9 Myths about Ukraine and Syria


1. Maidan was a Western organized Coup

Maidan started as a peaceful protest by Ukrainian’s (mainly from the western parts) who wanted to integrate with the west in hopes of prosperity but by the end it turned to a nation  wide protest against a regime that brutally attacked and attempted to suppress peaceful protesters. It became against corruption, police brutality and oppression.

2. Ukraine is filled with Neo-Nazis

In the presidential elections Right Sector (which I proudly support) and Svoboda combined for 2.3% of the vote and the Jewish community has rebuked this claim and in a open letter saying that “Your certainty about the growth of anti-Semitism in Ukraine, which you expressed at your press conference, also does not correspond to the actual facts, Perhaps you got Ukraine confused with Russia, where Jewish organizations have noticed growth in anti-Semitic tendencies last year” or that 3 Jew’s were killed in the protests. Ukraine has almost no fascist elements in it’s government and many important positions have or are filled by Jew’s in the post-Maidan government. As writen on the Skeptical Libertarian “Moreover, the protests that drove Ukrainians into the streets were motivated by a desire for liberalism, limited executive power, free trade, and European integration, and against corruption, autocracy, Russian imperialism, and Yanukovych’s murderous riot police. Weakening the president, abolishing stormtroopers, new elections, and international integration: not exactly a typical “fascist” agenda.”

3. Russia did not invade Crimea

Vlad has admitted to that…

4. The US has no reason to be involved in Ukraine

According to the Budapest Memorendum of 1994, of which the US was part of,

1. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine;

4. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used;

5. Russia is not invading or sending weapons to Donbass

I can refute this in many ways. I can talk about the tanks, armored vehicles and anti aircraft systems seen under “separatists” control that only Russia has or Ukraine does not have. I can talk about two Russian defectors, the captured paratroopers or the the 2 captured GRU agents. I can even site the Nemstov report or the interview with a Russian tank gunner injured in Ukraine but Simon Ostrovsky does it better than anyone else. In about 20 minutes he tracks the movement of  a Russian soldier through Russia to a Russian base and to Debaltseve taking pictures at the exact spots the soldier took selfies and posted on his VK profile.


6. The FSA is allied with ISIS

As a rebel commander said “Most of the front lines between ISIS and the regime are very quiet — you wouldn’t even hear the sound of firing,” he said. “The exact opposite is on our frontlines, which are very dangerous and where the fights don’t stop for 24 hours.”

7. The rebels are Islamic Extremists and not moderate

Some factions but others are moderate.

8. Syria needs Assad for stability.

Stability is not a reason to support a dictator who uses chemical weapons on his own people.

9. Assad and ISIS are enemy’s

This is more of a half truth. Via NBC

Around 64 percent of verifiable ISIS attacks in Syria this year targeted other non-state groups, an analysis of the IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center’s (JTIC) database showed. Just 13 percent of the militants’ attacks during the same period — the year through Nov. 21 — targeted Syrian security forces. That’s a stark contrast to the Sunni extremist group’s operations in Iraq, where more than half of ISIS attacks (54 percent) were aimed at security forces.

However, JTIC’s data shows that his counterterrorism operations — more than two-thirds of which were airstrikes — skew heavily towards groups whose names aren’t ISIS. Of 982 counterterrorism operations for the year up through Nov. 21, just 6 percent directly targeted ISIS.

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