The main result of the latest round of Minsk "talks" is resumed fighting. And this also means more tanks moving around. Pictures provided by Graham Phillips:
The "legitimacy" extended by the Kremlin to Poroshenko and his old/new Maidanite government (paired by the sidestepping of the Donetsk and Lugansk referenda) and the order not to take Mariupol can be ranked among the biggest and most obvious blunders of the year of 2014.
Strategically and politically, the blunting and watering down of the (working) class, anti-oligarchic character of the people's uprising in Donbass by the assumed "conservatism" of Putin and the Russian leadership (hence the incompatibility of the class character and interests of these two sides) has been the greatest impediment and the greatest stumbling block.
The energy and spirit of the completely just and justified class revolt is, however, a key to victory. The other key to victory is also the recognition of the anti-fascist character of the uprising symbolized and embodied in Novorossiya.
On this score too, the Russian leadership tried to dodge as much as possible the necessity of recognizing the Banderite regime in Kiev as Nazi together with the necessity of recognizing the anti-fascist character of Novorossiya and everything else that logically and necessarily follows from it.
On the positive side is the brilliantly conducted operation in Crimea after Ukraine has been lost to the US-orchestrated Maidanite putsch. The momentum created by the sudden counter-move in Crimea was not, however, followed, as a result of which some of its political and psychological gains, when further undeveloped, started to work against the momentum of Novorossiya.
Among other outstanding failures is the quick easing of the pressure on the Kiev junta over the Odessa massacre (asking the junta to investigate itself fully, voiced occasionally by Lavrov, won't do) and the downing of MH 17.
The best leadership is the one that speaks the truth to the people and that is honest with the people.
The character and fate both of Russia and Novorossiya does appear to depend on the validity and meaning of the slogan, which was raised right from the start: "Russians don't leave their own behind," which might also be rendered as "Russians don't leave their own in misery or danger unassisted and undefended."