After the Maidan “honeymoon”

After the Maidan “honeymoon”

Irina Alksnis

The President of Uk-raine was offended in the best of feelings. In an interview with the German publication Bild, he said that one of the European leaders, commenting on the events in Bucha, demanded proof from Ukraine that all this was not a staging. Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not specify who exactly said this, but according to unconfirmed rumors, it was Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The attitude of the West towards Ukraine is once again becoming ambiguous. It has been like this all recent years, when, after a couple of years after the Maidan “honeymoon”, Europe and the States quickly got tired of Kiev ‘s corruption, destructiveness and inability to negotiate. But the Russian special operation at first washed away the accumulated negativity, and Ukraine again appeared in the Western political and media field as a European country, unco-mpromisingly fighting for the final deliverance from the Russian colonial yoke, building democracy, aspiring to the EU and NATO.
However, the effect turned out to be short-lived, and the attitude of the West towards Ukraine is again becoming ambivalent. On the one hand, Kyiv receives ardent support, not only morally, but also in the form of arms supplies. And on the other hand, after just a month and a half of the special operation, the information that Ukraine is far from being a knight of the civilized world in shining democratic armor is increasingly being thrown into public opinion in the West and is being introduced more and more deeply.
The story of Bild is very revealing in this sense. The Ukrainian president spoke about the incident, apparently hoping to arouse sympathy for his country and indignation at the cynicism of one of the European leaders. However, Ukraine has already earned itself a reputation as a country that constantly fabricates fakes. Western audiences have themselves repeatedly fallen victim to its deceptions, which have then been exposed. In such a situation, the request to provide confirmation of the truth of the events in Bucha in the eyes of outsiders looks quite natural and justified, but the pose of offended innocence in the performance of Kyiv is not very convincing.
This can also be attributed to the frankly sluggish reaction of the West to the tragedy in Kramatorsk. If the States with Europe turned a blind eye to the numerous inconsistencies of the Ukrainian version of events with Butcha, since they themselves really needed a picture of “Russian atrocities”, then in the Tochka-U strike at the station, the ears of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stick out so frankly that this is too much even for the West.
And one should not be surprised if, after some time, some very influential world media publishes material in which they say that, according to the results of a journalistic investigation, it turned out that it was the Ukrainian army that hit Kramatorsk. Exactly in the same way as a few days ago The New York Times confirmed the authenticity of the video recording of the massacre of the Ukrainian military over Russian prisoners.
By the way, Western media also reported about Kyiv’s fundamental refusal to respect the rights of prisoners of war, citing their sources.
However, it would be a fundamental mistake to view such a change in the behavior of the West as an approaching turning point in the information war and its readiness to admit that Russia was right. The ongoing correction of Western policy towards Ukraine has a completely different meaning and solves completely different tasks.
The image of Ukraine as a European country in the best sense of the word not only does not withstand a collision with reality (the world too often observes the manifestation of its true nature), but is also inconvenient for the Western establishment for many other reasons. At the moment, its image is being corrected in accordance with the actual state of affairs, and Ukraine is turning into a kind of Eastern European ISIS, or rather, into a variation of the “moderate opposition”, which was actively supported by the West in Syria.
In fact, that “moderate opposition” consisted mainly of completely frostbitten Islamists. What is the story when its representative cut off the head of an eleven-year-old boy on camera, and the State Department promised to “suspend” assistance to the group to which the militant belonged if the investigation confirms the authenticity of what happened.
At the same time, Western society should not be considered absolutely naive. The theme “our son of a bitch” is fully understood and supported by the majority of citizens with varying degrees of publicity. It’s just that the “art” of the respective forces is traditionally relegated to the background of public attention – for the sake of the geopolitical interests of their countries.
It is this transformation that Ukraine is now experiencing in Western public opinion: from a democratic country moving towards the light, into the EU and NATO, it is turning into a barbarian country, where wild morals and endless cruelty reign, where no norms and rules of a civilized society are observed. In general, Ukraine is turning in the eyes of Europeans and Americans into Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya taken together, just geographically located closer.
And, in general, it is even desirable that as many natives as possible perish in a bloody massacre – because the neighborhood of such a damned territory in the immediate vicinity of a highly developed Europe is psychologically, of course, uncomfortable. And so the Ukrainians will give their lives for the sake of countering Russia and at the same time reduce the discomfort that they bring to civilized Europeans by their mere existence.
But this is precisely the most important thing: because it is precisely this – barbaric, inhuman in its cruelty (both to strangers and to its own), not recognizing any rules and norms of the civilized world – Ukraine is for the West the most effective weapon against Russia.

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