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More Accusations of Nonexistent Russian Aggression in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM


More Accusations of Nonexistent Russian Aggression in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Big Lies repeated ad nauseam get most people to believe them. The long ago discredited canard about Russian aggression in Ukraine continues being repeated - on Saturday by neocon Washington Post editors.

They lied claiming “(n)early six months after Russia agreed to an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, its forces continue to shell and rocket Ukrainian positions on a daily basis.”

“Far from pulling back heavy weapons or withdrawing its troops as required by the agreement, it has built military bases and deployed 9,000 troops inside Ukraine and stationed another 50,000 just outside the border…”

The sources: US-dominated NATO, Britain’s hawkish Royal United Services Institute (RUSI - a defense and security think tank), and Kiev junta authorities - knowingly and willfully proliferating Big Lies.

Poroshenko absurdly claims around 50,000 Russian troops operate in Ukraine. It’s hard taking him seriously. His buffoon-like comments are ludicrous.

US-dominated NATO is no better, saying Russian forces still operate in eastern Ukraine. Last month Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrongfully accused Moscow of “behaving aggressively - continu(ing) (to) provid(e) separatists…with modern weapons (and) sends troops there. This is an act of aggression.”

“Russia is ready to use force against Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Russia more often mentions nuclear weapons as part of its defense strategy. What is more, they conduct unexpected maneuvers to conceal aggressive actions against its neighbors.”

Britain’s RUSI lied claiming 42,000 Russian troops are directly or indirectly involved in Donbass fighting. The report’s author, Igor Sutyagin, is a former Military-Technical and Military-Economic Policy head at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for US and Canadian Studies.

He was convicted on espionage charges, imprisoned for 11 years, then released in a prisoner swap with Washington for alleged Russian spies. In 2014 he began working for RUSI. His credibility is dubious at best.

He lied saying Russian troops are “either stationed (in Southeastern Ukraine), delivering artillery fire against Ukrainian territory from Russian soil, or directly participating in combat operations on Ukrainian sovereign territory.”

He claims 9,000 to 11,000 Russian soldiers operate inside Ukraine. Yet he fails to provide any corroborating evidence. There is none. His claims along with others from NATO and Kiev are a complete fabrication.

No alleged “Russian aggression” exists - none any time since Kiev began waging naked aggression on Donbass in April 2014 - continuing unabated today with multiple daily shellings of residential and other areas.

On July 27, Ukraine’s deputy chief of general staff general Hennadii Vorobiov lied claiming “a high probability of a full-scale invasion of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”

In early July, Kiev’s national security and defense council absurdly warned about readied Moscow preparations for a massive new invasion from three directions along the contact line in Donbass.

Russia massed “a record number of troops” along the border with Ukraine, it added. Poroshenko turned truth on its head saying thousands of Ukrainian forces in Donbass are “trying to stem the advance of Russian-backed forces.”

WaPo editors shamelessly repeated this rubbish as fact. They absurdly claim Putin wants to “cripple (Ukraine’s nonexistent) democracy and independence.”

Malicious anti-Russian propaganda proliferated since before Ukrainian crisis conditions erupted in fall 2013.

The bigger the lie, the more frequent the repetition. WaPo editors want Washington heavily arming Kiev more than already - “so that Russia will be deterred from the (nonexistent) offensive it is threatening.”

You can’t make this stuff up. It’s hard imagining anyone believes it. In early July, WaPo deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl claimed “a large new Russian military base” operates in Donbass - based on so-called Kiev junta drone footage, the same kind NATO and Ukraine manufactured earlier, later proved bogus.

Expect unrelenting Russia bashing to continue. Expect no letup in accusing Putin and Donbass freedom fighters of Kiev junta crimes.

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

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