Brothers, here is the summary of March 8, 2014.
(for summary of the previous day, see Summary of March 7)
The bad news:
1. Today, Russia has tried to turn its invasion that is failing to provoke the Ukrainian Armed Forces, into a full-blown war. Russian troops opening fire at Ukrainian border patrol plane located in Ukrainian airspace while illegally staying on Ukrainian territory – this is war. I would love to call it a different word, but I cannot.
Putin’s henchmen are making possible and impossible efforts, and using different avenues to provoke [the Ukrainian military] – just to get a retaliation and end up with corpses in their ranks. Then, they would have a good excuse to start killing for real, on a grand scale fitting for Russia.
We understand that Russia has traditionally been insensitive to loss of human life (in this, Mr. Shoygu [Russian Minister of Defense] religiously observes the principle of Soviet marshals, who believed that losing soldiers is not a big deal because “Russian women will give birth to some more”). To achieve its cannibalistic goals, the Kremlin will sail on seas of blood, however deep. Yesterday, we announced Russia’s current strategic goal – to squeeze Ukrainian troops out of the peninsula, at any cost, by March 16, 2014 [date of the Crimean referendum].
2. This arises from the first point. Today, we received reports from our emissaries, that a strange metamorphosis has occurred in the Kazachya [Cossack] Bay in Sevastopol. Russian paratroopers entered the unit, and some time later, the same number of people left the base – dressed dressed in Ukrainian uniforms. According to our data, cars with impostors posing as Ukrainian military were headed to Feodosiya. This does not look good.
By the way, the information about upcoming provocations arrives from many places where Ukrainian military are stationed. We don’t possess any specifics [regarding this info], and therefore, did not relay these reports in “Information Resistance” briefs. But unanimous warnings from various independent sources are alarming.
3. It is absolutely clear that so-called rotation of Russian troops on the peninsula is, in actual fact, their accumulation. Military personnel and armored vehicles keep arriving in Crimea, but nothing is leaving the peninsula. This can only mean preparation for the mainland invasion.
The good news.
For the first time since the invasion, there is more good news than bad ones.
1. Any plans to invade mainlaind Ukraine may be upset by this reassuring news: the United States declared their serious intentions to support Ukraine and their being ready to respond to the threat from Russia. The man who announced these plans is General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – a military man who is not used to the hustle and bustle politicians live for. This is reassuring. We think he knows what he’s talking about.
And suddenly, Russia announced that it is ready to negotiate with Ukraine regarding Crimea. Even though, only yesterday, the Kremlin responded to such offers by spitting and swearing.
2. This morning, I wrote a statement on behalf of all coordinators of Information Resistance. As statements go, it is a pretty harsh one. Essentially, it is our ultimatum to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the General Staff, regarding our troops in Crimea.
I know that we are a very small fry, and a bunch of nameless nobodies. We can be turned to dust with one sweep of the government’s hand, and no one will ever notice it. But even one person can do a lot and must go to the end, if he remembers about honor. And if he remembers that he cannot abandon his people.
However, after some consultations, I have been convinced to wait with the statement, so as not to make things worse. And, although I know very well that for our guys in Crimea, every hour of delay is akin to dismal and oppressive eternity, I have not yet lost the faith in our state. We are not denouncing our intentions – but we agree to wait let hope into our hearts and wait a little longer.
3. Arising from the second point – Ukrainian troops on the mainland have finally started to move. I’m not at liberty to discuss and comment on the fragmented information about [Ukrainian] troop movements that appeared in the media today, but it is a very big positive sign. At least I hope that this is the beginning. If only they had the will to follow through on their plan.
4. Civilians in Crimea came out to protest against the [Russian] occupation. This is a show of great courage. If our military and political command had one-third of this bravery, I’m sure we would be much more confident about the future.
PHOTO: Protest by Crimean Tatars
Thus, may tomorrow bring us the faith we so desperately need today.
For details of the day, see March 8 – Reports from the ground.
(Commented and translated by Voices of Ukraine)
Well, one could wonder and argue how precisely Vladimir Putin meant it, but here is what was said:
Russian President – Vladimir Putin – said that he would use his right for military intervention in Ukraine only as a last resort. This might be protection of Ukrainian citizens.
“Let the ukrainian military try to shoot their own people, russian soldiers will be standing behind ukrainian citizens. Not in front of them, but behind.” That was Putins answer to the question what would happen, should ukrainian military decide to retaliate.
One could see this figure of speech by russian president in so many ways. Is this a threat to use citizens of Ukraine as a shield? Is this Putin’s assumption that Ukrainians will protect his military men and stand as a live shield between russian and ukrainian military? How did he mean it? Did he think through what he said there? … This figure of speech of his calls for many questions…
The Lanet network is no longer broadcasting channels that violate Ukrainian law by conducting aggressive propaganda, or calling to war by spreading enmity and hatred.
These include the following channels: “RTR-Planeta,” “Channel One Russia Worlwide” and “NTV Mir.” [all are Russian channels - editorial]
Preserving peace is the most important task for all of us, especially now. Thank you for your understanding.
To Russian Officers – From a Ukrainian Officer
Source: Blog at Echo Moskvy
Translated by Voices of Ukraine
Long ago, back in 1988, I took an Oath to serve the Soviet People.
My grandfather and father were officers – one in the Red Army, the other in the Soviet Army.
Today, I’m a Ukrainian officer who took an Oath to serve the Ukrainian People. My tag bears my ID number, and above it, the letters still say ‘USSR Internal Troops’. I didn’t change my ID number, and I will keep it as long as I live.
Today, I am talking to you, senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, who have the right to send other people’s sons to die, while you remain in relative safety.
We, the Ukrainian people, are going through difficult and hungry times now, as we are recovering from the revolution while economic ruin wracks our country. But none of us, not even in our worst nightmares, could ever imagine that Russia would stab us in the back. Stab us after placing the knife in your hands.
Forget the tales of Churkin and Lavrov, Shoygu and Kiselev, Putin and Solovyov. Even on the morning of February 27, it was clear for me and the majority of Ukrainians, that the unthinkable has happened – the Russian army started an invasion of Ukraine.
Don’t you, Russian officers, feel ashamed of yourself and of your commanders as you send your soldiers to the territory of a different state, with weapons in hand but without insignia? Are you not terrified by the thought that from this day forth, Ukrainians will never think of you, and of all the Russian people, as friends? By the thought that criminals were brought to power in Crimea, lifted high by Russian bayonets? By the fortitude of my brothers in arms in Crimea, who chose the only correct tactic – not a single shot fired at the Russians?
Today, when the Ukrainian military units are blocked by your soldiers, the tensions are running impossibly high – yet not a single shot has been fired. We know that after one death, there will be no changing the course, no stopping the war that will claim thousands of lives, soldier and civilian alike.
We have not fired a single shot – and we already won. We won, by singing the Ukrainian Anthem in response to the demands to break our oath.
Notably, no Russian officer dared to ask Ukrainian troops to commit treason – it was the traitor admiral that took up this task, worthy of Judas himself. This means that you still have officer’s honor. We also have it. And it is that honor that will make us fight you, to the end. Should the unthinkable happen.
The Ukrainian army has no right to interfere in the domestic politics of its country, and neither does a foreign army. Do everything that depends on you to get your commanders to call you and your soldiers off, to bring you home. Nothing stains an officer’s honor as much as the base and wretched act that is occupying a peaceful brotherly country. Put this simple thought in the head of your generals.
And one more thing – talking to the NATO military, whom we used to be somewhat wary of, made me think that our affairs, our troubles, and our disputes are of no consequence to them. They live in their own world, which – sadly! – is better than ours.
But after what happened, I wouldn’t be able to name ANY officer of the Ukrainian army who would object to Ukraine’s membership in NATO. Because no one would dare invade the territory of a NATO state – in the night, like a thief. In them, we would have real military allies – something that no Ukrainian in their right mind will view Russia as, not anymore.
And so, I turn to you, Russian officers. Stop your men and sway your commanders. Understand that an error can still be corrected, but a betrayal of our friendship will be forever irredeemable.
Don’t shoot at us – and we will not shoot at you.
Our cause is just – we stand to defend our country and our state.
We have no other land, and we never will. And we will defend our freedom to the last drop of blood.
On my honor!
Originally posted on Euromaidan PR:
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 20:57
The Command of Sevastopol Naval Brigade and of the crews of the ships Ternopil and Slavutych of the Ukrainian Navy accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying in a statement made to the media.
“We, the representatives of the Ukrainian Navy, listened carefully to the position and opinions of Russian President Putin, which he voiced at his press conference in Moscow on March 4, 2014,” says the statement.
Putin will ukrainische Frauen und Kinder während des Angriffs vor seinen Truppen stellen, damit die Ukrainer nicht auf die russischen Angreifer schießen können
(Übersetzt von Voices of Ukraine)
Putin will ukrainische Frauen und Kinder während des Angriffs vor seinen Truppen stellen, damit die Ukrainer nicht auf die russischen Angreifer schießen können
Der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin sagte in der heutigen (4.03.2014) Pressekonferenz, dass ein Einmarsch russischer Truppen in die Ukraine nur im Extremfall erfolgen würde. Dabei sollten die russische Truppen bei einem Angriff, so der Präsident vor laufender Kamera, hinter ukrainischen Frauen und Kindern stehen, um Schüsse der ukrainischen Truppen zu verhindern.
Putin sagt in diesem Video wörtlich: „Hören Sie mich, hören Sie aufmerksam zu. Ich möchte, dass Sie mich deutlich verstehen werden. Wenn wir diese Entscheidung über einen militärischen Eingriff treffen, natürlich nur für den Schutz der ukrainischen Bürger – Soll doch jemand aus den Reihen der [ukrainischen] Soldaten versuchen, auf die eigenen Leute zu schießen, hinter denen wir stehen werden, hinten, nicht vorn, sondern hinten. Und dann sollen die mal versuchen, auf ihre Frauen und Kinder zu schießen! Ich will das sehen, ob jemand in der Ukraine so einen Befehl geben kann.“
So etwas haben wir doch wirklich schon mal gesehen, oder? Erinnert Euch solche Taktik wirklich an nichts?
Originally posted on Euromaidan PR:
NAZI UKRAINE? TIME TO STOP DRINKING KREMLIN KOOL-AID
By Peter Dickinson
March 1, 2014 Business Ukraine magazine
Ever since anti-government protests first broke out in Ukraine late last year, the Kremlin has adopted a policy of labeling all Ukrainian protesters as fascists. These fascism claims are now being used to justify the military invasion and occupation of Ukraine. What began as a fairly run-of-the-mill Kremlin slur has now taken on the gravest possible historical importance as a justification for war.
In parallel to the military invasion of Crimea, an information war is currently being fought to discourage the international community from going to the aid of Ukraine by portraying events in Kyiv as a fascist coup. The objective is turn Western public opinion against intervention and allow Putin free reign to punish Ukraine for the country’s latest escape attempt.
There are ample indications that the Kremlin is winning this information war. While international media coverage of Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests initially focused on protester demands for European integration, as the protests took on a more militant tone the role of nationalist groups began to receive greater prominence in the international media. This ‘fascist Ukraine’ narrative has led to a heated debate over the morality of supporting Ukraine’s revolution. While the whole world – more or less – cheered Ukraine’s peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution, on this occasion the presence of nationalist paramilitaries in the front ranks of the protests has led to a considerably more circumspect international response and much outright opposition. The Kremlin has skillfully fanned these flames, repeatedly calling on Western governments to denounce the Ukrainian protesters as fascists, Nazis and extremists.
There can be no question that nationalist groups have played a prominent role in Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution, but there remains much misunderstanding over both the nature and importance of these groups. First and foremost, it is crucial to grasp what nationalism means in the Ukrainian context, and how this differs from traditional Western perceptions. In almost all Western societies, our understanding of nationalism has become intrinsically linked to notions of racism, to the extent that the two are often regarded as virtually indistinguishable. This race-based definition of nationalism is simply not relevant to Ukraine, where the non-white ethnic minority population is negligible. Nevertheless, international attitudes towards Ukraine’s revolution have undeniably been colored by inaccurate associations with what is probably the most widely disliked and discredited political philosophy in modern Western society.
Nationalism in Ukraine is actually rooted in a narrative of national struggle through the centuries. The Ukrainian nationalist mythology is one of oppression and defiance, not superiority and hate. In their own terms, most Ukrainian nationalists tend to see themselves as much closer to the freedom fighters of a liberation movement than to the racial warriors of traditional Western nationalism. Certainly many can be found who hold and espouse racist opinions, but this is a regrettable feature in many non-Western societies. The simple fact remains that in political terms, race is a non-issue for Ukrainian nationalists. This matters because nationalism has become a dirty word in Western society, partly due to its overt associations with racism. Applying this thinking to the contemporary Ukrainian context inevitably leads to distortions which hamper understanding of the political forces at work in the country.
How much influence have these nationalist groups actually had on events in Ukraine? Nationalist shock troops have formed the core of Euromaidan resistance ever since the first Berkut riot police attack of 30 November. They have been in the front lines during every clash, and as the conflict escalated, have become increasingly run along paramilitary lines. However, organized nationalist groups were never the only ones doing the fighting. In fact, a great many of those who volunteered for people’s defense units or joined the fray in other ways were not aligned to any nationalist group. It is impossible to know the individual motivation of each protester, but the goal which I personally heard voiced most often was the simple wish ‘to live in a normal country, with human rights, laws and justice’.
Whatever their individual motivations, the hardcore of fighters was always a tiny minority compared to the numbers who took part in regular rallies in Kyiv and beyond. At its peak, the number of battle-ready youths on Maidan probably never topped 5,000. In contrast, the largest protest rally crowd has been estimated at well over half a million. Hundreds of thousands flooded onto Independence Square on numerous occasions, despite temperatures well below freezing. Every day, hundreds of volunteers manned protest camp kitchens, medical points and occupied state buildings. Few had any political affiliations, nationalist or otherwise. Then there were the AutoMaidan activists who took the protest movement to the roads of Ukraine’s cities, and the Euromaidan protesters in cities across the country. Those who protested in the regime heartlands of East and South Ukraine took enormous risks were subjected to attacks and intimidation, but they still refused to be cowed. Are we to believe that these millions of ordinary Ukrainians were all pawns in a fascist coup?
One of the cornerstones of the fascist coup narrative is the allegation of a surge in anti-Semitism as a result of the protests. However, these claims fail to stand up to close scrutiny. Reports in the international press of rising anti-Semitism have largely been dismissed by local Jewish groups as deliberate misinformation, while a small number of suspected anti-Semitic incidents have since been labeled as likely Russian provocations. As if to underline the point, anti-Semitic graffiti was conveniently discovered on a Simferopol Synagogue as Russian troops invaded Crimea. In reality, numerous Ukrainian Jewish groups have appeared – and been warmly welcomed – on the Euromaidan stage to demonstrate their solidarity and support for the protests. Thousands of Ukrainian Jews have also participated individually in the protests, attending rallies, volunteering to help out at protest camps and posting online to debunk the Kremlin’s anti-Semitic slurs. A former Israeli army officer even led a battalion of fighters on Maidan – some of them fellow Jews – and has since proudly recounted his experience to the Israeli media. Members of Ukraine’s Jewish community were also among those killed in the government crackdown. Needless to say, none of these Jewish Euromaidan participants believes that a fascist coup is underway in Ukraine.
While the evidence of widespread Jewish support for Ukraine’s revolution should be enough in itself to discredit the Kremlin’s ‘fascist coup’ narrative, the last word in the debate should probably go to the residents of Kyiv. After all, they have been the eye-witnesses to the unfolding drama and should know better than anyone what has really been going on in the Ukrainian capital.
Kyiv residents backed Euromaidan from the very outset, and this support was only galvanized by repeated police crackdowns and escalations. It is no exaggeration to say that without this resounding support, the protests would simply not have been possible. Kyivites provided the food, fuel, clothing and medicines to sustain a vast army of protesters spread out across numerous buildings and encampments. They volunteered in their thousands, and also offered up their homes to allow the constant stream of protesters arriving in the capital a place to take a hot shower and some warmth. Support in the Ukrainian capital reached a crescendo on 20 February when thousands of ordinary Kyivites responded to news of the massacre on Maidan by flocking to the square with whatever food and medical supplies they could muster. It was a staggering display of bravery and defiance which was very much in keeping with the manner in which local residents had supported the protest movement. Is Kyiv a fascist stronghold? Of course not. Today’s Kyiv is a Russian-speaking city with a population of close to four million drawn from every corner of the country. It is Ukraine’s most diverse city. The fact that it is also a resoundingly pro-European, pro-democracy city speaks volumes for the poverty of the nationalist/fascist narrative.
Events in Ukraine raise a wide range of legitimate concerns – not least over the use of violence against state security forces and the questionable constitutional legitimacy of the new government. However, the charge of fascism simply does not tally with the first-hand experiences of those who took part in the protests. It is a deliberate distortion of events which serves Russian interests by playing on understandable Western sensitivity to the horrors of WWII-era fascism, while grossly exaggerating the importance of extremist elements within a multi-million strong mass protest movement. Russia urgently needs to be told that the international community does not accept its fascist coup narrative and regards its invasion of Ukraine as a clear act of military aggression. With the existence of a sovereign European country now under direct threat, the time has come to stop drinking the Kremlin Kool-Aid.
March 3, 2014, 11:54
Andriy Illarionov, former adviser to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, believes that Russian military men were sent to Crimea to die. In an interview with Channel 1+1, Mr. Illarionov said that the Russian president is ready and willing to sacrifice his own soldiers, and Russian citizens currently in Ukraine, to present their deaths as provocations on the part of Ukraine.
“Several groups of Russian special forces are already in Ukraine. Those aren’t just ‘titushkas’ and ‘Russian tourists’ that hang Russian flags on city halls, but special Russian squads, whose task is to open fire and KILL RUSSIAN CITIZENS AND RUSSIAN MILITARY MEN on the territory of Ukraine, to later present those deaths as provocation,” says former adviser to Putin. “That was the tactic of the Russian units in South Osetia, Georgia, when Russians special forces shot Russian officers. The bodies of these officers were then presented as proof of Russian peace-keepers being murdered by Georgians.”
Surely most of you have heard by now that Crimea was a ‘generous gift’ to Ukraine made by Soviet government of the time. And although Crimea is one of the most beautiful corneners of the world (seriously, when this madness is over, you should check it out), it was in pretty bad shape when the peninsula was given over to Ukraine. One of the reasons was:
Since then Tatars were welcomed back to Crimea. And yes, we had and still have our difficulties and differences, but it’s nothing we can’t handle between ourselves. Why otherwise would the absolute majority of Tatars express their support for Crimea staying a part of Ukraine?! Probably because they recognise that ‘crazy nationalists’ in Ukraine will take better care of the community of Tatars than Russian government could ever do, especially considering the past encounters… (Yes, yes, I know, modern Russia isn’t the same as Soviet Union, but seeing the recent events, one could safely claim the methods remain the same. And don’t tell me that you haven’t been warned!)
Original article in GERMAN could be found here: http://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/inhalt.umsturz-in-der-ukraine-das-volk-will-anerkennung.e9f92e10-2509-4efe-a25d-a6bc5d5ff604.html
“A nation that seeks recognition”
On the photo: Maidan commemorates the victims of the conflicts
Photo of: Getty Images Europe
Kyiv/Munich – Maryna Mudra witnessed first-hand the fall of Yanukovych’s regime while staying on the Maidan this weekend. The Ukrainian has been living in Germany for already 12 years. She expects from EU first and foremost help in developing democratic institutions in the country.
Ms Mudra, tell us what is the mood on Maidan?
It could be described as being full of expectation. People aren’t sure what is to come now, but they are hoping for the best.
Julia Tymoshenko called out to people to continue staying on Maidan till the power transfer has been fully completed.
People intend to stay anyway independently of any such summons. There is little trust in politicians, that’s why people are determined to monitor the power transfer from Maidan square to oversee that everyone plays by the book.
Is Julia Tymoshenko about to become a new powerful female figure in Ukrainian politics?
Her support at the moment is not as high as it is believed to be here in Germany. Compared to the period before the elections in 2010 she is now supported by only a small group of faithful supporters.
My impression is that most Ukrainians wouldn’t want to see her as the new president. Some have no trust in her as a political figure and never had any before. Others believe that due to a long absence from politics Tymoshenko is no longer fully aware of the realities of the day, and that’s why she should stay out of it.
But what are the alternatives?
It’s hard to say; people have no great trust in the opposition in general, but there are certain members of the opposition and activists’ groups, who proved themselves during the three month of confrontations. One could mention deputies Arsen Avakov and Olesya Orobets; the first is now the acting minister of internal affairs and the second worked to free activists from special police forces. Andrej Parubij and Olexandr Turchynov could also be named. Parubij has worked as a commandant of the Maidan; Turchynov has been entrusted with presidential duties till the time the newly elected president can claim the seat [elections are scheduled for May 2014 – editorial, Voices of Ukraine (VoU)].
What could be the role for Vitalij Klychko in all this?
In the last few days I haven’t heard much from him. He might just be preoccupied with sorting his plans for the next few months. I expect him to run for presidential seat.
A new government of national unity is about to be formed; it is supposed to include members of the Yanukovych’s political party [Party of the Regions – VoU]. Do you think this is a good idea?
Members of the Party of the Regions will certainly have to be included in the process of decision-making at least for the time being. This will prevent people of South and East regions from feeling excluded from the state-building process. [Traditionally Party of the Regions enjoys the strongest support in south-eastern Ukraine and the least in western parts of the country – VoU]. Inclusion of the Party of the Regions into the present political process is a compromise to avoid any possible conflicts.
How could EU help Ukraine in the present situation?
First and foremost EU has to recognise and accept Ukraine as a truly independent state and its citizens as able to speak for themselves. People simply want to be recognised as a nation. No matter what ethnicities live in Ukraine – Russians, Polish, Tatars, Jews, Greeks – we all are part of one nation. We are Ukrainians and not merely some runaway satellite of Russia. And this should be the level of the discourse between EU and Ukraine. That being said, a quick and unimpeded return to the treaty signing with EU would be a first step and an important signal [meant is the treaty, which was supposed to be signed in November 2013 – VoU]. Support with knowledge and expertise would also be greatly appreciated. Legal and judiciary systems need improvement; economic life should be better organised. If EU wishes to help, it should send experts not bureaucrats to Ukraine. West is also expected to assist with the installation of control systems to prevent another such abuse of office from happening. Critical at this moment is the knowledge transfer, only then could financial help reach its goal and stabilise the situation. It is essential to give people of Ukraine instruments to initiate the democratic changes.
A blog entry by Azad Safarov (21.02.2014)
[for the journalist reportage about victims and their families see below; transcript in English included]
“They [responsible for the order to shoot on the 18th & 19th – editorial] don’t have to die, it would be a far too merciful punishment. Those bastards should bury their sons and daughters every single day” – these were the words said by a mother of one of the snipers’ victims Olexander Plehanov. [see video below]
I want leaders of the Opposition and MP from the Party of Regions to explain to that woman that the person responsible for death of her son will remain in power for at least a year. He will remain free to enjoy the luxury of his presidential residence.
After the brutal beatings of the students on November, 30 the Opposition was demanding for President to resign.
Now the count is more than 100(!) dead. And we sign the agreement.
I hope you will choke on your agreement!
Tyrant is loosing army support.
Tyrant has lost most of his jurisdictions.
Tyrant is loosing supporters even inside his own party.
Then why the heck are we supposed to continue to tolerate him?
What is it that we have to wait for? Why would we want to tolerate a murderer as our President?
Opposition can sign whatever agreement they want. People will not accept it.
Maybe I should go and kill 100 people, and then we will all sit at the round table. And then I will just try my luck during the next elections. You may now choose between me – the murderer – and any other candidate.
Does this make any sense to anyone?!
Killed were not simply someone’s sons or relatives. Killed were our brothers and sisters. How can we possibly betray what they fought for and died for?
I am leaving here a reportage made by Anna Miroshnychenko; the video deals with deaths during the last few days and the words of a mother in grief over her dead son – Olexander Plehanov.
Watch it every day, watch it to remember and not to forgive.
[Transcript of the video in pdf]
http://img.pravda.com/files/8/f/8f896d4-videos.html collection from Ukrainska Pravda
This photo brings tears …
But I’m here, I wanted to say … about Heroes … it’s not necessary to die to be a hero … it’s not even necessary to fight (because war is not everywhere in the world) … to be a hero – is to be an example … for the world … for your country … for your baby …
Yesterday I was touched by this scene .. A Daddy in the paddling pool was supervising his 2-3 -year-old daughter, who was playing with another little kid … and then some boy fell down and cried … And right then this girl caught the small boy by the hand and pulled him to her father with the words, “Dad, he is crying …” So, why? – Because for her, her father – is a hero who always protects … and not just her, but everyone all around … I’m sure that if necessary, this father would go even onto the barricades for his daughter … and for all others … and still would not consider himself a hero … For heroes never call themselves heroes … because they “don’t do anything special” … they “simply cannot be otherwise” …
09/03/2013 at 18:09 Facebook status update
Translated by Anna Danilova
One more analytic from Information Resistance:
Russia is desperately trying to withdraw Turkey from a struggle for Crimea
As is known, the Crimean Tatars are a reliable support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and strongly oppose the holding of an illegal referendum in Crimea, organized by the “Goblin” (Aksenov’s criminal nickname), in every possible way. Thanks to their unity and compact living in separate (but key!) Crimean regions, Crimean Tatars can become an important force, which will make Putin’s plans stillborn. And despite the desperate attempts of Tatarstan representatives to enlist the support of Crimean Tatars, they stand their ground following the attitude that “Any treaty with Russia is not even worth the paper it’s written on.” Besides this, the Crimean Tatar people know that Turkey is behind them.
It’s true that Russia tries to neutralize Turkey in the fight for Crimea, alluding to the negative consequences for Ankara in case it decides to stand up for the Crimean Tatars. Thus a number of Russian media (http://www.iarex.ru/articles/45900.html) pulling the Turkish media around by their ears, claim that now “there are things being carried out in Ukraine which are also being prepared in Turkey, where serious preparation is being done on the part of the implementation of a project of chaos.” Besides this, “Simultaneously with taking Ukraine under its control, the West starts – for the first time in the past 100 years – to block the independent actions of Turkey, as in Syria, for the purpose of taking it to another frontline of the geopolitical struggle between the East and the West.”
Russian propagandists are also trying to hold false parallels for Turkey between events in Syria and Crimea. In particular, it is emphasized that “with regard to Ukraine, Turkey must avoid the error made in Syria, especially taking into account its own historical lessons… But today the Ukrainian crisis is perceived as a continuation of the Syrian one, and Turkey – as a transit zone of turmoil.”
In support of this, the words of Ahmet Davutoğlu are far-fetched, that he allegedly thinks that “Ankara should not take risky adventures in Crimea, knowing what consequences may result.” Russian experts also point out that “an exit out of the legal expanse – both regarding Syrian settlement and in estimating the Ukrainian crisis – creates a dangerous precedent for Turkey: in the world there may appear states, that in order to realize their own geopolotical ambitions announce their recognition as one of the so-called Turkish “parallel governments.”
Thus, Russia makes it clear to Turkey to understand that if it stands up for the Crimean Tatars, it risks having problems with Kurds, who live at the south-east of the country and very often behave very aggressively. Even much more aggressive than the “Banderite neo-Nazis.” In this regard, the Turkish secret services should think about the possible links between Kurdish terrorists and Russian intelligence.
Also, Russian experts, shining light on the official position of Ankara in regards to Ukraine, are deliberately silent about the statements of the senior leadership of Turkey that “it is necessary to preserve the territorial integrity and political unity of Ukraine” and that “Crimea is a part of the Ukrainian territorial and political integrity” (President of Turkey Abdullah Gül, March 5 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/president-gul-warns-against-new-cold-war-over-ukraine-crisis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63247&NewsCatID=338 ).
Furthermore, on March 4, the Turkish Prime-Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during his telephone conversation (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/president-gul-warns-against-new-cold-war-over-ukraine-crisis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63247&NewsCatID=338) with Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that, “Ukrainians have to find their own way out of the crisis,” adding that the “instability in the country of Black Sea region will have regional impact.”
It’s true Russian media, for reasons known only to Putin chose to keep silent about the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Parallel to this, the Russian authorities are trying to intimidate the leadership of Transnistria [Prydnistrovya] and possibly enlist their support in case of military intervention of Russian invaders into Ukraine from Transnistria.
In connection with this balanced position of the PMR [Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic] in regards to the situation in Ukraine, Russian experts call it counter-productive. And they claim that such a position “may play a cruel joke on Tiraspol.” All the more so because it’s the silent Transnistrian “lambs” who may become the first ritual sacrifice of not so diplomatic (like the acting MIA minister Andrii Deshchytsia) and scrupulous “wolves,” preparing “a quick fix” of the Transnistrian “problem” at the hands of “new” Ukraine and taking into account “the direct interest of Romania.”
In the context of new information about the transfer of 700 Russian special forces to the territory of PMR, such calls from the Russia raise questions about the need to tighten border controls at the border with PMR and the transfer there of Ukrainian troops in order to block the invaders of the PMR.
There is, however, a question: how have Russian forces get into the PMR?
At the same time, Ukrainian and Moldovian secret services have to block Russian occupiers in Transnistria, and then when they attempt to break through towards home – to arrest and prosecute.
Information Resistance (Delta section)
Brothers, here is the summary of March 9, 2014
(for summary of the previous day, see Summary of March 8).
The bad news:
1. Some of our own politicians on the local and nationwide level suddenly started playing second fiddle to the Kremlin. Today, we have neutralized (hopefully successfully) two very dangerous rumors – about the mass betrayal of our border guards and the Russian saboteurs who flooded Kherson and Odessa oblasts. Our very own “public servants” disseminated these rumors.
I do not understand how they can be so irresponsible to behave this way. Under the rule of Putin’s beloved grandfather Joseph [Stalin], [the officials implicated for participation] in such tricks were, without further due, taken by their arms and brought into the cellar at the Lubyanka [KGB headquarters and its prison], and were put against the wall. And rightly so. Because it is one thing when a street vendor Aunt Dunya who sells seeds on the market shares this disinformation with her commercial partner Aunt Masha. But it is a completely different thing when it [disinformation] is broadcasted by a politician.
The task of bureaucrats and politicians as professional manipulators is to lie for the benefit of their country during invasion. And not to harm their own country. Learn from the enemy – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.
2. Today, a checkpoint at military airfield and military objects of the military unit A1387 were blocked in Dzhankoy [city in the north of Crimea]. Also, an airfield near Saky [Crimean city with major Ukrainian Navy bases] was seized by Russian troops. The occupiers immediately began to reinforce their formations, equip firing emplacements, and mount machine guns. The number of seized objects keeps growing. This contagion spreads around Crimea like ringworm in a hamster. If only it would not go further.
The good news:
1. First about us. After today’s commanding statement made by our Information Resistance group that denounced the inaction of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the General Staff, it was immediately followed by reaction. I was prepared for the moral and psychological Armageddon against us, and was ready to bark back (there is nothing to fear, but I never found anything pleasant about curses or threats). However … a rather constructive conversation followed. In general, we understood their position, and will be meeting with representatives of the military leadership tomorrow, to hear out their vision.
We are ready to broadcast any type of positive information, the main thing for us is to make sure that we are not being used blindly, and that we are do spread any “disinformation.” We have no right to deceive you, my brothers, and we never will.
2. According to our data, the Russians will continue to avoid using the firearms, as well as forestall the beginning of the armed conflict. Here special merit goes to our international partners – if the slaughter begins, they are ready for a very serious [military] action against Russia.
Of course, in this situation it is now extremely important to provide moral support to our troops in Crimea. They are exhausted and overwhelmed. But they are still standing. And this is important.
3. Putin and his military commanders are frantically trying to fix the mishaps they allowed to happen. It looks bad when the Kremlin broadcasts about the absence of Russian troops on the Crimean peninsula, and Russian military gladly admit it on camera. As a result, the “little green men” (Russian troops in unmarked uniforms) who have given our military ultimatums today in Yevpatoria, suddenly began to argue that they were a Crimean “self-defense unit.”
It is too late, gentlemen wearing suits from Yudashkin. The whole world knows what country you are from, whose orders are being executed, and what goal you are trying to achieve. You will not be able to turn into “freedom fighters” after being invaders, occupiers and aggressors, despite the magnitude of vain attempts by the heavy-duty Kremlin propaganda machine.
4. Tomorrow the Naval forces from the United States, Romania and Bulgaria will begin their joint military maneuvers in the Black Sea, near the territorial waters of Ukraine. I hope the reasons behind these naval exercises should not be explained to anyone.
Russians immediately drove their “Moskva” [Moscow] cruiser closer to the area of naval exercises, but those guys left a USS George H.W. Bush [CVN-77, aircraft carrier] around the corner just in case, that is capable of turning all Black Sea Fleet dislocations into landfills in a matter of two hours. So, the Russian clown act with the cruiser “Moskva” is to show-off for the visitors.
However, we still have no reason to celebrate. Let’s hope that tomorrow will bring us an excuse to do so.
Originally posted on Euromaidan PR:
March 8, 2014
We went to the military units and brought cigarettes and things. Although near the units “green men” from Cossack batallions are on duty, you can come up to them. Moreover, soldiers can easily leave the units, but they are not allowed in again. Therefore, they do not leave. At one of the units, they invited us inside and gave us a tour, though taking photographs was forbidden.
Originally posted on Euromaidan PR:
Russia’s State Duma (upper house of parliament) is inviting Russians from Europe to monitor the Crimean referendum on 16 March, journalist Olena Yakhno reports on her Facebook page, according to Espreso TV.
“I received the tip-off from a friend who lives in Finland now. This is how they are trying to make their referendum look legitimate: they are bringing Russians with EU passports to observe the referendum.