Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.
Where to start? On August 23rd when Ukraine was the top story it was mostly about the large convoy of Russian trucks that went into and back out of Ukraine on a humanitarian mission. After that most of the news went toward Gaza Strip. Today Ukraine is back in the top spot and I just spent my self-required one hour reading about the issue.
Pro-Russian Separatists are battling Ukrainian Government troops in the Southeast portion of Ukraine in what seems to me to be a pathway from Russia to Crimea, the region annexed by Russia back in March.
Luhansk and Donetsk are the largest of the cities that are currently under control of the militia that are now calling themselves Novorossiya, translated as New Russia.
Violence broke out in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions in April, as separatist leaders declared independence from the government in Kiev. Since mid-April, the conflict between the pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military has cost more than 2,500 lives, according to the United Nations.
Fingers are being pointed back and forth as NATO is claiming that Russian troops are now inside of Ukraine and are engaging along with the Separatists against the Ukrainian Government forces, while the Russians are denying this saying that there is no proof, that the pictures being provided by the West are from video games.
Volunteers from throughout Europe are now joining with the Separatists
RT’s Paula Slier found out that volunteers are coming to the Donetsk frontline not just from France, but also from Spain, Poland, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Aleksey Mozgovoy, the commander of ‘Prizrak’ (Ghost) brigade from the Lugansk Region said in an interview to the MK.ru news outlet that in his 1,000-strong battalion there are fighters from Bulgaria, Slovakia and Germany.
They are joining the side of the Novorossiya because they are trying to protect the civilians that the Government forces are putting in peril, that the Government forces are not really sure why they are fighting, who they are fighting and what they are fighting for. They are just following orders from Kiev (capital) and from NATO leaders.
The United States has vowed to stay out of the fighting, but is looking to issue more sanctions against Russia if they do not also back off
On Thursday, Obama threatened his Russian counterpart with new sanctions over Ukraine.
“Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine,” Obama said. “The new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see.”
Moscow’s actions “will only bring more cost and consequences to Russia,” Obama told reporters.
Doesn’t seem like Putin is much concerned with the sanctions, and even though he attempted to do a humanitarian gesture this week
In one conciliatory gesture, Mr. Putin suggested in his statement that the militia groups open a humanitarian corridor to allow surrounded Ukrainian soldiers to escape and to avoid further loss of life. Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the rebel leader who said on Thursday that more than 3,000 Russians, including active soldiers on leave, had fought among the separatists, quickly agreed to Mr. Putin’s proposal. But he said the Ukrainians would have to abandon their weapons.
Ukraine rejected the proposal and said no such corridors had been established. “Combat is going on there with an aim to kill,” said Col. Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman for the Ukrainian national security council.
Soon afterwards he sent out a warning to all, that the West needs to remember that Russia is one of the top nuclear weapon Superpowers in the world. Seems like a stand off between the tough guys on the playground, both daring each other to do something else.
One blog I read had an example of a propaganda leaflet being left with citizens in cities where the militia has occupied, along with some very insightful opinions and concerns over what is going on there and what we are not hearing. Please read
Comparisons to Hitler have come up in many articles that I read as far as what is happening in Ukraine, not sure I agree with that comparison but it is concerning none the less. My viewpoint is this, both sides say that they are willing to negotiate but neither side is willing to give an inch. What I am not hearing is the viewpoint of the civilians in these towns. One video I did see had a young woman on a bicycle, smiling at the camera with a look of sincere relief saying that she was so happy that the militia had arrived in their town, as she did not trust the Government troops at all. Of course I had to take the word of the translation.
I believe that Russia is involved in the rebels cause, just like I believe that NATO and US is involved in the Government’s cause. What I don’t understand is what is gained by controlling this land that up until March of this year, when the pro-Russian president was ousted, I never even knew existed to be honest. Can someone explain this to me?
Until next time, praying as always for peace….