Crimea Loses Power Temporarily, Ukraine Loses
By Tony Cartalucci
December 11, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "NEO"
- In an under-reported incident in which Russian Crimea’s power
lines were severed from Ukraine, leaving the peninsula and over 2
million residents in darkness for over a week, it has become clear
to the world the tenuous grip Kiev and its NATO backers actually
have over the “Ukraine” they claim they preside over.
It would be Russia
through an underwater cable that would begin restoring power to
Crimea. While rhetoric regarding Crimea is still strong on both
sides, it is the actions of both Ukraine and its NATO backers versus
Russia that appear to finally be answering the “Crimea question” if
there even was such a question.
Power, Asserts Sovereignty
In the first week of
December, the International Business Times would report in their
Putin inaugurates Crimea energy bridge during surprise visit,”
Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the first leg of a power line
between the Russian mainland and Crimea in a surprise visit to
the peninsula. His visit to the strategically important
territory comes after the region plunged into darkness over
widespread power outage.
Moscow claims to have been hit by Ukraine’s energy blockade,
will start receiving power supply from Russia once the
“electricity bridge” is completed. The undersea cable project
was scheduled to have been completed by the end of December but
it has been brought forward after Crimean power supply was
dependency on Ukraine for power and other necessities could have
been used as a means of proving that the peninsula exists as an
integral part of Ukrainian territory, by cutting power and being
unable to rein in the terrorists who for over a week blocked repairs
from the Ukrainian side, Kiev has all but proved it has no interest
or ability to administer the region.
That the terrorists in
fact are backed by not only special interests now occupying Kiev,
but by NATO and the United States in particular, illustrates the
punitive measures Ukrainians and their neighbors face for falling on
the wrong side of NATO and its proxies in Kiev. It also illustrates
once again the impetus that drove the people of Crimea to wisely
choose ascension into the Russian Federation rather than to remain a
part of Ukraine in the first place.
US Insists on
the “Return” of Crimea
In a pattern that is
becoming all too familiar, the United States continues to make
statements contrary to reality. US Vice President Joseph Biden was
reported to have called on Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine –
despite the obvious act of terrorism carried out against the people
of Crimea and Kiev’s clear role behind the terrorism.
Bloomberg in its
Says ‘Illegal’ Russian Occupation of Crimea Must End,” would
Joe Biden called Russia’s annexation of Crimea “illegal” in a
demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine’s government that
signaled the U.S. won’t bargain away its support for the country
to win Russian cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in
“The United States stands firmly with the
people of Ukraine in the face of continued — and I emphasize
continued — aggression from Russia and Russian-backed
separatists,” Biden said in Kiev on Monday, following a meeting
with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.
Papers like the Moscow
Times with deceptive headlines like, “Activists
Block Crimea Power Line Relaunch,” would reveal in the bodies of
their articles that these “activists” were in fact the heavily
armed, Neo-Nazi paramilitary organization Right Sector, notorious
for its front line role in NATO’s proxy war on eastern Ukraine.
The Moscow Times would
prevented Ukrainian repair crews from relaunching one of the
four power lines supplying Crimea with electricity from the
mainland, despite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stating
earlier that Kiev would allow power flows to resume, Russian and
Ukrainian media reported Monday.
Members of the
far-right paramilitary Right Sector group blocked the first
attempt at re-activating the Kakhovskaya-Titan line on Sunday
night, the RIA Ukraine news agency and
news site wrote the following morning.
Either Kiev has no
control over what takes place in its own territory or it has ordered
Right Sector and other groups to initiate the blockade of Crimea.
Either way, Vice President Biden’s calls for Russia to return Crimea
to Ukrainian control appear irresponsible at best. With literal
Neo-Nazis cutting power to 2 million civilians – a blatant war crime
– seems only to further vindicate Russia’s actions regarding Crimea
and the decision of the people of Crimea themselves to seek a place
within the Russian Federation.
The illegitimacy of
not only the regime in Kiev, but of NATO who created it and to this
day perpetuates its existence, has helped erode the very principles
both are now trying to appeal to in order to maintain the
territorial integrity of Ukraine. Beyond Ukraine, similar scenarios
are developing across all of Eastern Europe, where as NATO attempts
to expand closer and closer to Russia’s borders, it is finding it
increasingly difficult to find allies who are not extremists with
ties to fascism and/or Nazism.
By allying itself with
these radical elements, those populations subjected to their
NATO-backed domination of politics, economics, and security are more
likely to turn toward Russia either as Crimea did, or as the
break-away republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have.
Beyond Eastern Europe,
the continual violation of Syria and Iraq’s sovereignty by NATO is
making it exponentially more difficult to appeal to sovereignty and
territorial integrity in regards to Ukraine. The West has repeatedly
called for the “Balkanization” of Syria into several weaker regions.
As the balance of power turns in the region, and even globally, the
West may find this contempt it has shown toward national sovereignty
and the territorial integrity of existing nations backfire on it
when its own allies face the same prospect of being carved up.
Some may argue that
Crimea’s ascension into the Russian Federation itself was only
possible because the NATO-driven lawlessness that it occurred in the
midst of. As this lawlessness continues, it is all but guaranteed
that Crimea will only be driven deeper within the Russian
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based
geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online