Ukrainian War far more dangerous for Russia than even the Chechen War, Nevzorov says

A flag at the positions of Ukrainian troops after the bombardment by heavy Russian artillery and multiple missile launchers in the town of Maryinka. June 3, 2015. (Image: Reuters)

A flag at the positions of Ukrainian troops after the bombardment by heavy Russian artillery and multiple missile launchers near the town of Maryinka. June 3, 2015. (Image: Reuters) 

2016/09/03 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia, War in the Donbas

Alexander Nevzorov

Aleksandr Nevzorov

By fighting against separatism in Chechnya two decades ago, Aleksandr Nevzorov says, Moscow was at least promoting its interests in blocking the spread of national liberation ideas to other parts of Russia. But by invading Ukraine and promoting separatism, it has sent a message that may come back to haunt it in Russia itself.

Commenting on the 20th anniversary of the Khasavyurt Accords, the Russian journalist says that Russia lost its “unnecessary” war in Chechnya in which tens of thousands of people died. Today, he continues, it is conducting yet another absolutely senseless war but one still more dangerous for Russia.”

The reason the war in Ukraine’s Donbas is more dangerous for Russia than the Chechen war was is because now Moscow rather than its opponents are fanning the flames not just of separatism but of “[ethnic] Russian separatism.” And from there, this kind of separatism can easily shift to the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Nevzorov says that “the Donbas tragedy shows that Russia didn’t learn anything from the Chechen experience,” perhaps evidence that the current leadership is incapable of learning from anything that it does.

And he points out in conclusion that “in the Donbas, Moscow set for itself ambitious tasks, but everything ended with the seizure of ‘a few petty little towns and settlements which were able to separate [from Ukraine] at the price of an enormous number of victims and much suffering for all.”


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  • Kruton

    Russians are crazy!

    • Dirk Smith

      Ukraine will be the gay dwarf’s graveyard.

  • zorbatheturk

    Peace is not in Putin’s DNA. He must be crushed like an insect. And should the geographical nonsensity known as the RF disintegrate, so much the better. The West has been menaced for far too long by these human apes and barbarians.

  • Alex George

    The article makes a good point. The separatists almost all had a Russian military background. Many of them are now back in Russia. One example is Igor Girkin “Strelkov” who has frequently criticised the Putin regime from a Russian-nationalist viewpoint, and the regime seems powerless to silence him. He and others like him are not going to just quietly fade away…

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I believe that if Girkin, Borodai, Bezler and Co. overstep the mark- whatever it may be- the dwarf will unleash the FSB and Girkin and cronies will disappear forever in a “Nacht und Nebel” type of action. If asked the dwarf will simply deny all knowledge of their whereabouts and blame the Ukrainians for their disappearance, with his Savushkina trolls spreading the message that Kyiv is to blame. The dwarf will crush ANYONE who might be a threat to his position, or an acute embarrassment, and that includes Dwarfstan’s extreme nationalists such as Girkin.
      Girkin has been awfully quiet lately; I wonder why. Perhaps he has been told “Igor, shut up or else!”?

      • Alex George

        That will only work if the FSB obey Putin. Which they often do, but not always.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          I think the FSB will, though the FSB bosses may demand a quid pro quo. It could well be “stop protecting Putin Junior i.e. Kadyrov”. It’s no secret that the FSB are less than happy with Kadyrov turning Chechnya into a state within a state over which the central authorities in Moscow including the FSB have little or no control and with the dwarf permitting this.