by Rob Amos
Ukrainian Spectator journalist Svitlana Morenets writes that the Russian Federation could be ‘devoured’ by its constituent republics and regions if only ‘oppression’ would allow them to rise up in a wave of separatist independence movements.
Suggesting that a host of other countries bordering Russia, including former Soviet republics, have legitimate claims to chunks of the contemporary Russian state along with the fantasy of its fracturing along a hundred ethnic and cultural lines is presented as a solution to the west’s ‘problem’ with Russia’s fundamental existence, effectively voicing a call for its total dismemberment as a nation into 34 much smaller ones.
Desires for such events to play out have some historical precedent, and Russia’s history is intertwined with the experience of repelling invaders and forging a state through tumultuous social upheavals.
In this context it seems odd that we are expected to find the Russian Foreign Ministry spokespeople wild and paranoid when they refer to the aggressive stance of Nato-aligned western nations towards their country, and to think them unhinged when they speak of the west’s aspirations towards a fragmented Russia, broken up with its national unity destroyed and its economy and natural resources cracked open for the so called ‘western democracies’ to help themselves to.
In referring to the recent attacks on the Belgorod region of Russia from across the border in Ukraine, the author describes the participants as carrying out their actions ‘under the Ukrainian flag’, explaining later in the article that “The Ukrainian government believes that Russia’s imperialistic ambitions must end with justice for everyone. It has recognised the Kuril Islands and Chechen Republic of Ichkeria as temporarily occupied by Russia and supports the exiled politicians of Russian national minorities.”
The photograph used to illustrate the article allegedly shows two of these ‘Russian fighters’ who launched an operation against Russian civilians in a column of armoured cars, one with the symbols of the nazi-collaborating WW2 Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists on his face and the other sporting a small but noticeable swastika fixed onto his assault rifle.
That such an image was selected must either be a result of sloppiness or apathy, because we are supposed to believe that the neo-nazi, extreme far right nationalism driving the current ideology of the Ukrainian state is a mirage contrived by Russia, as if invented by Russia to provide a pretext to conduct the SMO in Ukraine.Rob Amos
The so called “Russian Volunteer Corps” and “Freedom of Russia Legion” which were purported to have taken part in the attack on the Shebekino district and other border villages in the Belgorod region are, according to southfront.org, comprised of fugitive Russian citizens who left to support the 2014 coup in Ukraine on the basis of Nazi ideology, now formed into units coordinated by UK military advisors to the Ukrainian armed forces.
We are of course expected to scoff at the idea that British military specialists would be directing literal fascists in their actions but there is plenty of precedent for this too; Kim Philby, the British Soviet agent who worked his way to the top of the state security apparatuses of both Britain and the US was thwarting Nato schemes to break Ukraine apart from the USSR through secret service funding of Ukrainian nationalist terrorists into the 1950s; these organisations, which were comprised of Nazi collaborators guilty of the most barbaric atrocities against their fellow Ukrainian citizens during the war, were given protection in Nato countries during the post war period and are the progenitors of the very real right wing nationalism and intense Russophobia which has driven the near decade of violence against the people of the Donbass region since 2014.
Whilst the author of the Telegraph article would clearly like her readers to end up wanting to see overt British support for these sorts of ultra-nationalist, swastika sporting gangs in their crusade to overthrow Putin, the reality is they wouldn’t exist in the first place if it weren’t for the historic legacy of British and US operations against the Soviet Union during the post war period, which essentially cultivated a whole series of Ukrainian nationalist groups across western Europe, Canada and the US precisely for the purpose of using them against the USSR.
That the British government has a track record of supporting or creating nefarious groups across the globe for use as proxy fighters against independent states should by now be clear to all – the consequences of harbouring such characters were demonstrated when Salman Abedi, the Libyan jihadist fighter connected to the British backed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group committed the terrorist bombing of the Manchester Arena in 2017, killing 22 people and injuring over a hundred more.
Again, in this case it is no fantasy that Britain and Nato were complicit in utilising vicious extremist organisations to successfully destroy a country, with outlawed and exiled religious fundamentalist networks given air support to tear this richest of nations to shreds.
Now, along with having served as a military training ground for all manner of right wing fascists and neo-nazis from around the world for almost a decade, Ukraine is spilling heaps of weaponry onto the black market – plenty, no doubt going into the possession of far right movements and organisations across Europe.
With our system geared towards supporting and arming a military such as Ukraine currently has, employing far-right adventurists from Australia to Arkansas, its clear that those who survive will likely be sheltered and encouraged to harbour their hatred, to hatch further plans from the safety of the ‘western democracies’.
The consequences of these actions will be on the heads of those who, in their fevered desire to see Russia ‘devoured’, helped to propagate the following of these ideologically fascist organisations from the 1940s right up the present day.
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