Ukraine must prepare for Russian invasion

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Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

President Poroshenko has spoken about the extraordinarily high risk of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Given the recent fighting in Mariinka this is a completely logical statement, even though it does not mean that the invasion will begin tomorrow. It does not even mean that the invasion will begin at all. It means that Ukraine has adopted the tactic of mirroring the aggressor.

Putin likes to keep Ukraine in a state of high tension. That is his main goal. He needs us to think not about reforms but about a possible war. To keep investments away from our country. To prevent us from establishing mutually beneficial relations with the European Union. To make us nostalgic for the days when rabid hordes were not massing at our borders.

We need to pay him in the same coin.  To make sure that he is not the only one preparing for war, but that we can prepare as well — so that we can repel the attacks of thugs effectively. So that our army is present on the border with the occupied areas. So that the international community is aware of every Russian provocation. So that there will be no question of lifting sanctions but rather serious discussion of lowering oil prices and investigating the corrupt practices tied to the awarding of the soccer championship to Russia. So that Putin remembers nostalgically the time when he could supply his subjects with gratuitous “petrodollars,” and they did not ask him any questions about the future.

Only then will Putin be ready if not to retreat then at least not to advance. Only then will he remember that apart from Ukraine there is also Russia. And that this Russia is already in a critical state, and things will only get worse later. And that in order to retain power and the ability to continue robbing his country he will need to concentrate not on the war in Ukraine but on satisfying the needs of his own citizens.

In order to prevent the Russian invasion we must consider it a serious risk until the invader withdraws from the Donbas and from Crimea. Things are always very dangerous when the enemy is so close.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Unitpost

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  • Murf

    Regrettable, those who wish peace must prepare or war.
    Even more so when your neighbor is Vladimir Putin.

  • Vol Ya

    Ukraine needs to fortify its defenses along the border with Russia and with the russian rebels. The border area needs to be heavily mined. Ukraine’s factories should be operating 3 shifts producing the type of weapons they need to counter russia’s aggression. All separatists within Ukraine should be rounded up and arrested. Ukraine needs to make the cost of a russian invasion very expensive and painful for putin.

    • Nowhere Girl

      I wonder about the separatist… Well, firstly, a very high percentage of them aren’t Ukrainian citizens – these are Russians from Russia, a fresh import sent with the intention to destabilize Ukraine. But I’m also truly concerned about those guys which were later used as proof that Russia is sending troops to Ukraine, which it of course does. Because unless Russia undergoes a deep political change, these men may have nowhere to come back to. Russia is now threatening people with punishment for “disclosing” Russia’s military involvement in “peacetime”, it continues lying that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine… and as for these two recently captured men specifically, Russia is now disavowing them. They can’t even contact their families – technical details could suggest that Russian authorities forced their relatives to block them on their mobile phones. So they couldn’t just go back to Russia because Russia is trying to pretend these people never existed. Their situation turns out to be surprisingly similar to the situation of Russians fighting on the side of Ukraine (probably a few hundred, as one of them estimates) – they have real problems if they decide to apply for Ukrainian citizenship because they have already broken the law by overstaying the time allowed – and they can’t go back to Russia, even to get documents for the application process, because they risk immediate arrest.
      Sure, Yerofeyev and Alexandrov were captured as criminals and after their treatment they will be probably placed in detention. Sure, you can’t trust a Spetsnaz officer – they are not like ordinary soldiers whose worldview may be reduced to “just three months left and I’m back to ‘civilian'”. But I wonder whether the best choice for these two men wouldn’t be to switch sides. I wonder what must be going on now in their heads, when they learn that Russia, the country they fought for, is turning its back on them…

      • Drunk Bear

        They had to think before they came to Ukraine. They new about their illegal status, so there is little pity for them.

        • Brent

          And if it was your brother, or your son that was now in Ukraine in limbo with the government that sent him there refusing to acknowledge or help him, would you still be this cold and callous? Likely not, but they don’t pay you to be a human being at 55 Savushkina, do they?

          “Remember Comrade Drunk Sheeple, you must not think for yourself as it is for the glory of Mother Russia and Putin the Great”!!!

          Still funny to see you admit ‘their illegal status’…..and not be willing to question it.

          • Drunk Bear

            Brent. I know you are fake Canadian troll – you don’t ever read what people write, and don’t think about what they really feel.
            Your job is to search for anyone who is against the Ukrainian government and attack them here.
            I am against the Ukrainian government, this is why I am your target, despite the fact that I am against the Russian government, as well.
            Go ahead, do your job well, defending the criminals at power in Ukraine.

          • Nowhere Girl

            Oh ***, are we all trolls here?

          • Drunk Bear

            Did I say anything like that? No, I was addressing a particular person.

          • gmab

            Oops, you’re wrong. The criminals in Ukraine ran away to Russia or killed themselves. Keep up with the times.

          • gmab

            Now you see why so many ethnic Russians who live in Ukraine, are fighting for Ukraine. Who’d want to go back to Putinland? The Russian soldiers are learning what everyone already knows, “Never trust a Russian”.

      • Brent

        In today’s ‘connected’ world, eventually news of this gets back to Russia and more soldiers will refuse to ‘volunteer’ and more families will demand their love ones be returned.

        Sadly, this will take time, but the more Putin oppresses his people, the quicker his eventual fall from grace will be.

  • Rods

    FIFA and the 2018 Russia World Cup are a sideshow compared to what would really put Putin and his cronies and elites on the defensive and that is an FBI and their European equivalents thoroughly investigating all Russian funds and investments in Western countries. They should have to prove the providence of the investment or the money in the account and if it can’t be proven then they should be confiscated as the proceeds of corruption and illegal money laundering.

    All legitimate money (including cash) always has an identifying trail, it can’t just appear from nowhere!

    Sadly, the least likely to want to get involved in pushing for this are the UK politicians and officials as many of the people involved in assisting Putin and his cronies you will find are part of the UK establishment.

    • Brent

      Great suggestion! This would also make many of his ‘useful idiot’ supporters in other countries slither back under their rocks. I’ve long suspected Putin’s cheerleaders like Victor Orban and Marine Le Pen would then realize they will pay the price for their support of Putin’s mafia government. The loan from a Russian owned Czech bank to Front National has already been proven.

    • Drunk Bear

      Very reasonable comment.

  • Brent

    Don’t worry, when little Volya is visiting The Hague at his future war crimes trial, they’ll be lots of pants shitting going on…

    • Drunk Bear

      So pityful behavior of pro-Ukrainian gpvernment trolls – like this funny efforts can change anything.

  • gmab

    It is more difficult with a maniac surrounding your border. Russia, with it’s deceipt, it’s war, it’s not war, it’s hybrid, it’s support of separists, it’s vacation/volunteers, not soldiers. Of course he’ll drive any country crazy. At least, ISIS, AlQaeda (sic) are upfront with their threats & plans. Not with PUtler. He even has the West confused. Ukraine should be prepared for war & so should US & EU.