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    December 3, 2015

    Inside the mind of an important figure...

    By Tatzhit. December 3rd, 2015

    Here is a very important blog post from Ukraine. Not because of what is said, but because of who said it.

    Let me first examine the contents - it's a fairly standard mix of paranoia, ignorance, and dyslexia, characteristic of the less educated nationalists:
    The author opens up by talking about the Paris massacre, which apparently was "a well-planned action as part of [Putin's] hybrid war waged against Europe".

    Then he tries to sound smart by stealing definitions from third-rate experts:
    "A hybrid war is ... usage of regular armed forces ... terrorists, saboteurs, guerrillas, provocateurs ... as well as the other forms and methods of inflicting substantial damage on the enemy - economic, energy, and environmental" (environmental? Muskovites are to blame for winters being cold, I guess) ...

    Furthermore, "The hybrid war has the only purpose ... to force the adversary to take decisions necessary to the aggressor" (so, you know, it's exactly the same as a regular war. In fact, the meaningless buzzword "hybrid war" is debunked point-by-point in
    THIS hilarious article).
    Then, of course, our blogger makes a litany of complaints about Ukraine's predicament:
    - Russia/Putin have been "waging a large-scale hybrid war", Crimea was "occupied by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation" (nevermind the fact that 80% of Ukrainian soldiers on the peninsula defected to the side of the people, and the overwhelming self-determination vote)
    - all the Donbass militia are "regular units of the Russian Armed Forces under the guise of criminal-surrogate forces" (nevermind that only 2% of captured militiamen - about a dozen out of ~600 - were "Russian mercenaries").
    - there are "sabotage and terrorist attacks in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and other regions" (apparently when neonazis throw a grenade at Nationalist Guard soldiers in Kiev - it's Putin's fault; and he probably sic'd the RightSectorites on local protesters during the Odessa massacre, too)
    - a multitude of other complaints about " powerful information attacks" (a lost cause when it comes to the author, I think), "attempts to destabilize the country" (I guess overthrowing the elected government, then violently suppressing half the country that voted it into power, was Putin's doing), "economic and energy pressure" (yes, because continuing to sell power and natural gas at discount prices - to a regime that insists it's waging a war against you - equals "pressure" in opposite land), "provoking and supporting separatist and extremist actions of radical forces" (I guess that's how they view negotiating Minsk-1, then Minsk-2 peace treaties at the times when UAF were smashed and Donbass militias started advancing).
    After this, the real fun starts: the author goes off the deep end and starts ranting that self-determination of Crimea and Donbass "was only the beginning for Putin", that this local civil war "broke down the system of collective security, breached European borders and changed the parity of forces in the region", that "[Russian] hybrid war ... begins to spread over Europe".
    Our blogger goes on to quote a fellow paranoid Rosen Plevneliev (President of Bulgaria, who so far saw two cabinets resign within three years amid massive popular protests). Rosen also thinks Russia is out to get him, apparently because some unknown script kiddies recently attempted to DDOS the Bulgarian Parliament website. It seems to me that, even if the attempt was successful, Bulgarian Parliament webpage going down for a couple days could hardly initiate "[Putin] destabilizing the whole of Europe", like Plevniev claims.
    However, I can't help but hope that the author is right about one thing: that "[mass media] stories with dirty lies about Ukraine and statements of how important it is to be friends with the good Russians" are indeed paid for by Putin. Because so far neither me, nor anyone I know have seen a single paycheck from the Kremlin, and I'd sure like to have spare money for humanitarian aid donations (to be fair, I think the critical stuff I occasionally publish would disqualify me).

    Then we move to Putin's nefarious deeds in the Middle East: the author blames "bombardments of Syria by Russia" for the EU refugee crisis - nevermind the fact that refugee surge was caused by NATO meddling in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and began a long time before the first Russian airstrike.
    Apparently, trying to defeat islamists and preserve the secular, multicultural society, so that refugees have somewhere to come back to, is in fact a plot to destroy Europe and "divert attention from the Ukrainian issue". 
    Putin also created "unique conditions ... for thousands of trained and armed terrorists and radical Islam supporters to infiltrate Europe" - here we must conclude that Merkel works for Putin, since it is fact the relaxing of Germany's refugee policy that caused most recent spike in refugees, many months before Russia got involved.

    Russia is also at fault for tightening regulations on Ukrainian labor migrants - clearly a nefarious plot to destroy Ukraine and EU by having millions of Ukrainians come home rather than stay in the "aggressor state". It's also an information warfare ploy - because those traitors would report the lies their eyes saw, and not the truth shown on Kiev-controlled mass media.

    And so on, and so forth:
    - Russia is much too upset over Turks shooting down one tiny jet
    - Russia is buying ISIS oil (Russia is having trouble selling its own vast oil reserves for a decent price, why in the world would it buy any more?!)
    - Russia is a "center ... which finances and forms a global terrorist threat" (maybe it was Russia that supported Al-Qaeda in Afganistan, islamists in Kosovo, Lybia, Syria? Maybe it hides Chechen terrorists, or maybe 80% of Syrians believe that Russia created ISIS?).

    Oh wait - actually the author does say the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are Western creations, but then argues that cooperating with Russia would create a far bigger problem because it "captures not airplanes or concert halls but ...  takes as hostages millions of people [in Crimea and Donbass]". Obviously, if Crimeans are "hostages of Russia" (despite being ethnically Russian and yearning to rejoin Russia ever since their 300-year union was broken in 1991), then Texans are hostages of USA, Turkish Cypriots are hostages of Turkey, East Germans are hostages of Germany, etc. etc.
    The same logic applies to panicked claims that "Putin tests the accuracy of ... marine-, air- and underwater-launched cruise missiles ... that can carry nuclear warheads. ... Russia uses the war in the Middle East ... as a free proving ground for demonstrative exercises in combat employment of powerful weapons. Russia trains, increases its combat potential and, obviously, is preparing to anything but peacekeeping operations". If deploying 30 planes to a combat zone is so ominous, what do we say of USA? NATO? The Ukraine itself? All of them have far greater number of forces used in combat for far longer.

    In the end, the author degrades into vague ramblings, blaming Putin for creating  conflicts "to test new weapons and to work off new warfare tactics" (implying the disastrous NATO-backed regime change efforts in Libya, Syria and Ukraine were orchestrated by Putin for training purposes), warning that "attempts to interact with [Russia]... condemn and provoke a transformation of local military conflict into a global one. This means to legalize the crash of the world order and to contribute the oncoming of the moment when cruise missiles will fly in the other direction", and predicting that "attempts to negotiate with Russia and Putin trigger the mechanism, which went off on the September 11, but its scale will be more terrible and atrocious". The post finally concludes with rather dyslexic statement that "effective and informatory response should be given to the Kremlin instead of offering cooperation".

    Now, it's finally time for the big reveal.

    Who is our paranoid blogger, the man who sees Putin in every shadow, and Russian aggression in every Middle Eastern or European problem?

    None other than Oleksandr Turchinov AKA "Bloody Pastor"*, the head honcho in Kiev in the first months after the coup!

    Igor Strelkov is often quoted as "the man who started the Ukrainian civil war", because he said "I was the first to start fighting", but in fact, he was merely the first to start fighting back - against nationalist forces coming into East Ukraine to suppress the locals.

    Turchinov was the one who sent the army against the people and started the Anti-Terrorist Operation (commonly known as Ukrainian Civil War), days before Strelkov even set foot in Donbass.

    Even so, the rebels are often blamed for "taking up arms, instead of going the democratic route".
    First off, only a portion of the rebels took up arms, so we can clearly see what happened to those that took the path of non-violence. In Odessa, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, and elsewhere around the country the demands of unarmed protesters were ignored, they were beset by armed extremists and State Security alike, killed, thrown in prisons, or intimidated into silence. "Democratic route" was never an option, despite overwhelming popular support in the eastern regions.
    Second, you've just been inside the mind of the man in charge of the coup-installed government back then.

    How do you imagine the potential negotiations would go?

    Donetsk - "Hi, we'd like free and fair elections, protection from nationalist gangs, guarantee that our close economic ties to Russia would not suffer, and language rights for 86% population that speaks Russian as their primary language."

    Kiev - "You are a Putin's agent waging hybrid war through informational attacks and environmental aggression and
    responsible for Lybian refugees. Any attempts to negotiate will trigger the mechanism, which went off on the September 11, but its scale will be more terrible and atrocious!"

    Actually, from what I understand, that's pretty much how the negotiations went back then**.

    * On the "Bloody Pastor" nickname - to round off our charming image of Turchinov, we also have to mention that he is a priest in the Kiev offshoot of the "Word of Faith" neo-baptist sect. No kidding, sermons and all. Speaking in tongues and miracle healing are their two main attractions, apparently.

    ** Also, in case you are wondering, Turchinov is still very much in power - currently he's head of the Security and Defense Council, which more or less makes him the second most powerful man within the Kiev regime.
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