The mainstream media in the West, especially in Britain and the U.S., is unrelenting in its fantasy that the mass rebellion in eastern and southern Ukraine has been generated by an “outside agitator” named Vladimir Putin. But look at the photos! Hundreds of people in towns and thousands in bigger cities are out on the streets or dirt roads to confront and turn back the ‘invading’ soldiers of the unelected government. Regular folks, babushkas and skinny-armed teenagers, parents and their children, doing a good job of holding off war. All these folks are asking for is a referendum on federalization, and that ain’t no reason for either side to fight and kill.

This is absolutely beautiful:

When Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) entered downtown Kramatorsk as part of Kiev’s military operation against anti-government protesters in the east of the country, they were stopped in their tracks, surrounded by crowds of local residents.

One YouTube video of what happened next shows a woman coming to a soldier with the reproach: ‘You are the army, you must protect the people.’

We are not going to shoot, we weren’t even going to,’ is the soldier’s reply.

Similar conversations could be heard at each of several APCs which entered the city, with locals promising to defend their neighbors, in case the soldiers start a military operation.

Just like you and me, the townspeople’s only weapon is an ability to speak and persuade. And the facts are on their side: there is no reason to be killing each other. With words they have successfully persuaded most of the regime’s soldiers that they should not fire their weapons, that whatever the cause is that they are fighting for, it is not worth it.

That’s a beautiful thing to see a few days before Easter.

But are you allowed to see it in the West?

Look, I’m not a big fan of RT, it’s a government operation and Russia is at least as corrupt (in the usual ways) as the average capitalist country, but if you want to get a sense of hope this Easter season, you have to look at the photos of what is going on in east Ukraine. Look at these peaceful but passionate persuaders at work. Look at the tank stopped by some peacemakers.

Peace seems to be happening despite the best efforts of the warmongers in Washington, Kiev, London, Warsaw and in most of the newspaper and television boardrooms of the Western world. But they won’t stop, the media and the corporate-owned politicians won’t stop demonizing Russia and pushing the temporary leaders of Ukraine to fight and kill their country’s citizens. I advise all firebaggers to get out into the comment sections of the media to argue for peace and reconciliation. Here’s a sample if you want one, under some Putin is a demon tale by a guy named Angus at the now neoconservative Guardian:

Angus, no. Pull yourself out of the hallucinogenic ‘demon Putin’ narrative and look at the d#mn photos coming out of East Ukraine. The townspeople scold the young soldiers, remind them that there is no reason to fight, and the soldiers put down their arms! This is what is happening now in these days leading up to Easter. No Russians, no Pravy Sektor, no Princess Tymoshenko to muck up the truth. Look!

The real narrative is the need for a referendum on federalization, as you’ve recognized, and that is the message all in eastern and southern Ukraine agree on. that’s all the East is asking for. Instead of war. So instead of drawing red lines in the sand, for wars on Russia and east Ukraine that don’t have soldiers to fight them, what the West needs to do is pressure the coup regime to allow a reworking of the nation of Ukraine that will move it away from civil war and toward mutual trust.