(For another English-language summary, see: Ukraine publishes video proving Kremlin directed separatism in eastern Ukraine and Crimea at: http://euromaidanpress.com/2016/08/23/ukraine-publishes-video-proving-kremlin-directed-separatism-in-ukraine/ . For further details, see: Кто есть кто в прослушке переговоров Сергея Глазьев at: https://citeam.org/glazyev-whoiswho/ )
I also noticed two very important aspects that I’m afraid I underestimated before:
(1) Moscow’s urgent need for massive _local_ insurgency – no matter whether those locals would be ideologically mobilised or simply bought, Moscow needed them to present a picture of a native uprising and justify the military invasion “in defence of the people”.
(2) Moscow explicitly referred to the “Crimean case” and the permission to use Russian armed forces outside the country stressing that insurgent Ukrainian regions would be joined to Russia. At the moment, it is impossible to determine whether Moscow lied or didn’t lie about the intention to join those regions; however, it is very important that such a promise (“we will help, as we helped in Crimea”) was intended to radicalise the locals and mobilise them to fight against the “Banderites” to their last breath.
PPS: A follow up discussion with various journalists about the reporting of this issue, in Western mass media, may be found on Facebook: All Quiet on the Eastern Front? A Sensation Missed at: https://www.facebook.com/andreas.umland.1/posts/10208609738334392?pnref=story
My answer to the Kyiv Post‘s 26 August 2016 question why the Glazyev Tapes have been largely ignored by the international press:
A major problem of the GPU-provided tapes is that they have been carefully cut and framed by the GPU while the original tapes remain unpublished. There are also mistakes in the transcript. For instance, the name Knyrik is wrongly transcribed as “Kmyrik” with the GPU apparently not knowing who the Crimea-born activist Константин Сергеевич Кнырик is.
The GPU’s material is not what journalists are looking for. Serious investigators want original documents or tapes, and not some previously prepared documentary of an official state organ. Western reporters do not like being the extended arm of the Ukrainian Procuracy or Kyiv government. As the original tapes are unavailable, there is a suspicion that the published tapes were tampered with.
The Western journalists’ cautiousness is a direct result of the GPU’s attempt to engage in information war, rather than transparent communication. Ukrainians cannot expect Western journalists to blindly pick up whatever Ukraine’s leadership likes to feed into the international news cycle. As happened before during the last 25 years, Ukrainian dilettantism defeats Ukrainian patriotism.