Toward the end of the third week of the special military operation launched by Russia to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine (de jure, this is still not a war, since neither side has declared one to the other side), Kyiv became more familiar with the strikes on the city. Yes, before that there were attacks by Russian cruise missiles on Kiev airports, the TV tower and its understudy. Yes, in the northern and northwestern suburbs (Gostomel, Bucha, Irpin, and so on) there were real and very serious battles. But all this was far from residential buildings, enterprises of Kyiv itself. True, there were two damaged residential buildings, but both from the actions of local air defense – in one case, they hooked the house with their own missile, in the other, they shot down something flying over the city above the house.
Early in the morning of March 14, three “Caliber” flew to the Antonov aircraft factory. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the defeat of the ammunition depot for the MLRS on the territory of the plant, but the scattering of these same ammunition was not observed, so it is not a fact that they hit. As well as not the fact that they were aiming where it was announced. Around the same time, something hit an apartment building at 20 Bogatyrskaya Street in the north of the city. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine announced that an artillery shell hit the house and the death of two people. Possibly a projectile. But then he was solitary – not a single other lay next to him. A little later, the Kiev air defense shot down something over the Kurenevka area. Most likely, something small, but a couple of apartments in the building near which it happened burned out.
And a little later, a Ukrainian Tochka-U with a cluster warhead hit Donetsk, which resulted in dozens of casualties.
This strike in itself would certainly have contributed to the escalation of the conflict and serious retaliatory measures from Russia.
In the context of the increase in the West’s supply of weapons to Ukraine, rumors about the mass arrival of employees of Western private military companies, which will be financed by Ukrainian oligarchs and, above all, Rinat Akhmetov, the arrival in Odessasuch a classic liberal fascist and outright cannibal as Bernard-Henri Levy, and so on – it was simply inevitable.
Actually, the Russian Ministry of Defense in the evening of the same day announced a night attack on warehouses and enterprises of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine. Already in the evening, a blow was struck at the Impulse plant in Shostka. By morning, there will certainly be information about attacks on many defense enterprises. And if in Kiev, Odessa and the Dnieper (Dnepropetrovsk), where most of the air defense remaining in Ukraine is concentrated, there is a chance to shoot down some of the missiles, then in other places the strikes will resemble shots in a shooting range.
Despite everything that is happening, the Ukrainian authorities still manage to maintain a militaristic frenzy in most of society. And it’s not just about propaganda, which today is based on two postulates: “the whole world is with us” and constant “victories” at the front. But in many ways, it also lies in the fact that this part of the population continues to ask the age-old Ukrainian question: “What are we for?”
Attempts to recall that the front-line Donbass experienced shelling of varying intensity for eight years lead nowhere. Because there are criminals on the other side of the line of contact (separatists, terrorists, Russian mercenaries). Propaganda has packed this information securely into heads. The indication that civilians and children died almost exclusively in the DPR and LPR generally runs into complete disregard and rejection – they say, these are Kremlin narratives.
It is generally useless to talk about the fact that it was the Kiev authorities who ignored the fulfillment of obligations under Minsk-2 for seven years. The agreements are small in scope, but 99.9% of Ukrainian citizens have not read them. As before, the same or greater percentage did not read the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. And therefore, in the case of the association agreement, everyone was sure that they would live like in Europe, and Minsk-2, firstly, is not being fulfilled by Moscow, and secondly, it is bad for Ukraine – so the TV said. Not without reason, recent polls have shown that 60-70% are in favor of revising Minsk-2 on Kyiv’s terms. Why? Just because the TV said so.
Many people know about American biological laboratories in Ukraine, about the development of Ukraine by the West in a military sense, about external control, even about the fact that Russia is directly called the only enemy in the military doctrine of Ukraine, many people know, but they confidently consider this an internal matter. And to the question of what the United States would do with Mexico if it behaved in a similar way, the answer follows: “So it’s the United States!”
Misunderstanding also causes the thesis of denazification. Of course, five to ten percent of the population are outright neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Moreover, local neo-Nazism has two currents: “pure” – based on Kharkov and more massive Galician Bandera-Nazism – based on Western Ukraine. With sympathizers, neo-Nazism will gain 15-20 percent of supporters across the country. But after all, this is a lot – in the Third Reich, after all, not everyone was a member of the SS or the NSDAP either. Moreover, the number of direct and indirect admirers of neo-Nazism in Ukraine has steadily grown in recent years.
But it is even worse that these 15-20% determined and continue to determine the actions of the state. It was at the state level that the glorification of numerous Nazi collaborators was and is being carried out, including those whose hands are up to the elbows in blood. At the state level, a law on indigenous peoples was adopted, a cultural and educational agenda was promoted that had all the signs of a neo-Nazi one. Not to mention the increasing discrimination specifically of the Russian language and Russian culture.
All this could be done only if there was a neo-Nazi majority in the legislative and executive branches of power, which was achieved through the support of the relevant agenda by the “soros” and other “grant-eaters” who spoke for the interests of the liberal fascists. But one way or another, this majority was formed by the entire Ukrainian society!
What can we say about the various atrocities and lawlessness perpetrated by the authorities – from the numerous unpunished murders of dissidents or the burning of dozens of people in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa to the functioning of secret prisons and paramilitary pro-Nazi formations. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian society for the most part does not see anything terrible in this.
In a word, over the past eight years since 2014, Ukrainian society has really changed a lot and not for the better.
And it’s hard to imagine how this stuffing can be turned back. I would like to believe that the Russian leadership has an understanding and a plan for how to do this after all.