The phenomenon of mass betrayal of Ukrainian security forces in the Crimea and Donbas will attract the attention of researchers for a long time to come.
The current government, like the previous one, is trying to put these issues on hold, realizing that these are problems that cover not only these specific cases, but the entire system of educating law enforcement officers, the moral atmosphere of Ukrainian society, domestic policy and more.
We should mention the smooth existence in Ukraine of a number of high-ranking officials, deputies, officials and journalists, whose anti-Ukrainian activities are very harmful to the state, but do not bring any trouble to the participants themselves. This situation has a powerful anti-educational impact on millions of citizens. Treason and subversive activities against the country are not perceived by public opinion as millions as such a horrible crime.
Is it a sin to move from the Ukrainian flag to the Russian one, when the fifth column of Moscow operates freely in Ukraine, when many media praise the aggressor state, create its image of being extremely successful and tell about it as they did about communism in Soviet times? When has flirting with the Kremlin for a long time been the basis of Ukraine’s foreign policy in the Russian direction? When did Russian citizens and Russian agents head some of Ukraine’s leading strategically important structures?
TREASON, SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE COUNTRY ARE NOT PERCEIVED BY PUBLIC OPINION OF MILLIONS AS SUCH A HORRIBLE CRIME
And the highest authorities pursued a policy of non-interference in their own internal affairs, helping to strengthen the Russians’ tendency not to perceive Ukraine as a separate sovereign full-fledged state …
Of course, all this does not justify specific traitors, but it helps to understand a lot. In the situation of 2014, if the general, admiral, officer, sailor and soldier did not have clear patriotic convictions (which were often regarded by officials as “Ukrainian bourgeois nationalism”), they had virtually no alternative to betrayal. After all, many of them were psychologically typical “workers” …
In this sense, the story in Sevastopol with the former senior sailor of the Ukrainian Navy Tetyana Shevchuk is extremely revealing. In 2007, she received a warrant and keys to her office apartment from Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. In 2014, she joined the Russian Navy, that is, committed an act of treason. For several years, the new government did not touch her, but after she became disabled as a result of the accident, Russian administrators demanded that Shevchuk leave her apartment.
Well, traitors are despised even by those who are willing to use their services. Interestingly, the Russian authorities have simply stated to Ms. Shevchuk that there is no housing for her and her family in Sevastopol and the Crimea … That is, she has become an unwanted person on the peninsula. Now Shevchuk says with insult “they promised us to keep everything, called us integrated”
But this definition – “integrated” – needs some comment. This is the name of the population of the occupied Crimea in Russia. Once in the 1990s and subsequent calls for “integration” were the basis of Russian propaganda in the CIS. Russian propagandists were terribly nervous when asked, but what is the ultimate goal of “integration” and what should it logically end with? The year 2014 showed something …
Under both Kuchma and Yanukovych, the Ukrainian government was willing to play these games, although, of course, Lukashenko was ahead of everyone in Belarus. But even Lukashenko was ahead of Kuchma when he tried to build a house in Sevastopol for Ukrainian and Russian officers to live in together. It is already something like a joint wife for two men …
When Mr. Zelensky now says that we have a different army than in 2014, there is reason to ask: has the general moral and political atmosphere in Ukraine changed fundamentally, and the government has begun to give society other behaviors, and the education of law enforcement officers has improved significantly? Are all the old flaws healed? There is no answer to this.