Ukrainian Army’s Failed Offensive Near Debaltseve Leaves At Least 5 UAF KIA, 26 WIA as Donbass Forces Counterattack
Some have suggested that the motive for the latest Ukrainian attacks is to distract the population of the country from ongoing power struggles in Kiev — the largest bank in the country by deposits, Privatbank, formerly owned by oligarch turned warlord Ihor Kholomoisky, has been nationalized. President Petro Poroshenko has justified this as a move to protect depositors backed by Ukraine’s International Monetary Fund creditors. In fairness to Poroshenko, it does appear that the bank has been thoroughly looted by Kholomoisky and his cronies, while non-performing loans thanks to Ukraine’s steadily imploding economy (notwithstanding the sunny numbers from the IMF and Finance Ministry) have left a five and a half billion dollar hole in PrivatBank’s balance sheet, in a country where one Ukrainian hyrvnia currently exchanges for about $0.03:
What better way to distract Ukrainian television viewers from their understandable anger over PrivatBank enhancing the already severe capital controls on withdrawing their money, then by ordering up more fighting along the mostly static trenches of the quasi-frozen Donbass war?
The other motivation for issuing orders to the UAF to attack along the Debaltsevo (and related Gorlovka) fronts besides the ongoing Ukrainian banking crisis is certainly political infighting in Kiev. Nadezhda Savchenko, the female pilot previously hailed as a war hero for fighting as an artillery/mortar spotter with volunteer battalions, has now been branded a traitor. How exactly Ukraine went from celebrating the glorious ‘peremoga’ (victory) of her release from Russian captivity and the commutation of her sentence in the mortar killing of two Russian journalists to shouts of ‘zrada’ (treason) is an interesting story. Ukraine seems to be a place where shouts of triumph quickly turn to cries of treason or betrayal with a blur of backstabbing and lies in between. If you doubt this or think the Russia Analyst is merely Ukraine-bashing rather than observing the tragic history of this oft-coveted by great powers but selfdom well governed territory, check out this amazing article from Russia Insider, describing the deep post-Maidan ‘revolution of dignity’ disillusionment in the western Ukrainian nationalists’ capital of Lvov :
The Russia Analyst does not claim to know all the particulars of Ms. Savchenko’s apparent road to Damascus conversion from the party of war to the party of peace — perhaps she had a genuine Orthodox Christian awakening while in Russian jail awaiting and during her widely publicized trial. Nonetheless, (post)western media have been far more reluctant to report Savchenko the Rada deputy advocating for peace with Donetsk and Lugansk’s ‘separatists’ than they were to promote Nadiya the great Ukrainian Joan of Arc warrior-martyr. Ft. Russ has more details:
Former Verkovna Rada deputy turned Novorossiya/Donbass unofficial spokesman Oleg Anatolyevich Tsaryov, who was the first Ukrainian politician to label the pending Maidan putsch a CIA/State Department fueled coup d’etat, has been saying for many days that Washington may dump Poroshenko before lame duck President Barack Hussein Obama leaves office. And the presumptive replacement for Porky is — who else? — the former jailed ‘gas princess’ queen of Ukrainian corruption, Fatherland party leader Yuliya Timoshenko.
The State Department and McCainiacs in Congress as well as the National Endowment for Democracy/International Republican Institute and Soros-niks apparently can’t find anyone but the aging retread of 2004’s original failed Maidan Orange Revolution to put forward. But it appears after over two years of fratricidal war, massive currency devaluation and oligarch clan infighting in the parliament, Timoshenko is more like the Hillary Clinton of Ukraine than a fresh face. Since Washington’s dirty deep state needs a backup plan to salvage some of their investment in turning Ukraine into a frontline garrison state for Cold War 2.0, Savchenko may be emerging as a dark horse candidate to challenge even mighty Yuliya herself in Ukraine’s Game of Thrones. But to do that, she will have to face not only the wrath of the ultra-nationalists and Ukro-Nazis who view her as a traitor who went soft while in Russian captivity, but also professional EU(SSR) funded propagandists like Jakub Kalensky or Kateryna Kruyk. Both of whom love this war but you’ll never see anywhere near the frontlines of the Donbass:
In Ukrainian parliament MPs collect signatures to exclude #Savchenko from National Defense Committee.
Unfortunately for the men of Ukraine’s 54th Mechanized Brigade and the Right Sector fighters attacking across muddy, below freezing fields alongside them, they’re the unlucky bastards designated to bleed in the latest Paths of Glory-style attack ordered by the idiots, oligarchs and corrupt politicians ruling Kiev.