As we approach the one year anniversary of the “Euromaidan” protests, and eventual coup of President Yanukovych, one meme has dominated the Ukraine headlines ever since, the ‘Russian military invasion of Ukraine.’
Last week Ukraine’s Military spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko, accused Russia of sending tanks, troops and lot’s of other stuff across the border into Ukraine, as reported by the NY Times:
Speaking in Kiev, the capital, Col. Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian military spokesman, said 32 tanks, 16 howitzers and 30 trucks hauling ammunition and fighters had crossed into the Luhansk region from Russia.
He presented no clear evidence to support the claim, nor did the wealth of social media outlets in eastern Ukraine display any footage of a tank convoy. The Kiev government frequently made such claims that could not be substantiated during intense fighting between Ukrainian government troops and separatists earlier this year.
Neither NATO nor the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is monitoring a cease-fire, could confirm the report.
Zerohedge’s article on the newest Russian invasion into Ukraine was aptly titled, “The Ukraine Who Cried Wolf: Kiev Reports 32 Russian Tanks Cross Border, Market Completely Ignores.”
So how many times has Ukraine, NATO, Jen Psaki and the main stream media “cried wolf?” Let’s find out.
First off, doing a simple Google search for just the term, “Russian invasion of Ukraine” yields 1,350,000 results. Lots of Russian invasion stories are floating about online.
Let’s get into just how many instances of ‘Russian invasions’ or near ‘Russian invasions’ have been reported this past year, starting from early days of the coup until Col. Andriy Lysenko latest ‘invasion’ announcement.
It’s a long, long list…
March 2, 2014: Sarah Palin Predicted Ukraine Invasion in 2008
March 3, 2014: Russian Invasion of Crimean Peninsula. Movements and Forces
March 3, 2014: Why Did Russia Invade Ukraine? Because The West Is Weak
March 13, 2014: Russian Troops Mass at Border With Ukraine. Possible Invasion
March 15, 2014: Ukraine Says It Has Repelled A Russian Army “Invasion”
May 1, 2014: Ukraine minister: Russia planning invasion
May 30, 2014: Russians Invade Donetsk (VIDEO)
June 14, 2014: Russia’s slow invasion of Ukraine
June 20, 2014: Open Russian invasion into Ukraine has begun
July 30, 2014: Putin could invade Ukraine in response to sanctions
August 6, 2014: Growing threat of Russia invading Ukraine, Hagel says
August 14, 2014: Russian aid convoy blocked as Ukraine fears invasion pretext
August 14, 2014: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues
August 25, 2014: Russia Prepares 2nd Humanitarian Convoy “Invasion”
August 27, 2014: Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front
August 28, 2014: Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Launching Invasion, Then Promptly Retracts
August 28, 2014: Has Russia invaded Ukraine? Here’s what we know
August 28, 2014: Poroshenko says Russia invaded Ukraine
August 29, 2014: U.S. official says 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine
August 29, 2014: Russia’s Slow-Motion Invasion of Ukraine
September 2, 2014: The State Department Says Russia Is Invading Ukraine—Should We Believe It?
September 4, 2014: Invasion of Ukraine Continues; Russian Ideologist Calls for “Genocide”
October 3, 2014: Can US Support for Ukraine Help Prevent a New Russian Invasion?
November 8, 2014: NATO Sees ‘High Probability’ Of Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
November 12, 2014: Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN says Russia planning full-scale invasion
Thats a lot of invasions, near invasions, possible invasions and fear of invasions going on…and that’s just like 3 pages of Google results.
With all that Russian troop movement west, one would think they would have captured London by now.
Now the truth as spoken by CounterPunch, in a post titled, “What Russian Invasion?”
The agreement to stop the fighting was reached at negotiations organized and led by Russia and held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. It was reached at the same time that the US was pressing leaders of the NATO countries, at a meeting in Wales, to boost their military spending and to set up more offensive military positions in countries bordering Russia.
The one thing that did not happen as a result of the cease-fire, and that in fact never even got addressed in the Minsk talks, was a withdrawal of Russian troops from eastern Ukraine.
There was no withdrawal or even mention of those troops — said to number about 1000 by the US and the Kiev government — because there never were Russian troops invading Ukraine.
Usually when someone cries wolf it’s because they want something, likely a scam or some kind of swindling going down.
In this case Ukraine is crying wolf in order to have EU and US taxpayers front the bill for their expenses…gas, oil, oligarch party funds, Hunter Biden – Igor Kolomoisky benders, etc…
For the main stream media, well they are in bed with the MIC (military industrial complex), so their payoff is more business manufacturing war.
The US and EU leaders who support the invasion meme are also in the pockets of the MIC, so it’s good business…and manufacturing fear is also what helps keep them in office.