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Oleg Atbashian

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March 14, 2014 - 7:03 am

A mob of pro-Russian protesters savagely attacked a pro-Ukrainian rally with clubs, metal rods, rocks, tear gas, and smoke bombs, killing a 22-year-old local man and seriously injuring scores of others Thursday in Lenin Square in Donetsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine.

According to witnesses, the pro-Ukrainian rally consisted mostly of local men and women, some with children, who came there after work to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine against Russia’s attempts to split the country. This angered a pro-Russian rally nearby, which held Russian flags and demanded that the coal-mining region be separated from Ukraine and joined with Russia.

At some point rocks, eggs, and smoke grenades started flying from the pro-Russian side towards a line of people who chanted Ukrainian slogans while holding a long banner with the colors of the Ukrainian flag. As the rally ended, a large crowd of angry Russian nationalists surrounded their opponents, hurling ethnic insults, and preventing them from leaving. The confrontation quickly became violent.

A slide show on this Ukrainian news site has the pictures. A 25-minute YouTube video, posted the same day by a local citizen reporter, shows uninterrupted footage of the most violent stage of the riot, helping to reconstruct the events.

As the police succeeded in letting most of the pro-Ukrainian side leave the square, they themselves got surrounded by an angry mob, with about twenty bloodied people huddled together next to a police bus inside a protective circle of policemen. The law enforcement, represented by both local and military police, was outnumbered; an officer was heard calling for reinforcement.

The crowd chanted “Russia! Russia!” while also screaming threats, insults, and ethnic slurs. They also chanted “On your knees,” demanding that the Ukrainian patriots kneel before their tormentors, who waved Russian flags.

As rocks, bottles, and smoke bombs continued to fly, the police managed to get the battered men into the bus, but the attackers slashed the tires and broke the windows, throwing more rocks and smoke bombs inside the bus, spraying pepper spray and forcing the people out into the street.

As the pro-Ukrainian demonstrators climbed out of the bus windows back into the street, the crowd broke the police barrier and began to beat up the unarmed men with fists and clubs, leaving several of them lying on the pavement, covered in blood, all the while calling their victims “fascists” and “faggots.” A few who tried to escape by breaking through the crowd were surrounded and beaten.

The chant “On your knees!” continued as the surrounded and beaten people, many of them unable to stand, crouched on the ground, which the mob finally perceived as compliance with their demand to kneel. Having carried the wounded away, the police were finally able to escort the remaining few to safety.

The video ends with the camera pointing downwards, as one of the pro-Russian attackers demands that the cameraman stop shooting because the footage may wind up in the “wrong” hands. During the time of this writing this video added half a million views on YouTube, with many comments in both Russian and broken English cheering the beating of Ukrainians and blaming America for the violence.

In another video, which shows an injured man being taken to an ambulance, gloating voices refer to him as a “Bandera” (a slur against Ukrainian nationalists) and an intruder from Maidan who got what he deserved for taking American money. This and other comments in the videos, as well as multiple pro-Russian comments on various YouTube threads, reveal a paranoid, hateful mind-set, which boils down to the following presumptions:

(a) The Ukrainian revolution was the result of a vast Western-Zionist conspiracy against Russia; (b) all pro-Ukrainian demonstrators are violent Nazis, fascists, and traitors who have been paid with dollars by their American, European, and Zionist masters; and (c) the demonstrators are all intruders from Western Ukraine, the land of hateful worshipers of the “Nazi collaborator” Stepan Bandera

Such absurd beliefs are the result of a massive campaign of lies, distortions, provocations, and propaganda that the Putin government has been disseminating through all available media channels, both inside Russia and in the Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine, aiming to discredit and demonize the recent popular uprising against the corrupt pro-Russian government of Victor Yanukovich. Among the various reasons to suppress the Ukrainian revolution, probably the most important one was the Kremlin’s fear that it may soon spread from Maidan to Red Square.

After the Maidan uprising finally succeeded on February 22, the propaganda only intensified, with an added focus on stirring separatist sentiments and paranoia in the Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine, with the apparent goal of breaking the country apart in order to destabilize, demoralize, and subdue the new Ukrainian government – or, better yet, to absorb the breakaway regions into Russia.

The same propaganda, in a more subtle and less anti-Semitic form, has found its way to the West — first through the usual hard-left and “anti-war” channels, as well as a hired army of trolls posting anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian comments on the Internet and social media; then through more established news media and talk radio.

An important part in this has always been played by RT, or Russia Today — the second most-watched foreign news channel in the U.S. after BBC World News and the number one foreign station in five major U.S. urban areas, boasting on its Wikipedia page about being “very popular among younger American people, U.S. college students, and in U.S. inner city neighborhoods.”

Reporting on today’s violence in Donetsk, for example, RT predictably blamed the violence on the pro-Ukrainian side, who allegedly provoked the Russian nationalists “by shouting far-right slogans ‘Glory to Ukraine’ and ‘Glory to heroes,’ loudly demanding the respect of Ukrainian territorial sovereignty.” In that statement alone, preemptively disseminating the “correct” narrative, the RT editors revealed the unmasked voice of pervasive Russian chauvinism: how dare Ukrainians be patriotic and stand up for Ukraine while in their own country?

The important part of the story is that both the attackers and the attacked spoke Russian, which is the native tongue for the majority of people in eastern parts of Ukraine. Similarly, many speakers in Kiev’s Maidan and a large number of anti-government protesters also spoke Russian and carried Russian-language signs. Admittedly, the majority of Russian speakers in Ukraine think of themselves as Ukrainians, and favor independence from Russia and the territorial integrity of their country.

Why would one group of Ukrainians attack another group of Ukrainians for espousing allegiance to their common country?

To be sure, this isn’t a conflict between Ukrainians and Russians, or between the Ukrainian-speaking and the Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine, no matter how much the Kremlin desires to turn it into one. It is a conflict of two mindsets, two ideologies, and two allegiances. One side is nostalgic for the old Soviet era with its imperial, autocratic , and collectivist mode of existence. The other side desires freedom, individual rights, and the dignity of living outside of Russia’s shadow.

In addition, according to local sources in Donetsk, there was evidence that at least some of the attackers, who shouted at the local Ukrainians to “go home,” themselves had been intruders from the neighboring Russia. It is hardly a coincidence that during pro-Russian actions in Donetsk all local hotels were occupied by young visitors from Russia, while the separatists posing as Ukrainian citizens weren’t familiar with the name of the local governor, Andrei Shishatsky.

This wasn’t their first riot, either. On March 1, a 7,000-strong pro-Russian separatist rally in the same Lenin Square in Donetsk marched on the office of the regional government, took down the Ukrainian flag on its spire and raised the flag of Russia instead.

Earlier they demanded that the Donetsk region split from Ukraine and join Russia, declared the new Ukrainian government illegitimate, refused to obey the newly appointed local governor, and elected a local populist leader, Pavel Gubarev, as “the people’s governor.”

Gubarev then declared that the local law enforcement and military units must obey his orders and compared himself to the Venezuelan Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez, as well as such autocratic leaders as Belarus president Lukashenko, Russian president Putin, and Kazakhstan president Nazarbayev, adding that the future belongs to the Eurasian Union, which is based on the authoritarian model of government.

A speaker at a Maidan rally in Kiev later described these events, suggesting that the only way for the Ukrainian patriots to stop such Russian intruders from going to Ukrainian cities, inciting separatism, and tearing down Ukrainian flags with impunity was to start shooting them so they begin to respect another country’s sovereignty.

A video of that speech soon went viral in Russia. Taken without context, a claim that Ukrainian protesters now want to start shooting Russians stirred a wave of indignation among Russian nationalists. It is easy to imagine that part of this indignation translated in today’s beatings of local pro-Ukrainian demonstrators in Donetsk, whom the pro-Russian attackers imagined to be “murderous intruders” in the service of “Western imperialism.”

So far, however, the only people killed and maimed were those on the Ukrainian side. In the meantime, anti-Ukrainian propaganda and the incitement of ethnic hatred by the Kremlin continues unabated at home and in many languages abroad, creating pre-conditions for more military incursions to “protect” ethnic Russians from “Ukrainian violence.”

In a predictable development, the Russian Foreign Ministry just issued a statement saying that the new Kiev government is unable to control the situation in Ukraine and, therefore, Moscow reserves the right to protect its “fellow citizens” on the Ukrainian territory.

Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, is the author of Shakedown Socialism, of which David Horowitz said, "I hope everyone reads this book."  In 1994 he moved to the U.S. with the hope of living in a country ruled by reason and common sense, appreciative of its freedoms and prosperity. To his dismay, he discovered a nation deeply infected by the leftist disease of "progressivism" that was arresting true societal progress. Oleg is the creator of a satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as "a Stalinist version of The Onion."

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Hey, Arius....the Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany during World War II, and slaughtered far more of its own people than Adolf Hitler ever dreamed. Holodomor, much?

There was a very good reason that many Yooks embraced the Wehrmacht as Liberators in 1941-42, and that tens of thousands joined the Vlassov Army fighting against Stalin.

If you don't believe me, go ask a Pole...Russians gleefully stabbed Poland in the back while it was defending itself from the Wehrmacht.

Or go ask the Finns...another nation that Russia raped,(although the gallant Finns were able to stack Russian bodies like walls of dead flesh in front of their Maxim guns).

Your leader Putin, admirable though I find many of his policies to be, has once again reminded Russia's neighbors that Russia was the jailhouse of nations, with Russia as the jailer.

What will you do when all of your former and most of your present captives riot against their jailer?

You've had your hands full with the Chechens for 20 years...now you can add the Yooks and the Georgians and all the rest of your neighbors to the long list of those you have wronged and now have to worry about.

Russia cannot digest the territory and the peoples that it has gobbled up....it never could, save by keeping them so backward and ignorant that the entire Empire suffered.

They are backward and ignorant no more. They have tasted their freedom.

Mark what I tell you...you will vomit up your victories one by one.

I wouldn't be a Russian in the next 50 years for all the tea in China.

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The longer this problem goes on, the louder the word "Sudetenland" sounds in my mind.
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Linus,
I am disappointed in you. This post was so odd that I clicked on your profile to see if someone was mimicking you with a subtle mis-spelling.

You know very well the Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons on the promise of territorial integrity by President of the United States Bill Clinton, and by the United Kingdom and of course Russia. N.U.C.L.E.A.R. W.E.A.P.O.N.S.

"But, someone must explain why,?, we Americans must get involved." Because it calls into question the committment of the United States in every other agreement we have ever made, with every other country around the world. The domino effect of the unintended consequences could be very dramatic, and could easily result in the advance of tyranny around the world.

You are aiding and abetting tyranny and perhaps in the near fture, bloodshed. It is one thing to advocate that we not get involved militarily, it is quite another to say that there is "not a thing" we can do.
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Last year, on a group tour to Omaha, Nebraska, I had the opportunity to listen to a woman who grew up in the Ukraine in the 30s and 40s. She got to experience being part of the Soviet Union as well as the occupation by Nazi Germany. She and her sister were actually taken from their home and sent to Germany to work in someone's home.

Given how the Nazis treated those who were not members of the Aryan race, she stated she preferred the Nazis over the Communists. Of course, you can't forget the Holodomor, where up to 7 million Ukrainians were purposefully starved to death by the Communists in the early 30s.
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I feel bad for the Ukraine. They've always been a punching bag for the Ruskies.
What the heck are we going to do? More double dealing and ultimately nothing. Russia will never change, and they have a lot of gas.
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"A speaker at a Maidan rally in Kiev later described these events, suggesting that the only way for the Ukrainian patriots to stop such Russian intruders from going to Ukrainian cities, inciting separatism, and tearing down Ukrainian flags with impunity was to start shooting them so they begin to respect another country’s sovereignty."

Interesting, you declare those who disagree with you foreign and intruders and suggest shooting them. What can be "Taken without context" from this warm and cuddly speech?

So, let's be serious, it's tragic for people, but propaganda runs both ways. Obviously the speaker was bloodthirsty Ukrainian nationalist feeding equally bloodthirsty Russian mob (Russian -- they obviously feel no attachment to Ukraine). All triggered by a successful attempt to overthrow, yes, horribly corrupt President in order to put in power "corrupt, but our" guys. Beautiful.

Bloodlands all over again, courtesy of Victoria Nulland (one or two l's?).
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So if Canada masses forces on the border of New York, makes official statements about protecting its interests in New York, and sends thugs to New York to demonstrate and riot in the cities, that would be okay?

And if some state level New York politician then suggested that thugs be treated like thugs, that would give Canada a legitimate reason to invade?
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Mr. Putin may not be done with his protective invasions. Look for the Russian speakers in the Baltic states to suddenly begin to be in peril, and Mother Russia may find it necessary to launch an "uncontested arrival" of the Russian army, in mufti, of course, and probably through Poland. All NATO members.
19 weeks ago
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Under Obama, Russia will get a large part of Ukraine and Mexico will get a large part of America. The main difference between Obama and Putin is that Putin doesn't hate his own country.
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But they both like Putin's!
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The Russian are trying to provoke Ukraine so they have some cover for invading the rest of the country.
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Supporters of the Maidan protesters shot and killed police and protesters. PJ Media response: Silence.
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Arius is telling lies at Putin's direction.
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Read the MB4 post.
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Diana West: "Much remains murky, but one piece of the Ukraine story whose facts seem within reach concerns the coup’s precipitous event: the shocking sniper attacks on people in the square in Kiev, which reached a bloody crescendo on Feb. 20, killing some 40 people out of the “heavenly hundred” who are believed to have died in all. Who is responsible?

Initial reports blamed the security forces of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych. Now, according to the Associated Press, the new authorities in Ukraine “have shifted their focus” from the Yanukovych government to Vladimir Putin’s Russia – “pursuing the theory,” AP continues, “that the Kremlin was intent on sowing mayhem as a pretext for military incursion.” Meanwhile, Russia, the AP reports, believes “the snipers were organized by opposition leaders trying to whip up local and international outrage against the government.”

Russia’s argument is bolstered by an extraordinary “intercepted” phone conversation [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkC4Z67QuC0]. In the call, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet describes evidence from Olga Bogomolets, a noted Ukrainian physician-activist, to EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton. It suggests the same snipers were killing people from both sides – policemen and protestors alike. The new government’s health minister, Oleh Musiy, said much the same thing to the AP, which adds “that the similarity of bullet wounds suffered by opposition victims and police indicates the shooters were trying to stoke tensions on both sides and spark even greater violence with the goal of toppling Yanukovych.”

Estonia’s Paet continued, conveying his belief to the EU’s Ashton: “There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers … it was not Yanukovych but it was somebody from the new coalition.” In other words, some faction associated with the new government the U.S. and the EU are supporting. Estonia has since authenticated the call.

The cold-bloodedness of whatever party is behind such a bloody calculation is chilling, even as the question of responsibility has hot political ramifications. When it comes to spending billions to promote “European values” (another buzzword) – let alone “freedom,” “democracy” and “rule of law” – a non-partial investigation into these events becomes essential. Buzzwords, meanwhile, are no substitute for the truth."
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Opponents of the democratic vote of the elected Ukrainian parliament to choose stronger ties to the EU are on camera in extended footage beating peaceful protesters.

Opponents of the democratic vote of the elected Ukrainian parliament to choose stronger ties to the EU sent troops in uniforms with no insignia to the Crimea.

Opponents of the democratic vote of the elected Ukrainian parliament to choose stronger ties to the EU have been spreading lies and propaganda, and are massing troops along the border.

Arius' response: COMPLICITY
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" .... incitement of ethnic hatred by the Kremlin continues unabated at home and in many languages abroad, creating pre-conditions for more military incursions to “protect” ethnic Russians from “Ukrainian violence.”
Other than being being more malicious and vicious; how is that "incitement" any different to Obama's foolish antics with his race-baiting mongrels at home.
Putin is the real deal ... I hope Obama pays attention and gets real. Notice that this involves a ton of anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment ... this is THE most important moment of Obama's presidency; pray that he steps up to the plate and hits a home run.
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Oh, please. Obama is not a home-run hitter. People have been corking his bat since day one, and even then they still have to pick the ball up in the outfield at best, and trot it over to the wall and toss iit over for him, feeling wonderful about themselves the whole way for doing their part for statistical equality among hitters.

Now it's World Series time, and you're looking for a for-real home run? Good luck with that.
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A Western-Zionist conspiracy against Russia led by violent Nazis, fascists, and traitors paid with American dollars, or Euro's probably confiscated from those Russian oligarchs hanging out in Cyprus via those German oligarch led bond haircuts. Russian vodka consumption aside, paranoia and the absurd usually has some elements of truth. Apparently those Russian state banks owe something like 700 billion dollars to those insolvent Euro zone banks. Tit for tat, I wonder when the Russian haircuts start? Why would it be in the Russian's interest for a United States of Europe?
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The longer this problem goes on, the louder the word "Sudetenland" sounds in my mind.
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Svoboda and Right Sector fascists, ideological descendents of Stepan Bandera who was allied with the Nazis in WW2 and mass murdered Poles, Gypies, Jew, and Armenians, are in the new Kiev government. PJ Media response: Silence.
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Arius is paid by Putin to tell lies about Ukraine.
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Hey, Arius....the Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany during World War II, and slaughtered far more of its own people than Adolf Hitler ever dreamed. Holodomor, much?

There was a very good reason that many Yooks embraced the Wehrmacht as Liberators in 1941-42, and that tens of thousands joined the Vlassov Army fighting against Stalin.

If you don't believe me, go ask a Pole...Russians gleefully stabbed Poland in the back while it was defending itself from the Wehrmacht.

Or go ask the Finns...another nation that Russia raped,(although the gallant Finns were able to stack Russian bodies like walls of dead flesh in front of their Maxim guns).

Your leader Putin, admirable though I find many of his policies to be, has once again reminded Russia's neighbors that Russia was the jailhouse of nations, with Russia as the jailer.

What will you do when all of your former and most of your present captives riot against their jailer?

You've had your hands full with the Chechens for 20 years...now you can add the Yooks and the Georgians and all the rest of your neighbors to the long list of those you have wronged and now have to worry about.

Russia cannot digest the territory and the peoples that it has gobbled up....it never could, save by keeping them so backward and ignorant that the entire Empire suffered.

They are backward and ignorant no more. They have tasted their freedom.

Mark what I tell you...you will vomit up your victories one by one.

I wouldn't be a Russian in the next 50 years for all the tea in China.

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Howdy Bilgeman and Arius
Russia sowed these seeds under the Czars and made the weed patch worse under the Soviets. Planting ethnic Russians among Ukrainians, Balts, and even Asian "republics" seems designed to give Russia dominance during the old days and, now, an excuse to meddle or even to conquer.
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The PJMedia response is in this particular article. Did you even read it, or are you just passing along Putin Propaganda?
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