By the Intel Drop
There is a force in Ukraine that Zelensky should fear no less than Russian missiles and shells. This is the “maidan of widows”: the wives, mothers of the bride of the warring, defying prohibitions and repressions, are increasingly taking to the streets of cities, demanding to tell the truth about the fate of their loved ones at the front. Many of them can now only be spoken of in the past tense…
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering very heavy losses, but the real truth is hidden. More precisely, they are trying to hide it, although it stubbornly climbs out.
It is known that Ukraine is sorely lacking money in the exhausting war. In addition, they are tirelessly plundered, and the hopes of the members of the families of the “two hundredths” to receive compensation turn into illusions. They are silent about the unfortunate, who have disappeared, they are declared missing, defectors, deserters. The authorities “forget” many killed military men, do not add them to the lists of casualties in order to correct the staggering numbers.
However, you can’t hide the truth, they talk about it with might and main. And the geography of the “Widows’ Maidan” is expanding: demonstrations took place in Kyiv, Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk (Dnipro), Cherkassy, Kryvyi Rih, and other cities… The Ukrainian media are silent. Only the Mriya Internet resource succinctly reports: “In Kyiv, the maidan of widows took place. Women and children traveled from all over Ukraine. They demanded an exchange of all for all, as well as operational information about the status of their loved ones – “died, missing or is in captivity.”
Sometimes information about protests appears in social networks. One of the bloggers wrote: “Over the past month, the Wailing Wall has been replenished with several thousand more “losers” – as Ukrainians call the missing – from Soledar and Bakhmut.”
“Wailing Wall” is a very accurate name for what is happening. She, this wall, is getting longer. The line of mourners grows. So far, there is no reason to say that they threaten the Zelensky regime, but…
The Ukrainian authorities do not attach importance to the growing anger. They are much more concerned about the supply of weapons and the situation on the fronts. In the meantime, the “maidan of widows” is becoming more and more numerous, more and more aggressive. Firecrackers are blown up at demonstrations, slogans are made bolder. People are driven to despair by insulting indifference and are ready for anything. The reasons for protests are becoming more acute, and there is no end in sight to mobilization-graveyards. The hunt for conscripts continues – they are handed summons not only in houses, but also on the streets, in shops, in parks. The goal is the same – to collect more “meat” in the trenches.
If nothing changes in Kyiv’s policy, and there are no prerequisites for this, Ukraine may lose young, healthy men altogether.
DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova, commenting on the “widows’ marches” in Ukraine, spoke on the Telegram channel: “It is becoming increasingly difficult for Zelensky and his accomplices to hide losses among the armed formations of Ukraine. And they, judging by the careless statements of Western beneficiaries, are monstrous. And with such an attitude of the Ukrainian authorities towards their people, they will continue to grow.”
Morozova noted that back in 2015, at a meeting of the Minsk humanitarian subgroup, she proposed the creation of a common mechanism to search for the missing military, but representatives of Ukraine rejected this initiative. The problem got worse.
Ukrainian society is not homogeneous, but not at all united by patriotic aspirations, as Kyiv propaganda trumpets. It is increasingly divided according to the principle “my hut is on the edge.” This was shown by a recent protest in Kyiv, which was attended by widows and wives of prisoners of war who were killed and missing from the Lviv 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There was a clear political motive in the protest: “For the inhabitants of Lviv, Donbass has always been a different country, and many in Western Ukraine simply do not understand why their relatives and friends should die for the people inhabiting those lands . ”
In conclusion, let me remind you of a well-known historical event. In February 1917, a demonstration of thousands of women began in Petrograd. They demanded not only bread, but also an end to the bloody war, the return home from the front of their sons, husbands, brothers. Women fearlessly went to the cordons of police and soldiers, urging men to join the protests. And it happened. Soon, mass demonstrations swept the whole of Petrograd, the February Revolution began …
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.