From Račak to Maidan

KIEV/BELGRADE/BERLIN (Own report) – A year after Berlin helped instigate the putsch in Ukraine, new information is coming to light about the February 20, 2014 Kiev Massacre. That bloodbath, of more than 50 people killed, accelerated the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych and was also used – even in Germany – to justify the putsch. As has now been confirmed by witnesses, armed demonstrators were the first to open fire on police, and only then, did repressive forces return fire, when they were caught in a hail of bullets while retreating. If this proves to be true, it could not have been a government-planned massacre. Furthermore, evidence indicates that also the snipers, who had shot to kill, were on the side of the government’s opponents. Today, the responsibility for that bloodbath is as unsolved as that for the deaths of more than 40 Kosovo Albanians in Račak in mid-January 1999, which the West labeled a mass execution – in spite of all contradicting evidence. Račak served as a decisive justification for the military aggression on Yugoslavia. The political and media establishments’ other forgeries and lies preceding and during the war on Yugoslavia demonstrate that manipulations, such as the ones we are currently seeing in the Ukraine conflict, are nothing new. They are rather consistent props in the German establishment’s standard repertoire for escalating conflicts.

Under Opposition Control

It is still not clear, under whose command the obviously professional snipers had then proceeded to gun down numerous people at the Maidan. Back in the spring of 2014, research made by a German television team had revealed that the snipers were firing from the upper floors of the “Ukraina” Hotel at the Maidan.[3] A BBC correspondent, who was an eyewitness to the events of February 20, had spotted a sniper in a window high up in the building. At the time in question, the hotel was under the control of the opposition, who strictly regulated entry onto the premises. The suspicion “that Yanukovych was not behind the snipers, but rather someone from the new coalition,” had also been expressed by the Estonian Foreign Minister, Urmas Paet to the head of the EU’s foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, already in early March. He quoted Yanukovych’s opponents as his source.[4] The objective would have been to escalate the violence to provoke the ultimate overthrow of the government. Attorneys for the victims are still complaining that an official investigation of the massacre has been stagnating and not seriously pursued. Initially, an investigation of the bloodbath by international experts had been demanded, however that also never materialized.

German Instructions

That, in spite of all the unsolved mysteries surrounding it, this massacre is still today used to justify Yanukovych’s overthrow, brings to mind similar methods used in earlier conflicts – for example to justify the military aggression against Yugoslavia. At the time, the “Račak Massacre” was given the most attention. On January 16, 1999, more than 40 Kosovo-Albanian bodies were discovered in that south Serbian village. At the time, the claims by western politicians and the media that Serbian forces of repression had executed them have never been followed up with tangible evidence. Numerous indications point to the possibility that they had been killed in combat between Yugoslav government units and the UÇK terrorist militia. The Finnish forensics specialist, Helena Ranta, later complained, she had been put under pressure, and was given “instructions” by Germany’s “special emissary” for Kosovo, Christian Pauls: It had been clear “that a whole group of governments had an interest in a version of what had happened in Račak,” which “placed responsibility on the Serbian side.”[5] Like the deadly sniper fire at the Maidan on February 20, 2014, the causes of these deaths have never been solved.

Dateless Tanks

With this in mind, the current anti-Russian reporting in German media and recurring proof of media forgeries can be considered a normalcy in times of conflict escalation. Most recently, the Second German Public TV Channel (ZDF) had to admit that its news report alleging that more than 50 Russian tanks had entered Ukraine, had been illustrated with the photo of a Georgian tank from 2009. A graphic designer had “inadvertently transformed 2009 Georgian tanks into dateless Russian tanks.” “The ‘Heute.de’ program editor in charge” had been incapable of “recognizing … the mistake,” explained ZDF.[9] Last year, similar “mistakes” had harvested massive criticism. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[10]) From the experience during the war on Yugoslavia, it seems unlikely that before an – at the moment unforeseeable – end of the conflict, there will be no change in the news reporting of major media organs nor in the lack of serious investigations of who was really responsible for those conflict-justifying massacres.

Other reports and background information on the media’s role in the Ukrainian conflict can be found here: The Free World and Crisis of Legitimacy.

Full article: From Račak to Maidan (German Foreign Policy)

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