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The Ukrainian Hustle

The Truce That Never Was

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Donetsk, June 23

A trilateral meeting was held today at the Donetsk People’s Republic headquarters. Aleksandr Boroday, Prime Minister of DPR, called it an “unofficial preliminary consultation” in order to start a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Along with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, attended OSCE special envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Russia’s ambassador Mikhail Zurabov, co-chairman of the National Front of Novorossiya Oleg Tsaryov and former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, whose participation was initiated by Poroshenko in order to demonstrate his close attention to the mission.
The previous deadline of the ceasefire, 07:00 GMT Friday (10:00 am local time), was confirmed. Up to that date—the very day when Poroshenko is to sign the Subjection Agreement to EU that will lead Ukraine’s economy towards total disaster—monitoring by Russian and OSCE representatives will be organized.
On June 20 the ceasefire officially took effect but for such a lot of people in the region it seems it hasn’t begun yet. That day, Poroshenko was at the military camp near Svyatogorsk (Donetsk Region, btw) surrounded by British bodyguards—much likely, he’s got his own reasons not to trust Ukrainian security. He claimed the truce is intended to enable the separatist militias to lay down their arms and flee the country. He also rejected any possibility of negotiations with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk governments—which have established parliaments and authorities uniting the two republics.
On Sunday 22 of June, he warned that he had an alternative “detailed plan B”, should his peace plan fail to bring results, which sounds like a threat.
So, first of all, some of his advisers should explain to him that a peace plan is a proposal to start a dialogue, not a senseless request of unconditional surrender.
I understand him when I look at the reports coming from the various hot spots of the last days.
June 18: in Krasny Liman, the separatists destroy a Ukrainian BTR and attack the Ukrainian command in the Kombikormovij District. The next morning, a Ukrainian column is forced to withdraw and loses one tank, 4 BMD, reporting 300 injured.
East of Kramatorsk, Ukrainian Army loses a BMD and a BTR. The separatists shell with mortars Mount Karachun. A plane Su-25 is shot down. At 11:00 pm, Kiev troops withdraw.
June 19: the DPR garrison of Slavyansk breaks the encirclement of the Jampol area, clashing with foreign mercenaries. The Ukrainian army bombards Lisichansk and must abandon a BMP, but first manages to score 4 civilians killed and 21 wounded.
In Zakhotnoe, the separatists destroy 2 BTR and a unit of foreign mercenaries is beaten north-east of Slavyansk. More than 80 Ukrainian border guards flee to Russia. Russian Border Guard rejects Ukraine’s National Guard, which gets surrounded by separatists. A team of Pravy Sektor is annihilated.
June 20: battle in Krasnj Liman. 30 dead and 21 wounded among the separatists, 180 dead and about 50 injured, plus 6 BTR out of use and a SU-24 downed, among the Ukrainian army.
And then the grand finale: the separatists take over the Ukrainian military base of Artemovsk, where 221 tanks, 228 BTR, 183 BPM, 24 self-propelled guns and 18 Grad rocket launchers were stored.
Since two months, the Ukrainian army is trying to conquer the main strongholds of Slavyansk, Donetsk, Lugansk, without success. Kiev Army used heavy artillery and carpet bombing, but got no advance on the ground and the daily casualties among civilians are high. And what’s the problem with it? The democratic president Poroshenko said that “about 2,000 dead is acceptable”. And much likely, even a number about twice of that is acceptable to him—especially since they are “subhumans” (quote: moron prime minister Yatsenyuk). This for a “United Ukraine”. Applause!
So today, as politicians argue and journalists await outside the room, eager to hear a new joke, a water pumping station in Slavyansk is destroyed by artillery fire of Kiev junta.
Like they smashed Donetsk Airport, they keep on targeting and destroying power plants, infrastructures, hospitals, kindergartens and schools. All of this it’s clearly made to force the people to flee the region—23,000 Ukrainian refugees fled to Russia so far. According to Geneva Convention aren’t these war crimes, by the way?
And up to date casualties have followed as well.
That’s Poroshenko’s ceasefire. The negotiators behind the door keep arguing and he keeps speaking blowhardly—but a helicopter is ready to take him abroad in the event, as it was quite recently on occasion of a Russian Invasion false alarm. What remains of a president whose word means all but nothing?
Dnepropetrovsk Region Governor Igor Kolomoisky, the chief banker whose Privatbank is top recipient of new IMF bailout and whose nazist paramilitaries keep seizing properties and assets of his political opponents, publicly dismissed the ceasefire: “I will never obey Poroshenko, and my army will finish off the separatists!”
Post-Maidan Ukraine is a country where a man sought by Interpol can have a political charge, lead a private army and safely state he couldn’t care less of the President’s decision. He’s never hidden his project to take under control the whole of South Ukraine not included in DPR and LPR, as well as southern Moldova. Don’t his ongoings make a separatist of him?
Is Ukraine breaking up in the weak trembling hands of its president, I wonder? What will become of the United Ukraine touted in a thumping manner by Poroshenko’s TV channel, which lobotomized lots of gullible Maydanites’ heads?

About Christian B. Malaparte

Christian B. Malaparte is a freelance writer mainly engaged in debunking the misrepresentation of facts in the mainstream media. He was in Donbass from the outbreak of hostilities in April 2014 until February 2015, and reported in real time the shelling of civilian homes in Kramatorsk and Donetsk by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He currently resides in Russia.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “The Truce That Never Was

  1. Dear Christian, I would like publish your articles on my website http://www.omed.cz. Write me, please, what conditions it would be possible.

    Sincerely,

    Stan

    Posted by Stan | Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:12 AM
    • Hi, Stan. Thanks for writing. Usually my posts are the summaries of articles written for newspapers and mags, with the addition of my personal point of view and style (which are not always welcome), so you can share them freely on any social or web-site. The only conditions are: always write my name as the author, do not change the text, and in case of extracts, state this clearly.

      Regards,
      Christian

      Posted by Christian B. Malaparte | Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:56 PM

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