Friday, May 22, 2015

New-York Times came out with a devastating article about the regime Poroshenko-Yatseniuk

New-York Times came out with a devastating article about the regime Poroshenko-Yatseniuk

 One of the most influential newspapers in the world New-York Times today has come out with a devastating and frank article on the results of the government euromaidan. Ukraine called bankrupt, directly recognized the presence of political assassinations and corruption in the new government. 

The following excerpts from the text of the publication. The publication writes: "The wave of politically motivated killings and mysterious suicides of former government officials to spread fear in the capital. Infighting was the beginning of the split of the coalition of pro-European majority in parliament. And keeps a constant threat of war on the border with Russia. 

A year after the election of Petro Poroshenko to replace ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, and six months after the swearing in of the new legislature, Ukraine remains a country deeply mired in political and economic chaos. " "The Ukrainian government is so weak and fragile that it can not take the necessary steps to create a unified and independent state" - the newspaper quoted Bruce Jackson, president of the "Transitional Democracy" American nonprofit groups.

The publication notes the deadlock of negotiations in Kiev and Donbass, "in spite of the that the February agreement between the parties of the ceasefire calls for the decentralization of power, greater local autonomy as a basis for a long-term agreement. " "Destruction of the economy continues to fall, the decline in GDP was 17.6% in the first quarter of 2015. Hoping to avoid a default, senior officials began protracted negotiations with creditors, with whom they have been unable so far to agree. 

The officials are now openly worried about that the promise of a loan of more than $ 40 billion. from the International Monetary Fund and the allies, including the United States and the European Union, will not be enough to keep the country afloat. Probably the biggest disappointment for the protesters who had seized the center of Kiev in the past year, it has become that the new leadership headed by Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk still not been able to fulfill its promises to eradicate the rampant corruption. Instead, it has become entangled in the new allegations of misconduct and expenses, reducing political scores. 

The parliament, in which the pro-European parties, controls the majority, voted last month for the creation of a special commission to investigate the charges against suave English-speaking Yatsenyuk, who so admired the West and his Cabinet about the theft of more than $ 325 million. ... more from the state budget mess becomes a source of friction between the Government of Ukraine and its European allies, especially Germany and France, whose leaders have helped to achieve a ceasefire, which more and more frustrated by the slow pace of change. 

EU says: "Where decentralization? Where the fulfillment of obligations? Where is the reform? ". It is not surprising that public trust in government fell. In addition to the confusion, Poroshenko recently declared war on the richest and most powerful businessmen of the country, known as oligarchs, in an attempt to limit their influence and regain popular support. At the same time it risks to make enemies among the largest employers in the country, which still supported the government in Kiev ... 
For there is no greater problem than has still not brought the fruits of the struggle against corruption. 
Even those officials who are at the forefront of this struggle, recognized that it was largely ineffective. David Sakvarelidze, the Deputy Prosecutor General, who helped implement radical changes in the judicial system in his native Georgia, received Ukrainian citizenship and the authority to reorganize the prosecutor's office. "They still are corrupt, have not made ​​any changes to the system of law enforcement and the courts," - Sakvarelidze said in an interview in his office in Kiev. 

One of the main promises of the Maidan was the creation of a new Anti-Corruption Bureau, which is expected to employ 700 law enforcement officers. April 16, after a long delay, Poroshenko finally elected as the first director of the Bureau of Artyom Sytnik, former prosecutor of Kiev. This was the main reason for support in Parliament to establish a special commission to investigate corruption, promulgated by Nicholas Gordienko, a former head of the State Financial Supervision Authority, which accused the government of Yatsenyuk in enrichment using corruption schemes. 

According to analysts, should expect a significant disappointment. "At the end of the year, everything is always disappointed after any revolutionary upheaval, it is one of the laws of social science," - said Michael McFaul, a Stanford University professor and former US Ambassador to Russia, who is an expert on revolutions and who visited Kiev last month. "There has never been cases where people say," Oh, things are going even better than I thought. 

Always "The government is not doing enough," "Reforms are slow." ... But the opposition only added to a sense of fear in relation to Ukraine, especially among businessmen and officials who had ties with the government of Yanukovych. At least six of these officers were killed this year, apparently committed suicide, and the seventh - Oleg Kalashnikov, a former member of Parliament from the Party of Regions led by Yanukovich, was gunned down outside his home in Kiev last month. "

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

Victoria Nuland arrived in Moscow last weekend and declared that Ukraine’s government doesn’t intend to resume the civil war. Either Nuland was being mendacious or President Poroshenko is on a dangerous solo-run.

It’s all gone Lethal Weapon. Not in the sense of munitions, although some of those are definitely in play, but rather the movie series. Just as Danny Glover and Mel Gibson delivered four memorable performances in their good cop/bad cop roles, the US State Department is now deploying the tactic.

First John Kerry, who like Glover probably thinks he’s getting too old for this, turns up all smiles in Sochi. Convinced the straight man’s charm offensive has softened Russian resolve, the Americans then let Victoria Nuland loose on Moscow. The fact that the Russians were so pleasant about it, after shehelped coordinate the 2014 Kiev coup, speaks volumes for their tolerance.

While Cold War 2 might have stalled in pre-production, spin-offs from the original remain box office.Just as Cheers led to Frasier, the first installment has left us with Ukraine. As the film director Baz Luhrmann once explained, channeling Mary Schmich, “real troubles are… the kind that blindside you at pm on some idle Tuesday." Ukraine is exactly that kind of thing. Thanks is no small part to Nuland, it’s become an albatross for both Washington and the Kremlin.

Nuland was adamant that she came in peace .

“There is no indication from our own information, or from my consultations in Kiev, that anybody on the Ukrainian side, anybody in leadership - and I spoke to President Poroshenko, I spoke to Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, I’ve spoken to security officials - has any intention of launching new hostilities,” she declared.

Given that Nuland was trying to cover every feasible base, her comments just might have been genuine.

Then just a day later, the Ukrainian army shelled Donetsk, killing at least one civilian. RT’s Murad Gazdiev, on the ground in the modern-day Sarajevo, described the attack as one of the worst for months. He also reported that the target was the north part of the city, where the previously contested airport is located.

Of course, the assault came just days after Poroshenko passionately vowed to “fight to the last drop of blood” against what he described as “Russian aggressors.” Furthermore, on Germany’s state-controlled ZDF network, the billionaire Oligarch called the Minsk peace agreement a “pseudo-peace” deal. Before that, Poroshenko said: “I have no doubt - we will free the airport (in Donetsk), because it is our land. And we will rebuild the airport."

Something doesn’t add up here. Let’s assume that the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs would not travel to Russia and knowingly lie. In that case, either Nuland has completely lost control of her Ukrainian proxies or those once-useful idiots are performing to a different script. If it's the former, expect more intense violence this week. If the US still calls the tune, Poroshenko and his cronies should fall into line with reasonable haste.

Perhaps, I’m naive but I’d really love to believe that Washington no longer commands the Kiev regime. It would mean that the US bears no culpability for the ridiculous anti-Communist laws and the appalling snub to brave, elderly veterans of WW2 on Kiev’s 70th Victory Day, when they were forced to accept parity of esteem with their Nazi opponents.

Assuming Nuland is being sincere, it’s then clear that the post-Maidan regime fear the US is washing its hands of them. If Washington is earnestly sacrificing its pet crazies in Kiev in order to secure Russian cooperation in more important areas, the world wins. Ultimately, Ukraine will also benefit. A bad peace for the failed state is still better than a good war. After 18 months of collective hara-kiri, the fractured lands need respite.

Interestingly, the Russian side denied that any deals had been done. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov said: “We focused on the problematic aspects of bilateral relations and some international problems.” As for the bilateral relations, he added “Russia said it was dissatisfied with their current form, but we are ready to continue dialogue and discussion of all the existing problems, whether in the military-political sphere or the humanitarian sphere."

The disastrous condition of Ukraine’s economy must also be focusing minds. The private intelligence company Stratfor, known as the ‘shadow CIA,’ noted that Nuland's visit to Moscow "is the latest indicator" that Washington's position on Ukraine and its role in the country's future "may be shifting.”

After 18 months of ludicrously soft-soaping the regime, even the US mainstream press is suddenly highlighting Kiev’s problems with corruption. This increases the likelihood that Nuland has had a Damascene moment. It’s hard to imagine the US’ lap dog corporate media straying too far from the State Department line.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) greets U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland (Reuters / Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Mikhail Palinchak / Pool)

The New York Times last weekend quoted Bruce Jackson, President of something called The Project on Transitional Democracies, once a side-project of the supposedly dissolved ‘Project For The New American Century (PFTNAC)’ who said: “Poroshenko, whether you like him or not, he’s not delivering.”Jackson is former military intelligence officer. Additionally, he once ran the US Committee on NATO, dedicated to expansion of the alliance.

However, what is far more significant is the fact that, together with Robert Kagan, Jackson served as one of five directors of the PFTNAC, a neocon think tank that also involved Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. Kagan is the husband of Victoria Nuland. It’s reasonable to assume that whatever Jackson is thinking isn’t far removed from Nuland’s thoughts.

Jackson further observes that “the Ukrainian government is so weak and fragile that it’s too weak to do the necessary things to build a unified and independent state.”

In British soccer, there’s a humorous expression, “squeaky-bum time,” attributed to the legendary Alex Ferguson. It relates to the exciting part of a game or season, particularly the last few actions. It’s fair to say that it’s now “squeaky-bum time” for Poroshenko. His American sponsors could well be abandoning him. If so, his future prospects are beyond grim.

Ukraine’s GDP plummeted by 17.6 percent in the first quarter of this year. The New York Times reports that officials in Kiev now believe that the $40 billion pledged by the IMF, US and EU will not be enough to keep the country afloat. The NYT further suggests that Yatsenyuk and his cabinet may have embezzled more than $325 million since taking office.

For his part, Jackson continues: “We don’t simply have Russian aggression against the victim Ukraine… Ukraine is now seen as not to be trusted. What the EU is saying is: Where is the decentralization? Where is the commitment? Where are the reforms?”

When somebody like Bruce Jackson, so close to US policymakers on Eastern Europe, to be talking this way, it is reasonable to assume that something has changed dramatically. While Nuland might revel in the role of bad cop, she’s also not a law onto herself.

President Obama has 18 months left in office. This crucial period when two-term US Presidents usually strive to finalize their legacy. You will remember that George Bush was much more enthusiastic about Georgia in 2003, than he was in 2008, when he seemed to regard it as an irritant? There’s a simple reason for this. By the time Mikhail Saakashvili launched his ridiculous war; Bush was furiously attempting to burnish his place in history.

Obama is now entering the same final lap. The key foreign policy issues on his table are Iran and Syria. On these he can realistically make headway and cooperation from Russia would be extremely useful in both situations. Devoting further time and effort to Ukraine would be as productive as banging his head off a wall.

Russia’s tabloid daily Moskovsky Komsomolets suggested on Monday that Nuland was “unlikely to be bringing with her a plan for how to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. It is unusual for a person who started a fire to be involved in the fire-fighting effort.”

While that’s true, I think it was Kerry who came to mend fences. Nuland’s public presence was rather an attempt re-assure Washington’s Republicans that Obama is not suddenly going soft on Russia, as they would perceive it. Good cop/bad cop, indeed. Squeaky bum time in Kiev.

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