Response from my MP regarding the government’s plan to send military “advisers” to Ukraine

Below is the response I received to the email I sent to my MP – David Hamilton, Labour –  regarding David Cameron’s decision to send 75 military “advisers” to Ukraine, despite a new ceasefire having just been negotiated in the Normandy Four format (ie. between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine). The text from my email can be found here. I have heard that France has distanced itself from Cameron’s plan, and that Hollande’s administration is still committed to reaching a diplomatic settlement. Yesterday President Putin met with Gérard Larcher – the President of the French Senate – in Moscow, further highlighting the conciliatory tone between the two nations. Read details from their meeting here.

 

Dear Ms Stephenson

Thank you for your email with your concerns on David Cameron’s position on Ukraine.

I am aware that David Cameron announced that UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory.

This decision has been under consideration by the UK national security council since late last year and it would be the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago.

This is part of a training mission providing advice on medical training, logistics, intelligence analysis and infantry training.  I understand that this is an action meant to alert the Russians that Britain does not approve of further large scale occupations of towns in Ukraine

David Cameron has also argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russia backed militias in eastern Ukraine and failed to observe the provisions of a ceasefire agreement.

This is indeed a worrying situation and it may of course fuel Russia’s wrath with the EU and needs to be handled delicately.

I like you, agree it is not as black and white as it seems.  We need to take a more even handed approach to what is happening.  I was extremely disappointed that we were not there along with the Germans and the French at the summit that was held with Russia and the Ukraine.

I am also deeply concerned about the state of the other countries in the region.  However for my part and my Party  I will be keeping a very close eye on the situation.

Thank you for sharing your views.

Regards

DAVID HAMILTON MP
Member of Parliament for Midlothian

 

I was disappointed that Hamilton did not address my concerns regarding the contradiction between sending British soldiers and supporting the Minsk agreement, which requires all foreign troops to leave the country. It is also discouraging to see references to ‘Russian backed incursions’ and ‘Russia’s wrath with the EU’, but no mention of the will of the people of Eastern Ukraine, who have been living under constant shelling for almost a year now. It seems like there is little difference between Hamilton’s view of the situation and that of the PM. However, another member of the Labour Party – I’ve forgotten who – said in an interview to RT this week that there was a great deal of disapproval to Cameron’s maneuver in Parliament. This was due to its inflammatory nature, and because the announcement was made having only been decided by a few members of  Cameron’s Cabinet – rather than following a debate in the House of Commons and with widespread support.

While John Kerry and Joe Biden insist that there’s been no split within the US/EU/NATO countries on how to approach the situation and ‘deal with’ Russia, it seems like this honeymoon phase of the coalition may truly be at an end now. While most of Europe seems to favour a rapprochement with Russia; the US, UK, Canada, Poland and the Baltic states are clamoring for more sanctions and won’t rule out sending weapons. Since Cameron’s announcement, Poland has declared that it will now send 100 trainers, with Canada likely to follow. At this rate Putin doesn’t need to do anything in retaliation, he can merely sit back and watch as the EU caves in on itself once and for all.

Letter to my MP regarding David Cameron’s decision to send “military advisers” to Ukraine:

I am writing to you to express my concern with the Prime Minister’s decision to send military advisers to Ukraine. Mr Cameron seemed to imply this afternoon that he supports the Minsk 2.0 agreement to bring about an end to the war, yet the peace deal explicitly calls for the removal of all foreign troops from the conflict zone. Therefore, deploying British forces runs counter to the protocols laid out at Minsk, whilst also giving the impression that Britain seeks an escalation of the war rather than a peaceful settlement. That the UK and United States were missing from the meetings in Moscow and Minsk made clear that such confrontational posturing is not viewed as helpful by mainland Europe. Thus, my first concern regarding the PM’s decision is that he seems to be unaware that taking such an action breaches the ceasefire deal. By pouring fuel on the fire Mr Cameron may end up encouraging an escalation in the fighting, and so far it is not clear that this is not actually his intention.
Secondly, I would like to make you aware of my dismay that this plan has been decided upon with no debate or vote in parliament. By sending these troops, the UK is involving itself in a civil war – and one in which the other side is supported by a country with nuclear weapons. The conflict itself is not nearly as black and white as Mr Cameron is making it out to be, and myself and many others in this country find what the new Ukrainian government is doing to its citizens in the East to be utterly abhorrent. If action must be taken, let us work alongside both Ukraine and Russia to reach a settlement that takes into consideration all parties involved, rather than pursuing reckless warmongering policies that continue to erode our credibility on the world stage.

Best wishes,
Sophie Stephenson

Armed American Filmed in Mariupol

An armed American in military uniform was caught on camera yesterday by the The Mariupol News Service. It is so far unknown as to whether he is working as a private contractor or is there officially as a member of the U.S. military. It was announced on Thursday that the U.S. will soon deploy soldiers to Western Ukraine in order to train the National Guard, meaning the far-right battalions such as Azov that have been terrorizing the citizens of Eastern Ukraine for the last several months. It is reported that the Obama administration will spend $19 million on this training, and will also finance the production of the Ukrainian-made SRM-1 Kozak Light Armored Vehicle, with a price tag of $189,000 each.

The last couple of weeks has witnessed intense fighting in the East of the country, leaving scores of civilians dead. These moves from Washington suggest that the Kiev regime and its sponsors have little interest in implementing a meaningful ceasefire.

To hear the American caught on camera, skip to 2.30, or click on the above link.

Ukrainian PM’s Historical Revisionism

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I will write thoughts on this later, but for now I just want to post the astonishing remarks that Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk made whilst in Berlin on Thursday for a joint press conference with Angela Merkel. While speaking to Germany’s state broadcaster ARD, Yatsenyuk said:

“All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany, we need to avoid [a repeat of] it.”

“Nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War,” he also added. “Russia’s President Putin is trying to do exactly this.”

This is obviously an exceedingly tone-deaf statement to make to the German people, who definitely do not view their WWII defeat in a negative light.

I’m unsure if Merkel was present when he said this, but having just read that she is no longer attending the peace talks due to take place on the 15th and that Moscow has asked Berlin for a clarification of Yats’ statement, might it be possible that Kiev’s latest assault on the Donbass is a deliberate attempt to sabotage the negotiations? However, as Merkel has laid the blame for the current breaking of the ceasefire on Russia, it doesn’t seem like she will be ready to see the light anytime soon.

Ukrainian Parliamentarian Publishes Essay on ‘Social-Nationalism’

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The following excerpts are from an article written by Andriy Biletsky – the leader of the ‘Patriot of Ukraine’ party and commander of Azov battalion. Both the party and battalion are part of Ukraine’s Social-National Assembly: a coalition of neo-Nazi groups. Wikipedia says: “Both the “Patriot of Ukraine” and the S.N.A. engage in political violence against minorities and their political opponents.” You know who else had paramilitary wings for such purposes? Hitler. Biletsky was recently awarded a medal by President Poroshenko for the role he has played in the uprising in the East of the country. The volunteer battalions have been accused by Amnesty International of starving civilians by preventing access to aid, as well as “ISIS style” atrocities, such as beheadings.

Biletsky’s essay explaining his ideology first appeared at WotanJugend (The Hammer of National-Socialism).

 

Social Nationalism is based on a set of principles that clearly distinguish it from other right-wing movements. This is a peculiar triad: sociality, racialism, and great-powerness.
Sociality

The principle of sociality implies our complete negation of democracy and liberalism, which fractionize the nation into isolated units and result in power of the gray crowd over the outstanding personalities (ochlocracy, mob rule).

Instead, we put forward the idea of ​​national solidarity, natural hierarchy and discipline, as the basis of our new society.

Not “democratic vote” of the crowd that can not cope with its own life, not mentioning life of the state, but natural selection of the best representatives of the nation – born chiefs-leaders.

Anyone who believes that such a system of government is unacceptable, should think whether modern system of government is acceptable, in which a prostitute and an academician have equal voting rights, where a degraded addict or a pederast are valued in the elections the same as the commander of a tank division.
People by nature are born with different abilities and capabilities, that’s why it is a great fortune for every person to find his place in the national hierarchy and conscientiously fulfill his vital tasks.
Racialism

If Ukrainian spirituality, culture and language are unique, it is only because our racial nature is unique. If Ukraine is a paradise on earth, it is only because our race turned her into it.

Accordingly, treatment of our national body should start with a racial cleaning of the nation. And then in the healthy racial body will revive the healthy national spirit, and with it culture, language and everything else.

Apart from the question of purity, we must also pay attention to the question of the value of race. Ukrainians are a part (and one of the largest and the most qualitative) of European white race.

Race-creator of a great civilization, the biggest human achievements. The historical mission of our nation in this critical time is to head and lead the white peoples of the whole world in the last crusade for their existence. Crusade against Semite-led subhumanity.
Great-Powerness

Thousands of times we heard moanings of pseudo-nationalists about the oppression of us by Poles and Moscow, their curses against empires.

Social Nationalism is not such, it claims – if we are strong, we will take all that is rightfully ours, and even a little more, we will build our superpower-empire – Great Ukraine, which will be a legitimate successor of the Scythian and Kyivan-Ruthenian empires.

If we are weak, then our place is among the conquered dying peoples. Because that is nature! The choice is ours!

Thus, Social Nationalism raises on a shield all the ancient Ukrainian Aryan values ​​forgotten in today’s society.

Only their revival and bringing to life by a group of fanatical fighters may lead to the final victory of European civilization in the world struggle.

Here we stand and we cannot do otherwise!

Translation found at Russia-Insider.