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08.11.2017

10 REASONS WHY RUSSOPHILES AND PUTINOPHILES ARE WRONG ON UKRAINE

 

 

Remarks by Dr. Taras Kuzio, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

 

1. UNSCHOLARLY RESEARCH BY WESTERN APOLOGISTS

- Their writing is Ideologically driven with prepared in advance conclusions

- They have never visited Ukraine

- They have never visited the Donbas frontlines

- They only use footnotes from Russian media, including pro-Putin propaganda

- They do not interview Ukrainian politicians, journalists and NGO’s

 

2. UNHOLY ALLIANCE OF FAR LEFT AND FASCIST RIGHT

- Xenophobic Anti-Americanism leads to support and apologia for Vladimir Putin

- Far left socialists align with Russian great power nationalists, imperialists and fascists

- Support for US-Russian grand bargain over the heads of Ukrainians

 

3. APOLOGIA FOR LAND GRAB OF CRIMEA

- Use 19th century imperialist historiography

- Far left and realists wrongly claim that the Crimea was “always Russian”

- Their imperialist argument assumes that Crimean history began in 1783

- If their argument were used for North and South America these continents would have no history prior to European colonization

 

4. THE WAR IN THE DONBAS IS NOT A “CIVIL WAR”

- 80% of Ukrainians believe the war is a product of Russian military aggression against Ukraine or Russian military support for separatist proxies

- 85% of Ukrainians are convinced that Russia seeks to destroy Ukraine

- The majority of Ukraine's Russian speakers support Kyiv, not Putin

- Two thirds of Ukraine's soldiers are Russian speakers

- Therefore, the war is not a ”civil war” between Russian and Ukrainian speakers

 

5.  PUTIN IS A VIOLENT THUG AND HAS CREATED A POLICE STATE

- Russia is a consolidated authoritarian regime

- Russia is a fascist political system

- Putin does not permit the holding of  democratic elections

- Putin has assassinated ten critics inside Russia and abroad

“Two common causes of death for contemporary Russians are heart attacks and falling to one’s end from a great height” (The Daily Beast, 23 March 2017)

6. PUTIN IS A SOCIOPATH

- He organized apartment bombings in Moscow during his rise to power

- He showed no sympathy for the deaths of 120 Russian sailors on the Kursk submarine that sank

- He sent special forces into the Moscow theatre captured by Chechens without any interest in saving innocent civilian lives and 200 died

- The Beslan School captured by Chechens was stormed leading to the deaths of 400 children

- Grozny and  Aleppo were flattened by Russian bombs without any sympathy for huge loss of civilian lives

 

7. PUTIN IS A WARMONGER

- Putin has launched four wars:

Chechnya

Georgia

Ukraine

Syria

 

8. PUTIN HAS INFLAMED RUSSIAN CHAUVINISM VERSUS UKRAINE

- Annexed the Crimea 

- 10,000 Russian troops continue to occupy half of the Donbas

- Launched a massive Ukrainophobic television and media campaign

- The war has led to massive destruction of infrastructure and homes in the Donbas

- Over 10,000 civilian deaths

 

9. RUSSIAN RACISM INFRINGES ON UKRAINIAN, TATAR AND JEWISH MINORITY RIGHTS

- Ukrainians are the third largest minority in Russia and have no rights whatsoever

- the Ukrainian library in Moscow was closed and its librarians were imprisoned

- Closure of all Ukrainian and Tatar schools and media in the Crimea

- Banning of Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek-Catholic Churches in the Crimea and the “Donetsk People's Republic” (DNR) and “Luhansk People's Republic” (LNR)

- Anti-Zionist (anti-Semitic) campaigns have led to mass exodus of Jews from the DNR/LNR

- Russian murders of Protestants and repression of Protestant Churches

 

10. PUTIN IS AN INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMINAL

- Committed massive war crimes in Chechnya, the Donbas and Syria

- Violated the UN charter, OSCE, and many other international laws and treaties

- Violated the 1994 Budapest Memorandum to which Russia was a signatory

- Violated the 1997 Ukraine - Russia inter-state treaty

 

 

 

 

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