Ukraine Crisis: The Battle for Slavyansk

May 3, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The unelected regime currently occupying Kiev, Ukraine, has once again attempted to crush multiplying uprisings across the nation's eastern and southern regions, after earlier setbacks. In the eastern city of Slavyansk, home to roughly 116,000 Ukrainians, the regime has unleashed helicopter gunships, armored vehicles, and special forces deployed by helicopter in a city-wide assault that has left many dead, and many more wounded. 
The city's defenders have downed several helicopters and have been clashing with regime forces throughout the day. By the time of publishing, it appears that regime forces are still mired in the outskirts of the city, unable to advance inward - due to both armed defenders, and human chains of unarmed civilians
Elsewhere across Ukraine, the regime's Neo-Nazi supporters have once again taken to the streets, assaulting anti-regime protesters and attempting to dislodge protesters from government buildings they have recently taken. Claims across the Western media and within the regime in Kiev itself that seizing government buildings is equivalent to "terrorism" ring hollow - as the regime itself came to power through just such tactics.

Image: Regime forces take up positions around the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk where fighting has been ongoing. 

In the port city of Odessa, dozens are reportedly dead after pro-regime mobs lit ablaze buildings during clashes there. 
Meanwhile, the West continues to support both the unelected regime in Kiev, and the ongoing assaults being carried out across the nation's restive regions - support affirmed after both a series of visits from Western leaders seemed to "green light" the operations in the first place, and NATO officers turning up at the edge of targeted towns just before the assaults began. It should be remembered that the United States in particular has already approved of supplying the regime's military forces with rations and has been considering expanded aid.

Reuters would report in its article, "U.S. weighs Ukraine requests for military aid, OKs rations: sources," that: 
The United States is weighing requests for military assistance from Ukraine, including both lethal and non-lethal support, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, as a prominent U.S. senator urged approval of any arms sought by Kiev. 
The U.S. officials, who asked to speak on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomatic discussions, said the United States had already decided to move ahead with some aid, including military food rations.
Thus the ongoing and increasingly transparent atrocities being carried out by the regime in Kiev, are the atrocities of the West, who is on record supporting them in both political and material terms.

The Responsibility to Protect
"Now we saw regime forces on the outskirts of the city. We knew that if we wanted -- if we waited one more day ... a city could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world. It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen."

-US President Barack Obama
Of course, President Obama was not referring to the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, where indeed regime forces battle on the outskirts and a massacre looms that will surely reverberate across the region and stain the conscience of the world.  He was instead referring to the terrorist capital of North Africa - Benghazi Libya - the epicenter of Al Qaeda's franchise, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a US State Department designated terrorist organization.

Image: In Benghazi, the "civilians" Tripoli was waging war against turned out to veritably be Al Qaeda militants. The West in Libya used R2P as cover for regime change via violent sectarian proxies, while in Ukraine it is covering up atrocities to prevent R2P from being invoked against them.  

It was in Benghazi that the United States and its regional collaborators had armed and funded terrorists to begin the violent overthrow of the Libyan government, just as they had tried many times before. The United States and its European partners in NATO invoked the "responsibility to protect (R2P)," in order to save its terrorist proxies from being overwhelmed by Tripoli's sweeping counteroffensive.

NATO would prevail, and Libya would predictably be plunged into the darkness that could only have resulted by arming and putting into power sectarian extremists. Entire cities were starved, brutalized, and exterminated in reality, just as the West had claimed in fiction Tripoli had been doing in the run up to NATO's military intervention. 
In other words, the West used R2P as cover to militarily intervene and execute long-planned regime change in Libya. It went as far as fabricating a narrative amid violence it itself had triggered and intentionally perpetuated.

Heavily armed military gunships have been spotted over eastern Ukraine for days leading up to the now ongoing assault on Slavyansk. While some of the city's defenders are clearly armed, many are not, and human chains have been formed to prevent armored columns from Kiev from entering the city.  
Now in Ukraine, the West is attempting to do precisely the opposite. It has unleashed a humanitarian catastrophe upon Ukraine across multiple fronts. It has destabilized it politically with foreign-funded subversion, resulting most recently in the ousting of an elected government and its replacement by a violent, unelected regime composed of Nazis, racists, bigots, and anti-Semites. It has also set Ukraine up for economic collapse, with its IMF imposing crippling austerity upon the Ukrainian population as American and European corporations begin wrapping their tentacles around the resources rightfully belonging to the Ukrainian people. 
And militarily, NATO is backing the regime in its attempts to crush widening protests against the illegitimate regime and the myriad of disastrous policies and abuses of power it has already demonstrated.

All while doing this, the West is attempting to sabotage calls from Russia to deescalate the crisis and to protect protesters in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, who by all accounts, have every right to be both upset and up in arms. While the West has crutched its meddling around the world upon the tenuous excuse of "promoting democracy" and "Western values," it is now propping up an unelected regime composed of leaders who diametrically oppose these so-called "Western values." 
The "responsibility to protect," if ever there was a time to invoke it, falls upon Russia and others, and must be applied against a military campaign being executed by a regime that is neither elected nor supported by the people of Ukraine. Were it, the regime would not have to conscript soldiers to participate in a campaign clearly none want any part in.