World View: The 'Odessa Massacre' May Portend Ukraine Civil War

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  • The 'Odessa Massacre' may portend Ukraine civil war
  • Kiev: The fire was started by pro-Russians

The 'Odessa Massacre' may portend Ukraine civil war

Girls making Molotov cocktails in Odessa on Friday (Twitter)
Girls making Molotov cocktails in Odessa on Friday (Twitter)

There have been protests and blockades and building takeovers in Slovyansk and other cities in eastern Ukraine, but there was real violence on Friday in Odessa, a port city on the Black Sea in southwestern Ukraine. More than 42 people were killed and dozens were injured in clashes and their aftermath, when pro-Russian activities occupied a building which subsequently caught on fire. Already some people are referring to this as the "Odessa Massacre."

Both the war in Syria and the growing unrest in Ukraine are being fueled by Russia's president Vladimir Putin, but it's well to remember that there's a significant generational difference between Ukraine and Syria. Syria is in a generational Awakening era, with plenty of survivors remaining from the extremely bloody civil that climaxed in the 1982 slaughter of tens of thousands of Syrians in Homa.

What has been driving Syria's civil war has been the actions of the genocidal monster president Bashar al-Assad, being fed unlimited amounts of heavy weapons by Putin for use in his genocide. Syria's civil war would have ended before now if (a) Al-Assad had been forced to step down a couple of years ago; or (b) if Putin hadn't been providing unlimited supplies of heavy weapons; or (c) President Obama had carried out his "red line" threat last year of using cruise missiles to destroy al-Assad's air force. The traumatized survivors of the 1980s civil war have no desire to see another civil war.

But Ukraine, Russia, Europe and America are all in generational Crisis eras, will little memory of the horrors previous crisis wars such as World War II. Typically people are familiar with their country's heroes and the enemy's injustices, and have no fear of the consequences. What appears to be happening in Ukraine is that events are beginning to spiral out of control in a generational Crisis era. I'm not talking about a Russian invasion here, though that remains a possibility. I'm talking about a civil war between the ethnic Ukrainians and the ethnic Russians. Dozens of pro-Russian activists were killed in a burning building in Odessa on Friday. Ukraine's government says it's at war. What are the pro-Russians, with Putin's help, going to do to get even with the pro-Ukrainians? VOA

Kiev: The fire was started by pro-Russians

Ukraine's Interior Ministry is saying that police investigation shows that pro-Russian separatists in Odessa were responsible for setting the fire. According to an Interior Ministry statement, separatists broke into the trade union building and barricaded themselves inside. They then started throwing Molotov cocktails from the roof, and some of the incendiary devices hit the building causing a fire that eventually killed more than 40 people, The Interior Ministry also says that many of the Russian separatists in Odessa are from the breakaway region Transnistria of Moldova.

Whether or not any of this is true, or whether it will be believed, is not known. But it's a sign of the increasing complexity of the situation in Ukraine. And given the generational crisis era mood in Ukraine, it shows how easy it would be for something to spiral out of control into a wider war. Kyiv Post

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