Written by Mike Whitney. Originally published by The Unz Review.
Volodymyr Zelensky is the current President of Ukraine. He was elected in a landslide victory in 2019 on the promise of easing tensions with Russia and resolving the crisis in the breakaway republics in east Ukraine. He has made no attempt to keep his word on either issue. Instead, he has greatly exacerbated Ukraine’s internal crisis while relentlessly provoking Russia. Zelensky has had numerous opportunities to smooth things over with Moscow and prevent the outbreak of hostilities. Instead, he has consistently made matters worse by blindly following Washington’s directives.
Zelensky has been lionized in the west and praised for his personal bravery. But—as a practical matter—he has failed to restore national unity or implement the crucial peace accord that is the only path to reconciliation. The Ukrainian president doesn’t like the so-called Minsk Protocol and has refused to meet its basic requirements. As a result, the ethnically-charged, fratricidal war that has engulfed Ukraine for the last 8 years, continues to this day with no end in sight. President Vladimir Putin referred to Zelensky’s obstinance in a recent speech delivered at the Kremlin. He said:
“At yesterday’s event… the Ukrainian leadership publicly declared that they were not going to abide by these agreements. Not going to abide by them. Well, what else can you say about that?” (Vladimir Putin)
Most Americans fail to realize that Zelensky’s rejection of Minsk was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Russian officials had worked for 8 years on Minsk hammering out terms that would be agreeable to all parties. Then—at the eleventh hour—Zelensky put the kibosh on the deal with a wave of the hand. Why? Who told Zelensky to scrap the agreement? Washington?
And why did Zelensky deploy 60,000 combat troops to the area just beyond the Line of Contact (in east Ukraine) where they could lob mortal shells into the towns and villages of the ethnic Russians who lived there? Clearly, the message this sent to the people was that an invasion was imminent and that they should either flee their homes immediately or take shelter in their cellars. What objective did Zelensky hope to achieve by forcing these people to huddle in their homes in fear for their lives? And what message did he intend to send to Moscow whose leaders looked on at these developments in absolute horror?
Did he know his actions would set off alarms in Russia forcing Putin to call up his military and prepare them for a possible invasion to protect his people from– what looked to be– a massive ethnic cleansing operation?
So, how are these actions consistent with Zelensky’s campaign promises to restore national unity and peacefully resolve Ukraine’s issues with Russia?
They’re not consistent at all, they are polar opposites. In fact, Zelenskyy appears to be operating off a different script altogether. Take, for example, his complete unwillingness to address Russia’s minimal security concerns. Did Zelensky know that Putin had repeatedly said that Ukraine’s membership in NATO was a “red line” for Russia? Did he know that Putin has been saying the same thing over-and-over again since 2014? Did he know that Putin warned that if Ukraine took steps to join NATO, Russia would be forced to take “military-technical” measures to ensure their own security? Does Zelensky know that NATO is Washington-controlled Alliance that has engaged in numerous acts of aggression against other sovereign states. Here’s a short list of NATO’s accomplishments:
- The destruction of Yugoslavia
- The destruction of Afghanistan
- The destruction of Libya
- The destruction of Iraq
- The destruction of Syria
Does Zelensky know that NATO is openly hostile to Russia and regards Russia a serious threat to its expansionist ambitions?
Yes, he knows all these things. Still, he publicly expressed his interest in developing nuclear weapons. What is that all about? Imagine the problem that would pose for Russia. Imagine if a US-backed puppet, like Zelensky, had nuclear missiles at his fingertips. How do you think that might impact Russia’s security? Do you think Putin could ignore a development like that and still fulfill his duty to protect the Russian people?
And why did Zelenskyy agree to allow shipment after shipment of lethal weaponry to be delivered to Ukraine if he sincerely sought peace with Russia? Did he think that Putin was too stupid to see what was going on right beneath his nose? Did he think he was normalizing relations by expanding his arsenal, threatening his own people, and jumping through whatever hoops Washington set out for him?
Or did he think that Putin’s requests for security assurances were unreasonable? Is that it? Did he think– that if the shoe was on the other foot– the US would allow Mexico to put military bases, artillery pieces and missile sites along America’s southern border? Is there any president in American history who wouldn’t have done the same thing that Putin did? Is there any president in American history who wouldn’t have launched a preemptive strike on those Mexican weapons and vaporized every living thing for a 20-mile radius?
No, Putin’s demands were entirely reasonable, but Zelenskyy shrugged them off anyway. Why?
Does Zelenskyy know that there are Right Sektor, neo-Nazis in the government, military and Security Services. Does he know that, while their numbers are small, they are a force to be reckoned with and factor heavily in the hatred and persecution of ethnic Russians? Does he know that these far-right elements participate in torchlight parades, imprint swastikas or SS tattoos on their arms, and revere the racialist ideology of Adolph Hitler? Does he realize that many these Nazis have engaged in criminal acts of brutality including the incinerating of 40 civilians at the Trade Union Building in Odessa in 2014? Does he think that the CIA’s covert programs to arm and train these right-wing militants builds confidence or does he think it reminds Moscow of a catastrophic war in which 27 million Russians were exterminated by Germany’s Wehrmacht?
Can you see how everything Zelensky has done, was done with the intention of provoking Russia?
All the talk of joining NATO, all the talk about building nukes, the steady buildup of lethal weaponry, the movement of troops to the east, the refusal to implement the Minsk Treaty and the rejection of Putin’s security demands. All of these were deliberate provocations. But, why? Why “bait the bear”; that’s the question?
Because Washington wants to lure Russia into a war so it can further demonize Putin, isolate Russia, launch a counterinsurgency operation against the Russian army, and impose harsh economic sanctions that will inflict maximum damage on the Russian economy. That’s Washington’s strategy in a nutshell, and Zelenskyy is helping Washington achieve its objectives. He’s allowing himself to be Washington’s tool. He is sacrificing his own country to advance the interests of the United States.
All this helps to underscore a point that is never considered by the media and never discussed by the pundits on cable news, that is, that Ukraine is going to lose the war, and Zelenskyy knows it. He knows the Ukrainian Armed Forces are no match for the Russian army. It is like a Giant swatting a fly. Ukraine is the fly. The public needs to hear this, but they’re not hearing it. Instead, they’re hearing blabber about heroic Ukrainians fighting the Russian invader. But this is nonsense, dangerous nonsense that is emboldening people to sacrifice their lives for a lost cause. The outcome of this conflict has never been in doubt: Ukraine is going to lose. That is certain. And, if you read between the lines, you’ll see that Russia is winning the war quite handily; they are crushing the Ukrainian army at every turn, and they will continue to crush them until Ukraine surrenders. Check out this brief interview with Colonel Douglas MacGregor on Tucker Carlson and you’ll understand what’s really going on:
Tucker: “Where is the war as of tonight”? (March 1)
Colonel McGregor: “Well, the first 5 days, we saw a very slow methodical movement of Russian forces entering Ukraine…. They moved slowly and cautiously and tried to reduce casualties among the civilian population, trying to give the Ukrainian forces the opportunity to surrender. That is over. And the phase in which we find ourselves now, Russian forces have maneuvered to encircle and surround the remaining Ukrainian forces and destroy them through a series of massive rocket artillery strikes, air strikes with Russian armor slowly-but-surely closing the distance and annihilating what’s left. So, this is the beginning of the end of the Ukrainian resistance.
Tucker: What is Putin’s goal here?”
Colonel McGregor: “Putin set out to honor his word from 2007 at the Munich Security Conference where he said ‘We will not allow the expansion of NATO to a point where NATO is touching our border, specifically, Ukraine and Georgia. We see these as Trojan Horses for NATO’s military power and US influence... He repeated that (warning) over and over and over again, in the hopes that he could avoid taking action to effectively clean-out eastern Ukraine of any opposition forces whatever, and to put his forces in a position vis-a-vis NATO to deter us from any further attempts to influence or change Ukraine into a platform for the projection of US and western power into Russia.
Now his goal–as of today– is to seize this whole area of eastern Ukraine (east of the Dneiper River) and he has has crossed the river where he is preparing to go in and capture that city (of Kiev) entirely.
At that point, Putin has to decide what else he wants to do. I don’t think he wants to go any further west. But he would like to know that whatever emerges from this as Ukraine… is “neutral” not-aligned and, preferably, friendly to Moscow. That he will accept. Anything short of that, and his war has been a waste of time.”(“Colonel Douglas MacGregor with Tucker Carlson”, Rumble)
What can we deduce from this short interview:
- Russia will prevail and Ukraine will lose.
- Ukraine is going to be partitioned. Putin is going to create the buffer he needs to assure his country’s security.
- Whoever governs the western part of Ukraine will be required to declare their “neutrality” (in writing) and reject any offers for NATO membership. If they violate that promise, they will be removed by force.
But here’s the important thing: All of the main actors in this fiasco knew from the very beginning that Ukraine had no chance of defeating the Russian army. That was a foregone conclusion. So–what we want to know– is why Zelenskyy didn’t take steps to avoid the tragedy before it unfolded?
The answer to this question helps to reveal ‘who Zelenskyy really is’.
Ask yourself this: Why didn’t Zelenskyy negotiate with Putin when he had the chance? Why didn’t he pull back his 60,000 troops from the east? Why didn’t he stop Washington’s weapons shipments? Why didn’t he implement the Minsk Treaty? Why didn’t he reject NATO’s offer for membership?
Finally, why was so intent on doing the things that he knew would anger Moscow and increase the likelihood of a war?
These questions are not hard to answer.
Zelenskyy has been acting on orders from Washington from the get-go. We know that. He’s also been implementing Washington’s agenda not his own and certainly not Ukraine’s. We know that, too. But that does not absolve him from responsibility. After all, he is a full-grown adult capable of distinguishing between right from wrong. He knows what he’s doing, and he knows that it’s wrong; worse than wrong, it’s inexcusable. He’s sending men to die in a war he knows they can’t win; he’s inflicting incalculable suffering and injury on his own people for no reason at all; and –worst of all– he’s cleared the way for the dissolution of Ukraine itself, the country he was sworn to defend. That country is going to be broken into bits as part of a final settlement with Russia, and Zelenskyy will share a good part of the blame.
How does a man like this live with himself?
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Zalensky is just following orders.
Like every nazi in history who used that as their excuse. Zelensky sickens me, the failed comedian is a dangerous megalomaniac.
Zelenskyy is the puppet of jOligarch.
The US doesn’t control NATO, the US is the talking head of NATO so it appears that the US is the insane member when the heads of NATO and the Rothschild World Bank in Brussels are the ones that are insane, and have been for more than a few centuries.
The Rothschild’s are not insane…they are highly intelligent and psychopathic.
Psychopathic IS insane.
No, it isn’t…in most cases, psychopaths are fully capable of distinguishing right from wrong.
The US controls NATO ffs…
Nuland and Kagan understood that Economical war was the only option to contain Russia and Zelensky happened to be the prostitute puppet that was hired to carry out the treason mission. He is not Ukranian…he serves the interests and orders of his tribe only. Poor Ukranians believing and trusting in this traitor
He aunt a president but an effin troll and warcriminal. A narcissistic psychopath same as Trump or Biden. He would love to start WWIII.
The green Jew. Was he supposed to do anything else? His job was to be a disaster. He did his job well.
Zelensky up till the first few days actually believed Nato would come in and help him fight. That explains his courage to bait Russia. But his responsibility for this war lies in the fact that he could have ended everything by a simple stroke of the pen granting autonomy to Donbass and also by keeping strategic partnerships with Nato to a discreet level. He could have kicked the can on the road but 2/21/22 was the day everybody chose. lol It also did not help that he chose to dial everything up when NS2 was just about operational. To the contrary however, an actor is what Ukraine needed in this war. It successfully set most of the world against Russia.
Zellerboy will end up like Mussolini hanging upside down from a lampost ukrops beating him like a pinata.
he will soon be in a nice Miami condo with other nazis
What did Zhukov do in Stalingrad?
the uk will be punished in the same way germany was punished during ww2 for his crimes (against russians und jews) the unknown global leaders has decided this. they are testing the people and the uk failed.10 years ago,i readed an article the autor claimed that the jews wont to resattle from israel to uk ,now i think he is right.
“How does a man like this live with himself?”
Zelinsky was duped and deluded enough to believe that NATO and EU would protect his government. He bought into the propaganda and probably thought he was a superhero, perhaps the Ukrainian Ubermensch. Who is this Colonel McGregor and why is he allowed to speak the truth and yet no one else in the Western media can?
That’s the US democracy machines. They decide the vote for you. Surprise
Hmmmm; the future holds a re-establishment of Novy Rossia all the way to Odessa and Trans Dniestra. Kiev? What is the plan there? The Poles can cope with hateful, violent and butt-hurt western Ukrainians. They deserve each other… p.s. NATO needs a brush-back shot to the ground inches in front of their feet from Russia to get their attention and give them something to think about.
Ironic. The comedian makes a “comedy” of fateful errors to destroy his nation. He & his followers won’t be laughing for a long time.
Never trust a Jew. That’s just the way it is
Before Putin plays Mr. Nice Guy it will profit him to remember Numbers 33:55 “’But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.”
I’m in Europe and the situation in Europe is deteriorating quickly. Everybody I talk to feels compelled to tell me how bad Russia is. Even though I do not bring up the subject of Ukraine or Russia at all and I do not wish to bring Ukraine into every conversation that I have.
I can’t even watch RT anymore. It is banned by YT as well as my cable provider. Satellite reception seems also gone (ASTRA), except if I can find a way to tune into “Express AM 8”.
Propaganda that is being pushed onto people by the media seems to focus on Putin no longer making rational decisions aka him being ‘mad’. This is believed by most people and leads to quite a lot of baseless speculations for instance that Putin’s inner circle is looking for a way to push him from power.
The other main propaganda point is the notion that Ukraine is actually holding their own in this war. That somehow, if they just had a little help from NATO, maybe in the form of a no-fly zone, that Ukraine would actually win this. I do not believe this to be true, but most people do. If this goes on and you add the ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ card that they are bound to play, I believe in another couple of weeks people in Europe will not oppose NATO getting involved anymore. NATO will find a million reasons as to why they need to intervene and they will find a million ways to do it (drones, no-fly zones, etc.)
For those reasons, I think, Russia would do well to wrap this up quickly.
Gee, golly, that’s weird… In the United States, we experienced a somewhat similar situation, Our wonderful televisions informed us that there was some sort of election or other, and that we all voted for some dipshit or other… Super wierd, Right?…
ze had few choices not approved by hunter Biden—unfortunately he believed the crack addict
He did not sell anyting, hewas a plaything from the start. Empty suit. Kolomoiski puppet, feel sorry for the guy, he has found himself in a place he wasn’t made for.
I think it’s worse that that. Zelensky has probably been threatened with death by the Americans if he doesn’t follow their instructions to the letter. If he deviates from the script during his press releases, they will organise for “Russians to storm the bunker” he’s allegedly sitting in (Zelensky is “safe and sound” in the US embassy in Warsaw). That said, I feel little pity for him. Zelensky is a grown man and he has walked himself into this position, indeed, even planned for it, with all that wealth he is rumoured to have stashed in Miami. But this will determine the nature of his statements, the Americans have him precisely where they want him, and he will serve them for just so long as they need him. What happens to him after that will depend on many different factors.
You’re absolutely right
Zelensky has no power. It’s Kolomoisky that runs the show. He has personally funded the Banderists and has his own Mafia militia. He bankrolled the TV comedy show casting Zelensky the actor, as someone that becomes president of Ukraine that wants to bring Ukraine into NATO and join the EU. After the TV shows success, he formed a political party and pushed Zelensky to become president therefore astroturfing the Ukrainian public into voting for him. Kolomoisky ‘s goal is to fleece Ukraine of as many assets as possible and start a conflict with Russia that will bring the West into the war. He is of a particular group that controls the US political sphere and has bought off politicians and media around the world. This group hates Russia even though it made up the core of the Bolsheviks. Kolomoisky has three passports and is not in Ukraine at this time. To all the Ukrainian Army ,he has stolen billions from your country and has no problem letting you die for him. He hates you just as much as he hates the Russians. It’s time to repent and destroy the Banderists and Azovs brigades and redeem yourselves. You have LOST.
All true except for your slur of the Bolsheviks. A typically Nazi equation of Bolshevism with some fabled “global Jewish conspiracy”.
You missed one thing. The storming of the Trade Union Building in Odessa by the Nazis of Pravy Sektor took place on May 2nd of 2014. On May 2nd of 1933, Hitler’s Nazi Brown Shirts stormed the Trade Union Building in Berlin and launched a campaign of murder against trade-union organizers, taking many into the woods of German towns and shooting them gangland style. May 2nd is a sacred day in the Nazi calendar. The attack in Odessa was to celebrate that day. . The Banderovite Nazis have a long history that goes back to their alliance with Hitler: therefore it’s showing them undue disrespect to refer to them as “neo-Nazis”. To begin with, they’re not new. Skinhead ruffians in every country, even Russia and even the State of Israel, are called “neo-Nazis”, but those are incapable of the intrigue required to nourish the Nazi networks with the help of Hitler’s heirs in NATO and the Atlantic Alliance. The real Nazis tolerate them because they keep the cult of Hitler alive. . It’s just as disrespectful to refer to Hitler’s movement as “fascist”. Spain was fascist and Italy was fascist. Every nation in Eastern Europe in the pre-Barbarossa years was fascist except the Czech Republic (Slovakia separated under the fascist movement of Hlinka). None of them had extensive global networks like those of German fascism. That made the Third Reich unique among fascist states. We’re obliged to show it the respect, therefore, of recognizing the German-fascist achievement of creating a transnational Nazi movement, which we still see today. . We see it in Latin America, as originally engineered by the German agent in Spain, General Wilhelm von Faupel, who organized the assassination of Francisco Franco’s superior, General José Sanjurjo, so the Third Reich would have a compliant partner in Franco to assist in expanding its wicked system into the Spanish-speaking world. We see it in the Middle East, where the Chinese bandit general Bu Fang made a tour under the sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood, an old German-Nazi ally, and tried to get Gamel Abdel Nasser’s partner in government, Mohamed Naguib, to introduce clerical fascism in Egypt. And we see it in the Ukrainian puppet state of Bandera and Shukhevych, and the Banderovite diaspora, carefully nurtured by the U.S. Republican Party’s “Crusade for Freedom” and NGOs in a host of Allied states. In Continental Europe, they’re the states whose delegates gave a standing ovation to Volodymyr Zelensky in the European Parliament. . After Ukraine has been de-Nazified, a monumental task will be laid before the decent people of the Earth. To them will fall the great mission of collecting and cataloguing all the documentary evidence that will be required to show the world who it was that was pulled from power in Ukraine, so that a powerful call will resound throughout the four corners of the globe demanding a new Nuremberg Tribunal. It will shake the consciousness of every thinking man and woman so they’ll come to realize that the organization founded on the basis of the first Tribunal had been reduced to a counterfeit by the would-be world conquerors, the heirs of Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, and Chiang Kaishek, from whom it was supposed to guard us. It will convince the world that this counterfeit must be replaced by an effective guarantor of the peace. Washington and its vassals will come to know what a real information war is! And Russia, with its courageous soldiers, staunch allies, and steadfast citizens, will have monuments erected to her on every continent. Together let’s finish the Great Patriotic War to end fascism!