An American Reports from the Donbass: Kiev Attacks Peaceful Citizens

An American Reports from the Donbass: Kiev Attacks Peaceful Citizens

April 15, 2014 • 8:10AM

George Eliason, an American industry expert residing in eastern Ukraine, yesterday posted on the latest in his series of denunciations of U.S. Government aid and abetment of the neo-Nazi coup in Kiev. Titled “Kiev’s War Against the Peace-Loving People of South-East Ukraine,” this article contrasts the coincidence this past weekend of Palm Sunday and the 70th anniversary of the World War II liberation of Odessa (Ukraine) and Simferopol (Crimea), with U.S. support for an impending violent suppression of protests in southeastern Ukraine.

Eliason cites weekend statements by Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh and Acting Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, on a full mobilization against “separatists” in southeastern Ukraine, as having been endorsed by the covert visit of CIA chief John Brennan. Calling the Donbass (Donets River Basin) separatists “terrorists,” writes Eliason, “is akin to declaring half the population of a country to be terrorists!” Drawing a parallel with his homeland, he adds,
“In America, the 99% may be treated like the second-class citizens of the Donbass, but the Obama administration has at least enough sense not to attack them using the military.”
Eliason details the Sunday, April 13 events around the Donbass city of Slavyansk (Ukrainian: Slovyansk), pointing to contradictory reports of the shootout on an approaching highway that left at least one person dead, and noting that women and girls had formed a human chain to protect the town against an expected onslaught by Right Sector. He also notes several instances of local law-enforcement personnel refusing to attack the demonstrators.

Insisting that the demonstrations in eastern Ukraine, where he lives, are peaceful, Eliason writes:
“The peacefulness of the people, though, isn’t slowing the other arm of security down. Yarosh’s Right Sector sent 500 thugs with baseball bats and guns from Dnepropetrovsk to Kiev with orders to attack the celebration there of the 70th anniversary of liberation from Nazi occupation. The reason they are doing this is simply that their side lost. For 70 years, they have been denied the right to parade in Nazi uniforms as heroes of World War II.”

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