First it was “Russia invades Crimea!!” and now it’s “Russia amassing troops at Ukraine border!!” No evidence for either, but if you question the neo-Stalinist line you will be ridiculed as a Putinbot and/or a gullible fool for Soviet, I mean Russian, propaganda.
Nonetheless, let’s look at what facts there are. Here’s Britain’s Telegraph, a vociferously right-wing publication, but even they come up empty on Russian troops on the border:
But the Russian invasion force – if it is here – is very well camouflaged. As the fog lifted, murky shapes were revealed as trees, houses and old Lada cars. No tanks emerged from the gloom, no suspicious flights of helicopters passed overhead, and no green painted trucks rumbled down the roads.
In a 200 mile trip along the border region, the only Russian armour on display in this flat landscape was of a much older vintage, and stood on plinths in town squares.
The U.S.-empire-friendly New York Times also tried to find a build up and couldn’t:
But in and around Belgorod, which sits a scant 40 miles from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city and a likely target in case of an invasion, any increased military presence is largely kept out of the public eye. In a region that appears far from being on the brink of war, life continues as normal here, and many residents [dismiss] reports of a buildup as rumors set to discredit Russia.
… ‘Show me the tanks first, show me anything here that proves all this, and then we can talk about an invasion,’ said Pyotr Kudryavtsev, a retiree walking away from the tracks near the Vesyolaya Lopan station south of Belgorod, where scores of military vehicles were filmed being unloaded on March 12. Mr. Kudryavtsev, like other locals interviewed, denied this, saying that the heavy tracks in the mud close to the rails belonged to construction vehicles.
And that “scores of military vehicles” in the video sprung on the local villager? A lie. The video shows six trucks, two jeeps and a half-dozen listless troops.
Finally, here is the other leader of the pro-war troops, the Wall Street Journal, saying in so many words that the U.S. doesn’t have a single photo showing a build up of troops near the Ukraine border:
Military officials said [Russian] camouflaging has further complicated U.S. efforts to assess the size and scope of the military forces being put in place.
‘They have moved into concealed positions,’ said a senior military official.
The official said concealment could be aimed at obscuring images taken by American spy satellites.
Once again, where are the Russian troops massed on the Ukraine border? 50,000 men and the state-of-the-art U.S. spy satellites can’t provide the public a single image? If they had one I’m sure they’d somehow manage to leak it and let us see it.
[See also the evidence provided in Comments 6 and 7 below. Thanks for reminding me, tuezday.]
Yeah, I know, it would be nice to ignore the media’s surreal Ukraine anti-reality show as just meaningless ranting. The ‘powers that be’ can’t really be trumping a mush of fact-free b.s. into a new cold war, can they? But every day the mainstream media in stunning unity keeps on shouting through its megaphone about the big BIG threat that Russia is to Ukraine and, heck, all of Eastern Europe! And I’m pretty darn sure their readers and viewers are tired of it, so they aren’t demanding this obsessive Russia-phobic coverage …