McCain and Graham told Ukraine to go on Offensive | macedoniaonline

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We reported that east Ukraine saw heavy fighting in late January as government troops went on an offensive using special infiltration tactics.

However, weeks ago we also reported that US Senators, and famous warmongers John McCain and Lindsey Graham spent their end of year holidays touring countries on Russia’s doorstep which neocons have long billed as potential flashpoints, Georgia, the Baltic countries, and Ukraine.

In Ukraine McCain and Graham actually visited Ukraine’s front line troops and spent the night with them alongside Ukraine’s president Poroshenko in their barracks.

This is how they spoke during the occasion, Senator Lindsey Graham:

“I admire the fact that you will fight for your homeland.”

“Your fight is our fight, 2017 will be the year of offense.

“All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price.”

“Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world.”

John McCain:

“I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage.

So I thank you and the world is watching and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries.”

Now I am not saying the reason Ukrainians went on an offensive is because two Americans egged them on, but it is indeed clear that the two very high profile American Senators went to a foreign country and encouraged them to restart their frozen civil war. //Mark Nicholas

http://www.politico.eu/article/us-senators-praise-ukrainian-marines-slam-vladimir-putin-russia-john-mccain-lindsey-graham/

US senators praise Ukrainian marines, slam Putin

‘I admire the fact that you will fight for your homeland,’ Lindsey Graham tells Ukrainian soldiers.

On the frontline of the war in Ukraine, U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham voiced strong support for Ukrainian marines and sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, underscoring the gulf between leading Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump over Russia policy.

“I admire the fact that you will fight for your homeland,” Graham told Ukraine’s 36th Separate Marine Brigade in the town of Shyrokyne, about four kilometers from the line of contact, according to a video released Monday by the Ukrainian presidency.

“Your fight is our fight,” Graham said during the visit on Saturday alongside President Petro Poroshenko. “2017 will be the year of offense,” he continued. “All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price. Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world.”

McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate and prisoner of war in Vietnam, said: “I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage. So I thank you and the world is watching and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries.”

Graham, McCain and Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, traveled throughout the former Soviet Union in recent days in an effort to reassure U.S. allies, particularly in the Baltics, that Congress remained committed to NATO and to protecting members of the Transatlantic alliance from Russian aggression.

Shyrokyne, a village just east of the strategic port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, was largely destroyed in fierce fighting during the first half of 2015 and is crucial to Ukraine’s continued effort to defend against a potential invasion.

A peace agreement brokered by Germany and France, called the Minsk 2 accord, has never been implemented and, though fighting and casualties have subsided, clashes continue on a constant basis.

On Saturday, as the senators were visiting, the Ukrainian military said there were at least 20 incidents of hostile fire, including attacks by grenade launchers and sniper rifles. The three American senators were each given fragments of an artillery shell as a souvenir of their visit, a spokesman for the Ukrainian presidential administration said.

Meanwhile, the standoff in eastern Ukraine has become a frozen conflict, with the disputed regions of Donetsk and Luhansk forming another of the gray buffer zones that Russia has used to destabilize countries that were once part of the Soviet Union but have sought to escape the Kremlin’s grip.

The appearances by the three American senators highlighted the obstacles Trump will face should he try to ease pressure on Russia any time soon.

Similar zones exist in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the disputed regions of Georgia, and in Transnistria, a disputed region of Moldova.

In the conflict zone, everyday transactions are conducted in Russian rubles rather than Ukrainian hryvnia, and most goods are trucked in across the border from Russia. Residents of the conflict zone must pass through military checkpoints in order to enter territory still controlled by the Ukrainian government in order to reach banks where they can access savings, collect pensions and carry out any other business with the Ukrainian authorities.

Trump has expressed a desire to improve relations with Russia and praised Putin’s decision last week not to respond to a new round of sanctions imposed by the Obama administration over Russia’s alleged computer hacking and interference in the U.S. presidential election.

The appearances by the three American senators, and their sharp criticism of Putin, highlighted the obstacles Trump will face should he try to ease pressure on Russia any time soon. Most Republican lawmakers in the U.S. have called for a thorough investigation of the hacking, and there is broad bipartisan support in Congress for Ukraine, particularly in response to Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.

 

 

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2 responses to “McCain and Graham told Ukraine to go on Offensive | macedoniaonline

  1. Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:

    Poroshenko is grinning like a Cheshire cat.
    Of course the US is happy for Ukrainian nazis to die
    Of course the US is happy for Russian ethnics to die
    Of course the US is happy for Ukraine to be buried in a mountain of debt to the IMF – all that asset stripping the rest of Europe will get their hands on
    Of course the US is happy to see Russia’s borders threatened while it creates another war elsewhere in the world. War is good business.
    Lindsey Graham and John McCain could care less about the civilian death toll and are having a fine time making a fool out of Poroshenko while they manipulate him and play to his ego0.
    How long would he have US “friends” if he were to decide with Putin to end the war?
    About as long as it takes to get him removed from office and “disappeared”, he can share a safe house with Yanukovich.
    The Cheshire cat has more brains than this prat Poroshenko.

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