23 June 2014, 20:31

Most Europeans have no idea about crimes committed by Kiev in east Ukraine

Most Europeans have no idea about crimes committed by Kiev in east Ukraine

To Washington’s great regret, this week the EU does not plan to make any decisions regarding the new sanctions against Russia. On Monday June 23 the Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans announced to the press that no such steps were planned. He is taking part in the Luxemburg meeting of the EU Council of Ministers at the foreign ministries level.

EU heads of Foreign Ministries do not make any decisions themselves, but coordinate the recommendations for their countries’ leaders. The leaders themselves will meet on June 27 at the summit in Brussels. In Brussels it is planned to sign the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

In general, the entire upcoming week in the EU can be called "Ukrainian" unless other more acute problems than Kiev’s constant knocking on the Europe’s door did not come up for Brussels. The ministers are to discuss the most acute crisis in Iraq, where radical Islamist groups have taken almost half of the country.

The US once again wants to "tie" the EU with "military assistance" to the country, which it already invaded back in 2003 under false pretext of destroying weapons of mass destruction. With the US participation Iraq’s leader Saddam Hussein was captured and hanged. Currently, the country has been driven to complete ruin. The war in what in fact is Iraq torn into pieces is a lot more serious matter that support for the European strife of the capricious Maidan cabinet in Kiev. It would not only be difficult, but simply impossible to explain to the Europeans why they are once again required to clean up the broken dishes after Washington.

Besides the US, Great Britain also supports decisive military measures. It has gone as far as some British military experts proposing to completely forget about the "Ukrainian crisis" and draw Russia into the process of extinguishing the Iraqi fire. As that fire poses a threat of not only a regional but global blast.

Recently, special hearings on the Iraqi issue have taken place in the British parliament. Former head of the general staff of Great Britain’s Armed Forces Jock Stirrup and former commander of the British Army Air Force Marshal David Richards spoke at the hearings. The latter directly stated to the parliamentarians that instead of arguing with Russia a deal regarding Ukraine should be made (including acknowledgement of Crimea joining Russia) in return for Moscow’s help in Iraq.

In addition, the EU needs to finally agree on the candidacy of the new chairman of the European Commission (the EU Prime Minister). Such dispute has risen around the issue that Great Britain has stated its readiness to exit the block unless its opinion is taken into account. Thus, this week Ukraine will not be the "prime issue" in Europe despite the fact that president Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk will come to Europe.

In Luxemburg Kiev is to present the so-called "peace plan of crisis resolution" of the new Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko. Since the details of the plan have been well known since last week, the presentation will be more of a well-planned PR step.

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has already stated than in general he supports the plan and the ceasefire in the Southeast of the country. But according to Putin, Poroshenko’s plan can be "viable and realistic" only if the authorities are prepared to talk to the real representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk. Many Russian experts consider "Poroshenko’s plan" to be an ultimatum wrapped in pseudo promises of negotiations.

Igor Ivanov, president of the Russian Council on International Affairs and former foreign minister of Russia, says that he is surprised by the current behavior of the US and the EU in their approach to the resolution of the Ukrainian issue. Washington, the NATO and to some degree the EU are blocking the mechanisms of consultations that were built with Russia on their own initiative.

It is time for the EU to take responsibility for what is going on in Ukraine and stop perceiving Russia as the source of all troubles. It is necessary to get back to a dialogue between equals, Igor Ivanov believes.

"What did we create the Russia – NATO Council for? What did we create all the mechanisms with the European Union for? What did we create the institutions of cooperation with various Euro-Atlantic structures? Specifically so that they could be employed in complex situations. When all is well many preventive mechanisms do not need to be used. But when it is difficult, it is necessary that such mechanisms worked. In our case all mechanisms were frozen and we started to negotiate via statements. No problems are resolved via statements. In Bosnia after 120 000 people were killed and there appeared two million refugees we created a contact group and sat down in Detroit to resolve the problem. Are we waiting for thousands of casualties in Ukraine to start jointly resolving the problems of that country?!"

In April Kiev started the punitive operation in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions involving armed forces, nationalistic units of the National Guard and private armies of Ukraine’s oligarchs. Eastern cities are bombed with heavy artillery, mines and missiles. Local militia units do not have such weapons. According to the data provided by Gianni Magazzeni, Coordinator at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, about 400 people have been killed during this time. Russian human rights activists claim that that figure is several times less than the real one.

I have met European politicians and deputies of the European parliament many times and I get the impression that Europeans are simply turned into zombies and have no idea what crimes the Kiev authorities commit in the Southeast of the country, says Alexander Brod, a well-known Russian rights activist:

"The majority of people in Europe believe that the authorities in Kiev are restoring territorial integrity of the country and fight against separatists. They are absolutely unaware what harsh and bloody price is paid for that goal – mass murders, attacks of violence, the killing of civilians, children, journalists, healthcare employees. In addition, one gathers an impression that the United Nations Organization with its many committees is separated from real life".

Among the specific practical issues to be discussed by the EU foreign ministers there will be the issue of sending to Ukraine a special mission of EU lawyers and police to help the country in forming responsible institutions of law enforcement. Those institutions have been practically missing in Ukraine after the February 22 coup.

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