In discussion Friday of the new Russian-Belorussian military doctrine announced at the May 23 Moscow Security Forum meeting, describing the use of “color revolutions” as a form or warfare against Eurasia (or “this area and Asia,” as some speakers said): Lyndon LaRouche said the right response is precisely to treat it as war, precisely as Putin is doing, as indicated inclusively by this very conference.
As Russian General Vladimir Zarudnitsky, head of Operations for the General Staff, explained at the conference, the “colored revolution” is a completely lawless, “medieval and disgusting” form of war, in which cities and civilians, women, and children are the first targets. A “Thirty Years War,” or, in today’s terms, Nazi genocide and ethnic cleansing, often even going beyond what the Nazis did: think of Iraq and Syria, for example.
This is just what is happening in southeastern Ukraine, as again the May 23 speakers were clear about this. Fighter jets and artillery are being used against civilians, killing many and forcing others to flee for their lives. RIA-Novosti reported Friday that Monday’s air strike on the city of Luhansk was a turning point, forcing citizens to flee the city and triggering the shutdown of small and medium-sized enterprises.
“On Monday, Luhansk self-defense forces reported that Ukrainian special forces had launched an air strike on a Luhansk administration building. According to a statement from the city authorities, eight civilians, including five women and three men, were killed. The shelling was allegedly carried out with cluster bombs, which are prohibited under international law.”
The eight dead included a young physician named Natalia Arkhipova, who had been serving as Health Minister for the Luhansk People’s Republic.
Vasily Nikitin, the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of Luhansk, said, “Before the air strike there were almost no [refugees]. The population is, of course, scared; many are leaving for Russia. Following the air strike, both small and medium-sized business yielded to pressure and began leaving. Many shops and drugstores were closed, which, of course aggravates the economic situation.” Nikitin said this in an interview with Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda published on Friday.
And yesterday, tanks have been sent against Slovyansk for the first time.
Russian television news shows that the refugee situation has really changed during this week, and it is now showing one or two segments every evening on the refugee crisis. People crossing the border on foot with their children, people crying at their places of refuge — from a monastery in St. Petersburg, to workers’ homes in Rostov-on-Don, to private homes in Belgorod.
Russia’s Channel One reported on June 3 that 40% of the population of Slovyansk, or about 45,000 people, have fled, and the remainder were mostly living in their basements. In the much larger city of Donetsk, population about one million, 15,000 had fled. But these numbers are rapidly mounting.
ITAR-Tass reported Friday that the regional government of Rostov, in southern Russia, reported the arrival of 12,000 Ukrainians, just between the morning of Thursday, June 5, and that of Friday, June 6 alone. A humanitarian collections campaign has been launched. There are reports that Rostov (whether the city or the region) has declared a state of emergency.