Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for MoneyNewsNow.com and VeteransToday.com and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA, raised in a modest middle income family, attended public schools, received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. After six years as a marketing research analyst, Lendman became part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring in 1999.

Since then, he has devoted his time to progressive causes, extensive reading, and since summer 2005 writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.

He is also author of the celebrated books "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity" and "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War".


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Kiev’s Dirty War

kievby Stephen Lendman

 

Rogue terror states wage wars the same way. America does it. So does Israel.

Kiev’s illegitimate fascist government operates extrajudicially. Rule of law principles don’t apply.

Dirty war is waged on its own non-combatant men, women and children. Residential neighborhoods are bombed and shelled.

Banned chemical and other terror weapons are used. Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) member of parliament Miroslav Rudenko said:

“According to our soldiers’ information, the Ukrainian forces are using chemical ammunition on DPR territory.”

“Once a shell bursts, a gas affecting sense organs is emitted. We have this information.”

In early June, Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters said Kiev forces attacked Semyonovka near Slaviansk with an unknown chemical weapon.

On August 6, freedom fighters claimed “irrefutable evidence” of a weapon used similar to white phosphorous.

It burns flesh to the bone. It keeps burning until entirely consumed or deprived of oxygen.

The Hague and Geneva Conventions categorically prohibit use of these type weapons. It doesn’t matter.

Kiev uses them against civilians. So does Israel. America uses banned chemical, biological and radiological weapons in all its wars.

These countries kill and destroy indiscriminately. They commit daily crimes of war and against humanity.

US special forces are trained killers. They’re actively involved in training and aiding Kiev’s military.

So is L-3 Communications. It’s a private military contractor. According to Rossiya Segodnia’s Center for International Journalism and Research’s Daniel Zubov:

“L-3 is packed with former high-ranking US military generals and other officers, including several L-3 board members.”

They include former Joint Chiefs chairman Henry Hugh Shelton and former Army vice Vice Chief of Staff General Richard Cody.

Kiev forces deliberately and maliciously inflict prohibited collective punishment on hundreds of thousands of Southeastern Ukrainians. It does so with full support from and complicity with Washington.

Two rogue terror states partner in crimes of war and against humanity.. They continue daily unaccountably.

Media scoundrels ignore the worst of what demands headlines. They point fingers the wrong way.

They call lawless Kiev forces liberating ones. Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighting democrats are called terrorists.

Daily managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. On Monday, a convoy carrying refugees was attacked.

Each side accused the other. Most likely, Kiev forces were responsible.

What possible motive would Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters have to attack defenseless civilians from their own areas fleeing for safety?

Kiev forces benefit by blaming self-defense democrats for their crimes. Not according to The New York Times.

On August 18, it headlined “Rebels Killed Dozens in Attack on Refugees, Ukraine says.” What about what freedom fighters say? What about what most likely did or did not happen?

Citing Ukraine’s military, The Times said “(s)eparatist rebels on Monday attacked a caravan of cars carrying refugees trying to flee war-ravaged eastern Ukraine, killing ‘dozens’ of people in a devastating barrage of artillery fire…”

The Times quoted Ukraine military spokesman Col. Adriy Lysenko saying “terrorists had perpetrated a bloody crime.”

“Many people died, including women and children.” No specific numbers were given. Reuters reported “dozens.”

The attack occurred on a main highway near Lugansk. “A powerful artillery strike…was so strong that people were burned alive in (their) vehicles…”

Freedom fighters denied involvement. They questioned whether any attack occurred.

At the same time, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said Kiev forces “have bombed the road constantly with airplanes and Grads.”

“It seems they’ve now killed more civilians like they’ve been doing for months now. We don’t have the ability to send Grads into that territory.”

Donetsk self-defense leader Alexander Zakharchenko added:

“As far as I understand, there was no column of refugees in Lugansk region that fell under fire.”

“We…did not shoot any convoys (of refugees) with Grads and moreover we did not shoot with any Grads from Russia.”

The State Department was quick to condemn the attack that may not have occurred if area self-defense leaders are right.

At the same time, deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf stopped short of laying blame.

“We strongly condemn the shelling and rocketing of a convoy that was bearing internally displaced persons in Lugansk,” she said.

Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on Gaza, Harf and State Department’s Jen Psaki outrageously called Israel’s premeditated genocidal war self-defense.

Over 80% of casualties were civilians. Over 500 children were killed. Israel’s war without mercy continues. How many more Palestinians will die remains to be seen.

Kiev forces began attacking Southeast Ukrainian freedom fighters and civilians in early April. Conflict remains ongoing.

Dozens are killed or wounded daily. Well over 2,100 have died. Over 5,000 have been wounded.

UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly calls these “very conservative estimates.”

Itar Tass said around 34 people were killed and 29 others wounded in the city of Donetsk in the last 24 hours alone.

Two districts were heavily shelled. A coal mine was struck. Attack drones struck targets.

On Wednesday morning, strong blasts occurred in central Donetsk. Gunfire set a warehouse with car tires ablaze.

Street-to-street fighting in Lugansk continues. Russian, German, French and Ukrainian foreign minister talks in Berlin Sunday included pledges to keep working for conflict resolution.

On August 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed Moscow’s humanitarian aid initiative, border control and efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire.

“People are dying every day,” he said. “Civilian infrastructure is being destroyed every day as well.” He stressed Russia’s position. Ceasefire “must be unconditional.”

“Unfortunately, our Ukrainian colleagues continue to put forward a variety of rather vague terms and conditions, including, as they put it, ensuring the ‘tightness’ of the borders.”

“(W)e have nothing against border control being maximally effective, and we are doing our best to achieve this goal.”

“A ceasefire is a two-way street. Our colleagues from Kiev are complaining that the self-defence fighters are not communicating with them.”

“It’s difficult to be in contact when you’re being bombed relentlessly, as is the case in Lugansk.”

“Our Western colleagues who have direct influence on Kiev have work to do in this department.”

“Unfortunately, the United States was not represented at the meeting in Berlin.”

Washington spurns diplomacy. It wants Kiev’s dirty war continued.

It wants freedom fighting democrats crushed. It wants fascist putschists firmly in control nationwide.

Lavrov’s meeting with his German, French and Ukrainian counterparts achieved no results. Nor will follow-up discussions.

At the same time, Lavrov continues going all-out for peaceful conflict resolution. He refuses to accept anything less.

He’s a world class diplomat. He shames his US and EU counterparts.

He deplores US-led adventurism. He pursues peace. He does so tirelessly.

He deserves Nobel Peace Prize recognition. War criminals usually get it. Obama is Exhibit A.

He bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. For deposing a democratically elected government. For installing a putschist neo-Nazi-infested fascist one.

For partnering in Kiev’s dirty war against its own citizens. For adding another genocidal crime to his rap sheet.

For risking the unthinkable – direct confrontation with Russia. For potentially transforming a new Cold War into a hot one.

Madness defines his agenda. Peace is a non-starter. Multiple direct and proxy wars continue. Humanity remains hugely at risk.

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2 Responses to "Kiev’s Dirty War"

  1. jmreeves  August 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

    The Kiev set (which is fragmenting) is trying to provoke Vladimir Putin
    into going to the aid of the Eastern Ukraine people, using them as a Chess Piece.
    Putin knows better than to oblige.
    There are ways to help them (though I don’t have one on hand)
    but by the nature of stupid pet tricks, there must be some way to not give these guys their wish.
    They want the countrymen to the east to leave and give it all over, it seems to me.
    So, as usual, multiple objectives and deception, Caution Zionists at Work.
    the thing is to outsmart the other guys plan while getting the work done,
    without outsmarting yourself.
    The conditions in Eastern Ukraine are bad and getting worse,
    and winter looms.
    What a Mess.

    John

  2. The Rift  August 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Hammer on the nail here, great article. It is sickening how the western media spins all this, it is also so frustrating how the sheep just swallow all the lies. I think the EU is going to descend into war if this goes on, at least I know which side I will be fighting for.

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