Europe’s Invisible War – The Civil War in Ukraine

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Written by Dr.Leon Tressell, co-authorted by Rosa Tressell exclusively for SouthFront

The Maidan coup in February 2014, carefully planned and orchestrated by American imperialism in cahoots with its Neo-Nazi stooges, set in motion a myriad of centrifugal forces that have been tearing the country apart. A cursory look at Europe’s mainstream press would reveal that the current civil war in Ukraine is the continent’s invisible war. There are no headlines lamenting the death and destruction that is the daily lot of people in the Donbass region of Ukraine.

On the anniversary of the Odessa Massacre on 2 May 2014 it reminds me of the old maxim,”Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them’’. The Odessa Massacre saw the murder of 43 Russian speaking activists by Neo-Nazis from Svboda and the Right Sector who acted in collusion with local police and special forces.

The Odessa Massacre can be said to be the event that cemented the determination of Russian speakers in the Donbass region to break away from a country that rejoiced in the murder of its own citizens.

To understand the current situation in Ukraine and its war against the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk we need to go back to the event that triggered this crisis which was the American sponsored coup that overthrew President Yanukovich on 22 February 2014. Yanukovich refused to sign the infamous EU trade association agreement that was used as the flimsy pretext for the Maiden protest movement. This in turn was used as cover by the CIA/U.S. State Department to launch the coup d’etat that overthrew Yanukovich and led to the installation of a pro-western puppet government dominated by billionaire oligarchs. Neo-Nazi groups such as Svboda and the Right Sector played a leading role in the bloody overthrow of Yanukovich’s government and went on to set the political agenda that has dominated Ukraine to this day.

This agenda was ultra-nationalist and demanded the supremacy of the Ukrainian language, history and culture and the repression of the Russian speaking population in the east of the country. Along with this, these ‘nationalists’ invited rapacious international institutions such as the IMF into the country setting the scene for Western imperialism to come in and take over the Ukrainian economy. A good example of this economic/political corruption is the case of Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, who was appointed to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest private gas company after the Maidan coup.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union the gas transit pipelines from Russia delivering supplies to Europe through Ukraine have been a major source of the current conflict. Since the advent of fracking American imperialism has sought to use the crisis in Ukraine to stifle Russian energy supplies to Europe in the hope of boosting its energy exports to Europe. The U.S. got the EU. to prevent the Russian south stream gas pipeline into Europe. Washington and the EU are backing Ukraine in its incessant disputes with Russia over energy bills.

Europe’s Invisible War – The Civil War in Ukraine

Source: BBC News

Of course, the blood thirsty ultranationalists in power in Kiev, while happy to see their country economically dominated and pillaged by Western imperialism, demanded satisfaction of their Russo phobia. This was to take the form of the infamous Anti-Terrorist Operations to reconquer the Russian speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk that had declared their independence from Ukraine.

Neo-Nazi forces involved in the overthrow of Yanukovich also took advantage of the situation to attack the Ukrainian labour movement. There were numerous attacks upon trade unionists, while small left parties like Borotba were driven underground. The Ukrainian Communist Party, while no workers formation, was banned, illustrating the extent of the repression. This wave of repression against the labour movement culminated in the massacre at the Trade Union House in Odessa on 2 May 2014 where Neo-Nazi elements murdered around 45, Russian speaking activists, many burnt alive in the building.

Not surprisingly, Russian speakers in the East of Ukraine spontaneously rose up demanding protection from Neo-Nazi militias, such as the Azov battalion, within the Ukrainian armed forces. In Donetsk and Lugansk regions (Novorossia) the people spontaneously organised militias to defend themselves from an expected attack by the Ukrainian armed forces. The junta that took power in Kiev, headed by billionaire Poroshenko, launched the so called Anti-Terrorist Operation against the nascent rebellions in the Russian speaking regions. This Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) brought Russian speaking areas under the junta’s control except in Donetsk and Lugansk oblast (regions) where the poorly armed militias, which were strongly supported by the miners of the region, repulsed the Ukrainian armed forces which included various neo-Nazi militias such as the Azov battalion.

The various war crimes committed by these military formations has been well documented by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. Even the U.S. Congress was forced to state that no more military supplies should be sent to Azov battalion due to its infamous record of murder, rape and pillage in the Donbass region.

In the first phase of the war the economy of Novorossia was largely nationalised. An international brigade of foreign volunteers was formed. At its core was a company of socialists and communists from all over Europe.

As the conflict settled down into a more conventional war then nationalist elements loyal to Moscow became increasingly prominent within the leadership of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics. The militias, which at first were spontaneously created from below and largely made up of workers who had volunteered, began to change into more professional military units whose commanders were began to be replaced by Moscow henchmen. Popular militia leaders such as Motorola and Ghost who commanded mass support from the people were assassinated by Ukrainian special forces.

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has turned into a more conventional war which has become a piece on the geopolitical chessboard. If you read IMF reports about Ukraine then it is clear that the junta is on life support and kept going only by loans from the West, totalling over $17 billion and rising, and U.S. military supplies. Ukraine’s economy is in a state of collapse while the population have suffered a large decline in their living standards.

The Anti-Terrorist Operation launched by the Ukrainian government, against the breakaway republics in Donetsk and Lugansk, has been used by the junta to try and divert an increasingly angry population from their socio-economic problems. The OSCE issues daily reports about infringements of the Minsk 2 ceasefire agreement. Everyday there is low intensity fighting taking place. The Ukrainian military shells civilian settlements in Lugansk and Donetsk with impunity every day committing war crimes safe in the knowledge that America and the EU will turn a blind eye. There are reporters on the ground, such as Patrick Lancaster who is married to a local women, who issue daily video reports showing the devastation caused by Ukrainian military strikes upon civilian settlements.

This is totally ignored by the Western media basically because the victims are Russian speakers caught in the middle of a war sponsored by American imperialism against the breakaway republics of Novorossia. Further it plays into their narrative that Putin is a nationalist looking to expand his borders, a “threat” therefore to the peace of the world. The underlying message is that whatever is happening in the Ukraine is Putin’s fault.

It is quite clear that U.S. imperialism has plans to stoke up the Donbass conflict by its recent decision to despatch heavy weaponry to the Kiev junta while maintaining financial support to prevent the collapse of the Poroshenko regime. The US and its EU ally have increased sanctions upon Russia this year while demanding Russia commits itself to the Minsk 2 peace accords!

The Ukrainian people are facing a very difficult social-economic situation while ultra-nationalist forces continue to set the political agenda in the Radha (parliament). Under the tender care of billionaire oligarchs, Neo-Nazi political and military formations, the IMF and the Americans, Ukraine’s economy will only continue to stagnate and decline whilst the civil war will only intensify. The ordinary people of Ukraine face a common enemy but are in a difficult position as the political environment is so repressive. The trade unions and radical parties such as Borotba were sent underground after the Maidan coup in February 2014.

Of course, this is all part of the Neo-Cons long term plan for the region. The destruction of Ukraine is a merely a stepping stone on the road to the ultimate prize of overthrowing the nationalist regime in Moscow and installing pro-western puppets into the Kremlin. Then at last Brezinski’s dream* of America dominating the people and resources of Eurasia has a chance of fulfilment.

The people of Ukraine stand at a crossroads. They can stand by passively and watch their country be completely destroyed aka Syria while yet more regions, such as Donetsk and Lugansk end up rejoining Russia, or they can stand up to the ultra-nationalist and Neo-Nazi forces dominating their government. Ukraine does not have to go the way of Syria.

Those of us living in the US and the EU should demand our politicians end their financial and military support for the Ukrainian government that has perpetrated numerous war crimes and is clearly committed to a military solution to the civil war in the Donbass region of the country.

Sources:

  1. http://theduran.com/remembering-the-odessa-massacre-2-may-2014/
  2. http://stormcloudsgathering.com/the-ukraine-crisis-what-youre-not-being-told/
  3. http://reports.swedhr.org/documenting-war-crimes-in-ukraine-2014-2015/
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2014/05/13/bidens-son-joins-ukraine-gas-companys-board-of-directors.html
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/05/14/hunter-bidens-new-job-at-a-ukrainian-gas-company-is-a-problem-for-u-s-soft-power/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c9cb715115fb
  6. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26987082
  7. https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-gas-giant-ordered-pay-ukraine-billion-60661
  8. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29521564
  9. https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/avakov-talks-plan-donbas-reintegration.html

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  • Michał Hunicz

    Rastan pocket surrendered!

    • HighLord Gaz

      Kiev pocket will follow soon.

  • Rob

    When US regime tell Muslim leaders to set down so then they comply the order and set down and when US regime order them to stand so then they stand. It means that these Muslim leaders have no dignity. These leaders cannot say to US regime that why you giving us orders, stop it, don’t give us orders.

  • Rob

    Israel have increased their nuclear and biochemical weapons.
    Therefore, from satellite images it is appear that on April 1, 2018, Israel has relocated their nuclear and biochemical weapons from Demona and Netzion laboratories to some newly made storages. It indicates that the current storage facilities are not enough.

  • Random *

    SOUTHFRONT please check possible misprint. “The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has turned into a more conventional war which has become a piece on the geopolitical cheeseboard”. I think that “cheeseboard” should be “chessboard”. Am I wrong?

    • Sinbad2

      That would depend on the type’s of cheese on the board.

      • Bob

        Poroshenko Cheese Co. – cheap, greasy, yellow and plastic-like.

    • Kolarov

      Well it’s a funny typo tbh

    • Thank you for the feedback.

    • David Parker

      You are correct, the word is “chessboard”.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    Russia has now better cards to play….from Crimea wil take control over east European countries( Ukraien and Romania) airspace ( S-500), from Syrian bases take control over east mediterranean and aegean sea….and Iran can close ormuz strait…

    • kgbrat

      Bull shit like u too.

      • Tudor Miron

        Harder trolly, harder. This way you wouldn’t be able to pay the bills. Rumors are there’s another major increase coming on gas and electricity.

        • roger temple

          Hasn’t much to say by way of argument has he (or it)!

      • HighLord Gaz

        waaahhh.. waaahhh.. waaahhh.. says the Ukrotroll… poor little goblin…

  • Sinbad2

    If you looked at voting patterns in Ukraine before the American coup, the people in eastern Ukraine elected politicians who wanted to align with Russia. Western Ukrainians wanted to join the EU.
    There needs to be referendums held and the nation divided based upon the wishes of the people.
    So the western nazis can have their little police state, and Eastern Ukrainians can do whatever it is that they want.
    Of course America won’t allow that, peace is Americas greatest fear.

    • kgbrat

      Who the fuck u think u are adviser.go duck yourself

      • Tudor Miron

        Get lost ukronazi.

      • Mike

        Spoken like a maidan asshole.

      • Nod

        truth hurt huh stupid….

      • roger temple

        You need a bullet through the head.

  • Rob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zCn96FJflo
    SYRIA Military Power – Syria Military Strength – Syrian Armed Forces | 2017

    Syria active military power: 180,000 and reserves: 570,000
    Syria has the most effective air defense missile systems 9K37 BUCK, 9K35 Strela-10, S-300, including short range, medium range and long range. In air power Mig-21, Mig-23, Mig-24 fighter jets total: 165.
    Helicopter strength is MI-8, MI-17, MI-25, total: 168,
    Tanks T-155, T-62, T-72, T-90 total: 4,500,
    Armoured fighting Vehicles BMP-1, BMP-2, BTR-60: 4,510, Self propelled guns: 436, Towed artillery guns: 2,150,
    Multiple Launch Rocket Systems RAK-12, BM-21, TOS-1, total: 650. Syria total frigates (war ships): 2 and Coastal defense crafts: 66
    ———————————————————————————————————————————-
    Syria produces their own missiles and artillery rockets, multi launch rocket systems (MLRS), unguided bombs and ammunitions. Syria also undertakes overhauling of military and civilians air crafts, helicopters, tanks and other military hardware.

    • kgbrat

      Tell us when to start laughing

      • Rob

        Laugh now because may be this will be your last chance to laugh because there is no guaranty of life.

      • slayern2

        At your funeral: laughing and pissing on your cheap grave…… hah!

  • Rob

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_HlMzVKOrUc
    IRAN MADE MISSILES
    The medium range missles are with MIRV technology. Iran should make their defence strongest and should not accept any pressure from any Zionist state.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4njkTk_OBSI
    Iran test-fires SOUMAR Land Attack Cruise Missile with 2500 Km range.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wWqzxcY6-_w
    Iran successfully test-fires S-300 missile system

    According to the sources available,
    Iran produces a variety of nuclear ballistic missiles with ranges from 70Km to 2500Km,
    Cruise missiles with ranges from 20Km to 2500Km, air defence missile systems 4Km to 300Km range.
    Iran also produces independently nuclear power plants with 40 MWe to 250 MWe and nuclear weapons. The total number of nuclear warheads with Iran are 36 which have already fixed on 36 long range nuclear missiles for defence purpose because Israeli migrants, US and NATO are a big threat to Iran. Iran also produces fighter jets, attack helicopters and commercial jets.

    • David Parker

      36 nukes already on ballistic missiles? Where did Iran get the nukes?

  • Rob

    Dubai Airshow 2017 (Day 3) JF-17 PAF Flying display.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItgsVQTOvFk
    المقاتلة الباكستانية JF-17 Thunder
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWSvEzNjNto
    الصواريخ الباكستانية النووية |Pakistani nuclear missiles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVHo0eb5iSU

    The actual ranges of Raad missile is 550 km, Ababeel 4,400 km and Shaheen-3 missile is 5,500 km.
    Pakistan produces fighter jets JF-17 Block1 / Block2, Cruise, Ballistic Missiles & nuclear weapons.

    The JF-17 Block-3 is 16m long with a new Russian upgraded jet engine AL-31FN Series-3 which has also used in China J10 fighter jet. At least 100 JF-17 Block-3 per year will be produced in Pakistan to export. With Pakistan a 3 stage ICBM missiles Taimor with 11,000 Km and Tapo 15,000 Km ranges are underdeveloped. The Tapo ICBM is with 15000 Km operational range, 22m in length and a 2.2m in diameter. Pakistan now encapsulating their all missiles for greater ranges. Pakistan also developing a heavy 22m long fighter jet like Mig-31 for longer ranges and JF-17 UAVs which Pakistani pilots will control from the ground stations.

  • achiles Greeko

    Russians have never been reliable partner for west Europeans.

    • Java Ape Timelord

      I think you mean west Europeans have never been reliable partners for Russians.
      Even in the worst times of the cold war, Soviet Union maintained the supply of gas to Europe.
      It was France who cancelled the ships built for Russia.

      • achiles Greeko

        ur right.
        I would say Iran has been more reliable partner for Europe than USA or Rusia.

        2018-05-02 13:05 GMT+02:00 Disqus :

        • velociraptor

          i dont think so. and i am the guy, who most criticize russia on this forum.

          • achiles Greeko

            Think the way you like to think and let the others think the way they think

            2018-05-02 14:02 GMT+02:00 Disqus :

          • velociraptor

            but i have right to tell my opinion. as you, too.

            i know, rusia ALWAYS kept the treaties with west europe. this is historical fact.

    • kgbrat

      Exactly bro

    • Who are the “West Europeans” ?

      From Finland to Sicily do you see a common denominator a common culture or attitude that makes you think that a “West european” do exist ?
      Other than simple geographical expression.

    • Tudor Miron

      Lol! This one made my day! Russians refused to obey and be looted? Those Pesky Russkies! How dare they!

  • Rob

    https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/jf-17_thunder_raad_load.jpg?w=625&h=469
    Pakistan made nuclear Ra’ad-I Air Launched Cruise Missile with JF-17 Thunder.
    Pakistan made Ra’ad-I is with 350KM and Ra’ad-II is with 550KM range.
    Each nuclear Ra’ad ALCM is with 200kT yield.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Yo7V-n9JdZs/UIeTIkhDzkI/AAAAAAAASpo/ezVE6rQp1PQ/s1600/JF-17+Thunder+Pakistan+Air+Force+PAF+C-802A+Anti-ship+Missile+SD-10A+BVRAAM+PL-5E+II+WVRAAM++500+kg+LS-6+Satellite+Inertially+Guided+Bomb+LT-3+LT-2LS-500J+Laser++HAFER+H-4PGM+RAAD+MAR-1+%25285%2529.jpg
    Pakistan made H-4 BVR missile with JF-17 Thunder

    Pakistan produced some 110 JF-17 Block-1 and Block-2 fighter jets and now JF-17 Block-3 is underdeveloped with size 16m, speed Mach 2.2 AESA radar, better warfare capabilities and a bit powerfull Russian jet engine AL-31FN Series 3 with better thrust force.

  • Rob

    Since 1948 due to weapons embargo on all Islamic countries now it is necessary that all Islamic countries should unite with Russia and China to mantain their effective defence forces. Not to be slave of US brutal regime. This is on Russia and China notice that US allow Israel to make nuclear and biochemical warheads and its delivery systems missiles like SRBM, MRBM, ICBM and SAM but they don’t let Islamic countries to develop or to buy these kind of weapons for their own defense which is their right according to international law to defend themselves from US, UK, French and Israeli migrants aggression. As they have taken Palestine, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen etc. so similarly now they want to take other Islamic countries as well. Muslim countries not need US permissions to maintain their defence forces.

  • Sakaramanga

    This article is reflecting the facts correctly and the people in Ukraine are aware of all these but can not do much about it because most of them are terrorized and suppressed, and some of them are cooperating with the ultra-nationalists and profit from the new situation (corrupt citizens).

    Maidan coup is apparently very well planned years ago; Ukraine is grain-rich and Agri-Giants like Cargill, Dreyfus invested in Ukraine buying vast fields , Soros establishing Democratic(!) Institutes, ultra-nationalist groups organized and trained, etc etc. Billions of US tax-payers money went into the fundementals of the coup.

    If you find old clash videos on Youtube you can see people from boths sides where in some cases Russian speaking or pro-Russian ordinary people/youngsters are chased and taken down by highly trained athletic nationalists in masks who look like bunches of Robocops.

    • kgbrat

      Common huylotroll.take a break

      • Sakaramanga

        when it comes to trolling, I am sure you do not let anyone else grab the gold medal on that :)
        (anyone who doubts can check this asshole’s previous posts).

        • Tudor Miron

          This little ukro nai is a real champ in that regard.

      • HighLord Gaz

        Shouldn’t you be in the queue for potatos? Don’t forget your ration book…

    • David Parker

      Do you think that maybe the Ukraine coup was to block Russian gas to Europe?
      Do you think that possibly globalists who control the CIA have control of gas and oil on their agenda?
      I see Syria = pipeline routes to Europe, Kosovo = pipeline routes, Afghanistan = pipeline routes, the Baltic Sea = pipeline routes, the Black Sea = pipeline routes, etc. Russian is sitting on top of lots of oil and gas, rivaling the mideast, but transportation is limited.

      • Sakaramanga

        Of course David. Agriculture was just an example. Oil and Gas are even more important and its obvious that US want to limit Russia’s gas hegemony over Europe. What is above all is a NATO (US) desire for a permanent full scale military base in Ukraine and Georgia.
        And also yes, Syria’s refusal of a pipeline project coming from Qatar through its soil to Europe was one of the reasons of the timing of the US and its allies’ dirty war against Syria to take down Assad.

  • Trovak

    I believe the zionist are carving out a “New-Kazharia” in Ukraine. This as the Israel regime is doomed from its own mischiefs. Watch out Europe and Russia.

    • Tudor Miron

      Khazarian kaganat v3.0 is already established in Ukraine. Slavic nation ruled by zio jews = himera state.

      • velociraptor

        putin, medvedev, lavrov, all jews. oh, poor ruskies! :DDDDDD

  • Politolog Externista

    war was started by then-acting president Turchinov, not Porosh

    • Tudor Miron

      Well, Porosh didn’t stop it when came into power did he?

    • Nod

      war was started by Americans….

    • tiredofthemedialies

      and also Arsenhole Yatsenyuk, Parubuy, Sytch, etc The folks of Crimea and Donbass started to mobilise and fight against the zionazis after the Mariupol Massacre not the Odessa atrocity..

  • chet380

    Wait for the beginning a major breakout in the Ukrainian conflict to coincide with the opening of the World Cup competition — any thing considered a positive for Russia is a negative for the CIA.

  • Toto from Kakistocracy

    And yet Russians support Neo Nazi president in US

    • slayern2

      Neo Nazi, Trump? He is just a clown owned by Israel.