Ukrainians Add Croatian President to Their List of “Enemies of Ukraine”
Milanović: "an arrangement that will take into account the security interests of Russia has to be found"
“Mirotvorets”, the crowd-sourced online database of “enemies of Ukraine” launched by ex-SBU officers in 2014 has added the President of Croatia to its list of over 180,000 enemy personalities (mostly residents of Crimea and Donbass).
The Croat president Milanović said that he as the chief commander of the Croatian military guarantees that Croatia is not involved in any NATO moves around Russia-Ukraine and that he would withdraw every last Croatian soldier from any and all NATO missions (ie including African ones) the moment something flared up. He also characterized the 2014 Euromaidan as a “coup” against the “legally elected” Yanukovich who was also “a hustler who was sitting on three chairs”.
He laid the blame for the crisis at the feet of the US, specifically “the dynamic of internal American politics”. He said that he is seeing “inconsistent and dangerous” behavior from the Americans. He pointed out that “these events” were taking place in Moscow’s “front yard” and that “an arrangement that will take into account the security interests of Russia has to be found, and will be found”. He added ways existed to preserve Ukraine “as a whole state or 99% whole”. He also chided the EU for enticing the Ukrainians into the 2014 coup which led to the loss of Crimea.
As a particular threat to peace he singled out hawkish US senators, often Republicans who did not mind lower tensions with Russia when Trump favored them, and wondered how was that an existential question “for Virginia, or Salt Lake City” and not for Russia (as well as for Ukraine).
He said there surely is a way to secure Ukraine in the same manner as are Sweden, Finland and Austria, and that “Ukraine’s place is not in NATO”. He then chided the EU for weaving a story that while a customs union with Russia was bad for Ukraine, a “move to the West” would instead result in a future of “milk and honey” then failing to provide economic assistance and hanging Ukraine out to dry in this economic respect.
He said there was a need to “calm the political scene and not allow extremists to exert pressure on daily politics” and that “this is a situation without a real culprit but with a very clear picture of who could benefit from it”.
He characterized the EU-backed movement against Yanukovich as “bloody unrest, and terrorism on the streets of Kiev” and “a movement that was also many other things than just democratic” and that eight years later Ukraine “remains one of the most corrupt states in the world.”
Official Ukraine demanded he retracts his “Russian propaganda narrative”, he did not, and now he is on their ever-growing list of enemies together with 180,000 people they claim as their citizens.
Milanović is also a rare Croatian politician who is sticking up for Bosnian Croats against the Muslim-favoring EU colonial rule there, a fighter against the virus derangement cult, and a national treasure. He has an open offer to take up an AE columnist slot after he retires.
“Spies, priests, prosecutors and journalists; the innocent and the guilty alike are denounced as pro-Russian collaborators on Ukraine’s online blacklist… Some of those on the ‘Myrotvorets’ database may have been involved in acts of propaganda or heinous war crimes in the country’s east, but others have done nothing more than offend political or popular sensitivity, or simply use the ‘wrong’ vernacular’,” The Times reported on Tuesday in an article about the infamous blacklist, which later also included Croatia’s President, Zoran Milanovic.
“It matters not: one and all are judged by a hidden panel, accused of ‘deliberate acts against the national security of Ukraine’ and have their personal data published alongside their supposed crimes for all to see,” Croatia’s state agency Hina cited the article, penned by the newspaper’s correspondent from Kyiv, Anthony Loyd.
“As the threat of Russian invasion mounts, antagonizing political schisms and stoking invective within Ukraine, neither rank nor reputation exempts individuals from accusation by Myrotvorets,” Hina quoted the article as saying.
According to Hina, two days after the article was published, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic also ended up on it.
“He is accused of humanitarian aggression against Ukraine, of aiding the Russian aggression, disseminating Russian propaganda and supporting and justifying the Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Hina reported.
“Milanovic ended up on the list for saying that Croatia will not in any way get involved in the Ukraine crisis in case of its escalation and that it will not deploy its troops there. He has also said that Ukraine does not belong in NATO and that the European Union triggered a coup in Ukraine in 2014 when the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted,” Hina explained.
In response, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned Croatia’s ambassador to Ukraine protest against Milanovic’s statements, which. “Meanwhile, his statements were applauded in Russia,” Hina said.
Milanovic’s inclusion on the Myrotvorets database blacklist was confirmed also by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexei Zaitsev at a regular press conference on Thursday. The list contains as many as 187,000 names, including not only war criminals and Russian FSB secret service agents but also Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, who three years ago said Russia had more rights to Crimea than Ukraine.
Belarusian writer, Nobel Prize winner and Kremlin critic Svetlana Alexievich has ended up on the list for mentioning that some ethnic Ukrainians had helped Nazis in the persecution of Jews during World War II.
The list also includes 500 Ukrainian civil servants, ethnic Hungarians, who have obtained Hungarian passports. The reason – Ukraine prohibits dual citizenship, and Myrotvorets considers such an act an act of treason.
“The database was established in 2014 after a meeting of Ukrainian politician George Tuka and a former member of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), known only by his pseudonym Roman Zaitsev,” Hina said, citing The Times.
Tuka told The Times that former police officers, former soldiers and some political figures continued to have pro-Russian views and that lack of an official database with their names was the reason why Myrotvorets was created.
Several people were killed after their names and addresses ended up on the database. “Tuka claims there is no connection between that and the database but notes that those were enemies of Ukraine and that he does not miss them,” Hina said.
The list also includes data on around 4,500 Western, Ukrainian, and Russian journalists accredited by the separatist authorities of Donbas, a mandatory requirement for working in the area controlled by pro-Russian forces. Many of them later received threats.
“The list is very dangerous and should be removed immediately. The tension is already high and it only adds fuel to the fire,” former Human Rights Watch official in Ukraine Yulia Gorbunova said. The removal of the list has been requested a number of times by the UN, G7 and EU ambassadors and human rights groups, but to no avail, Hina said.