As NATO Heightens New Cold War Tensions with Russia, U.S. Media Continues to Distort Ukraine Conflict

Posted Sept. 10, 2014

MP3 Interview with Robert Parry, investigative journalist and editor with ConsortiumNews.com, conducted by Scott Harris

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An offensive by Ukraine’s military targeting the remaining enclaves of pro-Russian separatists seemed poised for victory in recent weeks, but those gains were soon reversed as the eastern Ukraine rebels re-grouped and took back territory from government troops. The Kiev government and NATO accused Russia of sending arms and soldiers across the border that helped the rebels turn the tide, ignoring American and European Union threats of additional economic sanctions.

On Sept. 5, not long after the separatists launched their counteroffensive, Ukraine’s government signed a cease-fire agreement with pro-Russian rebels in the Belarus capital of Minsk. The 12-point cease-fire plan called for an exchange of prisoners, and special autonomous status for the Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The cease-fire remains fragile with reports of violations on both sides, despite continuing dialogue between Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Throughout the recent NATO summit meeting in Wales, officials warned of the threat of an expansionist Russia citing Vladimir Putin’s March annexation of Crimea and the continuing crisis in eastern Ukraine. In an echo of the cold war, NATO announced the creation of a new rapid response military force based in Eastern Europe designed to quickly counter any future Russian incursion into the region. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with investigative journalist Robert Parry, editor of ConsortiumNews.com. Here, Parry discusses the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and the U.S. corporate news media’s failure to honestly report on the roots of the crisis and the role of Kiev government allied neo-Nazi militia groups.

Investigative journalist Robert Parry is one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran Contra scandal in the mid-1980s. Find links to Parry’s recent articles on Ukraine and related material by visiting Consortium News at consortiumnews.com.

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