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Terrorizing Southeastern Ukrainians: Heading Toward East/West Confrontation

by Stephen Lendman Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM


Terrorizing Southeastern Ukrainians: Heading Toward East/West Confrontation

by Stephen Lendman

What Israel's killing machine did to Gazan civilians, Kiev putschists keep inflicting on defenseless Lugansk and Donetsk residents.

It's war without mercy. It's US supported. Obama's Ukrainian allies are lawless neo-Nazi fascists.

They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, SS insignia, other Nazi symbols and Sieg Heil salutes.

Washington elevated them to power. It did so by ousting a democratically elected government.

Rule by intimidation is policy. So is waging war on its own citizens. It's terror bombing and shelling them.

It's murdering them in cold blood. On Thursday, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said "we're very supportive of the Ukrainians here."

"(T)he ultimate goal here needs to be these cities not being under the control of the separatists."

Fact: They're not separatists.

Fact: They're Ukrainian freedom fighters.

Fact: They're heroic.

Fact: They reject neo-Nazi fascists.

Fact: They want real democracy.

Fact: They want it for all Ukrainians.

Fact: They deserve universal support.

Washington abhors democracy at home and abroad. It wants unchallenged top down control globally.

It wants subservient pro-Western stooge regimes in power beholden to US interests. It wants control of world resources.

It wants NATO bases encircling Russia and China. It wants nuclear armed missiles targeting their heartlands.

It recklessly risks WW III. It's using Kiev as a dagger against its own people. It supports mass murder of defenseless civilians.

It's anti-Russian agenda exceeds the worst of Cold War years. A potential major confrontation looms.

Launching one could mean mushroom-shaped cloud denouement. The unthinkable could become reality.

Obama exceeds the worst of George Bush. He's waged multiple direct and proxy wars since taking office.

His latest is against Iraq. His cronies are orchestrating Kiev's Southeast Ukraine war without mercy.

His next confrontation may be with Russia. Sanctions wars may become something far more serious.

America's rage for war ravages one country after another. Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia targets are one thing.

Confronting Russia is entirely different. It can match America's nuclear strength. It can destroy American cities in response to US attacks.

Attacking Russia risks ending life on earth. Crazies infest Washington. They influence administration policy.

Anything ahead is possible. Cooler heads are in short supply. Madness reflects official policy.

Ukraine may be the flashpoint that ignites global war. Preventing it is top priority. The alternative is too grim to tolerate.

Given the progression of events, perhaps there's no way to stop the worst of all possible scenarios.

Humanity's fate hangs in the balance. World leaders able to act responsibily remain indifferent to a potential threat too grave to ignore.

Will humans be the first species to destroy itself? Daily events should scare everyone.

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Today is the most perilous time in world history.

The latest concern involves blocking desperately needed Russian humanitarian aid, calling it covert ams smuggling, and claiming it destroyed a "Russian military convoy" entering Ukraine.

Kiev lied claiming Russian APCs, other military vehicles, tanks and heavy artillery crossed its border, was confronted and destroyed.

Media scoundrels from the NYT, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal to CNN, Fox News and US broadcasters regurgitated the official Big Lie despite no evidence proving it.

Anointed oligarch Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenk's web site posted a statement saying:

"The president said that the given information was trustworthy and confirmed because the majority of the (Russian) vehicles were destroyed by Ukrainian artillery at night."

The claim is spurious. It's entirely without foundation. Russia's Defense Ministry debunked it.

Its spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkv, said "(n)o Russian military column that allegedly crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border at night or during the day ever existed."

He called Porshenkno's claim fantasy. It "should not be subject for a serious discussion by top officials of any country."

Moscow's Security Service (FSB) denied the report. Border guards operate near the border only on the Russian side, it said.

Mobile military teams "operate strictly within the territory of the Russian Federation." Claims otherwise are spurious on their face.

Because of Ukrainian aggression near Russia's borders, Moscow increased security to protect its citizens from potential cross-border shelling and Kiev military "mass border crossings."

An FSB spokesman said "(w)hen residents report about cross-border shooting and fighting in the frontier zone, these teams are immediately deployed to such areas to provide the safety of the Russian state border and Russian citizens, and also to prevent armed people from crossing into the territory of the Russian Federation."

NATO Secratary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a serial liar. He claimed nonexistent, fake, or unrelated old satellite imagery claiming to show Russian tanks allegedly entering Ukraine.

"Last night we saw a Russian incursion, a crossing of the Ukrainian border" he said. "(I)t is a clear demonstration of continued Russian involvement in the destabilization of eastern Ukraine."

Washington and Britain proliferated the Big Lie. UK Foreign Minister William Hague called entry of Russian tanks into Ukraine "completely unacceptable."

He warned of further sanctions "if Moscow continues to provoke instability."

An unnamed NATO official said "(t)hese images raise significant questions concerning Russia's role in facilitating instability in eastern Ukraine and its involvement in the movement of military equipment from Russian territory into Ukraine."

If confirmed, it "marks a grave escalation of the crisis in eastern Ukraine."

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf cited dubious video evidence of a convoy of T-6 tanks in Southeastern Ukraine coming from a Southwestern Russian location, as well as BM-21 rocket launchers.

"Russia will claim these tanks were taken from Ukrainian forces but no Ukrainian tank units have been operating in that area," she said.

"We are confident that these tanks came from Russia."

On August 15, RT International headlined "Aid convoy to Ukraine faces disruption, may be attacked - Russia."

Russia's Foreign Ministry "dr(ew) attention to the sharp intensification of military actions by Ukrainian forces with the obvious goal to block the route, agreed upon with Kiev, of the humanitarian convoy from the Russia-Ukraine border to Lugansk."

Kiev putschists in collusion with Washington want to block urgently needed humanitarian aid "at the cost of new casualties and destruction."

"Those nurturing such criminal plans are taking huge responsibility for their consequences."

Events appear heading for a US/Russian showdown. Propaganda wars proceed hot ones.

Proliferating misinformation and Big Lies keep escalating toward confrontation. It's happening as hard as Moscow tries to avoid it.

On August 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin called current Ukrainian conditions "bloody chaos." He pledged Moscow would continue going all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

He knows Washington, its rogue Western allies and Kiev fascists will do everything to prevent it.

A potential major East/West confrontation looms. The winds of war edge closer to gale force.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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