Ukraine: Deescalate or Escalate to deescalate?
While US Secretary of Defense Austin visits Germany and declares to deploy more US troops in Germany, Biden proposes a meeting with Putin about Ukraine and other topics to deescalate the situation. He demands that Russia is withdrawing its troops and to negotiate a solution. However, fanatic nationalists on both sides and from third side apparantely want escalate the conflict .On the Russian side some experts even think about the use of tactical nuclear weapons—according to the Russian military doctrine: Escalate to deescalate. While Turkey said it wants to be a peace broker, it is also sending other signals supported by the Azerbaijani diaspora who supports Ukraine. Russia is increasing its troops on the border with Ukraine, people are repeatedly killed in battles in Donbass. But formally, the July 2020 ceasefire is still in force. In the virtual space, however, there is now a tone between Russia and Ukraine that is more like a war. A renewed outbreak of fighting in Donbass could mean the end of Ukraine as a state, the deputy head of the administration of the Russian president, Dmitrij Kosak, recently said. The team of Ukrainian President Volodimir “has decided to put on a drama called ‚The Military Threat‘. Since the colleagues do not have much political experience, it could be that they get lost, ”the platform quotes medusa Kosak. „These are children with matches in hand,“ continued Kosak, who also did not rule out Russian military intervention in Donbass. “Today everything depends on the extent of this fire. If we have Srebrenica there, we will be forced to act. „
The head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has accused the Ukrainian leadership of bombing Ukrainian cities like Kharkiv and Kiev in order to then blame Russia. And in a talk show on Russian television, military expert Mikhail Khodarenok openly thinks about the conditions under which Russia could use tactical nuclear weapons. „Every conflict can be ended with the threat of a deployment or the use of tactical nuclear weapons on our part,“ says the expert. The „Aid Coordination Center for Novorossia“ is even more offensive in advocating the use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine. On the portal of the organization that provides material support to the Eastern Ukrainian “People’s Republics”, its boss, Alexander Lyubimov, explains: “A modern 2021 nuclear war against Ukraine with the help of tactical missiles is acceptable and would be a possible solution to the Ukrainian question. […] In the expected war between Russia and Ukraine, the use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia is permissible, even desirable. „
In Ukraine, meanwhile, the voices of those calling for journalism that, in times of media war, are guided by state interests, are multiplying. “In a war, taking into account the standards of democratic journalism, combating the influence of the aggressor must come first. And that’s why you have to change your attitude towards the term ‚propaganda‘ ”, demands Miros¬law Liskovich, correspondent for the Ukrinform news agency. And Dmitro Zolotuchin, ex-vice minister of information, complains that many citizens have not yet understood what a tense situation the country is currently in. The television is to blame for this. We need to ensure that the Defense Ministry, the President and the Prime Minister get more airtime in the media. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Zelensky met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul at the weekend. Turkey and Ukraine have good relations. At the request of Ankara, Ukraine has extradited Turkish dissidents living in Ukraine on several occasions. In 2018, Ukraine bought six Bayraktar TB2 drones and 200 missiles. The Azerbaijani diaspora in Ukraine also supports Ukrainian-Turkish relations. The fact that Azerbaijan won in the latest Karabakh war is also thanks to the good relations between Baku and Ankara, writes Hikmet Javadow, spokesman for the Azerbaijani diaspora in Ukraine, on gordonua.com. „I am convinced that Ukraine will also have such a brilliant victory and the liberation of all its territories ahead of it,“ said Jawadov. The victory of the Azerbaijani army was also made possible by the high level of political and military cooperation between Baku and Ankara. Kiev must take this factor into account in its confrontation with Russia. And after the US declared that they want to withdraw their troops from Afgghanistan on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Erdogan declares that there should be a Afghanistan conference in Turkey. Erdogan seems to engage nearly everywhere.