Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.12.2017
Russia is rattled. It’s now four years after EuroMaidan, the Revolution of Dignity, began in Ukraine. All of Putin’s evil machinations to destroy the freedom of the Ukrainian people have failed. The war Russia is waging against Ukraine continues to inflict a terrible toll, but Russian forces are not advancing. Furthermore, the propaganda lie that Russia’s invasion of Europe in Ukraine is somehow an internal conflict within Ukraine is going nowhere. All the world sees that it is a rampaging Russian army that is killing, wounding, and destroying in Donbas. Sanctions against Russian individuals and entities are being extended, not lifted.
Russia is a nation without honour. If it had any, it would stop its assaults against the Ukrainian people and it would withdraw its invasion army from Crimea and Donbas. Bereft of honour, Russia lashes out, and projects its own malice onto others. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is particularly exercised at the moment about Canada adding Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List. The Canadian defence industry can now apply for a ministerial permit to export weapons to Ukraine. Canada is taking a lead which the United States may very well follow: arming Ukraine so that Ukrainians can defend their homeland and stop Russian aggression.
Insensate rage underlies Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s words: “It is clear that supplying US and Canadian means of warfare to Ukraine is paramount to pushing Kiev, which has been sabotaging a peaceful settlement in the east of the country, towards reckless new military decisions. Washington and Ottawa should realise that there is no military solution to the Donbass conflict, which was caused by the state coup in Kiev, and that those who deliver weapons to murderers will share the blame for people’s deaths.”
Russia’s invasion and illegal occupation of Ukraine in Crimea and Donbas is sabotaging a “peaceful settlement.” The war is entirely of Putin’s making. The only military decision which Ukraine is compelled to make out of duty is to defend the homeland from the foreign invaders from Muscovy. The “Donbas conflict” is a military solution imposed by Putin – the failure of Western allies of Ukraine to come up with a military response is what has dragged Putin’s War on for over three and three-quarter years. The murderers are the Russian soldiers who massacred Ukrainian defenders in the Ilovaisk “safe corridor” and the Russian soldiers who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 and killed 298 innocents – the Russian soldiers who have killed over 10,000 people since Putin began his insane war.
Russian hysteria is a sign that Putin has run out of all options except the only good one left: withdrawal of Russian forces from Crimea and Donbas. As Putin is a terrible, terrible leader he is almost certain not to take this rational course of action for the good of Russia and for the good of world peace. Putin doomed Russia when he invaded Ukraine. When Russia is reduced to lashing out impotently at Canada, the doom of Russia is sealed.