Lionel Reynolds / Global Research & RT News – 2014-04-18 00:19:07
CIA Directs Kiev Proxy Regime to Launch
Military Assault Against Rebels in Eastern Ukraine
Lionel Reynolds / Global Research
(April 16, 2014) — On Sunday John Brennan, the CIA Director, paid a secret visit to the Ukraine
Within 48 hours, Ukrainian armed services launched a controlled assault against rebel positions in the Eastern Ukraine. Repeated claims by the Ukrainian regime and its sponsors in Brussels and Washington that this is an anti-terrorist operation are distortions of reality.
The rebellion in the East has genuine popular support, but the mainstream media, the US-NATO-EU axis, and its puppet regime in the Ukraine cannot allow this fact to become widely known and understood because then people might start to ask questions, like:
‘Why did the “international communityâ€ sponsor and support a violent coup by a nationalist mob against an elected government when it knew all along that half of the population, together with a closely related and powerful neighbour, would NEVER accept the outcome?
So, rather than face the inconvenient truth — that the Ukrainian coup was a coup launched not just against the Yanukovych government, but also against a large section of the Ukrainian people — rather than allowing people to face this truth — they are being fed another lie.
Supposedly the rebels are ‘terrorists’, they have no genuine popular support, they are all Russian ‘agents’ and ‘provocateurs’, it is not a war against Ukrainians but against fifth-columnists and stooges — it’s all the fault of the crazy Russian dictator — Putin.
Well, it seems that some of the members of the Ukrainian armed and security forces aren’t at all ‘with the program’. There are reports that soldiers and police are defecting from the regime and throwing in their lot with the rebellion.
In fact, there are even reports that Ukrainian citizens — assuming that ‘Russian gun-men’ are not cleverly disguising themselves as unarmed working-class East Ukrainian men and women ranging in age from 16 to 60 — are confronting the Ukrainian troops. And with some interesting outcomes.
When Ukrainian troops entered Kramatorsk, their tanks were stopped in their tracks by a crowd of angry citizens. Six of the tank crews then appear to have defected and flown the Russian flag. http://rt.com/news/ukrainian-tanks-kramatorsk-civilians-840/
So, for the sake of those who think this is all about ‘Russian gun-men’ and ‘plucky Ukrainian democrats’ let’s be very clear about what is happening:
With the full support of the USA and its close allies, the Ukrainian coup regime is deploying the army against sections of the Eastern Ukrainian people who have never, and never will, support a regime that the USA played a greater role in placing into power than they did.
Nor will they support a regime that turned its back on a beneficial Russian offer and sold them down the river to western bankers, that blocks Russian language television channels, downplays the Russian language, hands ministerial portfolios to fascists, and is deeply embedded in a Galician historical self-consciousness that is completely at odds with the Russian speaking, Slavic historical self-consciousness of most people in the East and South of Ukraine.
When the USA/EU/NATO axis supported the February 22nd nationalist coup they sacrificed the unity of the Ukraine for their own geopolitical gain. Once the deed had been done, and the national unity agreement of February 21st had been trodden under Pravy Sektor boots, there would only be two options left for Ukraine – fragmentation or federalism. And by supporting the coup, and abandoning the February 21st agreement, the USA/EU/NATO knew full well they were set on a collision course with Russia.
So NATO and the EU are, as they say, ‘making hay while the sun shines’.
On Tuesday, in a meeting in Luxembourg with EU defence ministers, NATO secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen laid down the need to strengthen co-operation between the trade bloc and the military association.
According to reports, the two sides agreed that, faced with the ‘Russian threat’, it is vital that they extend and deepen their co-operation, continuing a process that began in earnest with the Berlin Plus agreement in 2002, in which NATO essentially made itself formally and institutionally available as a military capability for the EU.
According to the AP report:
‘Rasmussen told reporters that NATO is planning a three-fold response to Moscow’s actions in and around Ukraine: “reinforced defense plans, enhanced exercises and appropriate deploymentâ€ to reassure NATO member states nearest Russia that their allies have has their back.
Rasmussen said “Russia’s handâ€ is clearly visible in Ukraine.’
Well, if Russia does have a ‘hand’ in the Ukraine, then it at least has strong economic, cultural and historical reasons for doing so. Quite what business the USA/EU/NATO axis has in having the best part of an arm and a leg in the Ukraine, helping depose an elected regime and directing military assaults against its civilians, is another matter entirely.
And so, in the footsteps of Napoleon and Hitler, the new imperial masters continue their eastward marchâ€¦
Ukraine Presidential Candidates Attacked in Kiev
(April 15, 2014) — Radicals have attacked two Ukrainian presidential candidates. One of them, Oleg Tsarev, was â€œbrutally beaten,â€ claimed the candidateâ€™s press office. The radicals poured green antiseptic solution and flour on another candidate, Mikhail Dobkin.
Oleg Tsarev was attacked after being trapped inside the ICTV media building following his appearance on the â€˜Svoboda Slovaâ€™ chat show, according to the statement released by Tsarevâ€™s office.
â€œIt was with great difficulty that governmentâ€™s security forces were able to recapture Oleg Tsarev from the angry mob. He was severely beaten and is in serious condition,â€ the press office said.
The video embedded below shows the scene of the alleged mob attack, although Tsarev himself is not visible through the crowd.
Earlier, there were reports of the entire building being surrounded by unidentified gunmen with Tsarev trapped inside and his car attacked, including slashed tires.
Following the attack, Tsarev said that he would not withdraw his candidacy from the presidential election under any circumstances, his press office stated.
â€œPeaceful dialogue between the authorities and all of the people in the country, the search for compromise and understanding are the only ways to solve the political crisis,â€ Interfax quoted the politician as saying in the lobby of the General Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministryâ€™s commissioner for human rights, has noted a â€œshy silenceâ€ from Western countries towards the attack on Tsarev.
â€œThe Maidan tank democracy is in full swing, the extremists remained unpunished,â€ Dolgov tweeted. â€œTypical double standards.â€
According to Dolgov, Kiev coup-appointed government used â€˜tankâ€™ force against people of south-eastern Ukrainian cities whose rights should be protected by this vey government.
â€œIs it an inclusive political dialogue and a constitutional reform?â€ he asked on Twitter.
Around the same time, unidentified individuals blocked and damaged the vehicle carrying another presidential candidate, Mikhail Dobkin, while attacking and injuring his aides on their way to that same talk show.
Dobkin admitted to the attack during a live phone interview later on the show. Other media reported that the radicals poured green antiseptic solution and flour on Dobkin.
The two candidates were scheduled to join a third presidential candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko, on the talk show.
Both Dobkin and Tsarev submitted their candidacies for the presidential election as self-nominees. Ukraineâ€™s presidential elections are scheduled to be held on May 25, with twenty three registered candidates taking part in the campaign.
Dobkin is a businessman-turned-politician and the former governor of the eastern Kharkov region. During his presidential bid he vowed to focus on reviving diplomatic relations with Russia, if elected.
Tsarev is also from the eastern part of Ukraine and was a Dnepropetrovsk businessman and People’s Deputy of Ukraine elected for the Party of Regions. He was later expelled from the party on April 7.
This is not the first time Tsarev was attacked in recent days. There were reports of him being caught up in the clashes in Odessa on Friday, as well as, beaten and pelted with eggs in Nikolaev by members of the Right Sector, according to RIA Novosti.
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