Today the civilised world doesn’t have to think what to do with Russia – liberal European thinkers have precisely and long ago defined both the essence of what Russia is and the strategy of behaviour in its regard, the only thing left is to find the instruments accordant with the present day. The text below was published in 1927, however it reads as one that was written the day before yesterday.
Ihor Losyev, Radio Svoboda, May 22, 2014
The events in Crimea and now in the Donbas have shown that the security forces of Ukraine have turned out to be ineffective and nonfunctional. A few wits have called Ukraine’s security forces “slabovyky” (the weak ones — Ed.). The issue is not only the organizational, financial, and human resource aspects of such a sorry state, but above all its ideological-educational one — how, for a period of 20 years, a peculiar version of the army, the Security Service and the Interior Ministry was being created. The army, in fact, has remained a fragment of the Soviet army, an offspring of the Russian-Soviet military tradition. Additionally, it is significant that during the entire educational-training process, particular emphasis was placed on the so-called “shared” Soviet-Russian military history and heroics. The examples of the USSR and Russia were constantly imposed; what was specifically Ukrainian was marginalized.
Putin is a generation late with implementing his plans. While he was preparing, a new generation has grown in Ukraine, one that can’t imagine itself without Ukraine, and Ukraine outside of Europe. The active members of this generation have destroyed the plans of the ‘great restorer of the Empire’ on Maidan, and now they are destroying them in Eastern Ukraine not only as activists, but as soldiers. The history book that Tabachnyk [pro-Kremlin Minister of Education from Yanukovych’s clan] has done its job – it has educated patriots. And due to natural causes the proportions of this generation relative to the old sovietdom rise steadily. It will be representatives of this generation that will finally dot the i’s in the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia and in the attempts to restore the Soviet Union. Even with two dots.
[Ed.note: the symbol Ї (pronounced ‘yi’) is a uniquely Ukrainian symbol in the Cyrillic alphabet]
Paul Goble, originally on Window on Eurasia
Staunton, April 28 – Vladimir Putin’s moves against Ukraine are part of his larger plan not only to restore a country with the borders of the USSR but also to re-establish Moscow’s dominance in Eastern Europe and in Asia, according to Vitaly Portnikov in a comment to Gordunua.com.
Putin clearly wants to occupy “all of Ukraine, Kaakhstan, Moldova, Belarus and the other former Soviet republics, Portnikov wrote yesterday, but that is only is “minimum program.” If he achieves that, he and his supporters plan to seek a return to the post-Yalta arrangements in Eastern Europe and, working with China, to restore Moscow’s influence in Asia as well (gordonua.com/news/politics/Portnikov-Vosstanovlenie-SSSR-programma-minimum-Putina-dalshe-on-dvinetsya-v-centralnuyu-Evropu-20101.html). Continue reading
Again the world is watching while heavily armed unidentified men in green camouflage suits suddenly appear in Eastern Ukrainian towns, occupy police stations, buildings of the Ukrainian secret agency SBU and other governmental agencies, and take the lead of the separatist movement that is now enveloping this part of the country. And again the world tries to come to terms with what is clear from the very start: we are watching phase two of the Russian invasion into Ukraine, Putin’s major plan to carve out the juicy bits of this country, which will allow him to continue his master plan for the region: the reestablishment of the imperium that was, and that most of us believed would never be again.
Oleksandr Paliy for UP Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 12:01
When the current Russian government throws angry accusations of “accomplices to Nazism”, it should have first removed the plank from its own eye.
One could start with the fact that through the SS Division “Galicia”, which was indeed formed as a collaborating military force, came through barely 22 thousand Ukrainians. At the same time, the collaborationist formation of Russian “Vlasovs” alone numbered from 0.5 to 0.8 million Russians, and their membership at the end of the war exceeded 120,000 people. This occurred despite the fact that the entire territory of Ukraine was fully occupied by the Fascists, while only a small western part of Russia suffered occupation.
Robert van Voren, Feb. 3, 2014
Lately I wake up in the middle of the night with a complexity of thoughts about the situation in Ukraine, the effect it has on the former Soviet Union and on relations between Russia and the West. In particular the posts by Russian nationalists, pro-Putin facebook users and facebooks glorifying the deeds of Berkut leave a bad taste and a considerable impression. Some are downright stupid, others are racist or anti-Semitic, some are really abhorrent – but many show a total lack of information on what is actually going on outside Russia. The information block that the Putinshchina imposed really works, and we haven’t seen the end of it: now even livejournals that provide balanced information on Maidan are banned because of ‘extremism’. Continue reading
Josef Hofman — 18 March 2014, 15:00
The last witness of the Nuremberg process, a 87-years-old Ukrainian citizen from Poltava, retired colonel Josef Davydovych Hofman, addressed the leaders of the states of the former anti-Hitler coalition with an appeal to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine which, in his opinion, might become a prelude to the World War III.
“The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated…”
The Chief United States prosecutor R.H. Jackson.
Kyiv, March 16, 2014
On March 16, 2014, during the session of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk charged the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Deshchytsya with a mission to get ready to protect Ukraine’s interests in the process of distributing assets of the former USSR with Russia. “Ukraine has legitimate and legal claims to Russian Federation regarding the assets that Russia has reserved for itself. I ask you to prepare the legal reasoning for the protection of national interests of Ukraine regarding the distribution of the funds and property of the former USSR immediately,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Continue reading
A look back to 1954 when the Soviet leadership, not Khrushchev, decided to transfer Crimea to Ukraine
21 February 2011 ua.vlasenko.net
Translated by Stepan Nikitchuk and Voices of Ukraine staff and Edited by Voices of Ukraine
No, there was no “gift from “Khrushchev.” On February 19, 1954, at the request of the Kremlin, Ukraine assumed the task of saving the Crimea, which had been extremely neglected by the Russian Federation; a region with its economy in ruins and a population that had been heavily deported out of the region. A contemporary account in “The Crimean Truth” newspaper wrote…
“The enduring friendship, the communist attitude toward work by the collective farmers at the Kalinin cooperative, is evident everywhere. In the early morning, trucks from the collective farm fill the street with noise: drivers, among them – half immigrants from Ukraine – traveled to Simferopol for fertilizer.
“Grigory A. Shevchenko who is the foreman for technical and oilseed plant cultures hurries to work…
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