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Friday, 27 February 2015

Metropolitan Onufry Berezovksy, First Hierarch of the UPTs/MP, Issued a Fervent Call for Believers to Fast for Peace in the Ukraine

00 Metropolitan Onufry. 26.02.14


Despite the difficult political situation in the Ukraine, to restore peace in our country and preserve its the integrity, we bless the clergy, monastics, and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to strengthen the fast on Fridays of Lent (if possible, to abstain from all food except bread and water before sunset). Also, say 12 “Our Fathers” with prostrations, and 12 “Virgin Birthgiver, Rejoice” with prostrations. May the merciful Lord take our effort, heal our hearts from sin, anger, and hatred, and grant that we might meet His Glorious Resurrection in peace and harmony.

Onufry Berezovsky

Metropolitan of Kiev and all the Ukraine

First Hierarch of the UPTs/MP

24 February 2015

Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya



Do NOT attempt this without a blessing. It’s one thing for people in an Orthodox society to do this. It’s another for prideful outsiders to ape them. Vladyki Onufry didn’t bless outsiders to do this. Don’t go off half-cocked, following your own notions. Keep it focused.



In Europe… With A Clear Conscience! Ukrainians Are Buying Toilet Paper

00 Kiev. Ukraine. market. 27.02.15


The “European” capital of the Ukraine now embodies Poroshenko’s electoral programme… “Life will be new”. Due to the rapid depreciation of the grivnya, these “Europeans” rush to sweep off the shelves … no, not delicacies and foreign products… rolls of Ukrainian Kogavinka toilet paper on a large-scale. Almost every buyer at the Auchan (Rainbow) supermarket snapped up all sorts of indispensable everyday items on Tuesday night. Whether it’s a sack of potatoes or even chickens, nothing stays long on the shelves. There were long queues at the checkout until closing time. Nobody cared about the ATO… everybody was worried about schlepping home all their hard-won goods. Ukrainians are trying to get rid of their rapidly depreciating money.  In just one year, the grivnya fell by almost 4 times, especially after the devaluation of the accelerated transition of grivnya to the market rate by the NBU. Fearing a rise in prices due to a new round of devaluation, as well as in connection with the introduction of a new import tax of 5-10 percent, Ukrainians are trying to stock up on the necessities. Under “Bloody Yanukovich”, it was 8 grivnya to the USD. Under the “Poroshenko peacekeepers”, it’s now 30 grivnya per USD, and Ukrainians grimly joke that it’ll soon reach parity with the rouble, which a year ago was worth 4 grivnya.

26 February 2015




Stratfor shouts about a smashing American victory. I think not. The Russian state officials just took a 10 percent pay cut. That is, they’re going to do what it takes to win through yet another crisis. They’re not loudmouthed strutting phonies from Texas, after all. An American client is going down, and the USA can do NOTHING. They’re not stocking up on TP in Moscow… they are in Kiev… tote it up. You can believe Stratfor or you can believe your own mind. Choose well…


“Street Justice” in Užgorod… “Heroes of the ATO”: The Locals Beat the “Warriors”

00 Thus Always to Banderovtsy. 25.09.14



I think that the author of this is being VERY sarcastic about the junta militants… note that her contempt for them just oozes out. Read the following in that spirit.



Four soldiers who returned unscathed from the warzone are now under treatment for injuries of varying severity, including one who is in hospital. These “ATO heroes” met with an unfriendly reception in their hometown… 20 young people attacked and beat these “defenders” who returned to Užgorod from the area of ​​ATO to bury their brethren. Moreover, the attack took place on the patriotic holiday on the anniversary of the success of the Maidan. It went like this… after a hard day (the funeral of friends), they wanted to remember their fallen comrades, so they went to the “Skybar” at midnight. However, a group of Užgorod locals didn’t want these “heroes of the ATO” around, asked them to leave, and told them not to get in the way of the civilised leisure of future recruits.

This is how it all happened to our group of “volunteer warriors”, who came to have a drink for the souls of their “heroes”, then, apparently, planned to go back to their volunteer service. One of the volunteers related the incident, “Two drunk guys provoked a fight, then, began to threaten us, but they left the bar. To get out of this unpleasant situation, our guys called a taxi to go home. Half of the guys went at once, but four took went outside to wait for a taxi, but the taxi never came. About 20 guys ran out of the bar and started to beat up our guys… one lost consciousness after somebody hit him on the head with a board… he has a concussion, a broken nose, and many bruises; another got hit on the head with an iron object like a valve. A third took off his jacket and put it on his head as they began to hit him violently, and they knocked the fourth to the ground, and pushed him all around”.

In general, it’s very strange that brave warriors who fight packs of terrorists in the combat zone offered no resistance when a bunch of skinny fellow countrymen beat them on the head with boards. After this impromptu beating, the “ATO heroes” tried to give a written statement of the incident to the cops. However, an “ambush” waited them, even here… the Užgorod patriots got to the cops first, demanding that they punish the soldiers for hooliganism. The cops are investigating the incident about the volunteers; they appealed to the public to keep calm. However, one meets a completely different mood at bus stops, in the market, and in stores… people openly express their approval of the actions of their fellow countrymen and don’t sympathise with the “defenders of a unified Ukraine”.

23 February 2015

Olga Talova



“The Bandershtadt Must be Destroyed”

00 The Ukraine. map. 27.02.15


I’ll express my thoughts on this subject very strongly and sharply… the Ukraine isn’t only good for nothing… it has no right to exist as an independent nation-state! In ancient times, the Eastern Slavs inhabited the forest-steppe zone; later on, they moved to the Eastern European part of Russia… Little Russia was the native homeland of the Eastern Slavs. In those days, the Cimmerians dominated the southern steppes. If you fast-forward to the 18th century, the victories of Suvorov and Potemkin joined the Crimean Tatars to the realm of Yekaterina Velikaya. The Historical Ukraine is the so-called Hetmanate. Let me remind you that remote areas with some degree of autonomy in Old Russia were called “Ukraina”. There were several, there was a “Ukraina” in the Trans-Baikal. The reason was simple… this area had only one road around the lake linking it. Cities located near Pskov were called the “German Ukraina”, as Pskov bordered on the lands of the Teutonic Order. The land around Oki, which was only wilderness in those days, was called the “Polish Ukraina”. In St Petersburg, Okhta was called the “Petersburg Ukraina” until the construction of the Okhtinsky Bridge in the early 20th century. Even before the founding of the city of Okhta, Finnish fisherfolk lived in the area.

I mention these historical examples to make it clear that “Ukraina” meant “the borderlands”, so, one can see that the so-called “Ukrainian project” was crank from its very outset. All lands dominated by Catholics underwent gradual Polonisation… the Poles didn’t win over the people in the Ukraine nor Belarus nor Lithuania, but there was a betrayal by the ruling élite… Orthodox boyars changed their faith and national identity. This was the main difference between Malorossiya and Great Russia. Nevertheless, the Great Russian élite (nobility and the KPSS nomenklatura) has always been patriotic, despite some scoundrels. In the Ukraine, historical tradition records the betrayal of the élites. During the Cossack uprising there was a territory called the Hetmanate… a small strip along the left bank of the Dnepr, with some self-government. Ukrainian historians allege that it was a proto-Ukrainian state in a treaty relationship with Moscow. However, bear in mind that an autocracy, by definition, can’t limit itself, to make others coevals. Autocracy is unlike a constitutional monarchy, which recognises agreements on limitation. What existed along the left bank of the Dnepr wasn’t a state; rather, it was an autonomous area devoid of serfdom, which disappeared due to the Khmelnitsky Uprising. The Cossack elders ruled this autonomy, headed by a hetman chosen for life, who, in turn, bowed to the Russian Tsar. This was the so-called primordial Ukraine. Where Kharkov now stands, was the Sloboda (Sloboda Ukraina (“Free”Ukraine”)), which didn’t really have a government, the steppe-land south of the former wild fields only had active settlement in the 16th and 17th centuries. Then, there was the Polish Partitions; in contrast to the left-bank Ukraine, where there was no Polish nobility, on the right bank, they survived until 1917… and in Volynia until 1939… such noble families as the Potocki, Ganski, Luck, Brezhinski (heh,heh,heh) etc.

On the left bank, the only thing one could say of the Ukrainian élite was that it was deceitful. During the reign of Tsar Pyotr Veliki, the Hetmanate became a centralised military régime. Local elders, descendants of Cossack atamans and captains, longed to become nobles. For many years, they pleaded to have the same rights as the rest of the Russian nobility, which automatically would give them the right to own serfs. Finally, upon the request of these local nobles, Yekaterina Velikaya abolished freedom and introduced serfdom. She hadn’t wanted to do this for some time, because it’d harm her reputation as an enlightened sovereign. Yekaterina invited German colonists to come to Russia, hoping that they’d show the benefits of free peasant labour through their example, but she had to deal with the Cossack elders. Thus, the descendants of wild and free Cossacks became commonplace landlords. Think of N V  Gogol’s heroes… the landlords Pererepenko and Dovgochkhuna. These names came from the descendants of glorious Cossacks, and Nikolai Vasilyevich was one of this nobility.

In tsarist times, the Poles remained as the nobility on the right bank. At the same time, the tsars conquered Novorossiya, which didn’t have even indirect ties to the Hetmanate. Thus, we can see that the “Ukraine” was a heterogeneous structure, which evolved somewhat separately from Russia. The Ukrainian movement was a construct of the Poles, as a part if their project to dominate the area. There seemed to be an insurmountable challenge in front of them… how do we get the people of the borderland to fight for Poland? The Ukrainian ideology posits a slave happy to be in bondage to his Polish master. The Ukrainian ideal is to split from Russia, to become a favourite slave of the Poles or Germans, or, at worst, a hireling of the EU. Unfortunately, only psychology or psychiatry can explain this phenomenon. One can hope that, eventually, prudent Ukrainians would come to their senses. However, I fear that the process of sobering up will be long. For instance, a recent Ukrainian opinion poll showed that the majority of Ukrainians favour continuing the war, although they recognise that a civil war would have no winners. Aboriginal lands can’t be by definition “Ukraina”, since a “Ukraina” is a “borderland”. It’s pointless to hope that if the Donbass were to leave the Ukraine, if all of Novorossiya were to return to Russia, then, you could easily make friends with the rest of the country. The very essence of the “Ukrainian project” is to harm Russia. To paraphrase a famous saying of the Roman senator Cato, “The Bandershtadt must be destroyed”.

25 February 2015

Sergei Lebedev

Doctor of Philosophical Sciences

Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya


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