Pretty interesting and fairly lengthy piece in Counterpunch today:Ukrainians are Voting With Their Feet Against War and Economic Disaster
Roger Annis, 08/12/15
There's a few different things in there. The first is about some new apps widely consulted by draftable Ukie males to avoid getting publicly shang-hai'd for use as canon fodder in Donbass by ubiquitous, roving government goon squads. Obviously, the ones "recruited" in this manner are going to make for some shitty, ultra-unmotivated troops.
Another section discusses the various official "waves" or "recruitment drives." They've been generally dismal, as has been reported before. However, the 5th one was perhaps somewhat less so. However, I'm not familiar with the source he quotes for the stats, so can't vouch for their veracity. And, of course, it's Ukraine, so... *cough*.
This is what I found most interesting, however:
According to several reports received by New Cold War.org, many Ukrainian men, joined by their spouses in some cases, have taken refuge in the two regions which the Kyiv regime’s ‘ATO’ has failed to conquer—Crimea and Donbas. This is ironic because many of these people are strident, pro-Maidan nationalists who supported the February 2014 coup.
Crimea is a preferred destination over Russia for nationalists to flee for a variety of reasons.
For one, it is relatively easy to flee there. Apart from very lengthy queues, there are no formal barriers to entry to Crimea from Ukraine.
Two, nationalists can console themselves that, according to their myths and beliefs, and according to official Ukrainian government policy, they have not left Ukraine at all. Crimea is considered by them as “Ukrainian” territory. No doubt, many of those fleeing to Crimea also hope that the myth of Crimea as Ukrainian territory will shield from the wrath of their fellow nationalists and the wrath of whatever government is in power when and if they return home.
Thirdly, and this will come as a surprise to those who take Western media propaganda as good coin, pro-Ukrainian nationalists have freedom of expression in Crimea. Here is a part of a report received by New Cold War.org from a correspondent in Ukraine who recently returned from Crimea:
A lot of Maidan nationalists (especially of the middle class) write and post from Thailand, India, Turkey and other countries, calling upon Ukrainians at home to “defend the country” while they live comfortably abroad.
As for the children of our rich businessmen and officials living abroad, there are a lot of jokes circulating on social media and in online media in Ukraine of how these “volunteer battalions” abroad are bravely defending Ukraine from “Russian aggression”… as they write from Paris and London. The brave writers have trouble pointing to evidence of Russian soldiers in their midst, but they soldier on in defending Europe from the Russian threat they say exists.
In Crimea, I met many Ukrainian nationalists who come from western Ukraine and Kyiv. They wear symbolic Ukrainian dress and carry national flags and badges. No one touches them so long as they don’t provoke the local people.
I noted in speaking to some of them that they are angry with Petro Poroshenko. According to them, the “lost territories” (Crimea and Donbas) should be retaken (and the local populations deported to Russia). But not by themselves, they explain, because they say they are the “national elite” that is needed for the future resurrection of Ukraine. (End report citation.)
If true, they might make a perfect 5th column to provide the necessary tinder. Just send in some agents provocateurs and stir up conflict. Then, on cue, the Orwellian Western MSM dutifully lie and say that these are the "true Crimeans, viciously oppressed by Russian thugs," and turn them into the casus belli US warmongers seem to be longing for. Maybe I'm paranoid, but allowing those assholes in does not strike me as a good idea. But, who knows, maybe they're just a bunch of cowardly Maidan jumpers who talk a lot but do f**k all except flee to live in sleeping bags, otherwise they would've enlisted, right?
BTW, has armed conflict restarted?