February 23, 2014
On Saturday, oligarch, embezzler, murder suspect and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, released from a clinical hospital in the eastern industrial city of Kharkiv, told the Euromaidan revolutionaries in Kyviv’s Independence Square to stay the course.
“Do not leave Maidan as long as you have not obtained what you wanted,” she told the crowd. “Your fight for freedom will bring about democracy in other ex-Soviet republics.”
“This is a different Ukraine. This is a Ukraine of free people, and you have given this country to each and all of us, those who are living today and those who will live tomorrow. That is why people were on Maidan, who perished on Maidan will be heroes for ever,” she said.
As she traveled to Kyviv to embrace the revolution that claimed the lives of around 100 people and brought down the government of a corrupt Yanukovych and his confederates, Tymoshenko declared she is “sure that Ukraine will be a member of the European Union in the near future and this will change everything,” according to the Interfax news agency.
Saturday brought a slew of developments in the former Soviet republic. The dismissal on Friday of president Viktor Yanukovych was followed up by the sacking of Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara and Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk. Warrants were issued for the arrest of former Incomes Minister Oleksandr Klimenko and former Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka. Parliament named its former speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, as interim president. Turchynov set a deadline of Tuesday to form a new government. Parliament also seized the impeached president’s luxury estate outside of Kyviv after protesters entered it on Saturday. Yanukovych has fled the city and is believed to be in Kharkiv. Rumors swirled over the weekend that his jet was denied permission to leave the country despite a statement by Yanukovych to the contrary.
“I have no intention to leave the country. I am not going to resign, I’m the legitimately elected president,” the fallen president said in a televised statement on Saturday. “Everything that is happening today is, to a greater degree, vandalism and banditry and a coup d’etat,” he said. “I will do everything to protect my country from breakup, to stop bloodshed.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Secretary of State John Kerry by telephone the opposition has refused to follow a peace agreement signed last week. It was, he said, “sharply degraded by opposition forces’ inability or lack of desire” to respect it.
“Illegal extremist groups are refusing to disarm and in fact are taking Kyviv under their control with the connivance of opposition leaders,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov’s boss, Russian president Vladimir Putin, had previously urged the Obama administration to “use every opportunity to stop the illegal actions of radicals and return the situation to constitutional channels.”
The developments set the stage for the final dismemberment of Ukraine. It is speculated that the eastern, pro-Russian portion of the country will break away from the western part as it embraces the European Union. Southern Ukraine, in particular the Crimea, has strong ties to Russia. The region hosts a Russian naval base at Sevastopol. Politicians in the region have called for autonomy from Kyviv backed up by protection from Moscow.
Regardless of the west-east divide and calls by ultra-nationalists to keep Ukraine whole, serious economic problems continue to wrack the country and are driving it headlong into the hands of European Union apparatchiks and international bankers.
In December, Russia offered Ukraine $15 billion while political figures like Tymoshenko promised to deliver the country to the globalists at the EU. Now that the latter appears inevitable, the people of Ukraine can expect the suffer the fate of other poor and wanting junior partners of the globalist union – severe austerity and reduced living standards as the financial elite loot the country.
This article was posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
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