10 Popular Myths about Ukrainian Conflict Dedunked


ukrainian flag and fleur de lis

Dear reader, first off, I’d like to ask you to take a minute and please wish Ukraine well.

It’s the country I was born to, and I care for it.

Think no evil and no evil will come. If enough people think peace, peace will come.

Thank you.

5 myths maintained by pro-Western media

Myth 1: Ukraine is a democratic country that turned authoritarian overnight

Ukraine has never been a democratic country. Make no mistakes, whoever has been in charge of the country since 1991, has been a corrupt individual largely indifferent to the country’s fate.

There’s never been the rule of law there either – a required condition for any society to be called a democracy. In my opinion, the Ukrainian government has successfully faked democracy for over 20 years, and it’s not surprise at all that things that are happening now are taking place.

Myth 2: Ukrainian people started the revolution over Yanukovich aborting the EU deal

In truth, Ukrainian people started the revolution over their disappointment with Yanukovich and the corruption that’d been taking place for over 20 years. There had been an old-time “cancer tumor” on the body of the society which the society had tolerated for too long. That’s the real reason, if you ask me.

If you throw a torch into a dry hay stack, it’ll go on fire. I heard from people I know personally that the seed group of protesters were getting paid 350 hryvnias to participate (per night spent at Maidan). Who was paying them? I don’t know. I only know that, later on, the masses that joined them did it voluntarily, and it was all for real. However, but for the initial push, all of this wouldn’t have happened.

Myth 3: There is currently such thing as “the Ukrainian government”

The government is a body that is elected by the people (not just a small group of it). Ever since Yanukovich fled, no election has taken place. Hence, whoever is in charge or in command right now, he is a self-appointed governor. The change of government has been welcomed in the West, tolerated in the East, and largely opposed in the South (the Crimea).

That’s what the current conflict in the Crimea is about. They say it’s between the Ukrainian government and the Russian government. But wait, who are the people in the Ukrainian government at the moment?

Myth 4: Yulia Timoshenko is the shiny opposition leader restored

From what I have heard about this woman (from people who actually lived in the regions she was in charge of), she is just as evil as the runaway president, if not worse. Why was she suddenly released? She was in prison for signing a deal with Putin (by the way!) that was devastating for the Ukrainian economy. What this woman performed qualifies as treason.

Now, suddenly she’s back in the saddle. Looks like the self-proclaimed power really needs at least someone (even Timoshenko will do) to cement the divided society together.

Myth 5: Crimea is just a lucrative part of Ukraine, hence the row

Crimea has always been unlike the rest of Ukraine. It was Greek in Antiquity, then it was Tatar for almost 400 years before the Russian Empire conquered it. In the USSR days, it officially became part of the Ukrainian republic, largely because of was right next to it, while remaining largely Russian in essence.

One of the first things the self-appointed government currently operating in Ukraine did was suggest a law concerning the state language. Plus, armed people were sent to Crimea to overtake the local administration. Did locals there recognize the new government they didn’t elect? No they didn’t.

5 myths maintained by the pro-Eastern media

1. The entire revolution was sponsored by the West

Like I said, there have been reports that, at the beginning, it was funded by you-can-guess-who. Eventually, the people taking part were real people, real lives lost – on both sides by the way. I personally know people who were writing to me from Kiev, telling me about their friends and their willingness to join the protests. Everyone was fed up with Yanukovich and the army.

However, the pro-Eastern media reports that it was all staged, and largely calls out the instances where the military were killed or wounded.

2. The current government are “fascists” from Western Ukraine 

Probably the most stupid thing Yanukovich said during the press conference in Rostov-na-Donu was that, the new Ukrainian government were the fascists from the Western part of the country (probably alluding to the old story about some support Nazis got in Western Ukraine during WW II because many people were anti-Soviet there).

He also called Western Ukrainians “the insignificant minority”, which was really insulting. However, the myth that there are some leftist “fascists” at power right now is circulating in pro-Eastern media.

3. The West is demonizing Yanukovich

Many pro-Eastern media channels stress that Yanukovich is legally still president, that he didn’t personally order his troops to shoot innocent people, but I believe he is just now trying to play nice. The Eastern media is doing this to avoid riots in Russia or neighboring countries.

4. Eastern Ukraine doesn’t want the new government

I’d say, it wants A new government, anyone but Yanukovich. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great candidate yet. Hence, I would put off any conflicts, come-backs or revenge until the next democratic election. But the new power is pushing for changes, administration take-overs, which paints a contradictory image of it the pro-Eastern press.

Making them look unwanted and unwelcome, which I think partially is the new power’s fault.

5. Russia wishes Ukraine only well

From Holodomor, to the financially devastating deal Putin let Timoshenko sign, there have been enough examples in history of Russia doing terribly by Ukraine. So, considering rumored Alpha agents (a Russian special forces) at Maidan shooting people, and Russia’s current military presence in Crimea, it’s clear that Putin is not driven by noble ambitions alone.

At the same time it’s understandable he doesn’t want NATO right next to Russia’s border, nor does he want to simply hand over the Crimean bases (which Russia has been paying rent for) to the self-proclaimed Ukrainian government that now simply wants to take over them.

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There are interests of too many parties involved here, most having selfish interests and blood on their hands.

The wisest party would be that which avoids being tricked into an armed conflict at any cost right.

This is what I hope for, because there really isn’t any reason for the country to be split, or fight, or not follow the legal election procedure at the moment (now that the corrupt government has been delivered a blow).

I do hope and pray for peace. But I decided to write this post, because too many people are repeating media myths over and over. And being exposed to both pro-Western and pro-Eastern media, it’s impossible for me not to see these contradictions.

Views are my own, some facts I may not have right. Feel free to prove me wrong.

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8 Comments

  1. Any country can be a DREAMLAND.any land can be a LAND OF DREAMS.what we do with the land , is on us. let there be LAND which we can say ”YES THIS IS IS MY HOMELAND”.

  2. Wonderful work, I don’t know where to start. Pray for Ukraine, and for peace, freedom & justice in the world. I love the logo, seems to place the ‘fleur de lis’ on Ukraine’s colors. I like that! I’ve spent most of today following news/blogs from Ukraine, & trying to learn what is actually happening, & how we humans interact with each other, & significant events in our lives. How can Ukraine be a significant event in my life, in NYC? THAT question should be self-evident, but just as a reminder… John Donne said it best! If I may, I will now make my comments on all the myths. I can’t disagree with the accuracy of any of them, but surely we all will have different perspectives on anything important in life!

  3. 1 – Corruption has been so great, (similar to RF per Index of Corruption), that one cannot claim Ukraine was ever a functioning democracy. Still, there are degrees of democracy? Ukraine has changed gov’ts a few times now, with much attention paid to the will of the people, despite inadequate voting booths. Compared to much of the world, (recently ‘Arab Spring’) this is not the worst democracy – not merely in minimizing deaths, but the families of deceased may feel some satisfaction that their loved ones did not die in vain! (Easy for me to see, I know)

    All must agree on the poverty of any rule of law, but I propose there has been much progress. Pelevin and so many others were persecuted, or prevented from writing. My belief is that misuse of the law for censorship is vastly diminished, and that is progress!

  4. 2 – I can’t articulate well to cite published rationales for revolutions. My sense is that no single circumstance is sufficient to cause a revolution, that requires a pervasive spirit in much of the population. OFTEN, one can find a catalyst, & this appears evident in the SURPRISE ABOUT-FACE by Yanukovich – more than merely changing his mind, communicating with ‘his subjects’ as the victors at Maidan surely did when they selected new people for gov’t. Was that a true democratic election? Maybe, where Yanukovich ARROGANTLY dismissed the public’s opinion. IF it had been necessary to pay the first few demonstrators, how long before they’d have found there way to protest with no payment. I says days, not weeks!

  5. 3 – No doubt the current gov’t is problematic. It was ‘selected by soliciting any veto’ from the Maidan. Still, they were UKRAINIANS, can they represent Russians or Tatars? Here I end up in the middle of many friends… Russians and Tatars should have their vote… I don’t think they would vote to join Putin, but will they have their opportunity in a fair vote? Not if Putin can help it, and I think upon reflections, sentient Ukrainians would not deny any that opportunity. That should be done after the chaos is settle, and Russian invaders withdraw!

  6. 4 – Timoshenko. The better question is why she was emprisoned. I believe she was the political prisoner of Yanukovich, who feared her leadership. Speaking of no rule of law, Yanukovich directed the verdict, as surely as Putin directed the verdict of Khadorkovskiy. Notice I said nothing of her virtue, indeed I was warned by some that MOST would reject her in any role, which I ALREADY KNEW. She is corrupt, so far, she should be president… lol. Yanukovich corrupted even more the situation. Who knows how democracy could have been accelerated if she could be on the ballot? That may not sound encouraging, but Yanukovich took out a major player for his own selfish interest.

  7. 5 – Crimea, a special place. I am compelled to fill in the blanks for how there are so many Tatar there now. After Stalin expelled them, many to their deaths, for supporting Nazi’s (sound familiar? – they probably did, as did many Irish, oppposed to UK) – they started returning a few decades ago, living as peacefully as any in Ukraine, indeed on earth. So I’d feel a special hurt if they fail to maintain their re-found place in the peaceful sun. I read they favor Ukraine’s autonomous arrangement.

  8. I must jump to concluding remarks. My commentary on the pro-East myths is quite well covered, I believe. It is fair that Putin does not want NATO, but why? I believe one must examine the legitimacy of his rule, & his reasons for annexing Crimea, even by force. Also, why are the ex-satellites so thrilled to feel protected from Russian aggression? When Russians awaken to that answer, they will not even be tolerant of Putin’s Eurasian market, & surely, I believe, see the advantage to joining the European market system, a la Russe, if you will, or a la Scandinave, as I will )) So far, Putin has failed to develop anything in Russia except its military, & energy. In 10-20 yrs, it will be so clear to all that China is the next big enemy to human progress.

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