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!
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…
President Putin announced today that the epic, 19km bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia is set to open not in December, as originally stated, but in summer. This wasn’t entirely a surprise, there had been speculation for some time the bridge may open early, given the stellar progress, but it’s still quite something.
I’d like to take this opportunity to aсquaint, or re-acquaint you with my reportage from the Crimea bridge. And to point out, that as my reports from there near 1 million views on YouTube, that makes them way, way, more popular than the BBC, CBS, or any of the western propaganda outlets who’ve ‘reported’ from there. Goes to show you what crowdfunded, independent journalism can do! Here goes – 3 Crimea Bridge reports –
Crimea ❗ Crimeans React to New Mega Bridge 🌉
Crimea Bridge ❗ War, Information War, Cats, Memes,and More! Exclusive Report ❗
Crimea Bridge ❗ Longer than Europe’s Longest Bridge: Special Report ❗
And there will be more to come, with your support. Click here to make a pledge to keeping independent, crowdfunded journalism beating the rest, winning the information war!
I’m currently compiling a list of people who helped, via crowdfunding, to make our film, Brit in Crimea, now over 20,000 views in its first 3 weeks –
Here’s the list so far, a work in progress, of those who made significant contributions to make our film happen! Let me know if you’re not on it, should be. Are on it, don’t want to be. I’ll be making a video to thank all of you here soon!
Tiago de Carvalho
There it was, trundling into view like the latest Police Academy instalment. The west’s response to Crimea’s reunification with Russia 4 years ago. Good ole Britain’s own Boris got the ball rolling last week even, jumping the gun on all the #CrimeaisUkraine antics, with his usual hadn’t-read-the-memo bluster, containing so many omissions and errors that the Russian Embassy in the UK just sat back and picked them off one by one.
Back to the #CrimeaisUkraine and there was the to-be-expected offerings from Ukrainian embassies around the world –
Here actually not a bad reflection of some of the work done by Russian in stopping ‘pro-Ukrainian’ acts of terrorism on the peninsula.
The rest just blah-blah propaganda, as per….
Here, Ukrainian’s foreign minister Klimkin thanking Boris for his above support, followed by Lithuania –
Latvia, even more, clearly keen to show the USA that all the money they’ve spent promoting western propaganda in Latvia, is reaping the results –
Back to the UK, with UK ambassador to Ukraine, Judith Gough tweeting this out, with the presumably unintentional side-effect of making it look like there was no one either on the stage, or in the audience, for Chubarov’s offering.
The UK to the OSCE meanwhile, took the most risible part of Boris’ Crimea-flail and served it up as a self-standing tweet –
Noble words indeed, which would have far more credibility if the UK hadn’t been one of the foremost proponents of bombing Serbia in 1999 to create the US, NATO enclave of Kosovo.
And to Kiev, where the rally held there to show ‘solidarity’ for Crimea came out something like this –
A few dozen protesters grimly clutching propaganda placards written in English, for the benefit of western media. Such a forced, limp show of ‘solidarity’, it seems cruel to even point out the difference between that, and the ‘victory parade in Ukrainian Sevastopol’ promised to Ukrainians back in 2014….
So, another year, another anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, sees the west in the stable with Ukraine, trying to rather pathetically piss on all the straw, with the horse having long bolted, never to return.