Unbearable reactions of Zelensky
ALONGSIDE the continuation of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the media war continues to be in full swing and those who are at the origin of it — as well as their relays, conscious or unconscious — give more and more in the disproportion, as illustrated by the false and scandalous reaction of representatives of the pro-Russian forces following the death of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, journalist of BFM TV. After the adoption by the European Union of a ‘sixth set’ of sanctions against Russia, the Ukrainian president declared ‘unacceptable’ the delay which was necessary for the Europeans to decree the embargo on Russian oil. Similarly, on June 4, Dmytro Kouleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, castigated France — which nevertheless supplies arms to Kyiv — following Emmanuel Macron’s declaration that ‘we should not humiliate Russia in order to retain a diplomatic option. This permanent attitude of giving lessons and reinterpreting the history of the Ukrainian authorities is beginning to exasperate their support and public opinion. IF RUSSIA is clearly the aggressor in this conflict, those who pushed it to this attack are undoubtedly the United States, NATO and the Zelensky government. Since 2014, Kyiv has conducted a completely reprehensible policy towards the Russian-speaking populations of the Donbass, to whom it has prohibited the use of their language and refused any autonomy within Ukraine, multiplying harassment, embargoes and bombardments against them without let no one in Europe denounce this scandalous situation, on the pretext that it would have been in line with Russia’s arguments. Similarly, the west has allowed Zelensky and the oligarchs who sponsor him — notably Kolomoïski — to finance neo-Nazi groups and reinforce his army in order to take over the autonomist regions by force, rejecting any attempt at conciliation. If it must be recognised that the Russian discourse is excessive concerning the denazification of Ukraine, it is however not without foundation. Europeans have, therefore, become unashamed allies and donors of a regime that protects and finances neo-Nazi groups while we fight in each of our countries against the extreme right. Let us note in passing the most glaring paradox: the support of Germany — in particular of its very militant foreign minister Annalena Baerbock of the Greens party — to the Zelensky regime even though the latter integrates to the highest level of its army of supporters of an ideology born across the Rhine and believed to have been eradicated since 1945. It should be remembered above all that Ukraine supported politically and through its arms sales the totalitarian and genocidal regime of Azerbaijan in its military operation against the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020, who were demanding their independence after decades of persecution.
Thus, we have recklessly taken up the cause of a dubious regime, very undemocratic and shamelessly violating the right of peoples to self-determination. ON MARCH 3, the Ukrainian president declared that if his country were defeated, ‘Russia will go to the Berlin wall’. March 13, the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament posted on its Twitter account a video-montage of about forty seconds where Paris was the victim of a bombardment in which the Eiffel Tower was in particular taken as a target and Russian planes flew over the French capital by sowing terror among the population. On March 14, the Ukrainian president declared that it was only a matter of time before Russia attacked NATO. Since the start of the conflict, Kyiv’s strategy, with the support and advice of the United States, has been to make the European Union feel guilty and to seek to involve it more in this war, placing it today in a situation of co-belligerence. The Ukrainian president, a talented comedian led by screenwriters never short of ideas, persists in dressing in military costume and sporting a beard for several days — even though Kyiv is no longer in danger as evidenced by the many visitors high-level people who go there safely — and strive by all means to impose their point of view on the west and to denounce those who do not adhere to it. Communicators from Kyiv and Washington have thus succeeded in installing in public opinion the idea that everything Zelensky says is true, and that the declarations of Putin and Lavrov are necessarily lies. Consequently, for three months any objective analysis of this conflict has become impossible. Fortunately, more and more experts, in Europe and in the United States, rise up against this version of the facts in spite of the omerta media which reigns, and express the growing exasperation which Zelensky arouses by his speeches at all -goes playing on crude emotion, his regular criticism of Europeans, his ukases and his calls for help even as he forbids his troops to fall back against the Russian army. LIKEWISE, the hard-line policy shown by Kyiv — everything shows that it is decided in Washington with the support of the very pro-American Baltic States and especially of Poland, which finds advantages there and dreams to recover part of Ukrainian territory — is completely ineffective and dangerous, because it increases the risk of a major conflict. Yet the United States and NATO deliberately push Zelensky down this disastrous path, encouraging him to refuse any negotiations or concessions vis-à-vis Moscow, thus contributing directly to prolonging a conflict that Ukraine cannot win and which daily increases the number of civilian and military casualties and the destruction of the country far more than it weakens Russia.
That is why it is urgent to achieve a rapid cessation of hostilities and a return to peace. We recall that there is a geopolitical law that no one can flout without consequence: no state can ensure its security to the detriment of its neighbour, especially when the latter is more powerful. — this war should never have taken place if NATO, an organisation which should have been dissolved at the end of the Cold War, had not violated the promises made in Moscow and extended its influence to its borders; — it is a war that the Ukrainians cannot win, despite financial, political and material support from the west; — Kyiv’s stubbornness only increases the civilian and military losses, the destruction of the country and the territorial gains of Moscow. Unfortunately, it is clear that the way out of the crisis is today compromised because all Europeans are in a situation of more or less pronounced co-belligerence which does not allow them to act as mediators. To criticise Zelensky and his sponsors is not to ignore the sufferings of the civilian populations and the Ukrainian soldiers because they are the ones who pay, every day, the price of the obstinacy of their leaders. If it is legitimate for the Ukrainians to take up arms in the face of the Russian attack and for the military to fight to defend their homeland, it was and remains so just as much for the populations of Donbass in the face of the intolerable aggression of Kyiv and its neo-Nazi units since 2014. That Zelensky has become a political symbol for part of the Ukrainian people is understandable.
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