Something Doesn’t Sound Quite Right…
Heard on the news tonight: Russian President Putin and Ukraine President Poroshenko have agreed to a ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict.
My first thoughts were ‘Something doesn’t sound quite right here.’ and ‘If this is true then Chess Master Putin has made his first wrong move in this little game of thrones.”
Firstly, Russia cannot take part in a ceasefire there because Russia is not involved in any conflict in Ukraine. So that doesn’t make any sense, unless…
Secondly, Putin has been playing masterfully so far and it would be uncharacteristic of him to blunder in that way (he is the only participant of which that can be said), unless…
…unless, in both cases, the news has as usual got it all wrong.
The truth dawned with the realisation that the report originated from Poroshenko in Kiev. Poroshenko and his rabid Prime Minister Yatsenyuk have not uttered one word of truth so far this year and wouldn’t recognise a fact if it jumped out from behind a tree, waved it’s arms energetically and said ‘Boo’ to them. Unless they had the opportunity to twist it out of all recognition first, of course. So it is to be expected that reports of anything that they say, should be given no credence at all.
It is also to be expected that western media will fawn lovingly over anything they say and pass it on to their unsuspecting and, let’s face it , pretty dumb audiences, as truth. I am surprised that just this once, the ABC (and it is probably a first for them in this affair) have reported it correctly. Even though the ABC does tend to have a slightly more intelligent audience than any other news service in Australia, they have previously stuck to the party line. Maybe this article somehow escaped the censor’s pen.
The truth is, that no ceasefire will be made until Ukrainian forces have been driven out of the lands of the new Republic in the South East of Ukraine and its sovreignty and borders established and recognised.
The federalists, previously known as separatists and rather unkindly and untruthfully as rebels, criminals and terrorists, are managing to accomplish that state by themselves without Russian involvement. Ukraine forces are simply disintegrating after being abandoned (and unpaid) by their government.
Close to a million Ukrainian civilians have crossed the border into Russia seeking, and being granted, refuge. That doesn’t sound like the actions of an aggressor to me.
This will all be resolved of course, in time, but I fully expect Ukraine to end up rather smaller than it has been for some time. Notwithstanding the huffing and puffing of the NATO leadership, who would be making a very big mistake if they thought they could take on the might of Russia as a means of regaining some legitimacy for their continued existence. Many have tried in the past. All have dragged their sorry arses home with tail between legs, licking their wounds, and wondering what just happened.