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You're reading: Olena Tregub and Maciej Bartkowski: Time for Ukraine to switch to political resistance against Russian occupiers

The overall struggle of separatists and
their backers has clear political objectives: to hold local referenda and win
support for secession of a large minority or ideally majority of the regions’
population; either voluntarily or through falsification. The problem is that for
this political struggle the Ukrainian government mobilized merely the military
instrument – the very tool for which its adversaries hold a strong suit. In
fact, the separatists have a clear advantage over Ukrainian forces that have
poor organizational skills and training to deal with a limited scale guerrilla
insurgency embedded with small but boisterous pro-rebel civilian crowds.

This kind of political struggle calls
for total political resistance, not
military engagement.

In the call for total political
resistance the Ukrainian authorities would address two simple but crucial
questions:

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