Louder and louder

Beat the drums of war.

I wish these people would think through what they are doing.

This is another ill-informed piece in the Guardian:

Even as Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were sitting down to talks meant to end the crisis, Russia was inching closer to being ready to launch a full-scale ground invasion of its neighbour

The narrative chunk that Russia is about to “invade” Ukraine has been repeated in the Guardian 100 times so now it is the “truth”.

Are these people stupid or evil? Either they really believe this dirge – an “aggressive” and “expansionist” Russia wants to re-establish the Soviet Union and “invade” Ukraine. Or – they understand that this media line about an imminent invasion is a ploy by Kiev to put pressure on Russia ahead of a possible attack by Kiev on Donbass and they are playing along…. I don’t know.

Putin may still decide not to launch an invasion

Honestly. Talk about the echo chamber. They’ve been talking about the “invasion” for two weeks now and now they absolutely believe it…

And Putin said that the situation in eastern Ukraine “looked like genocide” in a recent meeting, raising fears he could seek a pretext to send his troops into the country

The possibility that Putin simply meant what he said – that the behaviour of Kiev’s battalions (some of which were even too close to Nazism for the US Congress to fund) towards the citizens of Donetsk and Lugansk smacks of genocide – does not seem to have entered the writer’s head.

Putin has spent the last two decades trying to fight Nato expansion, but the possible accession of Ukraine into the military alliance has always touched deeper emotions, and in part motivated him to order the annexation of Crimea and provoke a war in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 14,000 people.

This is a hideous lie and the author’s writing hand is covered in the blood of innocent children. He is attributing all the deaths in the war in Donbass to Putin. He claims that Putin “provoked” the war – without offering any evidence to back this up. I don’t know to what extent Russian intelligence liaised with local leaders in the Donbass in March 2014. But I do know (because I have read up on the subject and talked to people i.e. done what a journalist should do) that there are millions of people in Eastern Ukraine who would prefer closer ties with Russia and who were effectively disenfranchised when the elected President, who had a strong electoral base in this region, was toppled in a Western-backed coup in Kiev in 2014. The problem as always with these journalists is they simply de-exist the human beings who don’t agree with their Western imperialist worldview. This is a form of genocide in itself. The journalist is adopting the line from the regime in Kiev that 100% of the impetus for the uprising in the East came from the Kremlin. But the reality is that people in this area don’t share the same European dream as the people in the centre. After the Maidan coup committed Ukraine to a European future and, for that matter, immediately tried to pass legislation to downgrade the use of the Russian language in Ukraine, the people in the East, naturally enough, (and incidentally democratically), rebelled. A tiny bit of journalism – for example reviewing this Gallup (US) survey will confirm this. [1] Or this UN source which confirms that Yanukovych’s pro-Russia Party of the Regions was stronger in the East and South – and that it was overthrown in an anti-democratic coup. [2]

In Ukraine, support for joining Nato has jumped considerably in recent years as the country has sought protection from an increasingly aggressive Russia.

This is delusional. He means of course in the centre and West of Ukraine. But then in a way it is logical since the people in Donetsk and Luhansk, where support for NATO probably isn’t growing as they are being killed with Western supplied weapons, don’t exist for him. “Increasingly aggressive Russia” – well, yes, keep repeating it and it becomes “true”.

And the idea of mustering nearly 100,000 troops within striking distance of the Ukrainian border (the US has said that Russia could increase that number to 175,000 by the end of January) just to hold talks with Biden has struck western observers as overkill

The possibility that the troops are here to protect the people of Donbass against aggression from Kiev has not it seems entered the journalist’s mind. But then remember “Russia is aggressive” – and everything Kiev says is just taken as truth. The thing about psychosis is it is always logically internally coherent.

Putin could pull back, but it would be embarrassing to do so without a solid win in hand. And Russia’s demands look impossible to fulfil for the west

Why embarrassing? As we have already been told (by the same newspaper) this is the second time this year that Russia has built up forces in the area.

This journalist seems to have really talked himself into the notion that Russia is about to “invade” Ukraine. Just for the sake of it. Because Russia is, well, “aggressive” and “expansionist”. It just isn’t clear to me if he understands that there is a difference between an invasion of Ukraine for the sake of conquest (which seems to be what he is suggesting) and Russian forces acting to protect the citizens of Donbass if Kiev breaks the internationally mediated Minsk agreements and launches an attack. As I say – either he is playing a cunning hand amplifying the war misinformation of Kiev or he really believes, because he has swallowed the line from Kiev, that at this moment Russia has nothing better to do than conquer Ukraine (a desperately poor basket-case of a country). I think basically that the problem is there is no serious analysis here. Chunks of narrative are being assembled and reassembled but investigation, getting at the truth, analysis. No.

Finally – despite the title of the Guardian piece “New Arms arrive on border” the author manages to get through the article without once mentioning the US weapons which have just arrived in Ukraine. One sided? But this is how this kind of thing works; if you don’t mention the US weapons then the Russian build-up can be presented to readers as “aggressive” rather than perhaps the counter-balance it is. They haven’t told an explicit porky – but nonetheless they have managed to twist reality on its head.


  1. https://www.usagm.gov/wp-content/media/2014/06/Ukraine-slide-deck.pdf
  2. https://www.refworld.org/docid/5797736f4.html

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