Some of you must have already heard about the introduction of a new state award in the Russian Federation – a medal “For the return of the Crimea”. (in particular, Ukraina Moloda and Vesti wrote about the first awarded). However, later the attention of official mass media was brought to the fact that there are dates of this operation on the back of the medal: 20.02.14-18.03.14.
The vast analysis, published by the Russian Internet publication “Market Leader”, describes all aspects of long-term reputation and other consequences that might threaten Russia due to the frankness that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation officials showed.
It is obvious, there is no mistake there – the corresponding department of the Ministry of Defense stated exact dates of the operation (it was clearly planned beforehand). What the officials didn’t think through is the fact that the date the operation started (20.02.14) matches the date Maidan protesters were shot by snipers, while Yanukovych was still a legitimate president. Infamous “Truce agreement”, made by Yanukovych and United Opposition with the help of international mediation and which Russia insists on keeping, appeared later – on 21.02.2014. Putin’s “little green men” came to the forefront in Crimea only on 27.02.2014, when the Parliament of Crimea was seized by “unidentified gunmen”. Therefore, it would be quite logical to name this date the beginning of the operation.
20.02.2014, the date given on the medal, eliminates all previously numerous versions about who shot Maidan on the 20th of February, as well as so called “survey about intention of the population of Crimea”, upon the results of which Putin based his aggression. Everyone understands that there was no possibility of any survey on 20.02 (and it should have been carried out before that date).
Significantly, first person to pay attention to the dates was Volodymyr Prosin – a historian and a journalist from Lugansk region, where the armed operation of Russian Federation Special Services aiming to destabilize and break up Ukraine is continuing at the moment. A couple of hundred people have already been awarded with this medal, there is a great number of documented proof, which shows the date of the 20th of February as the beginning of the operation, and the case is just beginning to gain resonance. Obviously, this “overlook” of Russian Ministry of Defense officials will cause further reputation loss to Russia and will significantly influence the investigation of the crimes committed by Yanukovych regime with secret aiding from Russian government during Euro-Maidan.
Translated by Olha Yankova