

            Thank you Don! I have been a subscriber to this newspage for a while now. It was about time I commented on something. But I have a Life outside of the net and I don’t know how much more time I can use to browse and investigate the net, even thou I write books in Swedish about war and therefore am investigating much on the internet. I will keep up with you thou. See you!

          • Oknemfrod

            A compound word formed as a cross between “khui” (an extremely obscene word for “penis”) and “murlo” (a grotesquely ugly face) – and, possibly, “mudilo” (an exceedingly dumb and/or nasty person, the root of the word stemming from the old Slavic “mude”, i.e. testicles). Any Russian/Ukrainian native speaker would immediately tune to all those hints upon hearing “khuilo”, even if by some miracle he has not heard it before.

          • Don Casavant

            Thanks…great explanation!

  • Michel Cloarec

    I don´t think UN would help, because putin thinks he is right with his actions. Whatever there are ! He his a paranoiac who think that Europa wants to destroy ex-Urss.
    He ¨find himself in a small country with only 180 M people, It is too small for a dictator. Where are all the dictators nowadays ?

    • Roger Mikael Klang

      There are 142,5 million Russians.

      • Don Casavant

        180 Million/ 142.5 million does it really make a difference? 10% of what ever number you want to quote will die if they go on the offensive in Ukraine. Putlier know that and he doesn’t give a damn! This is personal for him! The Ukraine has screwed up his plan for NovaRussia and his is pissed off! It is probablly the first time since he became the “president” or Godfather of the Russian Marfia that someone has said NO to him!! One suggestion to the Ukrainian fighters; aim low and to the left if your weapon is on automatic, you will kill more invaders that way!

      • Michel Cloarec

        Yes ! you are right, but it was included the NOT homosapians.
        It doesn´t make a big difference !

    • Don Casavant

      The UN cannot help! Are you forgetting that Russia is one of the members of the UN Security Consul? They can Veto anything that the UN wants to do!

      • Michel Cloarec

        That is what I meant. If Russia is in UN, how can we expect help !

  • Michel Cloarec

    Correct ! Definitely too small country ! I did even counted “icke homosapiens”

  • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

    The country is called Ukraine, not “the Ukraine.”

    • Don Casavant

      Yes, you are grammatically correct! But everyone knows what it means! 😉

  • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

    ” Is the UN Security Council the only body which can send in UN Peace Keepers to a place like East Ukraine?”

    Yes.

    http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/rolesc.shtml

    “The Security Council establishes a peacekeeping operation by adopting a Security Council resolution. The resolution sets out that mission’s mandate and size.”

    • Brent

      Actually, I think NATO could send in peacekeepers to a region like Ukraine without U.N. approval. I think they did this in the Balkans and Kosovo (I’d be surprised if Russia would not have vetoed this on behalf of Greater Serbia), and I think the mission to Afghanistan also involved NATO members. This has always made me wonder why NATO, AN ORGANIZATION WHOSE ORIGINAL MANDATE WAS TO COUNTER THE WARSAW PACT AND SOVIET UNION, is so reluctant to act in Ukraine to counter Russia’s illegal invasion?

      My opinion is that NATO now has too many member countries like Greece, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Italy who have all questioned any sanctions against Russia, but are also various degrees of ‘useful idiots’ for Russia and have business dealings (or other interests such as Orthodoxy>Greece> in common with Russia.

      Curious on your thoughts about NATO sending in peacekeepers and also is it too diluted with too many members unwilling to ‘step up’.

      • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

        Yeah, NATO isn’t the UN though. And mind you, Russia has it’s own “peacekeepers” it would openly deploy if NATO was involved, they still have “peacekeepers” in all of their frozen conflict zones.

        NATO could, but what is NATO? How many Greek or Czech soldiers are there in it? NATO is still ultimately the USA, and when you can’t go the NATO route you end up with a ‘coalition of the willing’ like we saw in Iraq. Ukraine needs its own coalition, starting with Poland, Lithuania, the Baltics, and go from there.

        • LorCanada

          RE: Russian peacekeepers, – which reminds me of this article, in part, from BBC, Aug 2014 as follows:

          After all, the Russian incursion into Georgia in 2008 was referred to by Moscow as an “operation to enforce peace on Georgia”.

          Last week I was discussing the Ukraine conflict on the phone with a general in the Russian army.

          His explanation for the sudden emphasis on peacekeepers was telling.

          Russia needs peacekeeping troops, he explained, “because that’s the only way you can move troops across another country’s borders with a band playing and with everybody pleased to see them.”

          For the time being, that is certainly one of the many options Russia is keeping open.

          ———-

        • Brent

          Putin already has his ‘peacekeepers’ deployed in Ukraine. The rest of us know they are no such thing, but at some point when he finally acknowledges their presence in Donbas (and likely other regions) that is what he will call them.

          I agree with you on Ukraine needing its own coalition. If fact, I think NATO should grant Putin his greatest wish and disband. It is too encumbered with nations like Greece, Italy and many other smaller southern European countries that have no intention to pull their weight or to honor Article 5. They are mostly becoming ‘useful idiots’ who will be an impediment to NATO being effective against Russia. Even Germany has developed into a nation that is ‘along for the ride’ and will come running for U.S. assistance if it is ever in the crosshairs, but has no desire to assist Ukraine, against an aggressor nation of Russia, that it helped arm and train. NATO’s original mandate in 1949 was to oppose the Soviet Union, or now Russia, so how ironic is it that when the bear gets its claws back, that NATO turns into a turtle

  • DejaVu

    The West is also responsible and it would be reckless to absolve them of any responsibility either. Their indifference and merely ‘talking’ during the Crimean Crisis or during the Donbass/Lugansk crisis enabled Putin to take advantage. Putin knows that the talking idiots in power are too busy worried about seeking diplomacy than standing for their so called ‘Western Democractic values and ethics”.

    • Murf

      That we agree on D V. All the talking did was encourage him. Reasonable people who don’t want war are at a loss when it comes to dealing with unreasonable people who seek it out.
      They all forgot that they are dealing with a Soviet leader who is pretending to be a capitalist.

      • DejaVu

        Yes empty promises and words. Reminds me of Neville Chamberlain and the same era.

        The West has forgotten about “Perestroika Deception” and Anatoliy Golitsyn.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoliy_Golitsyn#Reactions

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoliy_Golitsyn#His_books

      • LorCanada

        RE: dealing with unreasonable people (Putin), it’s best to “contain” the Russian bear, i.e. put him in the zoo and not be allowed to roam freely to cause destruction. So leveling sanctions plus the downturn of the Russian economy will restrict Pootie’s ability to afford war.
        Just my take on it.

        • Murf

          It still blows my mind how things have played out. Will all the oil revenue from the last 5 years Putin could have transformed Russia into on of the most prosperous nations in the world. or at least improving it.
          Instead he has squandered most of that money buying war toys and using them in pointless 19th century style power games and land grabs.
          None of which will earn him a thing.

    • LorCanada

      “Long range balance” is the key here. To fall into a fighting war is playing into Putin’s hand. USA and EU have used a different tact, an assault on the economic/business structure, by applying sanctions and curtailing Russia’s banking capabilities. It can prove just as effective in “declawing” the bear without having to fire a shot. The ruble is sliding downward steadily; foreign investors are shying away; capital is also leaving the country at a high rate; price of oil is becoming problematic to Russia – all of which spells difficult days ahead for Putin and his gang.

      • DejaVu

        Sanctions are a half-hearted resort one that is best applied against companies and not entire countries. You should know that sanctions are a long-term game and one that hasn’t changed Putin’s course of action. You sound like you are defending the weak and feeble idiots in power in the West.

        • DDJ

          Must be some other weak n feeble idiots that are causing the ruble to drop 41% so far this year instead of them thar ‘Western ones’. Oil is down to what $72/bl ? Venezuela needs oil to be $120/bl to keep their government going. How long do you think Russia is going to last? Making war cost $s and soon enough lil putter won’t have enough to keep the lights on in the Kremlin.

          • LorCanada

            As of Nov 29-2014 it is down to $66/bl. Kinda wonder where it will settle at in weeks ahead.

          • DejaVu

            Which is why Putin will likely initiate a major military offensive sometime next year especially if oil goes to $60/bl then he only has 12 months of foreign currency reserves.

          • DejaVu

            Are you defending the same sanctions which the West and Europe hope will be lifted soon?. You do realize that the West and Europe are more concerned about normalizing relations and trading with Russia again than about standing for their so called ‘democratic principles and territorial sovereignty’.

            Sanctions are all the West could come up with and so far have not deterred Putin. Infact Putin is planning the next phase of 1939-1940 and will be in Europe soon enough.

          • DDJ

            And that will be his demise.
            Instead of sanctions the West and Europe should start flying over Russia and dropping massive amounts of garbage of all kinds. Make certain there are several watches in each load so lil putter can rummage through it so he can add yet more watches to his collection.
            Lil putter is a looser and his life will end as a destitute bum just like his father was a butt buddy of Stalin.

          • DejaVu

            Yes it might very well be his demise but what happens when Russia begins to lose a military conflict. That is when tactical and strategic nuclear weapons are considered and used.

            The problem is that Putin will look to escalate and continue to escalate the conflict. Putin knows that the West will only resort to sanctions and he may very well rebuild the USSR with East and Central Europe in the USSR 2.0

            If the West had shown unity and strength instead of weakness then Putin may have reconsidered. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and now the path is to nuclear war (conventional global conflict first).

          • DDJ

            You might as well give up then just because a mad man could maybe might use nukes. What a laugh. 1st they don’t work and if they were used then MAD will be the response and your favorite dicktator will be vaporized along with the rest of the russian scum cancer that inhabits this earth.
            You need to think about what you say. Looks to me as if you are afraid of your own shadow and you have a man crush on lil putter.

          • DejaVu

            I am not sure why you think Putin is my favourite dictator but then again I guess it is easier to simplify and stereotype isn’t it?

            You obviously have no idea what you are talking about nor have you looked into Anatoliy Golitsyn nor what is in reality occurring. The next time you want to stereotype and simplify me then back up your bluster and comments with facts.

            You just sound like a desperate Western supporter who is willing to be held in a state of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. Are you an Obama sheep by any-chance ?

          • DDJ

            Burp!

          • DejaVu

            Got anything useful to say or to back up your bluster with. Otherwise you are just trolling. Sounds like you live in a state of ‘normalcy bias’.

          • DDJ

            No I just fought the Russian for years for screwing up my childhood with duck n cover. When the B52’s flew towards the ol USSR several should never have been recalled.

          • DDJ

            And what have you done for your country except get on a forum and type your tissues of horse manure?

          • DDJ

            Something useful hmmm ??? The great Russian Army you are so afraid of couldn’t even beat a Ukrainian ‘militia’. When it comes to which army can out do another the West’s military will make mince meat of your Russian military Boris.
            What goes on on the surface is for public consumption. What is really going on behind the scenes would make you shudder Boris. I am not at liberty to divulge the plans to bring about the end of Russia Boris.
            Lil putter steals rings and watches.. Great diplomat? What a laugh.

          • DDJ

            You wouldn’t know if it hit you in the face Boris.

          • DDJ

            Type faster Boris

          • DDJ

            Nope Boris I’m a Reaganite.

        • Michel Cloarec

          LONG-TERM game which seems to go very fast !

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    ALMOST 60% OF THE CURRENT RUSSIAN REGIME ARE ULTRA
    NATIONALISTS & NEO NAZIS such as Zhirinovsky who heads Putin’s supporting
    party.

    The evidence is clear just see “Russian Federal Assembly”
    online or on Wikipedia etc

    INTERESTING THAT WESTERN MEDIA NEVER, EVER MENTION THIS

    Neo NAZIS IN RUSSIA 55% Neonazis in Russian parliament

    Half the world’s neo nazis are estimated to

    live in Russia.

    Russia is flooded with Neo nazis with full

    government support eg: Nikolai Kuryanovich Russian neo nazi
    in

    Russian Duma parliament

    • LorCanada

      There is also this tidbit of information from euromaidanpress:

      Nowadays nationalist and neo-Nazi movements are on the rise in Russia. According to Russian experts, the number of such organizations has reached 53 and most of them are functioning in Russia legally. This list can be divided into moderate (23 organizations), radical (22 organizations) and forbidden (8 organizations).

  • Volodimir

    UN = useless nothings