Lots of dramatic and worrisome events keep on taking place in Ukraine.
A million of users saw the monologue by Bogdan Butkevich, a pro-Kiev journalist and a self-described musician, who said (months ago) that people like him knew what the Ukrainian national interests were and 1.5 million people in the Donetsk region (probably referring to all the ethnic Russians) were "useless people" who needed to be killed. "Gentlemen" like this one define the contemporary political mainstream in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, four days ago, the Donetsk People's Republic's minister of defense, Igor Strelkov, who would be a keen battle reenactor before his real-world military career, said that Kiev plans a giant false-flag operation of exterminating much of Donetsk and Luhansk by bombing 160 and 120 tons of chlorine in the local water chlorinations facilities. Depending on the wind, the clouds would kill more or less than tens of thousands of people. The Auschwitz-like operation would be attributed to the local militias, Strelkov argued. I hope that these are just fantasies but if they're not and someone is seriously planning things like that, it is horrifying.
Meanwhile, an amusing story took place today – and surprisingly, it was even covered by numerous Western media such as ABC, CBS, Business Week, the Seattle Times, and others.
What actually happened seems rather crystal clear. Over 400 troops sent by Kiev realized that it's silly to risk their lives for (diplomatically saying) questionable political goals and slogans (such as the orders to fight their own people) and for a lousy salary – and it's questionable whether they're being paid any salary right now at all. 164 of them were border guards.
So they destroyed all their weapons, the Kiev government assets, in order to make sure that they no longer look like enemies, simply crossed the border and applied for asylum in Russia. Russia agreed – and opened a humanitarian corridor for similarly existentially threatened men to escape the risks, too. Strelkov claims that Kiev has lost 12,000+ troops in the last three months – 7,000+ killed (including 2,500 Right Sector Nazis, 139 Poles, 169 Americans), 5,000+ deserted, 14 captured. Approximately. Not a safe job. Wars are not too safe, you know. It's at least a bit fair that people ordered to kill others aren't safe themselves.
We had no food, generals betrayed us, and so on. The human life is obviously not worth much according to the current Kiev rulers.
You don't really need a PhD to see that Ukraine has been turned into a failed state of a sort so it's natural that state employees desert and emigrate to a safer place, especially if some of the people aren't even feeling to be members of the "privileged ethnic group" in the current nationalistically loaded regime. I would be doing the same thing.
But look how this story is covered by a Ukrainian pro-government server that simply announces what the Kiev rulers have to say. I had to laugh. The citizens are told that it was a clever operation in which the troops were under fire for four hours. So two parts of the troops have made some tactical decision to cover each other or something like that, and then they heroically entered Russia through a checkpoint.
Instead of admitting that some parts of the army got dissolved, much like many other important things are dissolving and collapsing in the contemporary Ukraine, and that some troops simply deserted for totally understandable reasons (they're already fed up by their job, at least in these conditions), they prefer a heroic fairy-tale which effectively implies that 438 Ukrainian troops hostile towards Russia have invaded the territory of Russia (although without weapons)!
The expected recipients of this story have to be incredibly stupid. You know, many or most Czechs are rather ordinary people but if someone in our government provided us with this comical presentation of the government's new successes, he would surely become a target of an infinite number of jokes. It would be the case with the communist government's stories about some emigrants – after some waves of laughter, the communists got more careful and truly ludicrous explanations were no longer offered in similar situations. But the 438 heroes in the Ukrainian army who entered Russia – it's probably something that the champions of the current de facto government in Kiev apparently find trustworthy enough.
Some Ukrainian sources have made the "story about the 438 heroes" even better. The soldiers were not just under fire. They were under fire from two directions – from the local militias and from the Russian territory. So to escape this fire, they went to... Russia! That's pretty cute. Usually if you're being shot at by bullets flying by velocity \(\vec v\), including the direction (direction from Russia to Ukraine), you typically want to run "away from the bullet", i.e. run with the velocity of the same direction (and sign) as \(\vec v\) (i.e. away from Russia to the Ukrainian mainland). But according to the currently official Ukrainian laws of physics, the right way to save your life is to run towards these bullets. ;-)
Of course that many of the people don't really believe what they say. It's just that the polarized political atmosphere such as this one create millions of "mini-pundits", people who know that the official explanations of their side are often ludicrous but who spread this nonsense for "greater political goals". Even though the recipients – and often skeptical ones etc. – of this propaganda is just their nephew and their grandmother, they feel very important for fighting the war, at least at the level of propaganda. Because lots of people are invested in this way, totally preposterous explanations such as the Kiev explanation of the deserters may often survive and be repeated.
Dozens and perhaps 180 of the 438 troops (were made?) decided to return to Ukraine. I am afraid it wasn't a smart career move because while their collective decision to cross the border had simply been rational, it may be classified as treason in the tense war-like atmosphere in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama was said to have said that as a nation, Russia doesn't make anything. Is there an audio of this fascinating quote? Russia is in no way the #1 (except for diamonds and other things) or #2 (except for natural gas, weapons and other things) or #3 (except for oil) economy in the world but it still makes at least 10 times more than e.g. Barack Obama and his 200 million closest relatives from the paternal side. I am sure that this comparison isn't sufficiently politically correct in the U.S. where it's only kosher to spit – even in this retarded oversimplified way – on nations like Russia but never on nations that are said to be "discriminated against" but are actually treated as the most spoiled brats in the world.
At the same moment, Putin has already ordered the Czech drone motors to be replaced by domestic ones. Great. If I were a manager of the Czech machine company, I would be already looking for ways how to sell the motors to Russia e.g. through Switzerland that won't blindly copy the EU sanctions, according to its finance minister.