OpinionGrandmother died. What's next?
Crimean provocation by the KGB (any subsequent acronym standing for the club of Russian executioner scum fails to compete with this one), which happened in the fevered minds of the directors of war and gradually crawling its way into the information space, is, in fact, a large-scale test of strength, perhaps the last one before the overdue changes in the Russian-Ukrainian and Russian-European relations.
There is hardly anyone left who failed to notice similarities between the fake info about some brave Ukrainian commandos, who penetrated the occupied Crimea brazenly and impudently, supported by powerful Ukrainian artillery, and killed some people on the territories occupied by the “Russian brothers”, with the Gleiwitz incident – a false flag operation “Konserve” [Canned Goods], which Nazi Germany used to justify a subsequent invasion of Poland in 1939, which started World War II. For those who have forgotten what it was all about, I’ll remind you briefly: in connection with the pre-planned attack, the Germans decided to stage an attack of the Poles on the Third Reich. A small group of SS operatives, sporting Polish uniforms, "seized" the radio station in Gleiwitz (now Gliwice, Poland) and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish. To be even more convincing, the Germans had this "daring attack" result in casualties. They used human props, namely the prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp, dressed in Polish uniforms, to present as those "killed in a brazen attack".
There is hardly anyone left who failed to notice similarities between the fake info about some brave Ukrainian commandos, who penetrated the occupied Crimea brazenly and impudently, supported by powerful Ukrainian artillery, and killed some people on the territories occupied by the “Russian brothers”, with the Gleiwitz incident
A passphrase which greenlighted the pseudo-attack was “Grossmutter gestorben” ["Grandmother died"]
So, Grandmother died, and the most terrible massacre in the history of the world has started, killing tens of millions of people and exposing a vicious human nature.
Now, in today’s case, the grandmother died, too. The Kremlin maniac has publicly declared falsified nonsense about Ukrainian aggression, adding that Moscow will not turn a blind eye to it. Some jackals and yes-men around Putin – from the closest entourage and circles not so close to the leader – are already talking about "the response in line with the military doctrine of the Russian Federation."
Of course, over the recent years we have had more than enough opportunities to learn Putin’s behavior, to be aware that it’s actually a test of strength. It’s a bluff, only on a global scale. Analogies with the beginning of the World War II are too obvious for the munchkin underczar to hope in all seriousness that the foreign markets will buy his lies. For domestic consumers, this whole story seems to be even less useful: first, the Russians are ready anyway to kill in the name of the Russian world, the Fourth Reich and their Judo Fuhrer. On the other hand, that is secondly, this all seems too feeble: the news stories lack bullfinches eaten by the terrible Ukrainians, there are no crucified little boys from Crimea’s Dzhankoy, and no girls raped in Sevastopol.
Analogies with the beginning of the World War II are too obvious for the munchkin underczar to hope in all seriousness that the foreign markets will buy his lies
So now, a small ruler of a big country is waiting, what the reaction will be of the whole world to the creative act of his team. He is waiting to see whether the UK and the U.S., Ukraine’s security guarantors under the Budapest memorandum will put on alert their strategic weapons and deploy additional warships in the Mediterranean Sea, warplanes – in Poland, and declare that they will not leave Ukraine all alone facing Vladimir’s horde, and order their Marines to pack their gear. He is also waiting whether they will finally present satellite imagery, which will show neither the shelling of Crimea nor some mythical sabotage groups, instead showing nuclear warheads, carefully delivered in the recent days to the Russian-occupied territory of Ukraine on the orders of the Kremlin perverts, so eager to "repeat" the bloodbath of 80 years ago.
By the way, an important side goal of this very provocation, in particular, is the "legitimization" of deployment in Crimea of Russia’s nuclear weapons – as the deterrent from Banderitess, who, according to the manuals of the Russian propaganda, seek to kill as many as possible of the Ukrainian population, living in Crimea under careful supervision of the Russian soldiers.
Another side goal of this move is to give a new pretext for the lured pro-Russian voices in the Western political circles to once again say that everything is not so simple in the Russian-Ukrainian relations, and therefore, "until clarification of the issue", the anti-Russian sanctions should better be lifted...
It is clear, just as it is obvious. The question is, what’s next?
An important side goal of this very provocation, in particular, is the "legitimization" of deployment in Crimea of Russia’s nuclear weapons
Will the leaders of the democratic world stand up to the call of the bald KGB guy? Are the Armed Forces of Ukraine, corroded with psychological and physical fatigue, theft and corruption scandals of various calibers, to accept this challenge (though, we have the least doubt, speaking about the military)? Are the state officials, who are being caught “planting in their gardens” cans with bribe dollars, also ready for this?
And most importantly, is the Ukrainian society ready for this, as it keeps consuming from TV screens the news, agreed with terrorists, keeps evading mobilization and even going on vacation to the occupied Crimea and doing business in Moscow?
Soon, we will find out.
Mykhailo Gannytskyi is an editor-in-chief at UNIAN