WE have seen the tanks. We have seen the convoys. We know where the rockets which shot down the Malayan airline came from. We have seen the prisoners. Russian mothers are demanding to know where their sons are buried. NATO satellites have seen armoured columns entering Ukraine. Putin denies any invasion on the quiet. Invasion lite.
Nevertheless the FT quoted a separatist leader who admitted that Russian troops were fighting in Ukraine but had not been drafted but “chose to spend their holidays with us.. rather than on the beach,”
This is a Monty Python sketch. They may look like Russian soldiers, they may be armed and uniformed like Russian soldiers, they may be organised like Russian soldiers but they are in fact holidaymakers. Where are your cameras and your bucket and spades-we left in the locker in case they got blood on them. If it wasn’t so depressing it would be funny.
Hitler after all started World War Two in September 1939 with German soldiers dressed in Polish uniforms attacking 21 border posts. The detail being such that dead bodies dressed in Polish uniforms were left on the scene. They turned out to be prisoners from the concentration camps.
Hitler ranted after these “attacks”, “ I can find no longer an willingness on the part of the Polish government to conduct serious negotiations with us,Recently there have been 21 border incidents, Polish atrocities. Since 5.45am we have been returning fire.”
The fact that no one believed the stunt didnt stop the War or Hitler’s ambitions. Does Putin care if the world believes him? I don’t think so.. Surely not again..