Ukrainians boycotting Russians may further split that nation; Russia warning the international community about sanctions

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The campaign to boycott Russian businesses and goods has ramped up in western Ukraine with technology and ‘flash mob’ tactics:

July 26, 2014

War might be at their doorstep but Ukrainian citizens are using a more peaceful style of dissent against Russia.

Across the capital Kiev last weekend, young men and women converged on Russian-owned cafes and restaurants. With each sale, the activists feigned their own death. They held signs that said “Russia kills!” against their chest as they lay prone on the floor…

Tymur Pliushch, a founder of Resistance, told Fairfax Media the flash mobs began in 2013 after Russia’s trade blockade, but the Crimean crisis and the recent MH17 incident revitalised the campaign…

“The campaign was called ‘Russian products are killing’,” he says. “That means money that consumers are paying for Russian goods might be used for the financial support of military actions in Ukraine.”

Activists have also built a smartphone app telling people which stores to avoid, in order to not send money back to Russia. The app, called “Boycott Invaders”, also allows users to scan barcodes as they shop, providing an instant answer on whether the product is Russian-made or owned…

Ukrainian shoppers say they did not usually notice where the products came from, only the price and quality.

“Now I am paying attention,” one woman told Radio Free Europe. “If it’s manufactured in Russia, I ask for something else.”

A man says, “it is just wrong to buy the aggressor’s product”. Yet another says they now choose Chinese products over Russian.

July 26, 2014

With tensions high between Ukraine and Russia, in the city of Kiev a band of youths have employed a lie-down approach to protesting against the Kremlin.

Across the Ukrainian capital young men and women vented their frustrations by converging on Russian-owned cafes and restaurants and lying down on the floor.

The flash mob protest, given the title ‘Russian products are killing’, has been conceived to make consumers more aware about the products they are buying. Tymur Pliushch, a founder of Resistance and the group responsible for organizing the flash mob, told Fairfax Media that the proceeds from Russian goods might be used for the “financial support of military actions in Ukraine.”

To try to get around this, in April 2014, many Russian manufacturers changed Russian barcodes to those of Ukrainian manufacturers.  Yet sales of Russian-made goods have dropped significantly in Ukraine.

I began to warn last year about potential splits occurring in Ukraine.  If this ‘boycott Russia’ movement becomes more successful, this may economically force more ethnic Russians who live in Ukraine to want to split from Ukraine.  Some may move to other places, while others may become more inclined to support the separatists there.

Of course, there are now more international boycotts, called sanctions, against Russia related to its involvement with Ukraine.  Russia is not pleased with that.  Here is a report from a Russian news source related to that:

July 26, 2014

MOSCOW, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – By imposing additional sanctions against Russia, the European Union puts under threat international cooperation in security field, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Once again taking the lead from Washington on the issue of additional anti-Russian sanctions, the European Union … basically puts under threat international security cooperation,” the statement reads.

Russian Foreign Ministry underlined that additional list of sanctions is “a direct evidence that EU countries set a course for the total rollback of cooperation with Russia in international and regional security, including combating spread of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, organized crime and other challenges and threats.”

“Brussels is now responsible for this step made amid the dramatic worsening of the international situation, in particular in Afghanistan, Middle East, North Africa and other areas,” Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

Threats to “international security cooperation” should be understood to be very broad and that Russia may veto more in the UN Security Council as well as take some specific military steps.

Notice also the following:

July 26, 2014

MOSCOW, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – Militia forces have managed to take control of the Ukrainian checkpoint Marinivka in Donetsk region, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said Saturday on Twitter.

“DNR army divisions have fought their way to the state border with the Russian Federation, and took control of the Marinivka checkpoint,” the statement said.

On Friday, it was reported that intense shooting and cannonade had been heard in that area. Several shells exploded near a Russian checkpoint – in the field and by the road linking the customs post with the Primiussky village.

Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that the Russian territory had been shelled by Ukrainian forces nine times already. As a result of one of the attacks, a Russian citizen was killed in the city of Donetsk, Rostov region. Russian Foreign Ministry declared a protest to Ukraine in connection with these attacks and demanded to cease such hostilities.

July 26, 2014

Fighting neared Donetsk Saturday, and explosions were heard within the rebel-controlled eastern city as the Ukrainian army pressed insurgents who have bolstered defenses after a string of defeats…

U.S. officials have accused Russia of massing more troops on its border, and firing artillery into Ukraine in recent days, most likely in a bid to prevent Ukrainian troops from sealing the border and cutting off weapon supplies to rebels.

Shelling was heard around Donetsk early Saturday. It was not immediately unclear what the damage or casualties were, but residents reported being awoken by heavy explosions.

“Last night was terrible. I was woken up at 3 a.m. by the explosions. The walls shook, the windows shook,” Marina, who lives in a southern part of the city, told Reuters. “There was shooting all over the city. And it still goes on. Maybe it’s a little quieter now, but it’s all around.”

KIEV, Ukraine — Rather than backing down after last week’s downing of a civilian passenger jet, Russia appears to be intervening more aggressively in the war in eastern Ukraine in what American and Ukrainian officials call a dangerous escalation that will almost certainly force more robust retaliation from the United States and Europe.

Russia has increased its direct involvement in fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist insurgents, moving more of its own troops to the border and preparing to arm the rebels with ever more potent weapons, including high-powered Tornado rocket launchers…While Russia flatly denied accelerating its intervention on Friday, American and Ukrainian officials said Moscow appeared anxious to stem gains by government forces that have succeeded in retaking some rebel-held territory…

American and Ukrainian officials said Russia has moved beyond simply helping separatists and is now engaging directly in the war. Multiple Ukrainian military planes have been brought down in recent days by missiles fired from Russian territory, and now artillery batteries are firing from across the border into Ukraine, the officials said.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is planning his next move.  He does not want Kiev to control Donetsk, but also does not seem to wish to have a full war in the east. He wants all former Soviet states to support his Eurasian Union, and is likely calculating what will happen in other lands depending on how he reacts.

Eurasian Union will come according to biblical prophecy, but it does not have to come for some years, though the small confederation to be called the Eurasian Union is set to start in January 2015.  Yet that new union only has three countries.  As Vladimir Putin wants more than that, he is trying to best decide how Russia will proceed now.  While he does not like sanctions or boycotts, he is also concerned about how other former Soviet states are viewing Russia’s actions with Ukraine (such as Moldova, which he also wants).

But he also does not want to lose Ukrainian territory.  War is not only in the present, it is also in the future for Russia and those in Ukraine.

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