I’m a US citizen and resident of Lugansk, Ukraine. It’s shameful that with your basically progressive philosophy you would write such inaccurate editorials about eastern Ukraine.
1. These people who have taken over and are destroying our beautiful city are no longer separatists—they are overwhelmingly foreign mercenary terrorists, sent by Putin.
2. Where, it is true, after the obvious US support at Maidan for the ultra-right Svoboda party who triggered this disaster by attempting to outlaw the speaking of Russian, even in our homes, a strong minority supported the secessionists. No longer. The terrorists are stealing cars, looting, kidnapping our young innocent girls for their “brothels”, and constantly shelling our residential areas and blaming the shelling on the Ukrainian army—Russian propaganda that your editors apparently have swallowed. Like Israel, Kiev is not shelling indiscriminately—civilian casualties are collateral damage. The terrorists are, however, and blaming the casualties on Kiev.
3 The Ukraine army has not shelled Russia. They have no interest in committing suicide. They do have, however, proof that the terrorists have—emulating Hitler’s pre-Poland invasion excuse.
4. Ukraine was disarmed in 1994, obviously not by Obama but as part of the Budapest Memorandum exchanging Ukraine’s nuclear weapons for US and UK promises of border defense. Neither country has fulfilled this obligation—certainly, sanctions alone are a joke. For each new round of sanctions, Putin sends another caravan of tanks and troops up Sovietskaya Oolitsa in Lugansk.
Lugansk is now without water, electricity, transportation, with little food and less hope—triggered by US perfidy and maintained by Russian propaganda, which you are helping disseminate. Our boys are trying to defend us without proper helmets, flak vests, inferior tanks and armored vehicles. They are on the front line of trying to stop Russian aggression and desperately need help—not your ignorant justifications. Stay with the standards you’ve exhibited in the past.
Please do not publish my name—my family and friends will be arrested and quite likely executed—these are terrorists—not separatists.
[Name withheld by request]
Aug 1 2014 - 3:58pm