Chances for Peace in Ukraine: Zero

Chances for Peace in Ukraine: Zero
by Stephen Lendman
Low-level US/ordered/Kiev initiated conflict before resumed full-scale may not last much longer. 
Over 1,500 US, UK, and Canadian combat troops are readying Ukraine’s Nazi-infested National Guard and likeminded paramilitary battalions for resumed genocidal war on Donbass.
Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) parliament speaker Andrey Purgin said foreign elements are training Ukrainian extremists already with “their hands up to the elbows in blood.”
Foreign mercenaries continue supporting Kiev. DPR Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said US State Department enlisted Blackwater elements are involved.
Washington continues sending Kiev heavy weapons. Daily shellings continue. Minsk ceasefire terms were dead on arrival. Kiev violated them straightaway.
According to the Saker, “(t)here is very little doubt left in anybody’s mind that the junta will resume a full-scale attack on” Donbass. 
“(A)ny hopes for a weakening of the US and/or European support for the Nazi junta are now dead.”
Washington intends resuming full-scale war – perhaps goading Russia to intervene.
Prospective Kiev legislation calls for nationalizing all Russian assets. Nazis in charge are rewriting history – claiming Russia invaded Ukraine.
Washington continues offering full support and encouragement. Endless wars are longstanding US policy.
Obama wants a European one involving Russia – justifying NATO’s killing machine more than ever.
It remains to be seen how events unfold. The risk of global war is greater than any time since WW II – this time with potentially humanity destroying nuclear weapons.
Some good news offers a little hope. On April 25, the Washington Post headlined “Ukraine’s military mobilization undermined by draft dodgers.”
Saying many conscripted Ukrainians aren’t “heeding the call to arms.”
One recruit said he “decided a long time ago that (he) wouldn’t respond to the order” he got to report for military service.
“I am not at all interested in participating in such a conflict. They should have been acting much more effectively to have fewer victims. I don’t want to end up on the victim list myself,” he said.
Ukrainian youths interviewed spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid draft dodging penalties.
One refusnik complained about military commanders taking bribes and Poroshenko maintaining business ties to Moscow while asking Ukrainian youths to risk death in combat.
Kiev military spokesman Vladishlav Seleznev admitted recruiting problems.
He lied claiming generous benefits provided recruits defending the country. At the same time, he said “there are very harsh criminal penalties for draft dodgers.”
They include stiff fines and years in prison. Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba speaking publicly against mobilization was charged with treason and obstructing the military.
He faces 15 years in prison for exercising his free expression rights. Fascist regimes tolerate no opposition.
Ukrainian youths refusing to go to war against fellow citizens opt out quietly.
A government decree regulates foreign travel for military-aged youths. Anyone showing up at border checkpoints risks arrest and up to five years in prison.
Efforts to enlist youths for combat are floundering in parts of Ukraine. Rava-Ruska Mayor Iryna Vereshchuk called “mobilization (here) a total failure.”
“People don’t understand what they are fighting against. If it’s a war, why has no war been declared? Why are ordinary people being called up” to fight, she asked?
“We still have diplomatic and financial links with Russia and yet people are saying we have to go and fight their troops and die.”
“If our region was coming under attack, people would take up arms, but they are not ready to go to the east and end up killing other Ukrainian citizens.”
Ukrainian youth Andrey said he’d “rather sit in prison for three years – and be fed and secure – than serve.”
“After a whole year of this government, we still have to work for two days to buy a loaf of bread. I don’t want to go fight for that kind of government,” he explained.
Ukraine’s military said it completed about three-fourths of its mobilization – five waves with a sixth proposed.
Kharkov is Ukraine’s second largest city. Only around 17% of conscripted youths responded to orders to report for military service.
Kiev’s military officials are  concerned, said WaPo. “Rotating soldiers off the battlefield, they expect only 15-20 percent to return voluntarily.” 
“New soldiers get only 26 days of general training, plus a week or two to practice their specialization.” 
“So without a steady stream of recruits, they worry that the quality of soldiers could drop.” 
“Only 1 in 8 troops is a volunteer, not nearly enough to make up the recruitment gap.”
According to Kiev-based military expert Aleksey Arestovich:
“We don’t understand what we are fighting for, and the government does not inform people about the goals of this war” – officially called an “anti-terrorist operation (ATO).”
Families of slain soldiers must fight for promised benefits, Arestovich added. Fascist regimes are all take and no give.
Low-level conflict continues daily ahead of US plans to rev it up full-scale. It bears repeating. Chances for peace in Ukraine are zero. 
Washington demands endless war. It’s recklessly heading toward challenging Russia militarily. All bets are off if launched.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at 
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