Putin’s war is being conducted by Russian Spetsnaz (special operations) forces and KGB (now called FSB) agents and is aimed at toppling the pro-Western government in Kiev.
The Spetsnaz forces’ orders include the sowing of civil unrest throughout Ukraine via strikes, demonstrations, staged incidents, and street battles.
Putin’s subversive forces will also gin up neo-Nazi incidents with Nazi regalia and Swastikas on full display.
Their orders include as well the deliberate killing of Russian soldiers and of ethnic Russian civilians to prove the hatred and extremism of radical Ukrainian nationalists.
These orders come from Putin himself.
Their goal is to create an image of intolerable chaos and loss of civil authority to justify a Russian takeover of all Ukraine.
Putin’s goal is the destruction of pro-Western authority in Ukraine, the total humiliation of the West, and a makeover of the geopolitical balance.
Illiaronov’s urgent advice to Ukraine:
Place all your effort into preserving civil order and avoid falling for the Spetsnaz provocations.
This will be difficult as Spetsnaz-organized gangs are already storming public buildings in East Ukraine.
Ukrainian authorities must immediately close all borders with Russia to slow the infiltration of Spetsnaz and FSB destabilization units.
Ukrainian TV and radio must immediately broadcast all their news in Russian or in English because many Ukrainian citizens and Russians do not understand Ukrainian.
Illarianov pleads that the whole world understand what Putin is up to.
A Putin success in taking over Ukraine would change Europe and the balance of power and lead to further “restorations” of the former Soviet Union.
The West should not hesitate in vigorously countering Putin’s war making for fear a strong reaction could trigger another cold war.
We are already in a cold war, whether we want to recognize it or not.
This is scary stuff coming from someone who sat by Putin’s side as his chief economic advisor from 2000 to 2005.
If anyone understands Putin it is Illarionov.
He is not one to frighten without good reason.
Throughout recent history, the so-called civilized countries have had trouble coming to grips with evil.
We thought that Hitler was just spouting off about ridding the world of Jews and Slavic Untermenschen.
Surely a nation that gave us Beethoven and Goethe would not do such things.
We could not believe that Stalin could stand by while millions of Ukrainians and Kazaks died of famine or that he could shoot his inner circle for fictitious crimes of espionage and treachery.
We think the same of Putin.
Surely the land of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky will have civilized leaders once it shed its unfortunate Soviet past.
In his recently published memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates writes (p. 169) that after meeting Putin he said to his colleagues privately “that I looked into Putin’s eyes, just as I expected, had seen a stone-cold killer.”
In his carefully researched The Moscow Bombings of September 1999, my colleague, Hoover Institution Stanford scholar, John Dunlop, describes Putin’s role in the bombing of four apartment buildings with 300 casualties blamed on Chechnya to build up support for his election.
For Putin, ordering his special ops forces to do away with some ethnic Russians, may be small change.
Europe and the United States: Pay close attention to what this Putin insider is telling you.
Either roll over or do something.