You Tube Shatters Russian Lies About Troops In Ukraine: Putin Denies To Obama

Apr 15th, 2014 | By | Category: In Depth, Infowars, News, Politics, Russia, Ukraine

Paul Roderick Gregory
April 14, 2014

“The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, rejected in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama charges that his regime stands behind the separatist unrest in Ukraine. These are speculations that rest on imprecise information, according to President Putin.” Statement of the Putin Administration, April 14, 2014

The facts are clear: Russia annexed Crimea with unidentified special operations troops. Europe and the United States have prepared sanctions to punish Russia if and when it moves into southeast Ukraine. Russia has invaded Ukraine with special operations forces that have gained control of most cities of southeast Ukraine. The Russian foreign minister and president deny the presence of these troops. It can be easily proved that the unidentified troops controlling southeast Ukraine are Russian and that the highest officials of Russia are lying.

Conclusion: Russia has invaded southeast Ukraine. Therefore the United States and Europe must impose sanctions and take other necessary measures now, but they appear unwilling to take this step. Why is this the case?

With the covert invasion of southeast Ukraine by its special forces, the Russian propaganda machine is struggling to keep the lie of Russian non-involvement afloat. After all, the Russian Foreign Minister, Lavrov, himself solemnly assured his Ukrainian counterpart: “There is no basis for such assertions” that Moscow had any role in recent unrest. Per Lavrov: As in Crimea, these are “self-defense” patriots, battling the neo-Nazi and nationalist extremists of Kiev. Anyone who says there are Russian troops in Ukraine is a liar.

Well, it is Lavrov, his boss Putin, and Russian disinformation specialists who are the liars.

The inevitable mistakes, flubs, and blunders of Putin’s propaganda apparatus are seeping through the fabricated images of Ukrainian extremist mayhem, chaos, perfidy, evil, and brutal violence against innocent ethnic Russians under attack in southeast Ukraine. The Big Lie is being told by multiple sources; they cannot be perfectly coordinated; they cannot always keep their stories straight; and not everyone knows the role they are supposed to play.

Russian propaganda must convince the Russian people, the people of Southeast Ukraine, and political and media elites throughout the world that two lies are the truth:

First Lie: Radical Neo-Nazis and nationalistic extremists have gained control of the Ukrainian government and have embarked on a campaign of brutal repression of innocent ethnic Russians, who live primarily in the east and south of Ukraine. Their fear of Ukrainian radicals has prompted these ethnic Russians to revolt spontaneously against Kiev without any prompting or organizing from Moscow.

Second Lie: Russia has not been and will not be involved in the spontaneous demonstrations and takeovers (by force) of municipal buildings, police stations, and municipal administrations. Although the demonstrations appear coordinated to achieve specific geo-military goals, the patriotic ethnic Russian “self defense forces” are doing this on their own.

My previous blog (Russian TV Propagandists Caught Red-handed) demolished the first lie. It shows an actor, playing three separate characters, in what is cynically referred to in Russia as a “guest role” (Gastrol’). In his three performances, he spins tall tales of Ukrainian violence against innocent local residents. As an experienced thespian, this guy plays his roles – German spy, pediatric surgeon and innocent bystander — to perfection, as his performances were aired on three separate TV stations (and found their way onto You Tube).

Russian propaganda must convince the Russian people, the people of Southeast Ukraine, and political and media elites throughout the world that two lies are the truth:

First Lie: Radical Neo-Nazis and nationalistic extremists have gained control of the Ukrainian government and have embarked on a campaign of brutal repression of innocent ethnic Russians, who live primarily in the east and south of Ukraine. Their fear of Ukrainian radicals has prompted these ethnic Russians to revolt spontaneously against Kiev without any prompting or organizing from Moscow.

Second Lie: Russia has not been and will not be involved in the spontaneous demonstrations and takeovers (by force) of municipal buildings, police stations, and municipal administrations. Although the demonstrations appear coordinated to achieve specific geo-military goals, the patriotic ethnic Russian “self defense forces” are doing this on their own.

My previous blog (Russian TV Propagandists Caught Red-handed) demolished the first lie. It shows an actor, playing three separate characters, in what is cynically referred to in Russia as a “guest role” (Gastrol’). In his three performances, he spins tall tales of Ukrainian violence against innocent local residents. As an experienced thespian, this guy plays his roles – German spy, pediatric surgeon and innocent bystander — to perfection, as his performances were aired on three separate TV stations (and found their way onto You Tube).

The second lie (“no Russians forces here”) is demolished by a major flub that occurred on live Russian radio today.Two Russian radio hosts were conducting live interviews with a female reporter in the occupied building of the Donetsk Oblast Administration. She mentions that the commander is standing next to her and may consent to an interview. He comes to the microphone and introduces himself as “Paramonov, Pavel Vladimorivich. When asked if he is from Donetsk, he answers: “Of course not, I am a resident of the city of Efremov of Tula oblast” (Tula is a Russian province). When asked what he is doing in Donetsk, he answers: “I am helping a brotherly nation to defend its rights.”

The flustered radio hosts understood that a catastrophe had occurred. They quickly interrupted the Russian commander, told him to give the mike back to the reporter, with the excuse that the commander must be very busy, so we must stop the interview.

The second propaganda disaster is a You Tube that captures a “Green Man” military officer in the Ukrainian town of Gorlovska. His uniform bears no insignias as he addresses about 20 local police, identified as having come over to the “side of the people.” Beside the officer stands a silent portly man in his 40s dressed in the black leather jacket attire of local mafia. The uniformed officer introduces himself as a “Podpolkovnik [lieutenant colonel] of the Russian Army.” He does not give his name. He then proceeds to appoint “black leather jacket” to lead the local ministry of interior, e.g. as the local chief of police. The lieutenant colonel then instructs the police officers to maintain order against those “who have not yet come over to the side of the people.” He instructs them to pin St. George ribbons on their uniforms to signify that they are fighting for the pro-Russian forces. One young policeman asks where the ribbons are. The Russian colonel answers dismissively that they are being “arranged.”

Russian colonel appointing new police chief of Ukrainian town of Gorlovska and giving instructions to local police who have come over “to the side of the people.”

Russian colonel appointing new police chief of Ukrainian town of Gorlovska and giving instructions to local police who have come over “to the side of the people.”

We could compile a longer list of similar smoking guns that show that Russian forces have invaded Ukraine and are directing the destabilization of Southeast Ukraine. Some border on the amusing:

A French television reporter, covering the takeover of government buildings in Kharkiv, confirms that the armed perpetrators were clearly not from the area: “In Kharkiv, there was an amusing situation yesterday when some pro-Russian activists clearly mistook a theater in the centre of the city for the town hall and were calling for the mayor to come on out,” It would seem that local “self defense forces” would be able to distinguish a theater from the mayor’s office. Russian military intelligence should supply its agents with GPSs.

A Wall Street Journal first-hand account of the armed takeover of the police station in the city of Slavyansk reports that the police station had been taken over by “dozens of unidentified gunmen in green unmarked camouflage uniforms who are moving around there.” They were joined “by some people from the town” but most “were new to the town and did not even know who the mayor was.”

The Moscow “Russian Spring” website advises soldiers of fortune, who dream of reviving the USSR, on how to enter Ukraine and exhorts them to “leave for the front! Glory to Russia.” They are advised to remove military patriotic events and erase pro-Russian SMS texts from their cell phones before entering Ukraine. Nothing subtle here.

It is safe to say that no one in Europe or the United States — including Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, David Cameron, NATO or EU officials — actually believes the two Russian lies.

The straight-talking General Secretary of NATO (Anders Rassmussen) declared in an interview with Ukraininform that: “We are seeing an obvious campaign of force from Russian separatists, whose goal is the destabilization of Ukraine as a sovereign nation. The repeated appearance of persons with specialized types of Russian weapons and wearing identical uniforms without identifying markings, which Russian troops wore during the illegal takeover of Crimea, is very convincing evidence.”

United States UN ambassador, Samantha Powers, declared in a network TV interview that the forces in southeast Ukraine are professionally coordinated, not grassroots. In each city they do the same thing. She calls them “telltale signs of Moscow’s involvement.”

Ukrainian authorities intend to submit proof of Russian direction of clandestine forces in southeast Ukraine at the Geneva summit on April 17. In view of the urgency of the situation, I would suggest an immediate release.

If the United States and Europe are making enhanced sanctions and real financial and material assistance to Ukraine contingent on Russia invading Ukraine, they must concede what is obvious to everyone: Russian troops have already invaded! What more do we need?

Are the United States and Europe prepared to take bold and decisive steps or not? If not, kiss the notion of a united sovereign Ukraine good by. How can we expect a country, left penniless by an ousted president who stole the country blind, appointed his people in the regions, and trying to conduct a national election on a war time basis to stand up to a cynical, well armed, brutal behemoth that has amassed 40,000 troops across its border and is conducting a ferocious destabilization campaign across the border?

f the United States and Europe define a Russian invasion as some of the 40,000 regular Russian troops poised on the border crossing into Ukraine, they are making a mistake that will be fatal to Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty. Putin’s plan (revealed weeks ago by his former top economic advisor) always envisioned regular Russian forces as the final step of the dismemberment of Ukraine. They will enter only when the covert destabilization campaign is complete. By then, Russia’s control of Southeast Ukraine will be a fait accomplis to be ratified by the occupation of regular Russian forces. Perhaps regular troops will not even be necessary.

As in Crimea, Putin will formally deny the presence of Russian troops on Ukrainian territory to the very end. If Europe and the United States really do not want to come to Ukraine’s assistance, Putin’s “wink and nod” denials give them a fig leave to grasp – a slim thread to explain the lack of meaningful action. Russia’s two big lies serve the interests of politicians in Europe and the United States, who worry about unemployment, economic growth, and the next election, not about the long-term consequences of making a 19th century rogue tyrant one of the world’s top powers. After all, we have to think of Realpolitik, not what is right.

To Ukraine’s great misfortune, Europe and the United States have no one to lead – only those ready to point the finger at someone else.

This author has exposed, using only publicly available sources, that Russian special forces are directing Putin’s attack on southeastern Ukraine. I have only scratched the surface. Surely European and United States intelligence know and have documented the truth. The Russian commanders in Ukraine are on the phone and are exchanging emails and SMS messages with their superiors, getting their orders from Russia. (The video of the Gorlovska commander shows him on his cell phone). Obama surely has this information. Did he rebut Putin’s telephone denial and, if so, why not?

The author serves on the International Academic Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. The views are those of the author and not the school.

Source: Forbes

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