Kremlin needs dead bodies in Ukraine. A lot of them. It needs this not because of cruelty, but because of pragmatism. Kremlin has been talking about Fascist terror in Kyiv for more than a year, but it has no proofs. In Siberia, which is far away, people do believe that there are fascists in Kyiv but these myths do not root well on the other side of Urals. People in the Western Russia know Kremlin’s doublespeak and are immune to it like us, Ukrainians. Kremlin does not like such a status quo, especially right now.
Kremlin needs evidence of the fascist terror, yet it cannot manage to get one. No matter how many Putin’s saboteurs are trying shoot us in a back, organize explosions in volunteer offices and destroy the railway — there is still no Bartholomew’s night for the agents of Putin and Yanukovych in Ukraine. After terrorist attack in Kharkiv during local Maidan rally, there were killed and wounded, yet there were still no pogroms of Russians, which they wished for. They were organizing fake mining of Kyiv subway almost daily for a half a year of now, and there is still no pogrom. They just cannot destabilize the situation enough to fix the right picture as they did in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 after the overthrow of Bakiev’s regime, when Russian paratroopers were sent to Bishkek to protect Russians that were allegedly ‘killed’ and ‘robbed’.
That is why Kremlin gave an order to kill as many of its underlings as possible to have dead bodies on the streets of Kyiv as an excuse for its intervention. Or at least to raise this issue in the United Nations, proposing to send UN and Russian forces in order to protect Russians and their property in Ukraine. This can be used for Russian landing operation in Kyiv and for a pro-Russian coup. It is easier and more realistic to try changing Ukraine’s government than to conduct a military takeover of the whole country.
So this is why Russian intelligence operatives started a shoot-off season in Ukraine. Russian trace became clearly visible after the murder of Mr. Kalashnikov in the evening of April 15. We were expecting that somebody from the Communist party will be killed a few days later, but on April 16 Mr. Buzyna was murdered instead. They are probably in a hurry.
Both victims were of no political importance to the Kremlin. Former MP Kalashnikov was just a secondary league player in the Party of the Regions and he was sent to ‘political pension’ long time ago, even though this term could be hardly applied to him.
Journalist Oles Buzyna, not to offend a dead person, has written everything he could and lost the trend long time ago. Colleagues got used to him and coexisted. He was an organic part of the Ukrainian media scene. Yet the time has lost Buzyna and he was just occasionally buzzing to a very specific audience.
Even though Mr. Buzyna had a brilliant style, he was not causing any excitement among the supporters of Russia, not to mention his opponents. However, he was a significant person in his own way and there was no need to create a fake that he was killed because of calling for a mass celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the WW2, as it was done in case of Mr. Kalashnikov. In fact, nobody has ever heard any calls from Mr. Kalashnikov, since he was not a speaker at all and was more comfortable with commander’s language than with the ordinary Russian. A KGB cliche of the ‘beasty grin of nationalism’ from the ‘farewell’ letter of Kalashnikov is quite amusing in this respect.
This special operation of Russian operatives will not be limited only to the murders of Kalashnikov and Buzyna, unless there is a ‘halt’ command from Kremlin. We are waiting for another dozen of dead bodies to appear from the named group of people. Two or three of them will be from the Communist party, probably Mr. Symonenko and Mr. Holub, since they are ‘used material’ already, or somebody else from the political bureau of the Ukrainian communists. Kaletniks family should not worry as they could still be used by Kremlin. It is very likely that former MP Kolesnichenko will be killed in the Crimea and a scandalous journalist Shariy in Lithuania. This will allow Russians to raise the issue of the out of country special operations of the Security Service of Ukraine.
They already tried to spread a rumor in Kyiv that Yanukovych’s son was kidnapped [and killed] by ‘Bandera followers’ and was transported to Baikal then so that FSB can not catch them. In order to complete the image, there will be two or three explosions near Russian Sberbank offices in Ukrainian cities and some kind of ‘crucified boy’ on the road near Kyiv. In order to make it politically significant, FSB will organize a murder of few MPs from the Opposition bloc. Nestor Shufrych could be a possible candidate and this is rather sad, since he still wasn’t hold responsible for the mass killing of fish in the Kyiv Water Reservoir [a.k.a. the Kyiv Sea] which he organized in 2010 while being a head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
But for now the dead bodies of Kalashnikov and Buzyna were enough for Kremlin in order to demonstrate them during the 4th International Security Conference, which took place in Moscow on April 16 — 17. Interestingly enough, Ukraine was not in the list of the 80 states that were invited. Well, most military heads of NATO still did not go there and sent only their military attachés, who serve in Moscow anyway, to listen to these speeches. We should mention that the murders happened in a quite comfortable time before the conference. So this international tribune will be used by Kremlin to talk about the ‘beast grin of nationalism’ in Ukraine.
A reason why Kremlin started shooting its advocates in Ukraine lays in the changes of its plan of military advance between the Easter and V-day [May 9], which was forecasted by many experts, including us at Hvylya. NATO made a number of preventive steps, including full-scale military exercise of April 11.
Even though a new Berlin meeting in a Normandy format on April 13 did not yield any results, showing that this format reached its dead end, Ukraine started its diplomatic advance there. Volunteer battalions were taken away from the frontline and were officially brought in subordination of the Ministry of Defense and the National Guard, which took away the last possibility of criticism from [Russia’s Foreign Minister] Lavrov.
On April 14 former Ukraine’s president Kuchma proposed Russians together with the DPR and LPR mercenaries to demilitarize Shyrokine and demanded to allow the entrance of Ukrainian humanitarian aid to Donetsk. This made their brain freeze and took away all Kremlin’s pretexts for saying that Ukraine violates a ceasefire, while constant fights in Donbas are treated as local collisions by the OSCE since they are not going on along the whole frontline.
As a result, Kremlin was trapped by its own net of tricks and it sees “a carrot” of future discussion in the EU on possible cancellation of sanctions. There are also other “carrots and sticks” which are not so clear and this makes Kremlin think about a date and a form of future military invasion to Ukraine. Kremlin also hopes for pro-Russian coup in Kyiv. In this task it is assisted by owners of supermarkets and the key players of the Ukrainian energy market: Akhmetov, Firtash and Hryhoryshyn who are increasing prices wildly. The Kremlin is not yet sure that planned advance will be easy and successful and that it will not have a military answer from NATO, which can happen in a form of sending troops to Ukraine. That’s why they started a ‘shoot-off’ operation to have a pretext for their invasion.
Our position on the ‘shoot-off’ operation is clear. The National Security and Defense Council should adopt a decision about internment of potential target persons from Ukraine to Russia. They should be interned for their own security, since there will be no sense to kill them on the Russian territory. They can go there and say that they are victims of terror and discrimination, they can even get money for this. But this is not our concern, since no one is going to refute baseless Kremlin’s thesis about fascist junta and Bandera followers and Kremlin itself is not trying to prove it for more than a year.
There is no point in arguing with Kremlin, it is a waste of time. Let them entertain themselves and Russians with tales about Ukrainian fascists and Judo-Bandera. Our task is to take away its reasons for another tale about fascist terror.
That is why there is a sense in extraditing the fans of Kremlin out of Ukraine for about 5 years, until Russian regime and public consciousness does not change, or to propose them to leave Ukraine on their own. Another option is to register themselves and to make a plea for personal security. Of course it should be financed by themselves since Ukraine had lost enough money because of Kremlin. Extradition to the Russian border should be financed by them as well. Ukraine did not start this war. The decision has to be made by the National Security and Defense Council, since if the Parliament votes on this, a half of the proponents of the Russian World will be dead. We talking only about a dozen hundred of famous Kremlin-leakers. Those unknown to FSB should not worry.
Original article by Serhiy Klimovski for Hvylya.net, translated by Maksym Sviezhentsev, edited by Gennadiy Kornev