Aaron Nelson (The Anti-Media)
September 5, 2014
Just two days after the President of Ukraine and Russia both expressed a desire to resolve the conflict in Ukraine peacefully, representatives from the two self-proclaimed republics in East Ukraine and Kiev’s government agreed to a ceasefire after meeting behind closed doors in Belarus. Interesting timing considering that on Wednesday, after his phone call with Poroshenko, President Putin provided a seven-point plan to help find a solution to the crisis. Image credit: wikimedia.org
The UN reports that since April, more than 2,593 Ukrainians have been killed and at least 6,000 others injured in the war for East Ukraine. Due to the Ukrainian military’s self-described ‘anti-terrorist operation‘, citizens of East Ukraine have been “terrorized” all summer, as more than one million Ukrainians are now displaced, including 814,000 people who fled their home country to seek refuge in Russia.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic confirmed the ceasefire agreement on their official Twitter accounts. President Obama was skeptical of the ceasefire agreement, questioning if the pro-Russian rebels would honor it before taking another shot at Russia.
“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine threatens our vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace,” Obama said.
“We must do everything possible and impossible to stop bloodshed and put an end to people’s suffering,” Poroshenko said on his official website. The President of Ukraine also called upon the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to provide international monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire. The OSCE welcomed the agreement saying “it is good news”, while revealing the protocol consists of 12 points, and “the ceasefire is the chief one”. Lugansk’s leader Igor Plotnitsky was quick to explain the ceasefire does not mean the self-proclaimed republics in East Ukraine will end their self-determination plans. “However, the ceasefire does not mean a shift from our course of breaking away from Ukraine. This is a compulsory measure,” Plotnitsky said.
This week started with a twist when the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a joint message to the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U.S. media claims about a “Russian invasion” and encouraging ceasefire talks.
Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.), William Binney, former 30-year NSA analyst (ret.), Larry Johnson, former CIA analyst & special operations in the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism (ret.), David MacMichael, former CIA analyst & U.S. marine (ret.), Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent (ret.), Elizabeth Murray, former deputy national intelligence officer for Middle East (ret.), Todd E. Pierce, former U.S. army judge advocate general (ret.), and Ann Wright, former U.S. army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official released the following joint statement:
“The anti-coup federalists in southeastern Ukraine enjoy considerable local support, partly as a result of government artillery strikes on major population centers. And we believe that Russian support probably has been pouring across the border and includes, significantly, excellent battlefield intelligence. But it is far from clear that this support includes tanks and artillery at this point – mostly because the federalists have been better led and surprisingly successful in pinning down government forces.
At the same time, we have little doubt that, if and when the federalists need them, the Russian tanks will come.
This is precisely why the situation demands a concerted effort for a ceasefire, which you know Kiev has so far been delaying. What is to be done at this point? In our view, Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk need to be told flat-out that membership in NATO is not in the cards – and that NATO has no intention of waging a proxy war with Russia – and especially not in support of the rag-tag army of Ukraine. Other members of NATO need to be told the same thing.”
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Why is NATO announcing a 4,000-strong “rapid reaction” deployment of troops in the Baltics to counter the Russian threat? Why has the U.S. media ignored the presence of neo-Nazi groups Ukraine’s new government uses to squash resistance?
Why would the Washington Post claim any reference to these neo-Nazis is just a “fantasy” and part of Putin’s “big lie“? This is not fantasy, even the BBC has released documentaries disclosing this fact.
Why did U.S./Ukraine government officials and corporate media puppets immediately blame Putin for the downing of MH17, while providing zero evidence of such accusations?
According to a Gallup poll taken in January, the United States is the most dangerous country in the world, representing the largest threat to world peace today. Gallup International surveyed over 66,000 people from 65 nations and found nearly one out of every four respondents answered the United States “is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.” Pakistan and China placed second and third with eight and six percent.
Do you think this might have something to do with the countless war crimes committed by the United States government and its dishonest media campaigns over the years?
Did you know that on August 8th, according to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, a four-party agreement between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia was signed, sealing all information related to the MH17 investigation? The results of the investigation will only be released with the consent of all parties involved in the agreement.
This means that the “official investigation” is being carried out by four U.S. allies, who are all hostile towards Russia.
Worst of all, Ukraine, who many believe to be the main suspect in having shot down the airliner, with corrupt leaders carrying out a war to cleanse the pro-Russian population out of East Ukraine with U.S. and NATO approval, can keep the results of the investigation sealed forever if they are found to be guilty of the crime.
How does this make any sense? This ‘investigation‘ will not be published unless the Ukrainian Government agrees to unanimously publish the results with the other three nations participating.
Just imagine a murder case in which 100 innocent people are slaughtered, and there are only three suspects (Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels, Russia). Imagine if one of those three suspects had veto-power to keep the investigation from going public. This is that murder case. You’d at least expect the other two suspects to possess the same such veto-power over, right?
Let’s hope this ceasefire holds up, because the regime running the U.S. sure as hell doesn’t want it to, and I doubt the regime in Kiev feels any differently. Just yesterday NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen demanded that Russia end the “illegal” annexation of Crimea, a line which has been frequently repeated by the Ukrainian government.
Is the so-called “invasion of Crimea” (zero civilian deaths) really worth waging a war with Russia over? From Putin’s perspective, what about the hundreds of civilian deaths which have occurred as a result of Poroshenko’s crackdown on his own citizens, who he refers to as “terrorists“? You know, “our side” in Ukraine is using illegal white phosphorus firebombs against the residents of Donetsk.
Yet, Putin has done nothing.
In fact there are many Ukrainians who are outraged at Putin for NOT putting an end to the bloodshed in East Ukraine by getting involved militarily. I suspect he knows that the neoconservatives, who still wield massive power around the world, actually DESIRE escalation, and are desperate to never again allow Putin to influence American politics, as he did so successfully with Syria last year.
Another common perspective is that this is all for control of resources, but is that realistic? I mean, it’s not like Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was hired in April by Burisma Holdings Limited(a Ukrainian energy firm) as a director and top lawyer… Oh wait.
“Freakin’ Putin!!“, since the Sochi Olympics, you hear this phrase nearly every day living in America. Suddenly it’s clever to blame Putin for anything and everything… Don’t you know he is a modern day Hitler? Russia is invading Ukraine, dude. Didn’t you hear about Russia’s propaganda channel that is brainwashing Americans to hate their own country?
It’s a mad, mad world we’re living in…
“What is particularly shocking in this case is how virtually everyone in U.S. officialdom – and across the mainstream media spectrum – has bought into this madness.” – Robert Parry, former AP investigative journalist best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair.
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