by John Helmer, Moscow
“It’s an attempt to tell an old truth in order to remind us what the new truth we now face will cost us if we open our eyes.”
On Gorilla Radio yesterday we concluded on this line. The recording of the interview ended just before 5 in the Moscow morning on Thursday (Wednesday afternoon Pacific Standard Time). One hour later President Vladimir Putin announced the start of the military campaign to demilitarize and denazify the Ukraine. The narrative of what happened next, gathered from eyewitnesses, war front reporters, and open media sources by Boris Rozhin on the Colonel Cassad website’s Telegram platform, can be followed here.
In advance of what we didn’t yet know, we already knew three things: the Stavka, not Putin alone, decides. There was a change of decision between Monday evening’s speech by Putin and Thursday morning’s speech; this was not, however, a change of plans; they have been ready for some time, as everyone can see now. The black box defence would still be a surprise.
With the retrospect of hours, demilitarization of the Ukraine and denazification of the Galicians cannot be a surprise if you are Russian or Ukrainian. To them it is welcome. By contrast, Chrystia Freeland, the deputy prime minister of Canada, has repeated the lie which enriched her grandfather, her mother, and the Galicians she represents: “We cannot allow Russia,” she said, “to destroy the rules based order Canadians died to defend in the Second World War…” When the Galicians go on trial for their war crimes in the coming months – this is part of what denazification will mean — Canadian judicial observers will be invited to attend and investigate the evidence; the Dutch too.
In the interview we also discuss what it’s like to think like the Russians and Ukrainians do when the choice is – do now for yourselves, or wait to die later when they will kill you.
THE UKRAINE – MAP OF POLITICAL AND CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE
THE UKRAINE – MAP OF MILITARY BASES AND AIRFIELDS
THE UKRAINE — MAP OF RUSSIAN MILITARY-TECHNICAL OPERATION
That’s the footnote.
Gorilla Radio is broadcast every Thursday on CFUV 101.9 FM from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The radio station can be heard here . The Gorilla Radio transcripts are also published by the Pacific Free Press and on the blog. For Chris Cook’s broadcast archive, click to open.
NOTE: cyber attacks have stopped the Kremlin website from operating normally. Links to Putin speeches in this story have been blocked. Other Russian state institution websites are also under attack.