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Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov
After the publication of the facts on the DNR/LNR “republics” by the German newspaper Bild, both the West and Ukraine must decide if they will continue to remain blind to the real issue of the occupation of the Donbas.
In fact, the Bild article, which is being discussed heatedly, really does not present any surprises for anyone.
In the West they can decide to pretend indefinitely that the conflict in the Donbas is a civil war. We can pretend that the Russian occupier is relying solely on his own forces and not on the support of Ukrainian collaborators — incidentally, not only in the occupied territories but also in Kyiv.
In the Bild article, all these people — Russian invaders and Ukrainian collaborators — simply came together. And not only on the pages of the publication, but also in official documents.
And we have learned what we already knew perfectly well before — that the Donbas is controlled by Russian officials in Russia. And that people who control the industrial potential of the region are involved in determining the details of this administration. And that the Donbas figureheads decide nothing and are involved in nothing: they are only temporary puppets pulled by the strings by Russian officials, not even by the senior ones. What is newsworthy about that?
The news is that the German publication has announced it out loud and with documents. All this is no longer on the level of obvious assumptions but is based on obvious facts. And now the West and Ukraine must decide how to react.
Because it is also possible not to notice the facts. That is exclusively a matter of one’s own desire and political will. But our own future and perhaps that of the civilized world depend on our readiness to respond to these facts.
Quite a few discoveries that are probably more interesting that the participation of Akhmetov’s representatives in the meetings with Russian officials await us.
We will find out how many Western politicians and businessmen have been bought by the Kremlin and have acted in its interests and not in the interests of their own country.
We will find out how many so-called Ukrainian “patriots,” the fighters for everything good and against everything bad, and all the other idols of an undemanding local public have been working in the interests of the enemy — and not because of their own stupidity but because of very specific interests.
But forgive me, friends, all this is already visible to the naked eye. And everyone who wants to see it sees it. And who does not want to see it, explains his betrayal of the civilized world with the desire to “find the constructive element” in the relations with Russia and presents his readiness to destroy what has remained of the already weak Ukrainian state as some special patriotic fervor.
What about the perseverance of idiots who are not capable of foreseeing the consequences of certain actions and statements even one step ahead? Come on! These people are smarter than many of us. We are the idiots, you and I, because we do not want to face the truth and admit our own mistakes and we easily fall for any Moscow bait and believe any local or visiting clown even if he does not hide his KGB past or his family relationships. Why even hide in front of the blind?
I have just one question: will documents and facts help these professional sightless creatures even if they are published in the next Bild?