By Oleksiy Honcharenko
The apparent downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and the death of 298 people have fundamentally changed the order of business.
After it has been proved that the missile, which brought down the plane, was launched by separatists, the international community will unite to destroy the terrorist organizations (now widely recognized as such) known as DNR and LNR (Donetsk People’s Republic / Luhansk People’s Republic-Ed.). These are organizations where the key role is played by Russian nationals – Borodai (the so-called prime minister of the DNR), Girkin-Strelkov and Bezler (Russian officers), etc.
There will be two ways out for Putin. He could choose to distance himself from the terrorists and actually stop supporting them so massively. Of course, Putin might still be able to provide some kind of assistance, but he will no longer be able to shoot down our airplanes, bomb our army from Russian territory and supply the terrorists with the latest Russian weapons.
However, Putin may have a second option. He will announce that Ukraine, as a “failed state”, allowed chaos to spread through many of its regions, thus posing a threat to the world and especially to Russia as its neighbor. Then, Russia will launch an open military invasion of our country “to protect civilians and stop the conflict on its border”. In fact, Putin could go for broke in order to avoid losing his rating and remain an alpha male symbol for his spaced-out people. This option is also possible and we must take it into account.
That’s why we must prepare! It is essential to organize military training sessions for our men and arm them as quickly as possible in the event of invasion, etc.
Well… and it’s certainly time to raise the issue of severance of diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation
Oleksiy Honcharenko (Head of NGO Kachestvo Zhizni (Quality of Life), Deputy of the Odesa Regional Council ) for Ukrainska Pravda
Translated by Christine Chraibi