Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us”

Eric Zuesse

Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged.

Here is a screen-print of a google-chrome auto-translation of that statement:

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The Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, General Viktor Muzhenko, is saying, in that news-report, which is dated on Thursday January 29th, that the only Russian citizens who are fighting in the contested region, are residents in that region, or of Ukraine, and also some Russian citizens (and this does not deny that perhaps some of other countries’ citizens are fighting there, inasmuch as American mercenaries have already been noted to have been participating on the Ukrainian Government’s side), who “are members of illegal armed groups,” meaning fighters who are not paid by any government, but instead are just “individual citizens” (as opposed to foreign-government-paid ones). General Muzhenko also says, emphatically, that the “Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian army.”

In other words: He is explicitly and clearly denying the very basis for the EU’s sanctions against Russia, and for the U.S.’s sanctions against Russia: all of the sanctions against Russia are based on the falsehood that Ukraine is fighting against “the regular units of the Russian army” — i.e., against the Russian-Government-controlled-and-trained fighting forces.

Also on January 29th was headlined in print (but this is translated here, so it won’t google) “In Kiev recognized that war is not with the Russian army” and a more extensive quotation was given of Muzhenko’s statement. It amounts to the same thing.

The allegation to the effect that Ukraine is instead fighting against “regular units of the Russian army” is the allegation that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded Ukraine, and it is the entire basis for the economic sanctions that are in force against Russia.

Those sanctions should therefore be immediately removed, with apology, and with compensation being paid to all individuals who have been suffering them; and it is therefore incumbent upon the Russian Government to pursue, through all legally available channels, restitution, plus damages, against the perpetrators of that dangerous fraud — and the news reports have already made clear precisely whom those persons are, who have asserted, as public officials, what can only be considered to be major libel.

Otherwise, Ukraine’s top general should be fired, for asserting what he has just asserted.

If what General Muzhenko says is true, then he is a hero for having risked his entire career by having gone public with this courageous statement. And, if what he says is false, then he has no place heading Ukraine’s military.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • colinjames71

    Oops they did it again… told the truth. Which necessarily entails going off script on all issues Ukrainian when coming from Nazis and their supporters in the West.

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    liars liars you zionist nazis, you will never get away from this, you will be punish

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    I’m starting to believe that it is harder to get a shred of truth out of the news anymore. However there are more news articles from non western papers saying that Russia is indeed the assholes in this situation.

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    It says “regular troops”, that means that Russia is not sending in columns of troops that they control. Now it has been shown that they are making their soldiers sign early release papers and then telling them they have to follow the orders of other higher ups who have also signed early release papers. There are not “regular troops”. So both are correct in what they say and russia is still sending fighters to the region.

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      And what would those photos be? Many photos have been presented, most of them have been taken elsewhere and are fakes. Can you point me to something specific and verifiable?

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