The Tu-154 Tragedy and Ukraine’s “Political Barbarism”


December 27, 2016 – 

By Eduard Popov for Fort Russ – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

On the morning of December 25th, a passenger plane of Russia’s Ministry of Defense carrying 92 people went down. Sixty-four of the passengers were military men only from a formal point of view: in reality, they were musicians and dancers of the world-famous Alexandrov Red Army Choir. Among the perished was also the widely known Dr. Liza (Elizaveta Glinka), a doctor and human rights activist who saved sick and injured children from hot spots” around the world. Nine journalists from Russia’s three leading television channels and the eight crew members also disappeared.

The overwhelming majority of the victims were people of peaceful occupations. Only eight people, according to media reports, were linked to military specializations. Nevertheless, liberal media in Russia and Ukraine have welcomed the aircraft tragedy with undisguised delight. Just before this, Ukraine also did not hesitate to rejoice at the death of Russia’s ambassador in Turkey, Andrey Karlov, and the news that people in Irkutsk had been poisoned with fake alcohol.

As Ukrainian media have reported, numerous representatives of the Ukrainian establishment perceived the news of the civilian aircraft’s fate as a “victory”. The most open expressions of all came from two famous figures: Verkhovna Rada deputy and Euromaidan activist Parasyuk, and President Poroshenko’s advisor, Biryukov. Biryukov, for instance, wrote on his Facebook account that “hordes” would bring Boyaryshnik, the alcohol that poisoned people in Irkutsk, to the Russian embassy in Kiev. 

President Poroshenko has not commented on the tragedy at all, but earlier he did express his condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack in Berlin on December 19th. Meanwhile, Poroshenko seizes upon every opportunity to claim that Russia is the “aggressor country” and that “Russian terrorist forces” (a wording widely used in Ukraine) have occupied Donbass. Yet Russia and Ukraine are not officially in a state of war and, what’s more, they are important trading partners. Poroshenko himself owns a factory in Russia (in the Lipetsk region) which rakes in profits and pays taxes into the budget of the “aggressor country.”

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The refusal to express condolences to the innocent people who perished in the aircraft catastrophe characterizes like nothing else the moral and intellectual level of the Ukrainian political “elite.” The Ukrainian establishment is disproportionately lower in these qualities than its own people, a significant part of whom have warmly emphasized with the victims of the crash. 

As a point of comparison, even Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed condolences to the people of Russia and President Putin despite the extremely difficult inter-state relations between the two countries. Back on April 10th, 2010, many Russians on the unofficial level warmly condoled Poles over the Polish president’s plane crash despite negative attitudes towards then Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Since antiquity, such an attitude has distinguished civilized man and civilized society from barbarity. While hundreds of people, despite threats, are bringing flowers and candles to the Russian diplomatic missions in Kiev and Odessa, the Ukrainian political scene demonstrates militant barbarism and moral cannibalism. If we remember how one Kiev talk show presented and mutilated a cake in the shape of a baby symbolizing a Russian boy, then this “symbolic cannibalism” in Ukraine is nothing new. 

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This is not just idle speculation. One obvious conclusion begs itself on the basis of the above-said: Ukraine does not have a history of state tradition. For the past 25 years, Ukraine has demonstrated a categorical unwillingness to get rid of the “Zaporozhian Sich” and “wild field” complexes in order to become a state. Rather, Ukraine remains a pseudo-state ruled by a pseudo-elite, a large wild field in the center of Eastern Europe in the 21st century. History has given Ukraine a decent chance to become a state by granting it fertile land and rich mineral resources, a numerous and educated population, and a wonderful industrial and scientific base. But Ukraine has not taken advantage of these. Instead, it only manages to waste and destroy its human and material wealth. It seems that the temptation to return to the archaic “wild state” turned out too strong, and Ukraine was drawn away from the road to establishing disciplined state practices. It has gone “back” to the New Middle Ages. 

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