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Ukrainians Rage Against Military Draft: "We're Sick Of This War"

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Submitted by Justin Raimondo via Anti-War.com,

When Ukrainian army officers came to the Ukrainian village of Velikaya Znamenka to tell the men to prepare to be drafted, they weren’t prepared for what happened next. As the commanding officer was speaking, a woman seized the microphone and proceeded to tell him off: "We’re sick of this war! Our husbands and sons aren’t going anywhere!" She then launched into a passionate speech, denouncing the war, and the coup leaders in Kiev, to the cheers of the crowd.

 

What she did is now a crime in Ukraine: the only reason she wasn’t arrested on the spot is that the villagers wouldn’t have permitted it. But in Ukrainian Transcarpathia, well-known journalist for Ukrainian Channel 112 Ruslan Kotsaba has been arrested and charged with "treason" and "espionage" for making a video in which he declared: "I would rather sit in jail for three to five years than go to the east to kill my Ukrainian brothers. This fear-mongering must be stopped." Kotsaba may sit in jail for twenty-three years, the prescribed term for the charges filed against him.

Kotsaba’s arrest is part of a desperate effort by the Ukrainian government to intimidate the growing antiwar and anti-draft movement, which threatens to upend Kiev’s dreams of conquering the rebellious eastern provinces. Kotsaba’s particular crime, according to prosecutors, was in describing the conflict as a civil war rather than a Russian "invasion." This is a point the authorities cannot tolerate: the same meme being relentlessly broadcast by the Western media – that an indigenous rebellion with substantial support is really a Russian plot to "subvert" Ukraine and reestablish the Warsaw Pact – now has the force of law in Ukraine. Anyone who contradicts it is subject to arrest.

Also subject to arrest, and worse: the thousands who are fleeing the country in order to avoid being conscripted into the military. In a Facebook post that was quickly deleted, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak wrote: “According to unofficial sources, hostels and motels in border regions of neighboring Romania are completely filled with draft dodgers.” President Petro Poroshenko, the Chocolate Oligarch, is readying a decree imposing possible restrictions on foreign travel for those of draft age – which means anyone from age 25 to 60. Ukrainians may soon be prisoners in their own country – but they aren’t taking it lying down.

Draft resistance is at an all-time high: a mere 6 percent of those called up have reported voluntarily. This has forced the Kiev authorities to go knocking on doors – where they are met either with a mass of angry villagers, who refuse to let them take anyone, or else ghost towns where virtually everyone has fled. In the Transcarpathia region of western Ukraine, entire villages have been emptied, the inhabitants fleeing to Russia to wait out the war – or the fall of the Kiev regime, whichever comes first. "It may seem a paradox," says Transcarpathia’s chief recruitment officer, "but from the western Ukrainian region of Ternopyl people have fled to Russia in order to escape army conscription." The frantic Ukrainian regime is now contemplating conscripting women over 20.

Poroshenko’s military mobilization is due not only to numerous setbacks in the east – Ukrainian troops are being pushed back on all fronts by highly motivated rebels defending their own towns and villages – but also because thousands are deserting, throwing down their arms and fleeing to Russia. In response, the Ukrainian parliament has passed a law authorizing local commanders to shoot deserters on the spot.

With Poroshenko’s war looking like a major disaster, one that could easily topple his EU/US-installed regime, the War Party in the US is turning up the heat, demanding that Washington provide Kiev with arms. Sen. John McCain is – naturallyleading the charge, but prominent liberals are also in the front ranks, with leading scholars of the Brookings Institution recently calling for heavy weapons to be sent. That provoked a response from a dissident within Brookings, former State Department official Jeremy Shapiro, who argues that the Ukrainian conflict is a civil war that cannot have a military solution, and is more than likely to provoke a dangerous military confrontation with Russia.

The Obama administration is under considerable pressure from within the President’s own party to start arming the Ukrainian army, but America’s European allies are reluctant to let this war go on much longer, especially now that their sock puppet Poroshenko is increasingly unpopular. With protests erupting all over western Ukraine, Germany’s Angela Merkel is openly opposing escalation of the war. She made that clear at a recent conference in Munich, where Merkel spoke after returning from talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande. Meanwhile, on the sidelines, McCain was telling reporters: "If we had provided Ukraine with weapons they wouldn’t have had to use cluster bombs."

They don’t call him "Mad John" for nothing.

The United States is providing the Kiev regime with military training, and we already have American boots on the ground there, ostensibly to "strengthen the rule of law." What that means in practice is that we are bolstering a government that has declared war on its own people, and is rapidly closing off all legal means of dissent – charging political opponents with "treason," banning political parties, and unleashing ultra-nationalist mobs on anyone who dares dissent. While the US State Department regularly canoodles with Russian "dissidents" who defile Orthodox churches and bare their breasts for the Western cameras, you won’t hear Marie Harf so much as mention Ruslan Kotsaba’s name. As far as I know, the Global Post is the only Western media outlet that has noted his existence – and I’ve not seen a single mention in English about his arrest.

Ukraine is a tripwire that could easily set off World War III – and US provocations are edging closer to that by the day. The crisis was initiated by Washington’s regime-change campaign which succeeded in violently overthrowing elected President Viktor Yanukovych, whose electoral victory was made possible by the criminal incompetence and outright thievery of his predecessor, US-supported Viktor Yushchenko. The so-called "Orange Revolution" led to economic chaos, rampant corruption, and the unleashing of a virulent nationalist current that has culminated in the rise of open neo-Nazis taking seats in the Ukrainian parliament. We are seeing its openly fascistic culmination in the current gang lording over Kiev.

All this was done in the name of sticking a finger in Vladimir Putin’s eye, whose great sin has been kicking out thieving oligarchs and opposing US pretensions to global hegemony. Washington’s ultimate goal is regime-change in the Kremlin, and the reinstallation of a Yeltsin-like sock puppet who, when Washington says "Jump!", will answer: "How high?"

That they’re willing to risk World War III in order to achieve their goal underscores the sheer craziness of US foreign policy. The latest official US "National Security Strategy" puts the new cold war at the center of Washington’s military-diplomatic vision – an emphasis so monstrously misplaced that it’s hard to believe they’re serious. Yet you had better believe it: this is what we can expect from a future Democratic administration, if one should come to pass, with Hillary Clinton taking her husband’s Slavophobia – remember the Kosovo war? – to new heights of unreason.

The US has no business interfering in Ukraine’s civil war, and no legitimate security interest in the question of who gets to administer Crimea – which has been Russian since the days of Catherine the Great. The idea that we are going to confront Russia over this issue is dangerous nonsense – and, unfortunately, it is just the sort of nonsense politicians of both parties find hard to resist.

There are even some ostensible "libertarians" who can’t resist the temptation to refight the cold war, notably the voluble and well-placed NATO-tarian faction of "Students for Liberty" (SFL), who denounced Ron Paul for his supposedly "pro-Putin" (i.e. anti-interventionist) statements on Ukraine. Ron is appearing at their upcoming "International Conference," with several of the loudest NATO-tarians in attendance: one hopes he’ll give them a good talking to, although perhaps a spanking is more appropriate for these noisy brats. These juvenile blatherskites claim "Compelling arguments can be made for both advocates of globalist and noninterventionist foreign policy positions," but aver that "Ron Paul has crossed the line." It is they who have crossed the line: no libertarian is or can be an advocate of a "globalist" foreign policy – because conquering the globe is, you know, a statist thing.

Of course now that Ukraine – where SFL held a conference – is jailing draft-resisters and clamping down on all dissent, we don’t hear a peep from these adolescent cold warriors. They talk a lot about "liberty," but not in places where it can get them into trouble.

The main danger to liberty and peace in the world isn’t in the Kremlin, or Peking, or North Korea – it’s right here in these United States of America, in the global epicenter of evil otherwise known as Washington, D.C. This, our "libertarian internationalists" claim, is vulgar "anti-Americanism," but these foreigners have little conception of what true Americanism is all about. The Founding Fathers of this country are rolling in their graves as the usurpers in Washington sully the good name of America with the blood of innocents worldwide and defile the Constitution in the process. True Americanism means opposing these monsters as they rampage over the earth and destroy our civil liberties at home – not dutifully echoing their rationalizations for endless wars of aggression.

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Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:24 | 5766948 czarangelus
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What if the Zio-orcs threw a war and everybody refused to serve?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:30 | 5766979 strannick
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She dioesnt want her sons and husband to die for a choclate billionaire oligarch who serves the CIA?

Where is her patriotism?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:34 | 5767020 Abitdodgie
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Look Ukraine if you don't go and fight then the war may be over befor America can start a war with Russia and that would just not be on now would it so be citizens and go and die for your country like you are meant to . PS how's siding with the EU working out after your 50% loss of saving's.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:42 | 5767089 Newsboy
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Let's all do this reset without WW-3, since we can't rebuild afterward without cheap oil (gone forever), there are no real resources to capture, and dead people can't follow orders, anyway.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:56 | 5767200 cossack55
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Ever been to Chicago?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:03 | 5767230 Latina Lover
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Of course the Ukies are sick of this war...who wants to suffer and die for Ukie Oligarchs, the USSA state department  and a dysfunctional EU?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:06 | 5767267 Wolferl
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Imagine, it´s war and nobody shows up.

 

German saying.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:10 | 5767278 Self-enslavement
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What? The slaves no longer willing to kill or die for their captors? Absurd! Don't they know their regime has been chosen by God? How ever will the parasites survive without a host...

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:11 | 5767293 cifo
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"draft age – which means anyone from age 25 to 60"

WTF? I went in the army at age 18.

 

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:18 | 5767334 Clowns on Acid
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All of the 18 yro's are in Poland or UK serving coffee in bars. They have been there since they were 16yro.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:08 | 5767568 nope-1004
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Loved her speech.  She used words like "sheep" and "poison on TV" that makes me think she reads ZH.

You Go Girl!

God bless.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:41 | 5767793 ZerOhead
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She was absolutely amazing. I hope Obama watches it but then again it might get her instated on his "Kill List".

No doubt our KIev allies will spare no effort in hunting her down and administering their Nazi justice...

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:38 | 5768504 Real Estate Geek
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Tough old broad.  That's the kind of woman I'd want to have at my back.  (But definitely not on my ass.)

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:44 | 5768852 COSMOS
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The Parasites survive because they have infected and taken control of several hosts already.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:44 | 5767809 piceridu
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I'm putting this on a t-shirt: "We grow tomatoes here, you think we gonna sell them to America?"

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:29 | 5768112 laser
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Western powers that be need a diversion and someone else to blame when the ponzi blows up.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:14 | 5767996 angel_of_joy
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This civil war will end up being a huge embarrassment not only for the ukie gov, but also for US (Obozo in particular) and West Europeans. America will never regain its status and goodwill capital lost in this total fuck-up. This is no dinky little country in the middle of the desert (pick your favorite from among Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, or whatever), nor a small patch of land hidden in the Balkans (like Kosovo). This is going to destroy the credibility of the American foreign policy (Vietnam style) and its so-called system of alliances, as it stands today. Just watch, and see...

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:45 | 5768216 markovchainey
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U.S. credibility hasn't been destroyed already? 

 

(And totally agree with you)

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:59 | 5768284 thistooshallpass
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Agreed, she did a great job. Her words were on point. Wishing her and her community much safety and strength with their continued stance against those bent on destruction.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:38 | 5768172 tired1
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Just a thought: draft everyone and give them, including that woman, a weapon. Things could get peaceful very quickly.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:43 | 5767455 Anasteus
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The military draft is the fastest way how to get rid of the current Ukrainian government. Even Putin wouldn't be able to come up with anything better.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:56 | 5767547 PTR
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Ever been to Chicago?

 

What about Chicago?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:36 | 5767436 bbq on whitehou...
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Loseing 90% off the price of all assets that cant go to zero and a right down of all debt will not likely be peaceful. Catastrophic failure of all carry-on effects. WW-3 will be the cover for a reset. Just with fewer cities. Radiation is already killing the pacific the largest source of food on the planet.
Rebuilding at this point is a dream for another time, and another people.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:30 | 5767751 Not Too Important
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The radiation killing the Pacific Ocean is also spreading around the world on the jetstream. There will be no rebuilding after what comes next, because there won't be other people to do it.

Worldwide 100 years tops. 10 in North America.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:56 | 5768610 emersonreturn
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not too important, 

 

+1 enenews reported another finding on fuku's  fuel rods and reactors this morning.  the nightmare that refuses to be ignored. 

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:46 | 5768860 COSMOS
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With the oceans gone and no more sources of food from there in the coming years, that makes the rich black soils of Ukraine that much more desirable.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:20 | 5771232 Random
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Yeah right. Keep living in fear you tool!

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:45 | 5767112 McMolotov
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From ABC, where they don't even try to disguise the propaganda anymore:

"The incident [the explosion in Donetsk] comes amid heightened tensions in the region that has seen fighting for the past year as the Russian government has underhandedly supported the rebels in an effort to gain control of the country."

http://abcnews.go.com/International/watch-explosion-ukrainian-chemical-f...

A helpful link that might explain such out-in-the-open propaganda:

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-g...

 

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:04 | 5767247 Poundsand
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Those rascally Russians!  Unlike the US measured and smart support for the rebels in Syria, Libya, etc...

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:56 | 5767549 HowdyDoody
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Here is the executive summary form from a Ukraine TV channel showing the power of Ukrainian Laws of Physics.

http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/rigort/17193211/103471/103471_1000.jpg

The rebels are shelling themselves to make USkraine look bad.

 

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:14 | 5767654 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Only a Latvian could believe such a thing.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:12 | 5768682 Ignatius
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I know a Lithuanian whos looking for a bridge, Brooklyn prefered.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:39 | 5767054 James-Morrison
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Sounds like Viet Kraine

Or is that U Nam?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:22 | 5767347 BuddyEffed
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Regarding this type of draft, it comes to mind the insightful words expressed by Lone Wadi in The Outlaw Josey Wales :

 I didn't know others hadn't surrendered. I didn't surrender, neither. But, uh, they took my horse and made him surrender. They have him pulling a wagon up in kansas, I'll bet.
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:23 | 5767358 Bossman1967
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They need to wait till the women get close to the time of the month and offer them vhocolate for thier husbands and sons. My wife would surely go for that and could no imagine if she didnt get her monthly chocolate I would rather go to wat.

Sarc

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:27 | 5767384 SDShack
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It would have been funny if some security type would have taken the mic and said, in perfect English, "Get outta my face, please".

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:11 | 5767644 FeralSerf
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"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -- Hermann Goering

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:20 | 5768010 Volkodav
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fortune is not from candy, but prostitution, organs, white slavery, weapons, drugs,and personal gangs intimidate, beat, murder to seize/steal businesses.

"Red" mafiya...followed his Father in this...family name is Waltzman

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:42 | 5768199 skepsis101
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Creamy chocolate is such a sweet and sootheing cover for Porkie's real business, isn't it?  Apparently just enough to look past the gory filthy truth.  He would gladly sacrifice half the youth of Ukraine with not a thought, other than "business is good, da?"

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:32 | 5767009 kliguy38
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they did.....it was called Vietnam

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:39 | 5767046 Ignatius
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Vietnam, oh that reminds me...

"If we had provided Ukraine with weapons they wouldn’t have had to use cluster bombs."

They don’t call him "Mad John" for nothing.

If I'm not mistaken, cluster bombs are a war crime, no?  But when have silly things like International Law mattered recently?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:58 | 5767562 HowdyDoody
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Their use is a crime only when the losing side use them.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:06 | 5767610 Not Too Important
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Here are some photos of the loading of 6 million pounds of munitions aboard the USS Stennis, which include a photo of the loading of pallets of CBU-99 cluster bombs:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-26/aircraft-carrier-stennis-has-bi...

Is this photographic evidence of international war crimes, provided by the US Navy themselves?

The real question is how much of this death load is Depleted Uranium munitions? That stuff is genocide in a casing.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:01 | 5768918 August
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Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:45 | 5767106 whatsinaname
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Call it poetic (in)justice or pyrrhic irony for civlization but the poor lady actually understands free markets and capitalism better than most.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:15 | 5767314 Clowns on Acid
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Your credit card will still be charged.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 18:52 | 5773475 DonGenaro
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They gave a war and nobody came
Zor and Zam

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:25 | 5766958 IronLead
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Without Russia seizing Crimea and delivering weapons and soldiers to East-Ukraine there would be no war.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:27 | 5766976 Beowulf55
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If Kiev had recognized the right of people to vote on their participation in a coup of Nazi's sponsered by the US government their would be no war.....there... fixed it for ya....

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:31 | 5766996 IronLead
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There was an election last year. And no Nazis in any significant number, you liar.

 

 

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