Hey MR and Katukov,
Although I do not agree 100% with I do share some of the view of jagger2002, but that’s as well my opinion.
I understand what you said about a state owned media and its biased/controlled news. At the other hand big medias such as Reuters, CNN, BBC, FoxNews and its associated corporations are as well controlled by powerful interests, as powerful as any state owned force that you can imagine. With the same power to filter the way info is released to the public. At the end you do as well have a world view as biased as anyone else.
I dot not trust any media, that’s why I read them all. Yes, I do read news about Ukraine in CNN, BBC, Reuters, MSNBC as well as in RT News, Sputnik News and Itar-Tass just to name a few in order to try to have a glimpse of whats going on there.
Mercenaries or volunteers or covered soldiers or whatever name you want to give them are fighting in Ukraine from and for both sides. Backed by US and its allies at one side and backed by Russia at the other side of the conflict. Both sides have tons of proof, photos, testimonials showing how the other one is manipulating the situation and how the other side is lying about its actions.
The fact is that Ukraine is in the middle of a geopolitical sandwich. Every major player there (US and its allies x Russia) is struggling to impose its view and protect its main interests, as always. We can argue that ones uses a more subtle way other a less subtle one, but at the bottom everyone involved is being very aggressive, using any means available.
Russia is reacting to a geopolitical situation that got to an intolerable shape in its world view and interests. It is important as well to understand why the situation got at that point and the history involved at that part of the planet.
I read an interesting article that discuss that a little bit. Its from BBC but unfortunately is in Portuguese. Will try to find it in English and share it here. Basically the article discuss the diplomacy or geopolitical failure from the west as one of the important reasons for the current situation with Russia nowadays and correlates that failure that have accumulated since the end of the cold war. Ukraine is part of that as a consequence that lead to a no understanding between the big players involved. Discuss also an already divided Ukraine way before the current open conflict emerged and the failure of the Ukrainian government to unify a multiethnic country. The Russians ethnics are a key component in eastern and southern Ukraine. A failure from current government and past governments, again since the end of the cold war. Topics like that.
Russia is not a dormant country anymore and with a little renewed geopolitical energy is trying to react to an unsustained situation for its interests. Every world player react promptly and aggressively on its own way to situations that threats its interests. US does, do and did that, China does, do and did that as well and so on.
Just to mention another interesting info I read, from forbes. A couple of independent pools, one from Germany the other one I think from UK showed that indeed the absolute majority of Crimeans backed the return to Russia and even after one year the situation has not changed. Western media actively blamed Russia of manipulating the entire situation and its people opinion in the first place. Just to say that the situation is complex, it is complex in eastern Ukraine and the coup that happened in Kiev that completed the mess in Ukraine is still very poor explained and lots of interests again were involved there. Here it is the article about the pools.
So if there is someone to blame there, that would be all parties involved. Everyone there has its hands with blood. Specially the leadership from all sides. No good guys from the West and bad ruskies from the east for me.
Please, no offense, I do respect your point of views, those above are just mine.
< Message edited by Daniel Rincon -- 5/12/2015 4:07:43 AM >