Ten Western myths about “Ukrainian Crisis”

I have been living in the Netherlands for the last two months and during this period I have had an opportunity to feel a genuine interest towards the so-called “Ukrainian Crisis”. In fact, I am sceptical about the usage of a word “Crisis”. However, under this umbrella we can unite events that took place after Yanukovich’s refusal to sign the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine: the Revolution of Dignity followed by illegal Crimea annexation and unannounced hybrid Russian-Ukrainian war in the East Ukraine. After a couple of conversations about Ukraine and its current situation, I realised that the Russian propaganda is working efficiently. Russia Today (RT) channel is notorious in this respect. The channel, that is nothing but a tool of Kremlin to create a false image among English-speaking world, is constantly using censorship, denying facts and publishing fake news. In fact, the team of StopFake counted hundreds of such cases while monitoring Russia Today. Thus, I myself as well as Beyond the EU feel responsible for giving some sort of an “insider perspective” on the Ukrainian Crisis and, thus, debunk top ten of its Western myths.

Myth 1. Ukrainian revolution was all about the EU

Social protests started with student demonstrations against Yanukovich’s decision not to sign the Association agreement. In fact, the Ukrainian youth was protesting under the slogan “molod nacii za evrointegraciu” (“Youth of the Nation for European Integration”), which clearly underlines the Pro-European orientation. Such student movements took place all over Ukraine. However, after the active week, mood became more pessimistic. Frankly speaking, while being on Maidan at that time I thought that it was the last days of the movement. However, on the night of November 30th, the state special forces, “Berkut” and riot police brutally dispersed peaceful protestors, mainly consisting of students, who has been seriously injured. As a result of beatings of defenceless students, the discourse and people’s attitude on Maidan shifted. In two days, hundreds of thousands came to Maidan under the slogan “our children have been beaten”.

There were no more indecisiveness and youthful credulity. The questions of EU-Ukraine relations and European Integration became irrelevant for protestors, as anti-regime, anti-Yanukovich and anti-police rhetoric prevailed, later followed by Pro-Ukrainian and anti-war discourse.

There were no more indecisiveness and youthful credulity. The questions of EU-Ukraine relations and European Integration became irrelevant for protestors, as anti-regime, anti-Yanukovich and anti-police rhetoric prevailed, later followed by Pro-Ukrainian and anti-war discourse. Moreover, shift from “the European” to Ukraine-centred approach was easily noticable by the amount of EU and Ukrainian flags on Maidan. Indeed, flags with official symbolic of the EU constituted the majority of flags during the first week of protests, whilst after students had been beaten, protesters brought Ukrainian flags to Maidan, which became a blue-yellow ocean of freedom. Even the main location of protests shifted from the European Square to Maidan (Independence Square). Later, it became clear that Ukainian revolution is not a political one, but primary social, or I would say “values revolution” (Sviatnenko &Vinogradov, 2014).

 

Euromaidan in Kyiv. Photo: AirPano.com
Blue-yellow ocean of freedom. Photo: AirPano.com

 Myth 2. EuroMaidan was a far right movement

No doubt, some of the radical groups took part in the revolution as, for instance, football fans. However, despite their contribution in terms of forming defense structures and serving in the volunteer battalions when the war began, they were neither at the core of the Maidan nor influential enough to shape revolution’s progress. In fact, Ukrainian revolution was driven by the most active part of modern Ukrainian society. There were entrepreneurs, intellectuals, artists, academics and students. It could be called creative and middle class revolution, but definitely not the far right-wing one. In fact, according to results of social survey conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, professionals with higher education constituted the major part of Maidan (Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, 2014a).

At the early Presidential election both right candidates Tiahnybok and Yarosh received together less than 5% of votes, which is insignificant comparing to nearly 20% of seats that far right parties got in the parliaments of France and Hungary

No doubt, it was a struggle for human rights, freedom and justice. In fact, Euromaidan was culturally and religiously tolerant. Besides, during my ethnographic study on Maidan, I had conversations with different, even opposing, ideological forces: United Left Party of Workers and Peasants and the UNA-UNSO (right-wingers). On the question about their attitudes towards each other, the representatives of both ideologically opposite forces answered that they are brothers, and despite the fact that their ideologies differ, they “now are united in an effort of Ukrainian Revolution”. Moreover, at the early Presidential election both right-wing candidates – Tiahnybok and Yarosh – together received less than 5% of votes, which is insignificant comparing to nearly 20% of seats that far fight parties got in the parliaments of France and Hungary (Front Nationale and Jobbik respectively). Obviously, the role of far right during the Revolution of Dignity is overestimated.

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  • Tae

    Why does the headline say ‘western’ myths when most of these are Russian narratives, not Western narratives?

    • Iggy

      Because the Western media eats up Putin-huylo’s lies for the sake of “journalistic balance of opinions from both sides”. But true, it’s all Russian propaganda and narratives.

      • http://beyondthe.eu/ Beyond the EU

        Although we may share you sentiment about Putin, but no obscene language please :)

        • Sergey Tokarev

          Why would you share such strange sentiment? Putin tries to be holier that the Pope. Stupid insults like ‘huylo’, but contrast, only show real level of Iggy.

          • Ian Rutherford
          • Iggy

            Do everyone a favor, москаль, and log off of your computer.

          • Brent

            Sergei! You old flea bitten dog! How’s it going? Haven’t seen you trolling for a while as I thought you may have got ‘recalled’ like “Strelkov”/Girkin, Borodai, Belzer and all the other Russians doing “Volodya’s” dirty work for him in Ukraine. Looks like you’ve been reassigned to this site and Bloomberg so I’m sure we’ll get a chance to ‘katsap’… I mean catch up!!! That’s a little ‘troll’ humor to make you feel at home here!

            Hope your mother is well and she doesn’t mind you still in her basement pounding away on these message boards….but do make sure you clean that bathroom once in a while or she might get angry with you if it gets messy in there.

            Since we last ‘chatted’ I noticed the “rubble” is dropping like a stone and it’s got to be worrisome in Putintopia with the price of petro products in free fall too. Make sure you stock up on lots of cabbages and vodka before it starts trading at 100 to the dollar and before Putin sends any surplus to the next rigged election in Ukraine to entice all those seniors to vote to join Russia. You should check around as I’m sure you can find yourself a nice babushka to give you comfort in your few remaining years and keep you warm at night. I’m going to send you some photos of a couple potential matches in Donbass, but they look like they know how to handle that pitchfork, so be careful if you hook up with them.

            You know I worry about you because you really do try very hard to succeed at this ‘trolling’ gig. You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but you try really hard judging by the number of comments you pump out each day. However, I’m glad you haven’t been returned on a Cargo 200 convoy back to Putintopia so keep pounding away and regurgitating the Kremlin fed pablum propaganda and I’m sure we’ll meet again!!!

            Talk soon comrade!!! Hopefully “Father Christmas” Gubarov can spend extra time picking you out a present this Christmas since he was banned from running in the DPR elections and now has more time on his hands….funny how much turnover there is in that leadership….

          • Sergey Tokarev

            Yawn. Was it an excert from a brochure ‘How to type many words without a single though’?

        • Ian Rutherford

          a step in the right direction ..

        • Iggy

          Glad to hear but as a Ukrainian I will continue to call him that until he gets out of our country (especially Crimea and Eastern Ukraine). He can’t hire/convince enough “Sergey Tokarev”s to brainwash everyone on the internet.

      • Ian Rutherford

        how very civilised of you to say that.

  • Brent

    Very good article that brings froth lots of facts about the events of Ukraine over the last year. Should be required reading for everyone who wants a good understanding of these issues and the truth behind them.

    Having said that, only one issue. The title. These are largely “Russian” myths, and not “Western” myths. Sadly, there are still people in the West that have adopted these, but I think more and more people are coming to the realization of what is actually going on in Ukraine. Hopefully, enough can start speaking up before it is too late and more of Ukraine gets devoured by the criminal Russian bear named Putin

    • Iggy

      Agree. This article should be displayed everyday on KyivPost and others.

    • Ian Rutherford

      “Very good article that brings froth” to your hate driven mouth, brent. And you very proud of it.

      • Brent

        “Comrade Ivan”!!! I see you got kicked out of the Kyiv Post site….just like so many others I’ve encountered you in…and been ‘re-assigned’ to this site!

        So how’s the glamorous life down in Monaco that you claim to be living? Still going spear fishing with Prince Albert? Gambling in the evening with Kanye and Kim? I still say you’re just another “troll” hiding in your mother’s basement not taking care of that foot fungus properly….I think I found some photos of her and your ‘masseuse’ you were bragging about the last time we met. I think you’d better clean the bathroom before she gets home from the cabbage processing plant because she looks like she could get very angry….

        This is the kind of article you should pay attention to as it tells the truth instead of that pablum the Kremlin keeps spoon feeding you. But then again, that would probably destroy all those fantasies you keep having of holding on tightly to the shirtless Putin and riding off into the Eastern sun…..

        • Ian Rutherford

          “This is the kind of article you should pay attention to as it tells the truth instead of that pablum the Kremlin keeps spoon feeding you.” – how very convincing not to mention illuminating, revolutionary comrade “brent”.

          Do carry on though, I find your comments increasingly amusing.

        • Ian Rutherford

          “I see you got kicked out of the Kyiv Post site….just like so many others I’ve encountered you in…and been ‘re-assigned’ to this site!” –
          all in your head that is and you know it, revolutionary comrade brent.

      • Trueteller

        Hey Ian! Why you don”t want sell some of that strong stuff which you use it? You are flying and seeing amazing things from chair in your basement,it”s not fair.We,others,we must travel,learn,watch and read to see events,but you just inject or swallow your stuff and you are full of ISIL,Dracula,unicorns and other hallucinations.I see you sell to Sergey Tokarev…Come on,sell to everybody! We wanna be brainless like you and Sergey! Few hours at least…

        • Ian Rutherford

          when did your latest bender commenced, teller ?

          • Trueteller

            Hi Ian! Is Ukrainian army still in ISIL army,like you “discover” to world in one of your “brilliant exposes”? Tell me Ian,did you check cashier from bakery next to your house? You see she is Ukrainian spy from other dimension in charge for you? Put tin foil on head if you wanna be safe.Hundreds strange creatures and enemies are trying break in heads of unique people like you are.And nobody believe you you hear a voices!!!

          • Ian Rutherford

            calm down, dear and say hello to revolutionary comrade brent from me.

          • Trueteller

            I have no “comrades” and I have no idea who is a Brent.Go watch expose “Comrade Putin as Hercules” comrade I(v)an.

          • Ian Rutherford

            your old chum revolutionary comrade brent can be found here:
            https://disqus.com/home/user/disqus_ZKmjNCuPOU

            perhaps you might enjoy a stimulating little read about him:
            http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Extraordinary-Adventures-Baron-Munchausen/dp/1906402159/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1

          • Trueteller

            Ah! If I can get your brain just for one day to rest and live in your fairy world! I am writing slowly because I know you can”t read fast Baron M.

          • Ian Rutherford

            self congratulatory brain damaged cretins don’t come much more hilarious than you, nonstopliesteller.

            do carry on ..

  • Sergey Tokarev

    A year ago all Ukrs were such as this blogger. This was hard to believe. I thought they needed a million of corpses and maimed people to stop BS. Recently, after relatively few casualties, some Ukrs began to talk, and few even began to think. This was a positive development, and I reduced ‘sanity threshold’ to 100K.
    There are still many Ukrs like this blogger (I don’t even want to look at his name). Many of these corpse retailers are grant-eaters, or live abroad.

    • tpa

      Dear Sergiey
      I think you need some antidepressants

      • Ian Rutherford

        Dear tpa,
        Your revelation reveals the true nature of thereof. They turn genuine human beings into zombies.

        • tpa

          Or volunteer trolls?

          • Ian Rutherford

            or fully paid/volonteer/natural-born ogres/ogresses.

    • Iggy

      You so smart, москаль. Keep on dreaming.

  • Sergey Tokarev

    To this blogger&his ilk:

    UkroPonzi is a game. The purpose is to sell as many corpses of Ukrs as possible, get money, buy a villa in Miami and forget Ukraine as a nightmare. Some players on top invent ravings – Russian subhuman Finno-Slavs, about ProtoUkrs who dug the Black Sea, First Russian-Ukrainian war of 1653. That Ukraine means ‘A country’ in some imaginary pra-European pra-language, and Russia ‘Transsilvanian Ukraine’. One can say that SS stands for ‘Sech Shooters’ – a Cossack patriotic organization founded in 1914, and those who don’t believe are zombie listening too much of Putinist propaganda. One can say that Moskals were responsible for Holodomor. Any madness is good as long as it can be used for Ukrs cause. Some people spread these ravings – Commissar Savik Schwonder, Kvit, Motyl etc. They get money either from abroad (grant-eaters), or from govt trough. They will buy villas. The others – leutenants – tell these stories to victims – school pupils, ultras, soldiers, others. The most difficult thing is to not laugh. They must make sure that zombie, including Russians, hate Russians (themselves) and begin to kill them for Soros, Biden, Monsanto, Benya Genocide. Players – corpses retailers – try to become corpses wholesalers. It is important to believe these ravings, having true version in subconsciousness, This was called Double-thinking in immortal Orwell’s novel about totalitarianism ‘1984’.

    • http://beyondthe.eu/ Beyond the EU

      1984 is indeed a masterpiece, but I do not think it is appropriate comparison. First of all, a set of ideas you have just described is only marginally popular in Ukraine and in no way is endorsed by public institutions, while in 1984 EngSoc was the only allowed ideology, sanctioned by the state. Secondly, the problem goes much deeper than you are trying to convey. You are trying to confine the problem of radical ideologies only to Ukraine, which is not quite objective. Radical ideologies exist in all countries, but I do not understand why you are picking on Ukraine in particular (I believe you are aware of Dugin and his crazy ideas). As such, you can reverse your argument and use it in any context (“Any madness is good as long as it can be used for Russian/American/any_country_name cause”). So the question is what makes Ukraine so special to you?

      • Sergey Tokarev

        Dear Beyond! 1) The set of ideas I describe have been promoted for 23 years officially, by govt and NGOs, so I won’t call them marginally popular. I agree that such ideas are, indeed, marginal and make German Nazism look good by comparison. 2) Radical people exist in each country, but they are not as radical, and they are not supported by the govt. Dugin is rather hysterical than crazy, and he is just a private person.
        Can you tell me why such people as this blogger tirelessly invent straw man arguments? This sophistry means refusing to argue, i.e. more death. He is a corpses retailer then, isn’t he?

      • Ian Rutherford

        Sergey’s comments are more descriptive than analytical and they are certainly very honest.

        “but I do not understand why you are picking on Ukraine in particular” – you would, if you had the courage to look into it properly. Worse still, i suspect you know it only too well ..

        I am sure you would agree that devil’s advocates come in all shapes and sizes and one thing is absolutely certain – Sergey is not one of them ..

        • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

          Yes, I would. Back to the point, I think you need to show that radicals where able to influence public opinion and consequently policy making. As was mentioned in the article, the right-wingers took only 5% of the Parliament’s seats compared to 20% in Hungary and France. Where’s public support in that? That’s why I think the radicalism of Ukrainian society is much exaggerated if not deliberately constructed

          • Sergey Tokarev

            I think people voting for Timoshenko – who called to nuke Novorussia – must be called extremists, not simply radicals. All such factions combined make 30%. Also, why do you compare right-wingers not inventing weird hateful history, not calling to kill anybody, just standing for conservative values and more freedom of their countries from US NeoLoons with such forces like Right Sector, Svoboda, whose purpose is Ukrainization, i.e. genocide of the others? Hungarian and French right-wingers share very littile with these guys. They are boy-scouts. UkroNazi controlled all law enforcement and economy positions after coup d’etat. They foiled investigation of MyDown and Odessa massacres. Judge for yourself.

          • Ian Rutherford

            All the radicals are still there, even if they are on their best behaviour for now. Until and unless Ukrainian economic situation improves dramatically the danger of them influencing the political process in Ukraine is real and very serious indeed. We should all focus on finding the ways of creating and maintaining Peace in Ukraine which is much harder task than finding the ways of how to arm “Ukrainian” army to it’s teeth which in in due course would almost inevitably lead World War III.

            On a more lighthearted note:

            “Another invasion of “Ukraine” by the Russian troops covered by the latest invisibility cloak is detected right from his bunker by Supreme Commander Adm-Gen. Breedlovenko.

            A chorus of corporate free press confirms the invasion.

            “Ukraine” is decomposing fast and “ready” to repel yet another Russian invasion but wants “real political solution.” This means (i) immediately give Kiev ruling thieves-in-law $20B with another $30B by Jan 1st to pay their stormtroopers and the invading Russia for gas, (ii) sending more ideologically motivated Polish plumbers to shell Donetsk on behalf of Nato.

            “Ukraine” kaput.
            Führeress Merky – take a note, your bros in arms from SS Waffen Galicia (now Azov) are in trouble!”

          • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

            I agree with the lasting peace and corporate media points. The rest sounds like a good conspiracy theory. I believe you would understand me if I ask for some kind of proof. Invade Russia for gas part is especially intriguing.
            On a broader topic, I don’t think there’s much difference between the West and Russia, they are two sides of one coin. Having said that, we shouldn’t be bleaching the west by criticising Russia and vice versa. Ukrainian crisis exposed hypocrisy of all sides of the conflict

          • Ian Rutherford

            “Ukrainian crisis exposed hypocrisy of all sides of the conflict.”

            I am not entirely convinced by that. Russia would collapse long time ago if it took exactly the same attitude as US always did and most likely always will do.

            On the subject of conspiracy theories:

            http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2014/10/27/rethinking-conspiracy/

            http://online.wsj.com/articles/sympathy-for-the-devil-on-christopher-marlowes-dr-faustus-1413584821

          • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

            pardon for my ad hominem argument, I do agree that a conspiracy is just a label to discredit a point of view (just like any other label for the same matter).

            Although I mostly agree with the arguments made by Dr. Boyle, they make sense only in terms of realpolitik approach to international relations. As such this view does not take into account many other layers and levels of the world politics (to start with, a realpolitik’s intrinsic fixation on nation states as units of analysis). This brings me to the point about Russia and the West that I made earlier, which is better developed in this article
            (http://beyondthe.eu/russian-threat-liberal-international-order/). In
            two words, any nation state’s foreign policy is driven by profit and self-interest and chosing a messiah among them just does not make sense. For them humans and smaller nations are dispensable.

            In any event, none of it has anything to do with the point I contested in the first place – that there are NATO troops, aka “Polish plumbers”, fighting in Ukraine and that Ukraine plans (or is used as a proxy) to invade Russia. Those are factual question and require a reliable proof. One can’t just to assume that certain things are happening to fit it into one’s view of the world politics.

          • Ian Rutherford

            I broadly agree with what you are saying but the link you kindly provided gives me this:
            Not Found

          • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

            the link is in brackets, disqus doesn’t see a difference. delete ) after / at the end of the address

          • Ian Rutherford

            Ok, thank you.

          • Ian Rutherford

            I am so impressed with your article that I don’t feel inclined to argue or criticise it in any way at the moment, Uladzimir. I hope you wouldn’t mind me saying that as long as you continue to be an open minded individual there will be always a great future for you.
            Thank you.

          • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

            I am flattered

          • Ian Rutherford

            and so am i, since i don’t think that boring owd moi is particularly well known for being a flatterer ..

  • stevemike35

    Putin was a Colonel and a “middle manager” in the old KGB. Now, 20-odd years later he a typical example of the old refrain; “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It has been true since the beginning of humanity, and I guess until the end of humanity, which I guess will be brought about by someone like Putin. I am a decorated combat veteran and 100% DAV/Disabled American Veteran from the Vietnam War. (U.S. Marines, Infantry) and somewhat of a history buff….The thing that saddens me is that for all 6000 or so years of recorded history, we fight each other for the same reasons; land, wealth, resources, politics, national pride, religion. The only difference now is that our rocks are bigger, our spears are longer, and we can throw them farther and harder. Somewhat of a sad statement about our society.:(

    • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

      Sometimes I think that humanity is just too stupid to survive. We prefer to hate, not to love and to burn bridges rather than build them

    • Ian Rutherford

      you haven’t changed since ancient days, steve ..

      • Uladzimir Dzenisevich

  • Rene Aus Berlin

    Article is written very well but there are an awful lot of factual errors. For example,the Ukrainian army is and has been very well equipped to have shot down MH17. Anyone claiming that the Ukrainian army does not have the specialist to operate such equipment, nor does it have any equipment of this kind is either purposely trying to mislead the readers or simply does not know better. The Ukrainian army is equipped with so-called “BUK systems” which supposedly was used to bring down MH17. In fact, the army paraded these systems on their independence day military parade on Kreshatik street. Here is a picture of such a system displayed on independence day.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buk_missile_system#mediaviewer/File:9K37_Buk_of_the_Ukrainian_military,_Independence_Day_parade_in_Kiev.JPG

    • tpa

      If those were the Ukrainians who shot the plane then why the “separatists” did not immediately allow the international experts to the site so this fact could be established beyond doubt?

      • Sergey Tokarev

        They did allow.

        • tpa

          Dear Sergey
          There is enough evidence to the contrary. The emphasis is on IMMEDIATELY. You should really stop smoking those socks and come back to this Universe.

          • Sergey Tokarev

            Absolutely all evidence about the crash coming from MyDownTown was fake without exception. I am tired to type this. Let me copy-paste: phone intercept, ‘drunken rebels robbed rings and credit cards and used those’, Buk coming from and returning to Russia etc.

            Fake looting:

            http://www.ridus.ru/news/164165

            Fake ‘Russian Buk’ goes through Krasnoarmeysk (town has always been controlled by the punishers):

            Phone intercept was forged one day before the crash. The metadata however showed truth. Browse if you care. You don’t? I am not surprised.
            Any other ‘evidence’ about this crash coming from MyDownTown was fake, too.

          • tpa

            I had some sympathy for your mental confusion but now it is clear. You are a human drone remotely controlled. Others call it a troll. Now stop talking to me.

          • Sergey Tokarev

            :) Truth hurts? :) It is OK. You will get used to it with time, get used to be a piece of organic fertilizer. Don’t want to offer you a bet and challenge my comments. Be greatful that I talked to you a little. Yawn.

          • Sergey Tokarev

            I usually offer low-life wagers. Please keep in mind such opportunity. Regards. (Yawn)

  • Anna

    References that have been used as a background for the article: Unian, Pravda, Censor etc. are not the most respectful and reliable sources. Almost all the references are from Ukrainian Media, which make the work far from being objective.

  • Pepe Nudalg

    Problem is that some of the statements in the article are also myths. First of all, the far rights did not constitute the majority of the protesters, but they were the most visible and well-organized minority. They did in fact shape the protest by their symbols(OUN-UPA flag, slogans “glory to the nation”, etc) and they initiated the clashes near the President Administration on the 1st of December and on Hrushevskoho str. on January 19th. (more on far right on Maidan here http://www.danyliwseminar.com/#!volodymyr-ishchenko/czo7 )

    Second, speaking of the Presidential elections, the turnout in the Southern and Eastern regions outside separatist-controlled areas was considerably lower than ever before. It was less than 50% in those regions during the recent Parliament elections as well. So the opponents of Poroshenko simply did not vote, otherwise he would have won in the first round, at least.

    And third, Maidan movement in the East was consideraby weaker and very few people gathered on the rallies until late February-early March, when some massive protests happened in reponse to the rise of Anti-Maidan movement. Also, the support of Maidan according to the polls was split in half among Ukrainian population and was very polarized between abslute support and condemation of the movement.

  • Dmitriy Buldakov

    Thanks, man!

  • Trueteller

    Excellent article! Short cold facts.World needs more articles like this one.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      You can re-print this garbage all over MSM garbage media. The problem is that that the world sees through ‘excellent articles’. Among Americans, only 6% still trust MSM propaganda. (Yawn)

      • Trueteller

        You forgot again!!!! My God it’s amazing how trolls forget things.Is it warm spring in Sankt Peterburg tovarish who knows who is in charge now of “Sergey Tokarev” account” ? It’s nice to be out of NEW 2 millions poor in Vatnikstan-KGBstan by spreading low level Soviet style propaganda. Ruble is Ruble. If tovarishes in charge decide tomorrow spitting of liberal BS for rodina you are ready…Savushkina looks the same? It’s amazing how people who was 100% sure during eighties they live in richest,strongest and the most free country in the world that Western world is on the brink of collapse,people who lived in slavery of spirit,body and brain(knowledge)without idea what is free media,democracy,freedom,economy today repeat same sh.. only wrapped differently. Actually uncle Joe Stalin and red flag with star is again wrapped pattern. New pattern and material costs money,knowledge and imagination which KGBstan-Vatnikstan misses.

        • Sergey Tokarev

          ‘Savushkina looks the same?’ – I don’t know. I indeed graduated from the 45th physical-mathematical boarding school at Leningrad University, but I matriculated in 1981 – the first year it moved from Savushkina to Peterhof. (Yawn)

          • Trueteller

            HAHAHA…. Check what person who ran account “Sergey Tokarev” wrote before about himself. Canada? Cuba? Peterhof? Where they find you people??? Oh yes! With 20 millions bellow level of poverty in KGBstan-Vatnikstan there are professional patriots for export.Ahahahga….You commies are more and more confused and sloppy. But why not? Kremlin propaganda department(probably in Lubyanka) pay regularly.

          • Sergey Tokarev

            If you want to know more about Savushkina – I already told you that my school, arguably the best boarding school in the country, moved from Savushkina to Peterhof in 1981, exactly the year of my enrollment. I left Petersburg in 1983 and visited the city rarely since then. If you need more help – please be specific in your plea. (Yawn)

          • Sergey Tokarev

            Youth. Life was only beginning. Champagne in a park of Peter’s palace, not far from Samson fountain. Happiness. Nostalgie – even though I didn’t leave the city yet, approaching separation was painful. ‘Music of Neva’ rock of my youth. We didn’t listen garbage like Makarevich. We listened Cruise, or Leningrad rock club.
            Cruise, Music of Neva (you might find it a simplified version of A.Block’ Beautiful Stranger Lady’):

          • Sergey Tokarev

            I feel like helping you. Can you return me a favor? Obviously you are a Zionist. Do you consider Zionists like yourself low civilization, or another specie? Thank you in advance. (Yawn)

  • Eddy Chua

    You Fool No One!

  • danram

    I wholly agree with the statement that sanctions alone will not stop Putin. He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about sanctions. In his mind, Russia survived much, much, much worse from the Nazis during WWII. It’s gonna take a lot more than just higher prices, a scarcity of western luxury goods, and a lowering of GDP growth by a few percentage points to dissuade him from his mission, which is to reclaim what he sees as ancestral Russian lands and restore Russia’s “greatness”.

    But I disagree with the idea that arming and training the Ukrainian military will not dissuade him. This ain’t your daddy’s Soviet military. While he has a division of elite paratroopers and used them in Crimea, most of Russia’s soldiers are still poorly-trained conscripts who only serve 1-year terms. (Russia still relies on mandatory conscription.) Moreover, a lot of their equipment and communications gear is outdated. Their bellweather tank, the T-72, is an obsolete design.

    Giving Ukraine sophisticated anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft weapons, jam-proof communications gear, and full access to western intel would make any further Russian incursion into Ukraine a very bloody and very costly proposition for Putin.

    People tend to forget that before its military was hollowed out by Yanukovich and Putin, Ukraine had the 4th lagest military in the world behind the US, Russia and China. It has a well-developed defense industry. In fact, Russia buys … or at least, they used to buy … many of its key military components, such as the engines for its helicopters, from Ukrainian producers. If we can just provide the Ukrainians with enough time for their defense industry to get back up to speed, they will be more than capable of taking care of themselves.

    The essential question is whether or not the west will do what is necessary to give them that time. Hopefully, the new Republican congress understands what Putin really is and what needs to be done, since the spineless idiot currently residing in the White House obviously does not.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      I didn’t see you recently, a$shole. How are you? (Yawn)

  • Maria Belaev

    Very good article. Maybe need to add a few other popular misconceptions. My favorite one is: “Russian Language was forbidden in Ukraine.” For real No kidding.

  • Комаров Ник

    people you do realise this is what they are taught in the west right? sounds about right especially mh 17 and breaking the constitution but i disagree about the referendum being illegal when infact it was very legal