The Usefulness of a Ceasefire

Sadly, 95% of the public will never see how radicalized Washington and Berlin made the new Ukraine. However, only one will reap the benefit: Germany’s Fourth Reich.

 

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) – German foreign policy makers are proposing that tougher sanctions against Russia be discussed. In light of the escalating combat in Eastern Ukraine, we “unfortunately have to discuss tougher sanctions,” declared several representatives of the German political establishment’s transatlantic fraction. Berlin accuses the insurgents in Eastern Ukraine, and even Moscow of escalating the conflict. The escalation in Donetsk and Mariupol, however, followed the Kiev government’s decision to launch another wave of mobilization and arms buildup, which, according to observers, could be the prelude to a major military offensive. Kiev has also launched a long-term militarization of the country: Adolescents, and even children, will not only have to undergo a “national patriotic education” in school, but also learn “how to use rifles and Kalashnikovs.” Just a few days ago, the EU parliament passed a resolution to supply “defensive weapons” to Ukraine. Berlin had already authorized such supplies last year. Brussels is preparing a comprehensive propaganda campaign to accompany the escalation of the conflict.

Prelude to an Offensive

The current escalation followed the Kiev government’s decision to launch another wave of mobilization and arms buildup. President Petro Poroshenko had announced the government’s intention to recruit 50,000 conscripts between the ages of 16 and 60. They will receive three weeks of training and then be ordered to the frontlines of the civil war.[2] Another 50,000 men will be recruited a few months later into the army, announced Poroshenko. He also officially handed new military equipment, including assault rifles, howitzers, armored vehicles, and fighter jets, over to the Ukrainian armed forces, declaring, “this is how we are using this so-called ceasefire.”[3] Due also to this large-scale arms buildup, observers assume that Kiev is planning a major military offensive. The current escalation followed the shelling of a bus in Donetsk, killing 13 civilians and the shelling Mariupol, causing at least the 30 civilian deaths. The responsibility of these attacks has yet to be established. Eastern Ukrainian insurgents and Kiev are blaming each other.

National Patriotic Education

Supplementary to its arms buildup and full-scale mobilization, the regime in Kiev has begun to take steps toward the country’s long-term militarization. Its measures are raising eyebrows, even in major German media organs, which usually are supportive of the new Ukrainian rulers. They reported that particularly Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is a “passionate defender of an intensification of ‘national patriotic education’ in school curriculums.” For example, he is campaigning for History courses placing “the accent on the constant defiance of the Ukrainian nation – from the Cossacks to the ‘Ukrainian Insurgent Army’ (UPA).”[7] The latter fought against the Soviet Red Army in World War II on the side of Nazi Germany, committing massacres of more than 91,000 mainly Polish speaking and of the Jewish faith.[8]

Kalashnikovs in Schools

The “new Guidelines for the People’s Education,” which Yatsenyuk has “put up for debate,” stipulates that “under the heading ‘Homeland Security,’ high school seniors should receive comprehensive training in how to handle arms.” Adolescents should “learn how to use rifles and the Kalashnikov.” The training will include the “use of gas masks, hand grenades, and instruction in various types of landmines.” Private militarist associations have already begun running “recreation camps,” where “Ukrainian girls and boys (…) have target practice and train in martial arts.” “Yulia Tymoshenko’s webpage even depicts elementary school children, dressed in Ukrainian military uniforms, as her party’s contribution to boost the national fighting spirit.” “Weapons training for youth” will “also be offered at military installations.”[9] Until Russia took over, this was allegedly also the norm in the Crimea.

Dissension

While consensus reigns in Berlin on the question of support for Kiev’s war hawks, dissension is becoming apparent on the question of further sanctions on Russia. Important forces now believe that Germany should again begin to cooperate with a weakened Russia, to be able once again to reap economic benefit from this cooperation. The establishment of a pro-Western regime in Kiev and its rudimentary stabilization should, for the time being, be geostrategic advantage enough from this conflict. It is neither necessary nor desirable to destabilize Moscow completely.

Full article: The Usefulness of a Ceasefire (German Foreign Policy)

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