March 10th: The Ukraine

Main headlines regarding The Ukraine on Google News:

As Ukraine’s new leaders accused Russia of declaring war, Russia’s Prime Minister warned Sunday that blood could be spilled amid growing instability in the neighboring nation.

Kiev mobilized troops and called up military reservists in a rapidly escalating crisis that has raised fears of a conflict. And world leaders pushed for a diplomatic solution.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the recent ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a “seizure of power.”

“Such a state of order will be extremely unstable,” Medvedev said. “It will end with the new revolution. With new blood.” (click on the link above for the whole article)

Russia has tightened its military grip on Ukraine’s Crimea region, taking de facto control despite Western demands that it withdraw.

Thousands of Russian troops are securing the region. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they were defending Russian citizens and human rights.

The world’s seven major industrialised powers  have condemned Moscow’s “violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty”(China was not amongst the seven but this fact was omitted).

Ukraine has ordered full mobilisation, urging more international support.

Russia says it is protecting its interests and those of Russian-speakers in Ukraine following the ousting of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last month.

Mr Lavrov said in Geneva on Monday that Russian troops were needed in Ukraine “until the normalisation of the political situation”… (please click on the link above for the whole article)

Information that has been left largely unsaid by the Mainstream Press:

  • Current power structure lies very much in Armed Ukrainian Nationalist (Far Right/Neo Nazi) hands
  • Democracy in the country has largely broken down, with Nationalists hijacking the Ukrainian political process
  • Strong anti Russian sentiments are held by these Nationalists, causing much angst for the large ethnic Russian population in the country
  • Unknown armed men from Kiev have tried to seize the Crimean Interior Ministry overnight-Russia’s Foreign Ministry
  • Russians are currently reinforcing areas in the Crimea, an Autonomous Republic.
  • The Russian presence was sought after by the Crimean Prime Minister, Sergei Aksyonov, “for assistance in guaranteeing peace and calmness” on the peninsula. Ukraine’s recently deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych, insists he remains Ukraine’s lawful president, and has reportedly requested Russia’s assistance as well.
  • There is an agreement between Russia and Ukraine to allow Russian military bases in the Crimea
  • Rear admiral Denis Berezovsky, appointed as head of Ukraine’s Navy forces just two days ago, has sworn allegiance to the people of Crimea. (Why would he do this?)

References and other sources that need your attention:

Now, please go back and read those mainstream articles again. Notice anything important that was left unsaid?

Some points to ponder:

  • During the long decades of the Cold War, the West did nothing to liberate the “captive nation” of the Ukraine—with or without the Crimean appendage bestowed upon it in 1954. Nor did it draw any red lines in the mid-1990’s when a financially desperate Ukraine rented back Sevastopol and the strategic redoubts of the Crimea to an equally pauperized Russia.
  • Should it be called an ‘invasion’ if a region and its people have formally invited troops to their shores?
  • If you were Crimean, would you want Russian soldiers guarding you against far right Ukrainian Nationalists, or would you rather take your chances?
  • Paul Craig Roberts and other sources suggests social unrest was started and funded by Western Powers, hoping to neutralise Russian influence in the area.  How are the peoples of Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria viewing the West’s meddling of their affairs?
  • Do we really want our governments drawing more red lines in other peoples’ sand?
  • Why the obvious obfuscation and spin of critical facts?

Other Facts on the Crimea (Source)

  • The peninsula shooting out into Black Sea from mainland Ukraine was for centuries colonized and conquered by historic empires and nomadic tribes.
  • Greeks, Scythians, Byzantians and the Genoese have all left traces of their presence in Crimean archeological sites and placenames.
  • The majority of those living in Crimea today are ethnic Russians – almost 1,200,000 or around 58.3 percent of the population, according to the last national census conducted back in 2001. Some 24 percent are Ukrainians (around 500,000) and 12 percent are Crimean Tatars.
  • An absolute majority of the Crimean population (97 percent) use Russian as their main language, according to a Kiev International Institute of Sociology poll.
  • One of the first decisions of the interim Kiev government directly hit Crimea, as it revoked a law that allowed Russian and other minority languages to be recognized as official in multicultural regions.
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