Are the Ukrainian Jews being used as political pawns in order to foment the fires of a civil war and give Vladimir Putin a reasonable justification to have Russia invade Ukraine?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the story began when leaflets were distributed that demanded the Jews of Ukraine must register with the new government. But then some reports began to claim the demand to have Ukrainian Jews register was mere propaganda intended to smear political opponents.
Whatever the truth, Secretary of State John Kerry was quick to condemn the leaflets as an unwelcome reminder of the Holocaust, where the Nazis required Jews to register and to wear stars marking them as Jewish:
"Just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they have to identify themselves as Jews. In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable -- it's grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable."Between 1941 and 1945, approximately three million Ukrainian Jews and other non-Jewish victims were killed as part of Nazi extermination policies.
The document was delivered in the name of People's Republic of Donetsk, which is a pro-Russian separatist movement that declared the city of Donetsk was its own state separate from the rest of Ukraine. The documents were signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of the group, who denies his organization had anything to do with the leaflets:
"Moreover, this provocation has been done unprofessionally -- first of all, it is signed as 'people's governor Denis Pushilin,' and I never referred to myself as such and nobody called me like that first. Secondly the stamp that is there, it is bigger in size meaning simply it has been done in a Photoshop. And third, if you read the text you will see that it's relatively badly written."Our own sources in Ukraine admit that no one is certain who produced the leaflets:
"The origin of the pamphlets is still unconfirmed. No one admits to putting them out and it could easily be a defamation tactic. Already, certain leaders have used this to declare how the new Ukrainian government allows Neo-Nazis."Pushilin's organization is already claiming that pro-Ukrainian groups created the leaflets as a false flag operation intended to cause an international incident and raise more opposition to pro-Russian forces. But US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, fears the separatist groups may be trying to stoke fears in the Jewish population by reminding them of the Nazis, which have been previously compared to the new government in central Ukraine.
While both sides are pointing fingers, all we know for certain is that witnesses claim the leaflets were distributed by camouflaged men wearing ski masks to Ukrainian Jews attending a Passover service on Tuesday. Rabbi Pinkhas Vyshedski stated on a Jewish website that the registration letter is attempting raise tensions in Ukraine:
"What happened, of course, smells like a provocation. Who is behind it is an open question. But seeing as it is only a provocation, it should be treated accordingly."So who would benefit from such a provocation? In the recent past, Putin claimed that Russia took Crimea in order to "protect people" and Moscow has already reiterated they are willing to act with military force if a civil war were to begin:
""We know quite well that we must do our best to protect their rights and help them independently decide their fate and we will struggle for that. I remind you that the Federation Council of Russia [the upper house of Parliament] empowered the president to use the armed forces in Ukraine."With this statement, Putin has attempted to put Russia on a high moral ground by claiming that any Russian invasion will be a "peacekeeping" operation intended to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens... even if Moscow had the separatists fighters armed to begin with. US Ambassador Pyatt said the "militants in eastern Ukraine were equipped with Russian weapons and the same uniforms as those worn by Russian forces that invaded Crimea."
The comparisons between World War 2, the Holocaust, and the Ukraine crisis do not end there. Hitler was allowed to take over countries in Europe until open warfare was unavoidable. In the same manner, some are afraid Russia may start the same pattern with Ukraine, with the fear being that more former-Russian Baltic states will be absorbed by Putin with one excuse or another.
Who do you think created the leaflets demanding that Ukrainian Jews register with the pro-Russia separatist movement?