Jul 18, 2014

MH17: backgrounder on the situation in Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine is not merely a border skirmish, it is a full-on war. Ukrainian journalist in the city of Odessa Mikhail Golubev reports on the situation on the ground today.

This airplane crash, which according to the evidence appears to be the result of an attack by pro-Putin forces, has really shocked us Ukrainians. It would have shocked us even more if not for all these victims of the situation between Russia and the Ukraine, every day. It is known that people from many countries, including Australia, have died in this crash. I feel obliged to apologise for our government, which probably could and should do more in order to avoid such a situation.

After all, the terrorists (as they are rightfully called on our Ukrainian TV), using the Russian weapons, had already shot down several Ukrainian military planes before. Our side, military leaders and experts, could have anticipated that pro-Putin forces might, even by mistake, attack a civilian airplane from the third country. We did manage to stop them on that occasion. We did not manage to prevent a disaster. I feel deeply sorry for that.

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7 thoughts on “MH17: backgrounder on the situation in Ukraine

  1. krissd6

    This is not a backgrounder on the situation in the Ukraine. It is a propganda piece for the unelected regieme which overthrew the democratically elected government with the aid and funding of extreme right wing thinktanks from the US. The fact that many of thoise who supported the orerthrown government are now responing in a similar way with russian aid is not a surprise. How about getting some balance in backgrounder pices and leave out the blantant propganda.

  2. Ian Rogers

    Astonishing how fast Putin-bots get to work nowadays!
    I could have sworn Ukraine had a change of government through an election not long ago but krissd6 knows better.

  3. Dom Odessa

    So, krissd6, the brave Russian forces can now do in Ukraine anything what they want? Guys like Strelkov or Boroday. Because their beloved President Yanukovych ordered the killing of protesters in Kiev and then quickly escaped to Putin? And is it OK that Putin says that Russia is not involved, when in fact they are involved in all ways possible, and initiated the war as such? Isn’t simpler to confess that Yanykovych and Putin are two shameful dictators?

  4. Chris Nyland

    It is possible that the dissidents in the East of Ukraine fired the missile that brouught down the plane as your correspondent suggests. It is also possible the missile was fired by the Kiev authorities to increase European enthusiasm for their regime. At this time we do not have the evidence either way. First year politics students are asked to question who benefits when addressing an issue and they are also urged to be particularly sceptical of the claims of the side we with which they feel sympathy. As a new service that promclaims some independence Crikey might also consider this advise.

    Chris Nyland

  5. Adrian Niculae

    You are right Chris.

    But the second option – Kiev authorities fired the missile may take us all to a war.
    As the below article reads: Wars have bloomed from far, far less.

  6. stuart richardson

    Yes, krissd6 do does know best.A well written (very brief) synopsis of the situation in the region. What is astonishing,Ian Rogers, is the ability of the press to deliberately ignore the Victoria Nulands recording, the billions of US dollars and US mercenaries directed to Ukrainian west (read US) leaning politicos.
    Your two sentences contain nothing of substance, just like crikeys entire coverage of this event to date.

  7. c83ef626bbb01dd333b9122793bda440

    Doesn’t Crikey advertise spin free journalism.
    This guy incorrectly refers to the separatists as terrorists then discusses the tragedy in Odessa where 40 people were killed by a much more accurately meets the definition of terrorist action because the building was purposely set on fire to kill civilians. Just to be clear, it was Ukraine “protestors” that killed those Russian Protestors.
    Also, there was no mention of the Ukraine possessing the 3rd largest natural gas reserve in Europe or the deals struck with Chevron prior to the ousting.
    And specifically to the MH17 issue, he also neglected to mention that the Ukraine government had been carrying out intense airstrikes on separatist controlled cities. If Malaysia airlines had known that, would they still have chosen that flight path. I doubt it.
    Anyway. My sympathies lie with the civilian populations in Ukraine, both Russian and Ukraine. Their constitutional rights, their suffering and their lives have no meaning for Billionaires on both sides who regard human rights as impediments to profit. That is the only issue that matters at the decision making level.
    Good Luck to you too my Propaganda spreading friend. If you’re not a billionaire, you’ll need it.

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