Monday 21 March 2022

Putin is responsible for all the things the Azov Brigade did in Donbass, obviously

All the people killed by the Ukrainian army and irregulars in Donetsk and Lugansk would presumably not have been killed had Putin not arranged for his proxies to set up so called republics in 2014, backed by his troops in disguise. The locals there just want to be left alone, several well informed people tell me (a British ambassador, a famous British journalist and a leading foreign businessman in Kiev).

So let's not pay much attention to the doings of the neo-Nazis in the Azov brigade, who admire the murderous nationalist Bandera rather than the murderous Bolshevik commissars on the other side in 1941-4. I am sure the armies fighting for the rebel enclaves include equally extreme and violent young men, like Igor Strelkov (or Girkin) who is accused of shooting down the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in 2014.

On the other hand, Biden and Blinken are clearly hugely to blame for having provoked Putin when they should have ended the idea of Ukraine joining NATO.


  1. 'Ukraine joining NATO'

    In two draft treaties, which Russia had sent to the U.S. and EU in December, it demanded written declarations that the Ukraine would never join NATO. The U.S. and the EU publicly rejected that demand. It was a major reason for Russia to start its intervention.

    Consider the above in light of this interview Zelensky gave yesterday to CNN. He said:

    I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five. Just say it directly and clearly or just say no, and the response was very clear, you are not going to be a NATO or E.U. member, but publicly the doors will remain open.

    The cowards just didn't want to say it publicly, even as it could have avoided a war.

  2. I am not sure any declaration would have averted war. Speaking of broken promises, the Russians also promised Ukrainians the world when the USSR broke up, on condition that Ukraine give up its nuclear stockpile and some strategic military infrastructure. Ukraine agreed, like a good neighbor, but I'm sure they been regretting it since 2014 or earlier.