Thursday 11 April 2024

Trypillia: A Beginning and an End

             The price of putting faith in the "guarantees"              
of western "allies" in the face
of eastern brutality

Meanwhile, in the middle of Europe, under the fictional "security guarantee" the honourless US and others gave our neighbour Ukraine:
The Trypillia thermal power plant in Kyiv region was completely destroyed by a Russian ballistic missile attack on April 11 [...] Some of the supersonic ballistic missiles flying towards the plant were shot down, but due to the lack of missiles for Ukrainian air defense systems, some of the Russian missiles still reached their target and destroyed the TPP (J. Mendel).
Apart from being the location of one of the most important power-generation facilities in Ukraine, Трипiлля (on the Dnipro 40 km south of Kyiv) is the eponymous site of Cucuteni-Trypillian culture (c. 5500 to 2750 BC), one of the highlights of the Neolithic-Chalcolithic of eastern Europe. The site was discovered in the 1890s by the Ukrainian-Czech archaeologist Vikentiy Khvoyka* and came to define a whole culture that was one of the harbigers of european civilisation. Archaeologists and editors, please do not use the Russified name Tripolye (or similar) normalising Muscovian colonialism.

Trypillia (the name refers to three fields) was first mentioned by Kyivan chroniclers in connection with the Battle of the Stuhna River in 1093** between the Kyivans and the . There was a fortress here on the high bank of the Chervonets river that defended approaches towards Kyiv from the steppe. In Trypillia is  the Kyiv Regional Archaeological Museum ( Vulytsya Heroyiv Trypillya 12) with an interesting display of material from the site and region.

The adoption by the Putin regime of (Carl von Clausewitz's and) Erich von Ludendorff's concept of Der totale Krieg is leading to an escalation of this conflict. Destroying Ukraine's energy supply, making the towns uninhabitable does more than destabilises Ukraine - it threatens the global order as 38 million inhabitants are deprived of the means to live and work normally. The refugee situation had somewhat stabilised in recent moths, but this will probably come to an end with a huge migration crisis in the months to come. Not many of those women, children, elderly and disabled people will be heading to Russia or Belarus, they are coming to the West. If, God forbid, the Russians overrun a tragically weakened Ukraine, they will be followed by as many of the hundreds of thousands of retreatingg fighters that can get across the border. The country they leave behind (and right on the EU border) will be totally destroyed, the remaining inhabitants will be under Russian represssion, probably the attempts to crush "Ukraininness' will intensify, so Russia can exploit the land as its own. Are we going to stand by in the 2020s and let the early 1940s play all over again? Just how far have we come in the last century? What have we learnt?


* I'd like to see a book devoted to this interesting scholar and the seminal work he did, but as far as I know, there isn't one - one in a western European language would be welcome too. For the sake of accuracy, I have to admit, Khvoyka seems to have written, in accord with the situation at the time, about his discoveries mainly in Russian.

** Fought at the end of May 1093 between the princes of Kyivan Rus', Sviatopolk II of Kyiv, Vladimir II Monomakh of Chernihiov, and Rostislav Vsevolodovich of Pereyaslav against the nomadic Cumans. The Kievan forces were defeated, the Litopysne Misto "Torchesk" was destroyed and according to the old (now discredited) interpretation of the Kyivan Chronicles, was the end of the so-called "II Zvod" (edition). [and of course the metal detectorists are ripping up the Torchesk site]

Resettlement is only one way Russia deals with its so-called "Ukrainian Problem"

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