A “transition government” has been formed and was okayed on Thursday by the majority of the Ukrainian parliament, and its composition absolutely reflects the Victoria Nuland script: “Yats” is in, “Klitsch” isn’t, and the neo-Nazis of Svoboda and of Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) are in. Arseny Yatsenyuk leads a horror cabinet composed, on the one hand, of brutish austerity proponents who will do everything to meet the EU, and IMF, and U.S. conditionalities for “assistance loans,” and on the other hand, of radicals who want to cleanse Ukraine of all other ethnic groups and minority languages, promote the rehabilitation of the Nazi collaborators of the Bandera tradition, and will be eager to provoke an armed conflict with Russia.
Finance Minister Oleksander Shlepak is a former deputy head of Privatbank—which served as a conduit for U.S. and other western funding of Svoboda and Pravy Sektor, according to pre-coup Ukrainian security sources. Interior Minister Economics Minister is Pavlo Shemeta, founder of the Kyiv School of Economics, a radical privatizer and deregulator. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, a former manager of the Presidential campaign of the Orange Revolution’s Viktor Yushchenko, was accused of illegal privatizations by the just-toppled government, escaped to exile in Italy from which he returned to Kiev when his investigators were just being kicked out past week.
Prime Minister Yatsenyuk himself already stated that this is “the most unpopular government in Ukraine’s recent history” which will push sacrifices by the citizens on a scope that will turn the government in its short term between now and the May 25 elections into a “political suicide commando.”
Then, the openly neo-Nazi side: Oleksander Sych of Svoboda is vice-premier; two other Svoboda politicians, Ihor Shvaika and Andriy Mokhnyk, are Ministers of Agriculture and of Ecology. Serhiy Kvit, a former member of the neo-Nazi Tryzub Bandery, is Education Minister. Andriy Parubiy, the commander of the Maidan “self-defense” contingent, is head of the National Security and Defense Council. Dmytro Bulatov, a leader of the Auto-Maidan logistics operation which has numerous overlaps with Pravy Sektor, is Minister of Sports. There are more of the radical Maidan leaders on the middle level of the cabinet ministries, in the anti-corruption agency and in the prosecutorial apparatus. The New General Prosecutor is Svoboda’s Oleh Makhnitsky.