Ukraine developments, May 15th

Here are some of the developing stories from Ukraine, from recent days.

Obama’s Democracy in Action:Kiev Government Seeking To Expel Communist Party

Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko, a presidential candidate, denounced the coup-imposed regime at the Parliament’s conciliatory council on May 12, for mass murder of civilians. “In Mariupol there was a slaughter of civilians, a mass murder. The number of those killed, first of all among peaceful civilians, is being concealed. A peaceful demonstration was shot at on May 9 and it was a show murder carried out by the current regime. There was a shooting of peaceful civilians, there was no one with weapons there. When you, using armored personnel carrier guns, killed a family of three, shot in their kitchen, this is what you must be held accountable for; there is blood on your hands today. In Mariupol [you] killed and shot down police department personnel only for refusal to comply with the criminal order to disperse protesters during the May 9 demonstration.”
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According to Russia Today TV network, Symonenko has called on Kiev to stop its anti-terrorist operation, saying it has now turned into a terrorist operation against its own people.”You declared 7 million people living in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as ‘terrorists.’ They went out yesterday (May 11, to vote in the referendum), stood in lines since 6 a.m. to vote against Kiev rule, against this regime, against your policy.

“Ending the military operation in Ukraine’s southeast is the first of what the Communist Party demands. It is also calling on Kiev to accept the results of the federalization referendum.

“Your policy resulted in Ukraine losing Crimea. Now your policy is leading to the point where 7 million people of Ukraine, 30% of the country’s GDP, reject their future with Ukraine, he stressed.”

According to Symonenko, the recent events in the cities of Odessa and Mariupol show that Kiev is trying to impose a nationalist-fascist regime.

“These events show that those who had another point of view were burned in a fire of inquisition at the Odessa Trade Unions House. They were burned alive! They were utterly beaten with metal rods when they tried to leave the building or jump out of windows. They were destroyed because they, Ukrainian citizens, had a different point of view,” Symonenko said.

In response to Symonenko’s accusations, acting President Alexander Turchynov heckled the Communist Party leader and accused him of lies and dissemination of false information. “You have neither conscience nor honor. Take your seat, liar. I order you to stop your speech. I would ask the Justice Ministry to look into this issue and if there is proof, to send the material to court and ban the Communist Party in Ukraine.”

The leader of the nationalist Svoboda party, presidential candidate Oleh Tyahnybok has claimed that his party has collected documents that would allow the Justice Ministry to ban the Communist Party and the Party of Regions. The latter has also spoken against Kiev’s actions in southeast Ukraine and called on officials to stop their punitive actions. “In order to prevent Ukraine from splitting, Kiev should sit down at a negotiation table,” the Party of Regions stressed.

“To listen to you Mr. Turchynov, as you said, only 30% of people of Donbass voted. I want to remind you that this is 2.5 million people; they expressed their will. In any country in the world, 2.5 million people is a real power, which a government should listen to,” Party of Regions representative Nikolai Levchenko said while calling Kiev officials neo-Nazis and bandits, speaking at the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada.

Symonenko also slammed the Victory Day speech of Kherson Governor Yuri Odarchenko, who asserted that Hitler tried to liberate Ukraine. “At the Victory Day celebration, he says that Hitler did the right thing when he invaded our country to liberate the people of Ukraine from communists. This was said by a person who is either an idiot or a thug,” Symonenko said.

Putin Didn’t Want Ukraine Crisis, Says U.S. Russia Expert

“Putin didn’t want this Ukrainian crisis,” said Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and at Princeton University, in an interview Tuesday on Democracy Now. “He (Putin) didn’t begin it. But he is Mr. Pushback. When you meddle with Putin, you’re asking for a fight,” Cohen continued, stressing that Putin wants the situation in Ukraine to be de-escalated and stabilized. “He believes that the main factor of destabilization is Kiev sending armed forces to (eastern) Ukraine and firing on civilians. He’s calling on the United States to stop that. He believes that once that stops, it is relatively easy to find negotiations to demilitarize the crisis.”
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Host Amy Goodman then asked, “You don’t think he wants eastern Ukraine, to annex it?” To which Cohen responded:”What is he going to do with it, Amy? What is he—what is he going to do with it?” Cohen pointed out that Russia, with its own economic problems, wants trade with Ukraine and the European Union, but he doesn’t want to be responsible for eastern Ukraine. Cohen said: “But why would Russia want to take eastern Ukraine?…and, in fact, if you asked me, ‘Are there Russian agents in eastern Ukraine?” I would say, ‘I certainly hope so,’ to help control a movement that Putin can’t control. You don’t want things spinning out of control in eastern Ukraine.”

Earlier in the interview, Goodman played a clip quoting Henry Kissinger saying he didn’t think that Putin had wanted to bring things to a head now, and urging settling things with Ukraine and then discussing relations with Russia. Cohen said that what Kissinger is saying is quite sensible, but that “the story on the street is Obama will not see Kissinger.”

Cohen said:”I mean, we used to have a lot of so-called senior statesmen, wise men, wise women, that presidents turned to in emergency. I can’t think of one whom Obama turns to…Now you’ve got Henry Kissinger. Think what you will about his past, but he sees Putin, personally and alone, two times a year. They talk. Kissinger comes from Europe, from Germany. He understands what’s going on. He’s preaching a course of negotiation. And Obama … has declined to see Kissinger. Why in this crisis, when we can imagine war with Russia, would you not want to spend an hour with Kissinger?”

For the full interview, click here.

Ukrainian Parliamentary Commission Clears Berkut of Feb. 20 Killings

On May 13, Ukrainian MP Hennadi Moskal, the head of the Parliamentary commission investigating the sniper shootings in Kiev on February 20, which led to the overthrow of President Victor Yanukovych, reported in a press conference: “There is no forensic evidence linking the victims of mass killings in Kiev on Feb. 20 with officers from the Berkut police unit.”

Moskal stated that despite the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s office having arrested 12 Berkut officers on allegations of committing the mass killings, forensic evidence suggests their innocence.
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Specifically, he said the bullets that killed people in Kiev on the bloodiest day of confrontation between protesters seeking to oust Yanukovych and riot police didn’t match any of the firearms issued to Berkut’s special unit, which, unlike the majority of riot police, was allowed to carry lethal weapons.Moskal added that the first shot was fired at police, not the protesters.

He alleged that the shooters were agents of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) acting from the ranks of the protesters, but admitted that genuine protesters could have been the culprits.

Earlier Moskal said that the investigation was being stalled by the SBU and the Interior Ministry because the post-coup heads of the law enforcement don’t want to face the scandal which would ensue if the real perpetrators were exposed. It should be noted that the current head of the SBU, Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, a long-time friend of Dmytro Yarosh’s Tryzub organization that became the core of Right Sector, was previously head of the SBU for five years (2006-10) and may be implicated in the killings if networks of the SBU, within which he still had major influence, were proven to be involved.

The sniper case is one of the hottest issues in Ukraine because by blaming the killings on Yanukovych and the Berkut, it was used to give legitimacy to the coup d’etat. But Yanukovych and several former Ukrainian officials accused the new authorities of sending the snipers to provoke bloodshed and topple the government.

Yanukovych said he never ordered anyone to shoot at Ukrainian people.

In a leaked recorded conversation between EU foreign affairs chief Lady Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, Paet reported that the opposition, not the government was responsible for the shooting of both the police and the protesters.

William Burns 2008 Memo Warned of Current Crisis In Ukraine

On May 13, Wikileaks released a secret cable written by then-U.S. Ambassador to Moscow and currently U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, which revealed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Washington in 2008 that the policy followed since then by the Obama administration, the EU and NATO in regard to Ukraine could split the country in two.

“Following a muted first reaction to Ukraine’s intent to seek a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the Bucharest summit (ref A), Foreign Minister Lavrov and other senior officials have reiterated strong opposition, stressing that Russia would view further eastward expansion as a potential military threat,” said the 2008 cable classified by Burns.
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The memo continued: “NATO enlargement, particularly to Ukraine, remains an emotional and neuralgic issue for Russia, but strategic policy considerations also underlie strong opposition to NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. In Ukraine, these include fears that the issue could potentially split the country in two, leading to violence or even, some claim, civil war, which would force Russia to decide whether to intervene.”Russia understood that NATO was in search of a new mission, but there was a growing tendency for new members to do and say whatever they wanted simply because they were under the NATO umbrella, e.g., attempts of some new member countries to ‘rewrite history and glorify fascists,'” the cable said.

“Ukraine and Georgia’s NATO aspirations not only touch a raw nerve in Russia, they engender serious concerns about the consequences for stability in the region. Experts tell us that Russia is particularly worried that the strong divisions in Ukraine over NATO membership, with much of the ethnic-Russian community against membership, could lead to a major split, involving violence or at worst, civil war. In that eventuality, Russia would have to decide whether to intervene; a decision Russia does not want to have to face.”

Despite this warning, this is precisely the policy pursued by Obama and his witches at the instigation of the British Empress.

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