In honour of International Women’s Day, I’m delighted to present my film about the legendary Doctor Liza, with full English subtitles.
Exactly a month ago, we released our film Brit in Crimea. I’m happy to say that, as of now, it’s the most popular video about Crimea, in English, on YouTube! Check it out for yourself – a completely independent, crowdfunded film, telling the truth about Crimea!
If you’re reading this in the west, you will have no doubt heard a lot about the Georgia war of 2008.
Cartoon, typical of the kind used to illustrate these stories…
It’s a very convenient agenda for the west, that of ‘Russian invasion’. And so it keeps coming up… re-served to fit contemporary narratives…
All recorded from the scene, South Ossetia! Featuring exclusive new material, interviews, never-before-seen footage from the time. I’m pleased to be working on this with local journalist Ian Gabaraev.
Coming soon on my YouTube channel, completely independent, funded only by crowdfunding!
There can be few wars in history where one side really didn’t know who they were fighting against. You would almost, ironically, have to go 1854, the Crimean war, and the Charge of the Light brigade who charged …. against the wrong target.
But, Kiev has reported that 77% of Ukrainian soldiers believe they are fighting against the actual Russian army. The actual Russian army. For almost 4 years. A figure which suggests a quite staggering level of brainwashing amongst those fighting for Ukraine – incidentally it was revealed by Kiev last week that over 500 of their number have committed suicide since Kiev declared the ‘ATO’ in 2014, and that just the official figure.
For lest we look at recent examples of actual Russian military involvement: Crimea, 2014. Russian army went in, on the clear will of the Crimean people it must be added (I was there), swiftly took control of the peninsula, without any casualties. Ukraine, despite being positioned right at the border, didn’t even dare to take them on. It was a no war. It was all over in days, in March of 2014.
Going back further. 2008. Then Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, with the backing of the US, used global attention on the Olympics in Beijing to launch all-out war on the breakaway region of South Ossetia (Georgian tanks advancing, here), on the night of August 7th, 8th. By mid-afternoon on August 8th, then Russian president Dmitiy Medvedev had sent the Russian army in. The war ended on August 12th, with comprehensive Georgian defeat, and retreat.
On August 13th, a peace plan was agreed between Georgia and South Ossetia, which has held since. Yet in Donbass, there’s no peace. And the Ukrainian soldiers think they’re fighting a Russian army, much stronger than it was in 2008, yet for some reason for four years, unable to effect the victory they achieved in five days of fighting in South Ossetia 2008, and without any fighting in Crimea 2014…
Actually the Ukrainian army are clearly far ‘braver’ than in 2014, when they didn’t even fire a shot in anger against the Russian army, as they’ve been shelling Donbass almost every day, for months now. And of course, they ‘can’ do this, because whatever happens, the US envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, will only report that ‘Russia is violating Minsk’.
This is the same Kurt Volker, ostensibly tasked with achieving peace in Donbass, who recently called for the ‘elimination’ of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Fighting talk. Warmongering talk, to be precise. Interesting what those Ukrainian troops believing they are fighting against Russia must think, to hear Volker speaking this way. That the Russian army which just last week announced a host of super-weapons fit to protect the largest country in the world against any country in the world, could be defeated in territory of just 17,000 sq km2 (DNR and LNR) against Ukrainian forces, albeit US-backed, but still comprised for the large part in Donbass of battalions of radicals, ultra-nationals, and the far-right… (pictured, Azov battalion)
Of course, Volker knows full well there’s no Russian army there, allowing him to pull off a double-act of ‘US diplomacy’, provocative statements designed to fuel the continuation of war, in the knowledge there is no ‘Russian army’ there, so Kiev is safe. But the idea of ‘Russia’ there, oft-repeated enough, and entrenched enough, that they can still be blamed at will.
Interestingly, while smiling at a recent conference, Volker referred to the war in Donbass as still ‘hot’. And in his capacity, he’ll be sure to keep it that way, fanning the flames, adding the fuel of fantasy of Russian involvement, on Twitter, in the trenches, to make sure that war in Donbass continues without any current end in sight.
As for the Ukrainian forces, they clearly can’t see who’s in front of them, but the question is what percent can see who’s behind them, pulling the strings, running the show, using them for their own ends…
The current war that suits the US in Donbass is low-intensity war. But, if that changes, if the US creates a situation, as in Georgia, where Russia has to send the army in, to prevent a genocide, those 77% of Ukrainian soldiers may only find out the real difference when it’s too late.
50,000 views is a great figure to get for video reportage on YouTube. Have a look yourself on YouTube and see just how many reports from the BBC, CNN, and on, don’t get anywhere near that.
So, I’m very happy to report that this video report, about Artek vs BBC propaganda, now becomes my first English-language video report from Crimea to pass 50,000 views. And I recommend checking out the comments too!
Apart from the rest, what have we come to know about former London Mayor, current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, in recent times. Well, firstly, Boris’ profound loathing of Russian Crimea, something he takes every opportunity to vent, and vent.
And secondly, Boris’ love of bridges. Just a couple of months ago, Boris was declaring how he would like to build a bridge across the UK channel, to France, all 22 miles of it. That met with some discussion at the time.
But then, it turns out that Boris had been hiding from us just how deep his love of bridges goes. You see this week we learned that Boris, while Mayor of London, wanted so much to build a bridge crossing the Thames, between Temple and South Bank, that he poured over £40 million of taxpayers’ money into it. With not so much as a beam to show for it. Or rather not so much as a potted plant, perhaps, because Boris wanted to build a bridge … with a garden on it.
Perhaps like yourself, I’d never even seen a ‘Garden Bridge’ as a concept before, and after seeing the pictures, can clearly understand why. Gardens and bridges have distinct, and separate roles, something many could have surely explained to Boris for considerably less than £40 million of public money…
We learned all this with Boris called into a hearing as to where it all went wrong for that bridge, which will never be built. With his bridge, among other, credibility now in tatters, the ‘Boris Bridge’ over the channel will now surely stay as a bridge pipe-dream, albeit a far less expensive one than the Garden Bridge.
Meanwhile, in Crimea, president Putin has announced their epic, 19km bridge will open on budget, and around half a year earlier than had been projected, not December, but in the next few months. Think of all the tips Boris could have got from there, on his beloved subject, had he not, indeed, burned his bridges…