« on: Yesterday at 09:53:00 am »
I'm fairly sure we can take the word of the worst convergence of corporate America and hired killers at face value.
And yes. The problem is, I don't think this is necessarily off-duty Russian troops popping over the border for a bit of violence and fun. This actually does reflect sentiment in those areas, and is in response to the viciously Russophobic sentiment in Kiev.
While Russian's not a language I'm fluent in, I am fluent in how people in violent situations think, and I would not be surprised to discover the more extreme elements of Ukrainian nationalism decrying Russian speakers as Putin's 5th column in the country...because that's the kind of retarded statement nationalist idiots make all over the globe in such situations.
There's also the credibility gap that exists between the (unelected) government in Kiev and the elected officials in control of the regions and cities in the east. The government has tried to close that gap by appointing governors and mayors, but as you can imagine, that is really not going down well.
Fortunately, Right Sector have had a major falling out with the government in Kiev, with some gangland style killings going down. My feeling is that someone in the provisional government or Parliament finally figured out an independent paramilitary force with political ambitions was not best left to its own devices, and instead was better dealt with before it decided to pull a Reichstag fire scenario. Just as well, or we might be seeing Right Sector auxilaries supporting the Berkut in suppressing the protestors and insurgents.