Alt Left: The “Russian Puppets” Lie

The “Russian puppet” president of Ukraine, Yanukovich, was democratically elected in a free and fair election. He was trying to ride a thin line between being pro West and pro Russia. The EU offered him a deal to join, but it was terrible, total austerity and destruction of the working class. The Russians offered him a much better deal, so he went with that. Half of the people wanted to go to the EU and half wanted to go to Russia, 50-50.

The US would not tolerate Ukraine orienting herself to Russia, so the violent CIA Maiden coup was set off where NATO snipers trained in NATO camps in Poland opened fire on both cops and protestors and left 100 dead. This false flag was blamed on the Berkut police, and the government was overthrown in a violent coup. A radical Ukrainian nationalist Nazi regime was then installed, the first such regime since WW2.

They immediately declared total war on all Russian speakers. The Donbass rose up. I was on groups at that time who were deep in with the Kremlin and the Donbass leaders. Russia refused to support the rebellion for a long time and would not even give them guns. People complained about Russia’s lack of support all the time. Sound like puppets to you?

Russia wanted federalism for the Donbass, not this mess. But there was no to be federalism on orders of the US. Sound like puppets to you?

Finally Russia started sending “military surplus” to the separatists as the war stepped up, but the separatists always complained it was not enough. The separatists kept asking for more weapons, but Russia would not give it to them. Sound like puppets to you?

Russia finally invaded when it looked like the separatists would going to lose, but they also ordered the separatists to stop soon. Hence, the separatists  stopping short of Mariupol and did not seize it on Russian orders. Sound like puppets to you?

Since then, the Donbass for eight years has been asking to be taken in as a part of Russia, but Russia always told them to take a hike. Sound like puppets to you?

All this time, the separatists had long since declared independence, but Russia refused to accept it for eight years because they preferred a federalism settlement that left the Donbass a part of Ukraine. Sound like puppets to you?

Finally, after all efforts at peaceful settlement were rebuffed by the Nazis and NATO, Russia recognized the republics. But they still refuse to take them into Russia. Sound like puppets to you?

That doesn’t sound like they are puppet at all. They are allies, yes, but they have many differences, and Donbass people are often mad at Russia because Russia won’t do what they want. Russia was opposed to the separatist rebellion from the start, refused to arm them, then only armed them a bit, then helped them but forced them to stop far short of their goals, then refused to recognize their independence for eight years until finally Russia had had enough and caved in.

For eight years those were Donbass people fighting for their land, not Russians. Yet Ukraine and NATO lied the whole time, saying it was the Russian army. It wasn’t, absent maybe a few advisors and military intelligence.

It should be obvious by now that the separatists are absolutely not Russian puppets, and the separatists and Russia had great differences, with the Russians opposing the separatist project from Day One until a few days before the recent invasion. The separatists are often angry at Russia for not doing what they want Russia to do. These are two separate groupings, each with their own agency, and neither one is a puppet of the other one. I fact, they have been at odds with each other for most of the last eight years.

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