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GIVE PEACE A CHANCE IN UKRAINE

THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CHANCE TO DETERMINE THEIR OWN FUTURE

A NEW COLD WAR WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR BOTH RUSSIA AND AMERICA

ECONOMIC WARFARE AGAINST RUSSIA
IS A THREAT TO ENTIRE WORLD ECONOMY

IT'S TIME FOR AN INTERNATIONAL PLEBISCITE

We call on all reasonable people to support an internationally supervised plebiscite in Ukraine to help the different provinces to decide their own future.   We have both Ukrainian and Russian friends.  We need a road to a peaceful future for all.

The modern state of "Ukraine" is a completely artificial creation by the German occupation in World War I and the Soviet Union.   It contains huge numbers of former Russian territories.   In the case of Crimea, over 90% of its people voted to join Russia in an election, and according to a recent poll conducted by the Bloomberg contributor Leonid Bershidsky, a year after annexation a whopping majority of Crimeans (82%) support their region's full inclusion in Russia while only 4% spoke out against it.  Few reasonable people dispute the fact that this is the will of the Crimean people.

ECONOMIC WARFARE AGAINST RUSSIA A DANGEROUS THREAT TO WORLD ECONOMY:

America has threatened economic sanctions against Russia. Yet America is the world's largest debtor with a net deficit position of a staggering $4 trillion according to the Commerce Department.    Meanwhile, Europe depends on Russian gas. The United States relies on Russia's space program to get its satellites and rockets into space. American economic warfare against Russia could end up devastating the U.S. economy if it creates major shifts in world credit flows.  After all, why trust America with your money if America will try to seize it any time it does not like your policies?

WHO WILL PAY UKRAINE'S MASSIVE DEBTS
WITHOUT THE COOPERATION OF RUSSIA?

Ukraine needs at least $35 billion in the next two years for their economy to stay afloat. So far, the EU and America have not offered a realistic solution for this dilemma. At best, the IMF has offered a $15 billion dollar loan that would disperse over the next few years. This is less than half of what Ukraine currently needs. We must also keep in mind that before President Viktor Yanukovych was kicked out of office, Russia was willing to buy $15 billion in Ukrainian government bonds up front, as well as lower the prices of their gas. So in the struggle to define the modern state of Ukraine, there is a great economic aspect to this situation. According to the latest news, Ukraine's currency has dropped 50% in two days (Washington Post, 2-6-15). The economic situation is not looking good for Ukraine.

RUSSIA IS A NUCLEAR SUPERPOWER THAT CAN WIPE OUT AMERICA IN 45 MINUTES:

Russia is a heavily armed nuclear power with about 8500 nuclear warheads in their arsenal.   Do we really want to return to a world on a nuclear hair trigger? Kick starting a proxy war with Russia through Ukraine is one way to bring us back to the Cold War era.

AMERICA NEEDS RUSSIA AS AN ALLY FOR DIPLOMACY WITH SYRIA AND IRAN:

Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council with veto power. Russia also plays a major role in facilitating diplomacy between America and countries like Iran and Syria. Russia currently has a deal with Syria to collect and destroy their chemical weapons. Russia has also helped in America's nuclear talks with Iran. However, Russia recently stated in 2014 that they might reverse their position due to the situation in Ukraine. Russia Warns West It May Change Its Stance on Iran (The World Post, 4-24-14).

AMERICA NEEDS RUSSIA FOR ITS SPACE PROGRAM

Since the U.S. space shuttle program was closed down, America has become dependent on Russia for its space program.

CONGRESS SUPPORTS ARMING UKRAINE WITH WEAPONS

ADDING FUEL TO THE FLAMES OF CONFLICT

The U.S. congress has now passed a few bills that support Ukrainian actions against Russia. We have included links to these bills below.

Such action is not going to create more peace. If anything, it's going to exacerbate the current conflict.

House Bill to Arm Ukraine

House Bill Condemning Russia   Senate Sanction Bill 

THE NEED FOR AN INTERNATIONALLY SUPERVISED PLEBISCITE:

It's time for our world leaders to work together on smart, practical solutions for the good of the future economy, not to pick fights or pick sides. This is why we go back to importance on letting an internationally supervised plebiscite help the different ethnic groups of Ukraine decide their own fate. This solution will help support a lasting peace in Ukraine.

AN ETHNIC MAP OF UKRAINE

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MODERN UKRAINE: AN ARTIFICIAL STATE
 
MODERN RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN RELATIONS:
 
A GRIM AND BLOODY HISTORY
 

 

 

 

The current state of the Ukraine is a completely artificial creation. It was originally created by the German invasion and occupation of Ukraine in World War I and then after World War I, the Soviets took over and expanded the borders of the original province of Ukraine to include areas that had never had anything to do with Ukraine, specifically the eastern areas: areas like Kharkov and Donetsk. So, it's very important to understand that the Russian areas of the Ukraine have no historical heritage of being part of the current state of Ukraine. This includes the fact that Crimea was given to Ukraine in 1954 for political reasons.

Now, we won't get into all the ins and outs of politics and intrigue in Ukraine, but let's go over some basic points; This is necessary in understanding the massive amounts of anger on both sides of the situation.

In the 1930s, Stalin introduced agricultural policies in a reign of terror that murdered millions of the Ukrainian people. So the Ukrainian people have some very important and very well justified long-term reasons to hate the Russians.

Now bad relations between Ukrainians and Russians were compounded by the fact that when the Germans invaded in 1941, a lot of the Ukrainian people hated the Russians so much that they sided with the Germans. On the other side, the Russians lost 17 million people in World War II at the hands of the Germans. So the Russians have some tremendously deep emotions about World War II that are also well justified.

 

Heinrich Himmler reviews Ukrainian Waffen SS Division in 1944

On April 27, 2014 Ukrainian Nationalists marched to honor this organization.

 

Putting all this together, this is a very dangerous situation, with a lot of ferociously angry and bitter emotions on both sides.   This is why an internationally supervised plebiscite is so crucial right now.

Read About the History of Ukraine and Russia


CRIMEA IS A HISTORICAL PART OF RUSSIA

VITAL TO RUSSIA'S NATIONAL SECURITY

THE NEED FOR THE WORLD AND AMERICA TO RESPECT THE WILL OF THE CRIMEAN PEOPLE

There has been much outrage in the west about Crimea's recent decision to join Russia. Yet the reality is that Crimea has been part of Russia for 250 years. When looking at the long-standing history between Crimea and Russia, as well as Crimea's ethnically Russian population, it is apparent that the decision of the Crimean people to join Russia is a very logical one, and shouldn't incur so much wrath from nations like America.

THE HISTORY OF CRIMEA AND RUSSIA

Crimea was absorbed into the Russian empire, along with most of Ukraine, by Catherine The Great in the 18th century. Russia's Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol was founded soon afterwards.

Crimea is a site of national and emotional pride for the Russian people. More than a half million people were killed in the Crimean war of 1853-1856 between Russia and The Ottoman Empire, which was backed by Britain and France. The Crimean War reshaped Europe and helped pave the way for World War I.

Crimea only became a part of Ukraine in 1954, and still has many ethnic Russians today. Nikita Khrushchev, a politician who lead the Soviet Union during the Cold War, gave Crimea to Ukraine as part of a political power struggle in the Kremlin. So, this was done for political reasons that didn't really have much to do with what made historical sense for the Crimean people. This is why the recent decision of the Crimean people to rejoin Russia is not that much of a surprise.

Read About the History of Crimea

Another key issue is that Crimea is a key military asset for Russia.

Crimea contains Russia's only warm water naval base: The Naval Base at Sevastopol. Without this base, Russia would have no way of extending force through The Mediterranean. Without Crimea, Russia would be severely crippled as a military power.


PUTIN AND CRIMEA

Putin Gives His Reasons For The Annexation of Crimea (President of Russia, 3-18-14)

Question and answer session with Putin (C-SPAN)


ONE YEAR LATER, CRIMEANS AS A MAJORITY STILL PREFER RUSSIA

One Year Later, Crimeans Prefer Russia (Truth Dig, 2-6-15)

 

GERMAN SUPPORT FOR RUSSIA'S ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

Many prominent Germans have actually come out and voiced their support for Russia's annexation of Crimea. One of them is the former German Chancellor.

300 German Intellectuals Support Putin, Criticize US-NATO Influence in Europe (Global Research, 4-22-14) (Read the open letter here)

Russia's Actions in Crimea 'Completely Understandable' - German ex-Chancellor Schmidt (RT, 3-26-14)

Prominent Germans Have Understanding for Russian Annexation of Crimea (Spiegel, 3-31-14)


MOST OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION REFUSES TO SUPPORT U.S. POLICY ON CRIMEA

EVEN ISRAEL REFUSES TO VOTE YES!

 


CRITICAL QUESTIONS ON THE STATE OF MODERN UKRAINE

WHO IS GOING TO BAIL OUT UKRAINE WITH AT LEAST $30 BILLION? 

Ukraine is going to need between $35-$50 billion within the next two years to pay off their debts and stay afloat as a country. If Ukraine joins the EU, will the EU really be able to pay off all Ukraine's debts? Or is Ukraine going to become the next Greece?

Before the fall of Ukraine's former leader, President Viktor Yanukovych, Putin made an agreement to pay $15 billion up front in Ukrainian government bonds and to cut the price of Russian gas deliveries by a third. Putin also emphasized that the payments would not be contingent on Kiev freezing social payments to its citizens. Putin's investment would have helped keep the Ukrainian economy afloat for another 18 months. (USA Today).

Will the IMF and the EU realistically be able to offer a similar deal? The EU already has its plate full with Greece and Spain. Debt relief from the IMF and EU usually comes with a price: severe austerity measures. The U.S. has currently offered to send Ukraine $1 billion in aid. The EU says that it will also loan Ukraine $15 billion over the next few years, but the aid will be contingent on Ukraine following IMF standards. Much like Greece, Ukraine's working class will have to bare the brunt of the austerity measures imposed by the IMF deal - one fourth of Ukrainians are already under the poverty line. According to economists, the results will be growing poverty, reduced social benefits and an extended recession.

Will the IMF Bailout Turn Ukraine into Another Greece? (The Nation, 4-7-14)

The thing to note is that Russia was willing to give Ukraine the $15 billion up front, which would have been able to help the Ukrainian economy for the next 18 months. The EU deal, will give Ukraine $15 billion over the next few years, which is not enough to keep Ukraine afloat in the short term. Realistically, Ukraine needs at least $35 billion over the next few years to prevent a major economic collapse.

So right now, there is no realistic plan in place to save Ukraine's ailing economy.


NEO-NAZIS IN THE NEW UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT

Another serious concern is the presence of neo-fascist elements in the new Ukrainian government. The new, self-appointed government in Kiev has a coalition of right-wing and fascist forces within its ranks. We're not saying that everyone in the new Ukrainian government is a Neo-Nazi, but the lines between who is a Neo-Nazi and who is not are becoming blurred.

Fascism in Ukraine has its roots in World War II. After the Soviets killed millions in Ukraine as a result of Stalin's policies, many of the Ukrainians welcomed the Germans when they invaded in 1941. Many Ukrainians sided with the Germans in their fight against the Soviets. Much of that anger is alive in Ukraine today. The Right Sector Svoboda is a party with fascist elements which has recently ascended in power in response to the crisis with Russia. Many of its members have been given key positions in charge of the military and other aspects of the state apparatus.

For example, Andriy Parubiy, the co-founder of the fascist Social National Party, which later changed its name to Svoboda, is now the top commander of the National Defense and Security Council. Ihor Tenyuk, a member of the Svoboda party, is now the Minister of Defense. As far as other Svoboda members, Oleksander Sych is now one of the three Vice Prime Ministers; Oleg Makhnitsky is the Attorney General; and Dmytro Yarosh is second in command of the National Defense and Security Council.

Many of Ukraine's ethnic Russians, Greeks and Jews may have serious reasons to fear for their safety under this new government. This is one reason why Crimea's ethnic Russians have decided to leave Ukraine for good and why many Russians do not want to be ruled by the new government in Kiev.


RELEVANT NEWS STORIES

THE WEST MISUNDERSTANDS RUSSIA:

ARTICLES BY STEPHEN COHEN AND KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL

Time to end the bloody Ukraine conflict (Washington Post, 9-9-14)

We Are Not Beginning A New Cold War, We Are Well Into It. (Democracy Now, 4-17-14)

How the American Media Misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine (The Nation, 3-3-14)

Putin Didn't Create Crisis, Had No Choice But To React (Real Clear Politics, 3-2-14)

NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Why We Still Need to Cooperate with Russia on Nuclear Security (Nukes of Hazard, 8-19-16) 

Putin: Romania 'in crosshairs' after opening NATO missile defense base (RT, 5-27-16)

5 reasons why US antimissiles in Europe threaten Russia (RT, 5-12-16)

The Outlook for the New Year. The Insanity of Nuclear War against Russia (Global Research, 12-30-14)

Does Russia Think Their New Nuclear Weapons Could Win A War? (Forbes, 11-20-14)

‘Lies, hypocrisy, propaganda’: Russia slams US over claims of nuclear treaty violations (RT, 8-2-14)

The US Envisages a First Strike Nuclear Attack against Russia (Global Research, 7-29-14)

Russia May Halt Arms Inspection Following Ukraine Crisis (The Wall Street Journal, 3-8-14)
 

PUTIN SPEECHES

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over (Club Orlov, 10-29-14)

Putin Gives His Reasons For The Annexation of Crimea (President of Russia, 3-18-14)

Question and answer session with Putin (C-SPAN)

 

REAL DANGER OF WAR IN EUROPE

Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War (Global Research, 7-25-14)

Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust (Common Dreams, 1-5-15)

More Russia sanctions to provoke ‘dangerous situation’ in Europe – German vice-chancellor (RT, 1-4-15)

Russia's "Startling" Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union (Zerohedge, 1-5-15)

Russia's New Military Doctrine: Should the West Be Worried? (National Interest, 12-31-14)

Calling Russia ‘threat to humanity’ puts Obama’s sanity in doubt - Medvedev (RT, 10-15-14)

Oliver Stone on Why Russia is a Natural Ally of the U.S. (Russia Beyond the Headlines, 9-30-14)

Ignorance or deliberate disinformation? Obama’s 'facts' about Russia all wrong (RT, 8-4-14)

Obama: 'Russia doesn't make anything' (Aljazeera, 8-3-14)

There's a Big Risk the U.S. Will Back an Anti-Russian Bloodbath in Ukraine (Alternet, 7-3-14)

Ukraine, Russia, and the World: Five Questions to 3 Authors (Tlaxcala, 3-16-14)

 

DID NATO BREAK ITS PROMISE ABOUT EASTWARD EXPANSION?

Broken Anglo American Promises to Russia (World Future Fund)

When the US Welched on Its NATO Promise (Common Dreams, 7-17-14)

 NATO's Eastward Expansion: Did the West Break Its Promise to Moscow? (Spiegel, 11-26-09)

Broken Promises (The National Interest, 4-16-07)

The Hypocritical United States of Amnesia and Russia (Dissident Voice, 3-15-14)

 

GERMAN REACTIONS TO RUSSIA

‘Saber-rattling & warmongering’: German FM blasts NATO military drills in Eastern Europe (RT, 6-18-16) New

Prominent Germans urge West to stop sabre rattling toward Russia (RT, 12-6-14) Read the Petition Here (In German)

300 German Intellectuals Support Putin, Criticize US-NATO Influence in Europe (Global Research, 4-22-14) (Read the open letter here)

Russia's Actions in Crimea 'Completely Understandable' - German ex-Chancellor (RT, 3-26-14)

Prominent Germans Have Understanding for Russian Annexation of Crimea (Spiegel, 3-31-14)

 

UKRAINE, RUSSIA AND THE ECONOMY

Ukraine’s currency just collapsed 50 percent in two days (Washington Post, 2-6-15)

Vladimir Putin Saved Russia from Disintegration in the Wake of the Cold War, Gorbachev (Global Research, 1-7-15)

More Russia sanctions to provoke ‘dangerous situation’ in Europe – German vice-chancellor (RT, 1-4-15)

Russian Economy Attacked Through Oil Prices (RT, 12-30-14)

Russia and economic warfare: RIP the free market new world order (The Guardian, 8-31-14)

Ukraine 'Spillover' Could Wreck World Economy - Lagarde (RT, 4-3-14)

Will the IMF Bailout Turn Ukraine Into Another Greece? (Common Dreams, 4-7-14)

 

CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

Brookings Institution Wants More Villages Firebombed in Ukraine’s “Anti Terrorist Operation” (Global Research, 2-4-15)

U.S. has been a force for nothing good in Ukraine (Alternet, 9-9-14)

The False Promise of Petro Poroshenko (National Interest, 9-24-14)

Ukraine’s Uprising Against NATO, Neoliberals And Oligarchs – An Interview With Boris Kagarlitsky (Counter Currents.org, 9-28-14)

The Clumsy Greed of the U.S. and the West on Full Display in Ukraine Disaster (Alternet, 3-6-14)

Ukraine Crisis Calls for Less Neocon Bluster, More Common Sense (Alternet, 3-4-14)

Ukraine: One 'Regime Change' Too Many? (Michael Moore, 3-2-14)

Democracy Murdered by Protest: Ukraine Falls to Intrigue and Violence (Global Research, 2-24-14)

 

FASCISM IN UKRAINE

'Something wrong with Ukraine, EU’: Czech leader condemns ‘Nazi torchlight parade’ (RT, 1-4-15)

Who's Who in Ukraine's New "Semi-Fascist" Government: Meet the People in the U.S. and EU are Supporting (Global Research, 3-8-14)

Neo-Nazis march in Lvov 'in honor' of Ukrainian Waffen SS division (PHOTOS) (RT, 4-28-14)

Ukrainian TV boss assaulted and forced to resign by far-right Svoboda MPs (EuroNews, 3-19-14)

The Brown Revolution in Ukraine (Counter Punch, 2-24-14)

Ukraine and the Rebirth of Fascism in Europe (Global Research, 1-31-14)