One week ago, I posted that
United States intelligence had confirmed
Ukrainian government allegations that the Russian
Federation was arming pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
The shootdown of an unarmed Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet
Thursday in Ukrainian airspace by the Russophile rebels with a Russian-made
surface-to-air missile proves Ukrainian and American allegations that not only
did Russia supply the separatists with anti-aircraft artillery, as well as the
training and personnel necessary to operate the equipment, but other weapons,
including tanks and armored personnel carriers, despite the Russian
Federation’s denials of complicity in the rebellion in Eastern Ukraine.
The incident also suggests that much of the rebellion has been fomented by agents and propaganda from the
authoritarian regime that is led by former Soviet Communist K.G.B. officer
Vladimir Putin. The Russian government
later admitted that it had lied when it had denied similar involvement in
fomenting the rebellion in Ukraine’s
subsequently annexed. Putin has been
intent openly on regaining the Soviet Empire, including former Soviet Republics
like Ukraine and Georgia, both of which Russia has invaded.
U.S. and the European Union had
expanded sanctions and restrictions to a number of individual Russians and
Russian businesses, as well as Eastern Ukrainian Russian separatists. Significant additional punishments must be
imposed if Russia is
unwilling to establish a cease-fire in Ukraine, the laying down of arms by
the separatists and a dialogue between them and the Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian government has already promised
to guarantee minority rights, including in regard to the Russian language, concern
for which was the Russian Federation’s discredited excuse for trying to grab
power after the popular rebellion against a corrupt, authoritarian pro-Russian
government in Ukraine and its replacement with one that has established trade
relations with the European Union and seeks integration into Europe and good
relations with the West, without any hostile intent toward Russia. Meanwhile, the U.S. and E.U. should continue to
boost their support of the Ukrainian government.