The Enmity Between Ukrainians and Russians Is Artificial, Manufactured by the West

The authorities who forced Ukraine to become a part of the Soviet Union had no regard for the will of the people or the right to self-determination. Stalin was hell-bent on incorporating Ukraine – a pesky and independent-minded nation with a proud history – into the nascent Socialist empire. Many Ukrainians resented the process of Russification that followed feeling that it threatened to greatly diminish their rich culture and heritage. Ukrainians, after all, have their own language, literature, music, art, food and traditions.

They can boast of dozens of world famous artists such as the writers Taras Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, and Gogol as well as the painters Repin, Bogomazov, Levitsky, Murasko and Marchuk.

Ukraine itself has a rather unique history having been at one time a matriarchy. This explains why Ukrainian women have a reputation for being spirited, assertive and effervescent, so finely portrayed by Mikhail Sholokov in his novel “Quiet Flows the Don”.

The most famous example of Ukrainian womanhood was beyond doubt the figure of Roxelana.

 Roxelana, strikingly beautiful (like many Ukrainian women) was captured as a young peasant during a raid in the Carpathians when sex-slave bandits kidnapped her and sold her to the Golden Horde. She quickly became a favorite of Suleyman the Magnificent. Witty, smart and a gifted practitioner of “the amourous art”, Roxelana (her Turkish name, Hürrem, means “joyful one”), would eventually become Suleyman’s wife and chief advisor bearing him five children. After his death she became “Empress of the East” and one of the most powerful women in the world more than four centuries ago.

With regard to recent history, Ukrainians – like Russians – suffered horribly under Communism – especially Stalinism. Despite the fact that Stalin was Georgian and his enforcer of collectivization Jewish, many Ukrainians now blame Russians for their “holodomor” – the brutal artificial famine that killed five million.

The current enmity which exists between Russians and Ukrainians is also artificial. It has been manufactured to divide two Slavic people who have much in common. It is a political weapon designed to prevent a prosperous and mutually-beneficial bond between Russia and Ukraine.

Global strategists from Bismarck through Brzezinski have tried to separate these two Slavic nations. And the “great game” continues to this day.

The latest ploy and tactic to keep Ukrainians and Russians apart is happening in the religious sphere. Knowing that Orthodoxy, where “sobornost” (unity) is valued above all else, serves as a spiritual bridge between Russians and Ukrainians an attempt is being made to create a rift among the faithful. If this spiritual bond between these two Slavic people can be broken the situation would become even more tragic. It is truly a Manichean drama being played out before our eyes – the forces of light versus the forces of darkness. It is a battle not only for hearts and minds, but souls as well.

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Facebook Throttled The New York Post Story But Has Given A Platform To These Shady Ukrainians

Facebook said on Wednesday it would reduce the distribution of a New York Post story that published unverified claims about former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, pending a review by the site’s fact-checking partners.

But for more than a year, the social network has given a platform to a shady group of Ukrainian operatives — including one the US Treasury sanctioned and deemed an “active Russian agent” trying to interfere in the 2020 election — to spread unsubstantiated or debunked conspiracy theories about the Biden family.

These Ukrainians have been key to helping Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani with his efforts to smear the Bidens and help President Donald Trump win reelection. Along the way, they have garnered more than 200,000 followers and friends on Facebook, in part because of their popularity among supporters of the US president who look to them as sources of Biden-related allegations.

And when the New York Post story was published, the group celebrated on Facebook by spreading unconfirmed information about the Bidens yet again.

Facebook did not immediately respond to questions about the Ukrainians’ posts.

Front and center on the personal Facebook pages of three men — Andriy Telizhenko, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, and Andriy Derkach — were posts about the New York Post story. While they did not share the link directly to the story, they shared links to reports about it or images of it.

Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat and longtime Giuliani associate who has been a key source of purported dirt on the Bidens, published what appeared to be a photoshopped image of Trump holding up a copy of Wednesday’s edition of the New York Post with the headline, “Biden Secret E-Mails.”

Two hours later, Telizhenko posted a link to an article in a pro-Trump blog about a different New York Post story, writing in English, “Senate committee to investigate newly discovered Hunter Biden emails.” And overnight, he published a third post with yet another link to an article related to the Post’s report.

The posts were shared 5, 14, and 2 times, with 36, 13, and 7 likes, respectively, at the time of publishing, amounts of engagement that are in line with previous posts from Telizhenko.

Onyshchenko, another Giuliani associate and a former Ukrainian lawmaker in the now-defunct pro-Russia Party of Regions who is now a fugitive for allegedly embezzling more than $120 million from a Ukrainian gas company, also posted about the story.

Summarizing the report in Russian, Onyshchenko’s post was shared 22 times and received more than 145 likes, amounts of engagement that are in line with — if not slightly higher — than his usual posts.

Derkach, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, whom the US Treasury sanctioned last month and termed “an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services,” posted in Russian about unverified allegations he made previously about the Bidens after the New York Post story was published.

He told BuzzFeed News from Kyiv on Wednesday that he had nothing to do with the New York Post story but was pleased to read it. He said he believed the report bolstered his own unsubstantiated allegations against the Bidens. He also directed BuzzFeed News to a recent video he shared across his social media platforms, including Facebook.

Derkach has met Giuliani on at least three occasions, including in Kyiv last December, when he passed the former New York City mayor documents the two men have claimed to show corruption on the part of the Bidens. A Facebook post from that meeting, which included three photographs of the two men together at a Kyiv hotel has been shared 118 times, commented on 38 times, and liked 550 times.

Facebook has been Derkach’s main platform for sharing content about leaked and edited audio recordings purported to be from conversations that Biden had while serving as vice president with former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. US officials have labeled the recordings disinformation and the Biden campaign has said they are part of a Russian campaign to interfere in the election and help Trump.

The recordings, which have never been authenticated, provide no evidence to back up accusations that Biden abused his power to help his son’s business interests in Ukraine.

Seven of the last nine videos posted by Derkach to his Facebook page in the last five weeks have been about the Biden-Poroshenko recordings and related documents. Collectively, they have been viewed more than 83,000 times. Four of them show his appearances on pro-Russia Ukrainian television channels linked to Viktor Medvedchuk, a fellow Ukrainian lawmaker who is a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation fellow at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told BuzzFeed News she thought Facebook may have moved to limit the spread of the New York Post story out of concern that the information included in it was illicitly obtained.

“It would be harder for them to take similar action with some of the other narratives that have been spun as part of the Biden-Ukraine conspiracy, as they don’t deal directly with illicit material or other direct violations of terms of service,” she said.

But the Derkach recordings might. A Ukrainian investigation into their origin was launched earlier this year. Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said in September that her office was also looking at whether they had been edited, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

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