Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers are surrounded in what’s known as the Debaltseve Pocket where the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) have encircled them. Fighting in this region of so-called Novorossiya has been hellish.
The Ukraine Armed Forces, under commander in chief President Petro Poroshenko, they’ve attacked and counter attacked relentlessly on his orders, not only the militias of the freedom fighters there, but the larger civilian population. Hatred and revenge now play a horrible role, if an understandable one.
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, warned the Normandy Four at Minsk, that these encircled combatants would present a problem for the peace accord to come. He’s urged Poroshenko to let the combatants lay down their arms and surrender. All the while mainstream media in the west has proclaimed the Kiev line, that these troops were never surrounded. We see today, the folly of such reporting. Now, brave men die because reporters and politicians play a deadly game of deceit.
Today I plead with friends and foes, to show the best of human decency. Tweet to Poroshenko to issue orders to these men to surrender. Their is no shame in their doing so and going home, not if their commander orders it.
Likewise, the leaders of the DPR and LPR should issue orders that no soldier fire on or harm their enemies in situation, and brothers in arms on the opposing side. I beg Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky to take all measures to ensure the white flag is honored.
If you are reading this, then we are brothers in this fight for life and liberty ongoing. I urge you to do the least thing for peace, tweet and retweet the following.
— Phil Butler (@Philbo) February 18, 2015
I leave you with a quote from my countryman, America’s most revered General, Robert E. Lee who said:
“The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forbearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.”
It’s high time for a dose of forbearance medicine in Ukraine.
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