‘Ukrainian Rebels’ Aren’t Ukrainian or Rebels
Unfortunately, in the blitz of media coverage since the crash, a handful of outlets continue to label the separatists fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk as «Ukrainian rebels.»
But if the annihilation of MH17 ends in anything, it should be the realization that these men are neither «Ukrainian» nor «rebels.» Rather than Ukrainian citizens carrying a legitimate grievance against the Kiev government’s pro-EU outlook, they are outsiders and usurpers, men with either mercenary or imperial motivations.
They are pro-Russian, yes. They are separatists. But these men are invaders — and they are not Ukrainians.