"Even as Ukraine is building a peaceful, democratic, independent nation across 93 percent of its territory, Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine are suffering a reign of terror, " Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"Today Crimea remains under illegal occupation and human rights abuses are the norm, not the exception, for many at risk groups there," she said.
She said several groups - Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians who refuse to surrender their passports, gays and lesbians, journalists and others - are at risk of persecution.
"In eastern Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage," she said.
"This manufactured conflict - controlled by the Kremlin; fueled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed at Russian taxpayers' expense - has cost the lives of more than 6,000 Ukrainians, but also of hundreds of young Russians sent to fight and die there by the Kremlin, in a war their government denies."
What is funny about all of this is a couple of things. For starters, they (USA, westerners) blame Russian propaganda as the reason why Russians hate west. But it has way more to do with people like victoria nuland opening her trap and spewing lies. But the second part is that she can openly say BS and not a single person has thrown back at her asking for evidence. At least no one important, anywhere. Lastly, there has been various private done videos of Crimea and people enjoying themselves due to being annexed. They talk of fringe groups but not whole groups. Actually, I have not heard a peep on Crimea other than "life is normal".
There is no one being heald for accountability for running their mouths. It is like me saying "Aliens run the show. I dont have evidence of such statement being true, but trust me, it is true!". In acedemia, intellectuals would be demanding evidence and calling people out on their statements, and in US, they only seem to care to do this when it is pointless debate about whether god is real or not, when both sidea ask for proof. But when it comes to something that really matters, which could lead to a world war where millions may die, no one asks any questions? No one demands proof? And if caught lying, no one heald accountable or be thrown out of office?
It is high time people really start questioning their representatives before it is too late.