Putin Will Launch New Attacks as Ukrainian Independence Day Approaches, Portnikov Warns
August 15 – Nine days from now Ukrainians will mark their Independence Day, and
during that period, Vladimir Putin is certain to be especially aggressive in
their country given the Kremlin leader’s desire to punish Ukrainians for an action
that constituted the effective death of the Russian imperial project, according
to Vitaly Portnikov.
do everything possible” to spoil the holiday, and “of course, [his] bandits
very much want that as many Ukrainians as possible won’t live to see it, in
particular those who are defending Ukraine.This is the classic logic of criminals: we simply are its witnesses” (rus.newsru.ua/columnists/14Aug2015/record.html).
Russian leader, “Ukraine’s independence day is a special holiday.” It killed
off any chance for “the re-incarnation” of the Russian empire in any form “feudal,
Bolshevik, or Putinist.” Indeed, Portnikov argues, “the independence of Ukraine
is a guarantee” that sooner or later Moscow will have to give up its imperial
[Putin], an independent Ukraine is something anomalous,” and consequently, he
is especially exercised as its independence day approaches. Last year, Zhebrivsky
recalls, Putin ordered the attacks at Ilovaysk, “and in this year” already there
has been “an increase in shelling” attacks.
expressed his conviction that Putin would not succeed: “today,” he said, “the
Ukrainian army is already not what it was a year ago.”But “we must be prepared” for a new round of
attacks in the coming days, adding “if you want peace, you must prepare for