Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on the crisis in Ukraine

Submitted on Wed, 02/21/2024 - 12:13

Today is the tenth anniversary of the anti-constitutional armed coup d’etat in Kiev. Back then, in February 2014, skilled provocateurs guided by American and European instructors led crowds of people into the streets in protest, with attractive slogans about a better European life, democracy, human rights and anti-corruption struggle. In reality, the mass disorder was well orchestrated and funded from outside the country in a bid to overthrow the legitimate government.

Did the Ukrainians seeking changes for the better get what they were after? The answer is a resounding “no.” Euromaidan led to a deep rift in society, persecution, suppression of dissent, rampant nationalism and neo-Nazism,  lawlessness and nihilism, a war on the Russian language and history, and the complete socioeconomic decay of the country.

This is all the more tragic because the settlement of the political crisis that broke out at that time could have been completely bloodless. With this aim in mind, on Feb. 21, 2014, former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition leaders signed an agreement brokered by Germany, France and Poland. Its implementation would have made it possible to avoid tragic events that took place in Ukraine in the past ten years. But the victors of the “revolution of dignity” brushed it aside as a mere nuisance on their path to office.

The Euromaidan did not bring Ukraine closer to democracy and progress. With the coup, the nationalists and their political supporters finally drove the situation to an impasse, taking the country and its citizens to the edge of an abyss.

Today, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis continue firing Western weapons on civilians in Russian regions. Sustaining one failure after another at the battlefield, such as the recent liberation of Avdeyevka, they are taking their anger out on completely innocent people.

On February 15, they again perpetrated a massive strike on Belgorod using Vampire MRLs, killing seven people, including a four-month-old child, and wounding 19 people. In the early morning of February 17, militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled residential buildings in the township of Panteleimonovka (DPR). According to the available data, a teenage girl and three adults were killed and six people injured. Journalist of the Zvezda Channel Daniil Piontkovsky sustained a shrapnel wound.

On February 20, the Banderites attacked residential neighbourhoods of the Kiev district in Donetsk with large-calibre artillery and HIMARS MLRSs. According to preliminary reports, one person was killed and three people were wounded. Damage was done to the Central City Library.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue drone attacks. On February 17, Russian anti-aircraft forces destroyed 33 Ukrainian drones over the Belgorod, Voronezh, Kaluga and Kursk regions.

Russian law enforcement is recording all these crimes. Those responsible will be found and brought to justice.

On February 14, the NATO headquarters in Brussels hosted the 19th Ramstein format meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group. Following the meeting, Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerov announced the start of work by the air defence coalition headed by Germany, France and the US, which was joined by another 15 countries.  The demining coalition includes 20 states.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a revealing statement. He made it clear that from now military aid to Kiev will be discussed not only in the Ramstein format but also at the Ukraine-NATO Council   meetings. In fact, due to the difficulties of allocating aid from the US and the EU, the alliance intends to coordinate arms supplies to the Zelensky regime. It turns out that NATO is open about its direct involvement in the conflict.

On February 15, the UK Ministry of Defence reported that London and Riga will head the drone coalition that also includes Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia and the Netherlands. The plan to supply Kiev with thousands of drones was announced. The Brits are going to spend about 200 million pounds sterling from a package worth 2.5 billion pounds for this purpose. On January 12, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised Zelensky in Kiev that this sum would be allocated for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Judging by everything, London cannot wait to raise the temperature of the conflict once again.

It was reported on February 19, that the Russian air defence forces forced to land a British long-range Banshee Jet 80+ near Novoazovsk (DPR). London is openly pushing Ukrainian neo-Nazis to strike at facilities deep inside the Russian territory. But none of the Jesuit plans hatched in Albion will succeed. Our armed forces will give them an adequate response.

During his traditional touring act in European capitals with outstretched hands last week, Zelensky signed security cooperation agreements with Germany and France in the wake of a similar agreement signed by Kiev and London in January. Under these agreements, Berlin intends to provide Kiev with 7 billion euros worth of military aid until the end of 2024 and 6 billion euros in subsequent years. Paris is going to give Kiev 3 billion euros this year.

Ukraine has already dubbed these three agreements “security guarantees” although none of them guarantees anything. They merely mention what is being done and how. Neither country has promised Kiev to do anything more than that.

The worth of Western “guarantees” to Ukraine is well known. In February 2014, Berlin, Paris and Warsaw “guaranteed” the implementation of the agreement between Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition but did nothing to this end. In February 2015, Germany and France assumed the role of “guarantors” of the Minsk Package of Measures that they buried together with Kiev, cheating the entire international community. Meanwhile, this document was approved by a UN Security Council resolution and became an inalienable part of international law.

 Today, the Westerners pursue only one goal by again giving carrots to the Kiev regime. They want to turn Ukraine into a colony deprived of any rights and use it as a tool against Russia. Their “guarantees” are worth nothing.

The 60th Munich Security Conference on February 16-18 was reduced to nothing but discussions of the situation in Ukraine and how to prevent the failure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We noted the gloomy atmosphere of the meeting. Not a trace was left of the former Western optimism. A year ago, the Westerners were confident of a quick victory for their Kiev puppets, whereas this time they could hardly conceal their skepticism and pessimism. Apparently, Europe and the US are beginning to realise that it is impossible to defeat Russia.

At this conference, Ukrainian representatives again spoke about the need to restore the country’s nuclear status. This idea is obsessing its politicians. Verkhovna Rada Deputy from the European Justice party Alexey Goncharenko “interrogated” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He wanted to know if Washington would prefer Ukraine’s accession to NATO or acquisition of its own nuclear arsenal. Indicatively, at the Munich Security Conference in February 2022, Zelensky threatened the audience with revisiting Kiev’s renunciation of nuclear arms.

 We are convinced that the international community must take seriously these dangerous statements, all the more so since Ukraine has preserved the scientific and production potential to manufacture nuclear arms since Soviet times.

It is no secret that the representatives of the Kiev regime and Ukrainian neo-Nazis are using the hostilities for self-enrichment. They are smuggling weapons and robbing museums and Orthodox shrines to sell national cultural treasures abroad.

Their moral decline is so severe that they don’t hesitate to sell belongings of killed Russian military personnel, including their personal documents – passports and military IDs. It is known for a fact that a resident of the city of Geelong in the Australian state of Victoria obtained from Ukraine the belongings of dead Russian soldiers and sold them via local social media.

 We are convinced Russian law enforcement will give the due legal response to such actions by the Banderites and their accomplices. This is blatant sacrilege and cynical mockery of the memory of our fighters against today’s Nazis. It will not go unanswered.

The aforementioned facts confirm the urgency of the goals of the special military operation to denazify and demilitarise Ukraine and remove the threats emanating from its territory. These goals will be achieved without fail.