I don’t care who, how much or why fucks with Putin, as long as they do.
Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev, Ukraine.
In April 2009, left, when a Ukrainian student group formed a smiley face, and on Thursday (Feb. 20, 2014), as protesters inspected damage from recent clashes with government forces. Via
Oh, if only we could go back to 2009, back when fascists weren’t in charge of Ukraine and slaughtering innocents on jet liners to pin more childish blame on separatists and self-defense forces.
1) Fascists aren’t in charge of Ukraine. Despite what the Russian media would have you believe (and I wonder why, it’s not like they have anything to gain by making the pro-Ukrainians look bad or anything… lol), the higher levels of Ukrainian government - all of whom were democratically elected in May despite several serious attempts by these “separatists” people are so quick to defend to disrupt the elections - are pretty much all pro-European, relatively to very progressive, and only nationalist in the sense that they want Ukraine to be independent from Russia (mentioning that because the Russian media CONSTANTLY tries to paint a lot of them as “ultra-nationalists”, which helps their little plot to depict Ukraine as run by a bunch of neo-Nazis. This is not true).
2) Please do not help the actually fascist Russian government frame the pro-Ukraine groups (almost none of which are fascist, despite their being painted as such by the slanderous Kremlin-sponsored Russian media) for a mass terrorist attack when there’s actual, legitimate evidence that the separatists are behind MH17.
3) If you are ever involved in a revolution like Euromaidan, I hope no one ever tries to paint you as a neo-Nazi or a fascist just because you refused to stand for some pro-Russian douchebag severely abusing his power and threatening everything you stand for - in the case of some of these “fascist pro-Ukrainians”, democracy. Yanukovych was a tyrant and a traitor to his own people and had to go. People get so butthurt with the pro-Ukraine groups but it’s like, what did y’all expect them to do, just sit there and do nothing while this was going on? I wouldn’t have sat there and I’m sure you wouldn’t have either, so let’s not get all pissed off at them for doing what needed to be done.
Today much of the Ukrainian Parliament actually voluntarily stepped down to facilitate a new election; if they were a “fascist Nazi junta”, I don’t think that the Prime Minister would have stepped down of his own volition.
Less than a single percentage of Ukrainians support a combination of Right Sector and Svoboda; support for the far-right is so slim that it’s completely disregarded in government.
But, of course, RT will spout as much propaganda as they want and people will just eat it up. Saddening.
Don’t forget that Russia has a much higher amount (percentage-wise as well, I believe) of actual Neo-Nazis.
Russia contains more than half of the neo-nazis in the world, and that’s just the ones who identify as such.
The leading parties are all far-right in the conventional sense, even if they label themselves differently. Russia is an authoritarian state that claims democracy and freedom as “nazism and fascism” in order to make its people believe their way of life is the path to freedom.
Sure it is.
"The leading parties are all far-right in the conventional sense, even if they label themselves differently. Russia is an authoritarian state that claims democracy and freedom as “nazism and fascism” in order to make its people believe their way of life is the path to freedom.”
^^^^^^^^ I want to frame that last sentence on my wall tbh. BLESS.
US says that the rocket that shot down the Malaysia airlines plane was fired from Russian territory.
On the plane issue: THIS IS NOTHING NEW OR SURPRISING.
It has been known for a month now that the separatists are in possession of anti-aircraft weapons capable of shooting down planes at a distance of 10 km. They shot down a Ukrainian plane just yesterday. And another one a few months ago, where 40 people died.
Malaysia airlines civilian plane shot down above eastern Ukraine. Everyone on board, that is almost 300 people, are dead. The Ukrainian military does not have the technology to shoot down a plane that high.
Rebel commander Strelkov’s page says:”We warned you not to fly in our sky.” They thought they were shooting a Ukrainian plane.
Haven’t been writing for two reasons: summer holidays and the general grimness of the situation. But right now it has become a bit more hopeful, so I’ll make an overview.
The city of Sloviansk is now under Ukrainian control again. What the separatists were trying to “defend” the locals from were the free sausages brought by the Ukrainian army when they retook the city. Now the separatists have banded together in Lugansk and Donetsk. Ukraine is trying to secure the border, but they are spread far too thin and the Russians still manage to get their tanks through rural roads. Among other weapons military planes have also been sighted.
The west has slowly, but steadily added new sanctions. The new ones, which the US just implemented and the EU will also implement at the end of the month, are actually pretty awesome. They do not allow certain Russian large banks(Gasprombank, for example) and companies to take additional loans.
Why is this important?
One must understand that banks and large Russian companies don’t usually use only their own money. Let’s take for an example and oil company. They don’t have enough starting capital to build themselves a new oil refinery, which means they lend some money from western banks. This is absolutely fine and good. Once they need to start paying back their loans, the refinery isn’t ready yet, so they haven’t started making profit yet, hence they still don’t have the money to repay the previous loan and they take another one. This is also fine, because once the refinery is ready, they will be making enough money to pay back both of the loans. But now, at some point a certain Russian oil company is due to pay back a loan, which they cannot do, because they don’t have that money in their treasure at that moment. What they would normally do is take another loan to pay back the old one, but now they can’t do it, because the sanctions prohibit that. This means that now this hypothetical oil company is on it’s own.
Since the west is closed, what Putin will do(and has already done) is turn to China. But China is clever. They never give favours. What they will ask in return is usually:
1. extremely cheap oil prices for Chinese customers
2. land(Putin has already apparently sold some land to China)
3. some other favour, which is seemingly innocent but potentially very bad to Russia
The bottom line is: these sanctions are good and what the west seems to be doing is steadily increasing the intensity of sanctions, which means we should expect something even more harsh at some point in the future.
Why Putin is interested in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine?
Originally from Ukraine News.Facts.Stories.
This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.
George W. Bush (via ironicquotes)
Originally from Wisdom from surprising sources
Russia wants to sue the Ukrainian government for war crimes, but they can’t, because then they would have to stop denying that Ukraine has a government.
I haven’t even heard the Ukrainian entry to the Eurovision, but I really hope it wins. Just to screw with Russia.