Living on the edge in Eastern Ukraine

Not everyone in Eastern Ukraine is pro-Russian, and those who aren’t live in fear. CNN’s Arwa Damon reports.

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  1. Russia and Ukraine lived perfectly fine for hundreds of yeas. They even
    were one nation not to long ago! You can’t even tell a difference between
    them here in US

  2. I have called the Zombies illness I see it on the internet videos at
    first I just thought it was just a few foolish kids but I am starting to
    fear of my life when I go out … 

  3. “Not everyone in Western Ukraine is pro-EU, and those who aren’t live in
    fear”

    There you go CNN. Fixed.

    They don’t look very fearful; and how hard CNN must have searched to find
    these idiots? Further, you guys are trying to make a tiny minority look
    like they have more rights than the vast majority; remember how you took
    the opposite tack in Maidan, where the minority was far larger? Suddenly,
    according to one of their hired propagandists, being anti-illegal-govt is
    a ‘disease’. We heard that kind of talk in Hitler’s era. Yeah, I know how
    you’d like to tackle that ailment. Send in the army, right? And everyone in
    Ukraine BOTH East and West wish to conceal their identities, what’s new?
    How dare you use that as justification? only two of the five you
    interviewed were so ‘scared’. Clearly, they are less fearful than those
    living in West Ukraine.

  4. Whom you want to cheat? There’s no fool. We are not changing our home for
    cookies.

  5. Russia sponsors Russian terrorists in
    Ukraine
    Russia seems eager to repeat horrors of 1930s and 1940s and take
    civilian population hostage. Russia was supposed to be fined with level 2
    sanctions after Crimean annexation. Terrorists arrested elected mayor, EU
    didn’t get that Russian terrorists are in Sloviansk until OSCE observers
    were arrested too.
    Ukrainians suffered many years from Russia. Soviet Russians even made
    man-made famine to decrease Ukrainian population in east Ukraine. It
    wouldn’t be a surprise if Russia threatens EU one day. If Russian
    aggression isn’t stoppted Russia would do to All Ukraine, Moldova, Baltic
    states, and maybe to countries of former Warsaw Pact, what it has done to
    Sloviansk city. Russia is using Russian terrorists in Ukraine to undermine
    elections scheduled for May 25. Russia is an enemy of democratic process.
    Russia seems eager to bring back times of Hitler and Stalin.

  6. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government
    buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by
    our political leaders and elite media commentators, were ‘pro-democracy
    protestors’.
    The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force
    against these ‘pro-democracy protestors’ even if, according to the pictures
    we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and
    other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to
    buildings.
    Now, just a few weeks later, we’re told that people occupying government
    buildings in Ukraine are not ‘pro-democracy protestors’ but ‘terrorists’ or
    ‘militants’.
    Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a very good thing
    in January, but it is a very bad thing in April? Why was the use of force
    by the authorities against protestors completely unacceptable in January,
    but acceptable now? I repeat: I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
    The anti-government protestors in Ukraine during the winter received visits
    from several prominent Western politicians, including US Senator John
    McCain, and Victoria Nuland, from the US State Department, who handed out
    cookies. But there have been very large anti-government protests in many
    Western European countries in recent weeks, which have received no such
    support, either from such figures or from elite Western media commentators.
    Nor have protestors received free cookies from officials at the US State
    Department.
    Surely if they were so keen on anti-government street protests in Europe,
    and regarded them as the truest form of ‘democracy’, McCain and Nuland
    would also be showing solidarity with street protestors in Madrid, Rome,
    Athens and Paris? I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
    A few weeks ago I saw an interview with the US Secretary of State John
    Kerry who said, “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in
    order to assert your interests.” But I seem to recall the US doing just
    that on more than one occasion in the past 20 years or so.
    Have I misremembered the ‘Iraq has WMDs claim’? Was I dreaming back in 2002
    and early 2003 when politicians and neocon pundits came on TV every day to
    tell us plebs that we had to go to war with Iraq because of the threat
    posed by Saddam’s deadly arsenal? Why is having a democratic vote in Crimea
    on whether to rejoin Russia deemed worse than the brutal, murderous
    invasion of Iraq – an invasion which has led to the deaths of up to 1
    million people? I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
    We were also told by very serious-looking Western politicians and media
    ‘experts’ that the Crimea referendum wasn’t valid because it was held under
    “military occupation.” But I’ve just been watching coverage of elections in
    Afghanistan, held under military occupation, which have been hailed by
    leading western figures, such as NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen as a
    “historic moment for Afghanistan” and a great success for “democracy.” Why
    is the Crimean vote dismissed, but the Afghanistan vote celebrated? I’m
    confused. Can anyone help me?
    Syria too is rather baffling. We were and are told that radical Islamic
    terror groups pose the greatest threat to our peace, security and our ‘way
    of life’ in the West. That Al-Qaeda and other such groups need to be
    destroyed: that we needed to have a relentless ‘War on Terror’ against
    them. Yet in Syria, our leaders have been siding with such radical groups
    in their war against a secular government which respects the rights of
    religious minorities, including Christians.
    When the bombs of Al-Qaeda or their affiliates go off in Syria and innocent
    people are killed there is no condemnation from our leaders: their only
    condemnation has been of the secular Syrian government which is fighting
    radical Islamists and which our leaders and elite media commentators are
    desperate to have toppled. I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
    Then there’s gay rights. We are told that Russia is a very bad and backward
    country because it has passed a law against promoting homosexuality to
    minors. Yet our leaders who boycotted the Winter Olympics in Sochi because
    of this law visit Gulf states where homosexuals can be imprisoned or even
    executed, and warmly embrace the rulers there, making no mention of the
    issue of gay rights.
    Surely the imprisonment or execution of gay people is far worse than a law
    which forbids promotion of homosexuality to minors? Why, if they are
    genuinely concerned about gay rights, do our leaders attack Russia and not
    countries that imprison or execute gay people? I’m confused. Can anyone
    help me?
    We are told in lots of newspaper articles that the Hungarian
    ultra-nationalist party Jobbik is very bad and that its rise is a cause of
    great concern, even though it is not even in the government, or likely to
    be. But neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists do hold positions in the new
    government of Ukraine, which our leaders in the West enthusiastically
    support and neo-Nazis and the far-right played a key role in the overthrow
    of Ukraine’s democratically elected government in February, a ‘revolution’
    cheered on by the West. Why are ultra-nationalists and far-right groups
    unacceptable in Hungary but very acceptable in Ukraine? I’m confused. Can
    anyone help me?
    We are told that Russia is an aggressive, imperialist power and that NATO’s
    concerns are about opposing the Russian ‘threat’. But I looked at the map
    the other day and while I could see lots of countries close to (and
    bordering) Russia that were members of NATO, the US-led military alliance
    whose members have bombed and attacked many countries in the last 15 years,
    I could not see any countries close to America that were part of a
    Russian-military alliance, or any Russian military bases or missiles
    situated in foreign countries bordering or close to the US. Yet Russia, we
    are told, is the ‘aggressive one’.

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