Tuesday, 19 April 2022 — Giubbe Rossi (Redcoats)
Gino Maria Panzeroni Langerhans
Some of the comments and questions I have received in recent weeks have made it clear to me that many of my readers, as enlightened and informed as they generally are, are not sure what to believe about the action in Ukraine, having been caught in a vortex of lies that passes for media coverage in the West. My purpose here is not to convert or convince, but simply to list a number of aspects of the Ukrainian situation to remember. Let me apologise in advance for any cognitive dissonance this may create; I am just trying to be helpful. The presentation will seem a bit dry in places, but that is because I am trying to stick to known and established facts. I leave it to you to decide how much of what the Western consensus makers are telling you corresponds to these facts.
by Dmitrij Orlov
What is Ukraine geographically?
The Russian word ‘ukraina’ is a variant of ‘okraina’ and is related to the word ‘krai’ meaning ‘edge’, ‘margin’, ‘periphery’, ‘border’, etc., from the edge of a cup of tea in a province far from the centre (Moscow). The origin of the term “Ukraina” as a specific toponym is not entirely clear; there is some evidence that it was a pejorative term first used by the Poles at a time when Poland occupied about half of this territory (at that time, the Polish-Russian border ran along the Dnepr river, cutting it in two).
Ukraine’ was later given official status by the Communist government after the Russian Revolution of 1917, which proclaimed a Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in place of five Russian provinces (Ekaterinoslavskaya, Poltavskaya, Tavricheskaya, Chernigovskaya and Kharkovskaya gubernii). Various terms have been applied to the groupings of these territories, such as Novorossia (lands that Russia conquered in the second half of the 18th century as a result of wars with the Ottoman Empire) and Malorossia, or ‘Little Russia’ (designation of Orthodox Christian lands that were the subject of back and forth between Russia and Poland for many centuries).
After the end of World War II, Stalin added to the Ukrainian SSR a heavily Balkan area further west, which was part of Austria-Hungary and inhabited by Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, Russians, Gypsies, Poles and various small Slavic tribes. It is from this region that Ukrainian nationalism, in its current form, originated, and it is from the dialects spoken in this region that the official Ukrainian language, now taught in schools throughout Ukraine, was artificially synthesised in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Immediately after the overthrow of the government in 2014, Ukraine began to crumble. Crimea, which has been part of Russia for most of the last 240 years, was the first to disappear. It was briefly an autonomy within the Ukrainian state, but its parliament voted to secede soon after the illegal coup in Kiev. The Donbass, a Russian region added by Lenin, was the next to secede. For a while it looked as if the regions of Kharkov and Odessa were also about to secede. Their separatism was stopped by the application of state terrorism. And now, a month after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, only 60% of Ukrainian territory remains, with the rest flying the Russian flag. The general historical trend is therefore unequivocal: the territorial remnant of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic is disappearing.
Draw your own conclusions, but it would seem that the territory of the former Ukraine, culturally predominantly Russian, religiously predominantly Orthodox, linguistically predominantly Russian-speaking, historically predominantly an integral part of Russia, are in fact just fragments of Russia that were dispersed during the collapse of the Russian Empire and then the USSR. As the Russian Federation grows stronger and the West approaches its own collapse, it is natural to expect that Russia will begin to gather its lost sheep and prodigal sons.
What is Ukraine politically?
Politically, Ukraine (what is left of it) is an American thing. Its attribution to the US is hard to dispute: its government is controlled by the US embassy in Kiev (or is it Lvov now?) and its armed forces are controlled directly by the Pentagon on the basis of remote sensing and integrated reporting by US/NATO officers. But what is it then? It is not a colony, because a colony is something that produces something valuable for the imperial centre while Ukraine is an economic black hole. It is not a protectorate, because US forces are not officially present there and do not claim to guard this territory or protect its civilians. And it is not a sovereign possession because US officials never tire of talking about its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
What it is, by process of elimination, is a failed state supported by the US for the sole purpose of attacking Russia. Having failed this attack, it has only one goal left: to justify the anti-Russian sanctions that were supposed to destroy the Russian economy until now. But now that the sanctions have also failed (the Russian economy is still growing), he is left with only one plausible purpose: to serve as a ball and chain to hang around poor old Brendan’s neck before throwing him over the top. Edge.
Ukraine is 99% a failed state, with an almost non-existent army and economy and a wave of refugees. Yet it still has an internationally recognised central government: it is the Kyiv regime and its front man, comedian Vladimir Zelensky, hiding in a bunker in an unknown location. All other trappings of state seem somewhat threadbare at this point. Zelensky has banned all political parties other than his own, it’s a one-party state, although under current conditions it’s more of a non-partisan state. There is no national press either, since Zelensky has banned all television channels other than the single government channel. Most of what he publishes seems to come from one or more fake news factories that might be located elsewhere, in Poland perhaps. A big question to ask is whether Zelensky controls his own mouth. He is an actor and seems to be playing a role written for him by someone else. He also seems to be subject to considerable constraints. He has been noted before for his cocaine addiction, but in more recent videos he is drunk or under the influence of other drugs (methadone, perhaps, which is quite common in the Ukrainian army).
If we enlarge the mental image of the former Ukrainian territory, it is a deeply traumatised land, used to living in fear. The vast majority of them are basically Russians, with a variable dose of Ukrainian added as a condiment. But for the past eight years they have been forced to speak Ukrainian (a foreign language for most of them) and swear allegiance to a regime that has adopted Nazi flags, insignia and ideology. They were forced to deny their thousand-year-old Russian heritage (Kiev was briefly the capital of Russia in the late 9th century) and to treat Russia as an enemy (while continuing to trade with it for all kinds of essential goods and to receive economic aid from millions of Ukrainians working in Russia). Those who tried to go against these orders were subjected to terrible mistreatment, ranging from artillery shelling, confinement in burning buildings and torture to death. All these war crimes have been painstakingly documented and their perpetrators will be brought to justice in a war crimes tribunal that will rival the Nuremberg Tribunal in 1945-1946.
Some Ukrainian nationalists try to argue that Kiev Rus was not Russia at all. The answer is that Kiev Rus never existed. There was Rus and several cities, including Kyiv and Novgorod, played an important role in it at different times. The focal point was in Kiev very briefly, so it moved north. As far as the name is concerned, Rus and Russia are synonymous. There is a historical, cultural, linguistic, religious and political continuity linking the whole of Russia, including Kiev, over a period of ten centuries. Kiev did not last long at the top of the hierarchy because it was too vulnerable, whether to the Poles, the Mongols or the German Nazis (who bombed Kiev on day one). For most of Russian history, Kiev has acted as a sacrificial weak link. But although it has seen more than its fair share of invaders, it has remained one of the focal points of Russian civilisation and its inhabitants are indeed Russian.
And here is a handy litmus test. Consider the assertion that Russians and Ukrainians are essentially the same people, as evidenced by history, religion, language, culture and genetic heritage. There are those who accept this proposition as true; they agree with it. And then there are those who find it deeply offensive; they are the Ukrainian nationalists, the Nazis for short. Given that, among Russians, support for Putin reaches 83% and support for the Russian military operation in (former) Ukraine is absolutely overwhelming, this is not a good time to be a Ukrainian Nazi. They are likely to end up dead, imprisoned or in exile somewhere in the EU, where their lives are unlikely to be made of comforts as the EU collapses.
It seems legitimate to ask where these Ukrainian Nazis came from and why they managed to survive for so long. There is no simple answer to this question. Ukrainian nationalism was born out of the hands of Russian anti-imperialists. There was a lot of political fomentation in the last days of the Russian Empire and some people saw the advantage in writing and publishing (in St. Petersburg) a grammar of Ukrainian (invented by someone from Sumy) and other similar oddities. When the Russian Empire collapsed, a wave of fascism swept over the newly independent imperial lands. Finland, the Baltic States, Poland, what later became the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and many other countries experienced fascism and the nascent Ukrainian nationalism found its first application there. This episode did not last long, as fascism was quickly replaced by communism, but the Bolsheviks, many of whom were opposed to ‘Russian chauvinism’, saw fit to maintain an ethnic Ukrainian identity.
Then, during the German Nazi occupation, Ukrainian Nazis were able to commit war crimes as Nazi collaborators, thus creating a pantheon of genocidal maniacs – I mean Ukrainian heroes – who figure in the pantheon of the current regime. from Kyiv: figures like Bandera and Shukhevich. After the war, most of these Nazi collaborators were arrested; some were hanged, others sent to the gulag. But after Stalin’s death came Nikita Khrushchev, who rehabilitated these war criminals and allowed them to reintegrate into Ukrainian society and corrupt the minds of young people. Another current of Ukrainian Nazism was created by the United States and Canada, which accepted war criminals and refugees and nurtured them as a kind of anti-Soviet opposition force. They returned after the collapse of the Soviet Union and all the Nazis together were generously funded and politically supported by the US for about 22 years until the project was completed with the 2014 coup. Since then, Ukraine has been controlled by a kind of American Nazi junta, which is now coming to its difficult end.
So where is the population of (former) Ukraine, traumatised by being banned from speaking or teaching native Russian, subjected to bombings or worse, and now abandoned to the tenderness of professional Russian soldiers? It is dangerous to generalise and speculate. Some people are simply happy that the nightmare is over. Others, brainwashed quite heavily, will gradually deprogram themselves once the Ukrainian TV fake news pipeline is cut off. Still others will go through a long recovery process similar to that experienced by former cult members after being deeply involved in the totalitarian cult that is Ukrainian nationalism. The good news is that the prognosis is good for complete recovery eventually; most Ukrainians will be indistinguishable from the general Russian population within a generation or two.
What does Ukraine represent militarily?
The Ukrainian army initially planned to attack the Donbass with everything it had, causing hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, and to organise provocations on Russian territory to force the Russians to intervene, bogging them down in the streets of fighting in Donetsk. The Russians learned of this plan and carefully countered it perhaps a week in advance. The fact that this came as a surprise to everyone is in itself a surprise: just before it happened, Putin said: ‘One of the things I learned growing up on the streets of Leningrad is that if a fight is inevitable, you strike first. And then he did exactly that, which is not surprising: Putin is known to say what he intends to do and then do exactly that.
The rather small Russian forces, representing perhaps only a quarter to a fifth of Ukrainian forces, have virtually disarmed the Ukrainians, methodically destroying air defences, tanks, weapons stocks, artillery systems, command centres, fuel depots, refineries, mercenary training centres and even a nuclear-proof underground shelter, using a hypersonic missile fired from a small ship a thousand miles away (so that some people in the Pentagon could get a new set of underwear). The remaining Ukrainian military forces were pushed into just three small pockets, all in the east, where they were methodically demolished.
The mission has been complicated by the Ukrainians’ widespread use of civilians as human shields, which has slowed progress and increased civilian casualties. There are indications that the remaining Ukrainian forces are remotely commanded by the Pentagon, through Nazis embedded in every part of the military structure, to fight to the last Ukrainian. According to interviews with those who manage to surrender, they are demoralised, they consider their continued operation useless, but they are prevented from surrendering by the Nazi reign of terror and drugs within the army.
At some point in the coming weeks, Ukraine will cease to be a target-rich environment for the Russian high-tech army and it will be time to change the mission of military neutralisation of Ukraine to humanitarian and clean-up operations. In the same period of time, most Ukrainians who wanted to flee to the EU will have had the opportunity to do so and it will be time to protect Ukraine’s western borders. Were it not for the imposed political correctness, Europeans might be happy to see millions of Ukrainian refugees flooding in to make up for the severe shortage of whites caused by the very low native birth rate.
No doubt we will see more false flags and provocations, such as the Bucha “massacre” (which was carefully chosen because “Bucha’s Butcher” has a nice ring to it, which happened three days after the Russians withdrew as a goodwill gesture based on the progress of negotiations, and where the corpses, looking and smelling like fresh daisies, were observed sitting around smoking cigarettes). There was also the maternity hospital in Mariupol (where there were no women except a local blogger). And you, my dear readers, who know everything, will be forced to watch and read this bullshit and, although you know everything, to feign indignation, because otherwise people around you will look at you sideways. I want to reassure you that this will not make you a Nazi sympathiser.
But all things, good or bad, come to an end and I am willing to bet that Victory Day in Moscow on 9 May 2022 will be a great event. No one has announced it, but I would be surprised if the military plans do not include the end of the Ukrainian special operation by then.
(Editor’s note) Dmitry Orlov is a Russian-American engineer and writer on topics related to “potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States”, something he has called a “permanent crisis”. Orlov believes the collapse will be the result of huge military budgets, government deficits, an insensitive political system, and declining oil production.