Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Brothers and sisters!
Here’s the Summary for September 29, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for September 24, 2014).
1. The bloody “battle for peace” is in full swing in Donbas. For the past three hours (from 6:00 to 9:00 pm EEST on September 29, 2014), we have recorded 11 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian forces by the Russian–terrorist forces.
Insurgents who earlier didn’t “distinguish themselves” adequately, have now reached their limit of cynicism. Today, we recorded several instances that are plainly unconscionable. Using the fact that Ukrainian troops only open fire in response to being attacked, they bring the “Grad” MLRS closer to our positions, turn them around, and discharge them at the residential quarters. [Now,] try to prove that these are not Ukrainians annihilating peaceful civilians…
For Russian propaganda – every possible service [is available], including the bloodiest of them all – which are especially enjoyed by the Kremlin.
2. The Central Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia has launched a criminal case in connection with the “genocide of the Russian–speaking population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.”
Russian investigators have “discovered” that the leadership of the National Guard and the “Right Sector” movement ordered their subordinates to obliterate the Russian-speaking people living in eastern Ukraine. [They were ordered to do so with] “Grads,” artillery, and cluster munitions. In general, Moscow has attributed to Ukrainian troops the crimes [committed by] Russian mercenaries, the Russian army, and the pro-Russian insurgents.
It is useless to argue here – the Kremlin clowns don’t even know how else to craft their tales of absurdity. Here comes the only question: how come all these crimes are happening exclusively on the territory controlled by the DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]? Take two steps from the frontlines into Ukraine’s territory – and not on your life will you be able to find a representative of the “Russian-speaking population,” who has had even his foot stepped on on a streetcar for [his use] of the Russian language.
3. The removal of the Lenin monument in Kharkiv caused cries and moans from a certain part of the public. The city mayor Hennadiy Kernes, who rushes through life among the smart and the beautiful, vowed to restore the ruined monument. Some cry crocodile tears (‘Uncle Vova was insulted’), while others are dancing a jig.
I do not understand, what is the hysteria about? If the Lenin fans, including Kernes, cared so much about the monument, they could have moved it a long time ago back to where it belongs – for example, outside of the Communist Party office, or even better – to the manor of [Petro] Symonenko [Communist Party leader] – there is plenty of space [to spare] there. But what would the monument to one of the bloodiest and most authoritarian “leaders” in world history, who shat on Ukraine from the [bottom of his] heart, embodied in a monstrous and tasteless figure, be doing in the center of a Ukrainian city? It is especially sad that the city in question is Kharkiv–the great city without which it is impossible to imagine the history of our nation.
I think nothing prevents those who are crying for the communist carrion, to gather their things and move to a country where it is worshipped, and still enthusiastically masturbate on the partially decomposed body of Vladimir Lenin [located] in the center of its capital. This ideological necrophilia was long overdue to end in Ukraine.
To those who insist that the demolition of the memorial to Lenin does not affect the welfare of the people in any way, I will answer simply. Our world today is a world of meanings. As long as the Lenins from the dark and tragic past govern the minds [of Ukrainians], it is futile to build a bright future.
The good news:
1. According to Ukrainian security forces, over the past two weeks 468 of our citizens were freed from captivity. And in the last month, more than 1,000 captured civilians and military personnel were released.
Unfortunately, we do not see much positive in the present “ceasefire.” Moscow and the terrorists don’t even intend to stop the bloody carnage they have set up in Donbas. But if this strange “truce” allows us to address the issue of prisoners even more effectively – then let it be this way.
2. The SBU announced: the evidence base in the criminal proceedings against ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his gang has been collected. It is now up to delivering the accused into court.
Actually, it would not hurt to hold a court demonstration in absentia. And the point would be, not even to give a legal assessment of this creature, whom even Putin no longer drags to the surface as the “legitimate president of Ukraine,” because it’s ridiculous. But to show the mechanism of national humiliation in their faces. And to call these persons by name.
Will the current Ukrainian authorities have the guts to get to the last screw in the Yanukovych system and pull him to the surface? We’ll see, although plenty of water has passed under the bridge since Maidan, and the old actors are crawling out of every nook and cranny again.
3. And [about] Kharkiv again. Here, the first criminal proceeding over voter bribery has been launched: in the premises of one of the [city] schools, the Kharkiv residents received food packages with cards carrying a big hello from one of the parliamentary candidates [an MP]. Earlier the media reported that an MP candidate, who is the current deputy of the local [city] council known in these parts as a Party of Regions MP, gave away buckwheat [a bribe] in Kharkiv.
Frankly speaking, if our politicians learn to gain voter sympathy with their minds and deeds and not buckwheat – Ukrainian politics will get a chance to transform itself from the current bazaar business into a real state activity in the name of the people and the nation. This, of course, is light years away, but you never know… The path is made by walking.
Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
Lenin photo source: Twitter
The “buckwheat” in the story is slang for “bribe.” Please change that, or people will wonder about it.
It’s kind of obvious in context, no? We put it in brackets after, just in case. Thanks!
Yes, you can topple statues of Lenin, because they are not a symbol of freedom. But I wonder why the monuments of the mass murderer Stepan Bandera are not toppled, because he and his organisation was responsible for the mass murdering of thenthousends of Poles and Jews in Western Ukraine . There are even built new monuments and the criminal organization Banderas is even honored by Poroshenko and the mass murderer Bandera is venerated by many Western Ukrainians as a national hero. As long you toogle Lenin statues and in the same time you honour the war criminal Bandera, it will not help to find a democratic future in Ukraine.
Stepan Bandera a mass murderer? Go learn your history again for the first time.
Fair enough on the surface Katerina – it is sad when a figure of violent resistance to oppression becomes a symbol of freedom for some, yet it perhaps also helps to understand what part of that history is being referred to as a symbol of continued resistance in the face of current aggressive invasion, torture and violent bloodshed. All countries have to reckon honestly with historical events that were complex and difficult with clarity and without denial in order to move forward without baggage, that is true. Equally important to note is that there are perhaps 25 monuments to Bandera in all of Ukraine, yet the Lenin monument toppled in Kharkiv was the 390th Lenin monument toppled in Ukraine out of many more still standing (1674 in Ukraine alone according to source below), so the one is far out of proportion to the other to begin with if one wants to make such comparisons. Comparing Bandera to Lenin as mass murderers is also a misunderstanding of history.
6 to 8 million people died under Lenin from war, famine etc…
Well, USA today wrote about Bandera and his followers some very wise words… and there is perfectly described, why Bandera supporters not understand, that their admiring for this mass murderer of Poles, Jews and other minorities set a mental front line between the weste Ukraine and the other parts of Ukraine. USA today wrote :
” His group also was involved in the ethnic cleansing that killed tens of thousands of Poles in 1942-44. The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists portrayed Russians, Poles, Hungarians and Jews — most of the minorities in western Ukraine — as aliens and encouraged locals to “destroy” Poles and Jews.”
For me such a mass murderer and his organisation not deserves a monument and in Germany are also nit monuments for Joseph Goebels or other Nazi criminals. So if the Ukraine want to be a democracy with European standards there should be not such statues. It not helps to compare with Russia, Ukraine have to compare with the EU..at least if the Ukraine want be a member of the EU in future.
And that there are political partys like the Swoboda, fatherland party, right sector, radical Party or the antisemitic Asow bataillon, who admire Bandera or german nazi symbols, is very confusing
Yes, clearly that is why extreme right groups had a massive increase in EU governments this year while in Ukraine such groups made barely 1% of the vote. A European democracy with European standards indeed. You should also know that USA Today is hardly a source of respected information for people in the West and that article was written at the height of misinformation hysteria. What is interesting about someone with such an avowed concern for the interest in neo-nazi or fascist symbols is the lack of awareness or concern for the documented nazis and fascists in the pro-Russian Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and in Crimea who have taken away all human rights from residents in those territories right now as we speak! Where is your concern for the mass murders of documented anti-semites and fascists Igor Girkin/Strelkov, Pavel Gubarev, Vladimir Antyufeyev who was declared persona non grata by the EU, Alexander Borodai who is in photographs participating in fascist rallies with Aleksandr Dugin from years ago, Andrey Purgin, Oleg Frolov, Konstantin Knyrik, Oksana Shkoda, all of whom participated in extreme rightist Aleksandr Dugin’s fascist Eurasian Youth Movement summer camp in Russia back in 2006 where the Donetsk People’s Republic was first born. Alexander Proselkov also there, neo-fascist. Alexei Khudyakov, who headed the ultranationalist anti-immigration Shield of Moscow…and so on. These are people committing atrocities, abductions, murders, right now and should be of deeper concern than a statue of a long dead guy. One hopes that all such views and actions based on such views can be neutralized and minimized globally wherever they occur in rational proportion to their occurrence.
one could go on…
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