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    What is the US up to in Ukraine? [Pat Buchanan]

    What are we up to ... in Ukraine?

    Posted: December 6, 2004
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

    In the 1940s, as Stalinists were seizing Czechoslovakia, ex-OSS agents were running bags of money to Italy and France to ensure the communists were defeated in national elections.

    In the 1950s, using a rent-a-mob, the CIA effected the ouster of an anti-American regime in Iran and the overthrow of Arbenz in Guatemala. In the 1980s, after Solidarity was crushed by Gen. Jaruzelski, Ronald Reagan secretly aided the Polish resistance.

    Many of us applauded these Cold War means, as we believed that the ends – security of the West and survival of freedom – justified them.

    But when news broke that South Africa was maneuvering to buy the Washington Star in the 1980s, this city was ablaze with indignation. How dare they seek to corrupt American media! In the 1990s, when China was caught using cutouts to funnel cash to the Clinton campaign, we were full of righteous rage.

    Given this history, several question arise. Are we today using Cold War tactics in a post-Cold War era? Are we guilty of the same gross interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine, trying to fix their election, we would consider outrageous and criminal if done to us?

    Are we Americans hypocrites of global democracy?

    Consider what we have apparently been up to in Ukraine.

    According to the Guardian and other sources, NED – the National Endowment for Democracy – and USAid, Freedom House, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and George Soros' Open Society Institute all pumped money or sent agents into Kiev to defeat the government-backed Viktor Yanukovich and elect Viktor Yushchenko as president. Allegedly in on the scheme is the supposedly objective and neutral Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

    The Guardian's Jonathan Steele describes how we put the fix in:

    Yushchenko got the Western nod, and floods of money poured in to groups which support him, ranging from the youth organization, Pora, to various opposition websites. More provocatively, the U.S. and other Western embassies paid for exit polls ...

    Those polls showed Yushchenko winning by 11, demoralizing the opposition and convincing most Ukrainians he was the next president.

    But, on election day, Yushchenko, like Kerry, lost by three, as the populous eastern Ukraine delivered the same huge margins for favorite son Yanukovich as did western Ukraine for Yushchenko.

    Into the streets came scores of thousands of demonstrators, howling fraud and demanding that Yushchenko be inaugurated. Engaging in civil disobedience, and backed by the West, the crowds intimidated parliament, President Kuchma and the judiciary into declaring the election invalid.

    John Laughland writes in the Guardian of the double standard our media employ:

    Enormous rallies have been held in Kiev in support of the prime minister, Viktor Yanukovich, but they are not shown on our TV screen ... Yanukovich supporters are denigrated as having been "bussed in." The demonstrators in favor of Yushchenko have laser lights, plasma screens, sophisticated sound systems, rock concerts, tents to camp in and huge quantities of orange clothing; yet we happily dupe ourselves that they are spontaneous.

    Laughland is saying the Yushchenko demonstrations may be as phony as that U.S-Albanian war in the Dustin Hoffman-Robert DeNiro film "Wag the Dog." He calls Pora "an organization created and financed by Washington," like Otpor and Kmara, which were used in Serbia and Georgia to oust leaders Washington wished to be rid of. Pora's symbol, writes Laughland, depicts "a jackboot crushing a beetle."

    If the United States has indeed been interfering in Ukraine to swing the election of a president who will tilt to NATO, against Moscow, we are, as Steele writes, "playing with fire."

    Not only is [Ukraine] geographically and culturally divided – a recipe for partition or even civil war – it is also an important neighbor of Russia ... Ukraine has been turned into a geostrategic matter not by Moscow, but by the U.S., which refuses to abandon the Cold War policy of encircling Moscow and seeking to pull every former Soviet republic to its side.

    Our most critical relationship on earth is with the world's other great nuclear power, Russia, a nation suffering depopulation, loss of empire, breakup of its country and a terror war. That relationship is far more important to us than who rules in Kiev.

    For us to imperil it by using our perfected technique of the "post-modern coup" – as we did in Serbia and Georgia and failed to do in Belarus – to elect American vassals in Russia's backyard, even in former Soviet republics, seems an act of imperial arrogance and blind stupidity.

    Congress should investigate NED and any organization that used clandestine cash or agents to fix the Ukrainian election, as the U.S. media appear to have gone into the tank for global democracy, as they did for war in Iraq.


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    Patrick J. Buchanan was twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the Reform Party’s candidate in 2000. He is also a founder and editor of the new magazine, The American Conservative. Now a political analyst for MSNBC and a syndicated columnist, he served three presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three national television shows, and is the author of seven books.

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    I don't like either Kandidates. But once Ukraine is in NATO/EU it willbe to late. Once a country is in the pocket of the yanks, it is allmost impossible to get out. The pro westerners (NATO) should be crushed and deported.

    Are we Americans hypocrites of global democracy?
    No, not just in "deMOCKracy", you are hypocrites in just about everything you do and say.

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    I don't like this situation, I'm supporting the pro Russian guy. The Americans and Europeans are up to no good there.

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    US Hypocrisy on Ukraine

    US Hypocrisy on Ukraine

    by Rep. Ron Paul
    President Bush said last week that, "Any election [in Ukraine], if there is one, ought to be free from any foreign influence." I agree with the president wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, it seems that several U.S. government agencies saw things differently and sent U.S. taxpayer dollars into Ukraine in attempt to influence the outcome.

    We do not know exactly how many millions – or tens of millions – of dollars the United States government spent on the presidential election in Ukraine. We do know that much of that money was targeted to assist one particular candidate, and that through a series of cut-out non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – both American and Ukrainian – millions of dollars ended up in support of the presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.

    Let me add that I do not think we should be supporting either of the candidates. While I am certainly no supporter of Viktor Yushchenko, I am not a supporter of his opponent, Viktor Yanukovich, either. Simply, it is none of our business who the Ukrainian people select to be their president. And, if they feel the vote was not fair, it is up to them to work it out.

    How did this one-sided U.S. funding in Ukraine come about? While I am afraid we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg, one part that we do know thus far is that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the U.S.-based Freedom House.

    PAUCI then sent U.S. government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself constitute meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is worse is that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in favor of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.

    Consider the Ukrainian NGO International Center for Policy Studies. It is an organization funded by the U.S. government through PAUCI. On its Web site, we discover that this NGO was founded by George Soros' Open Society Institute. And further on we can see that Viktor Yushchenko himself sits on the advisory board!

    And this NGO is not the only one the U.S. government funds that is openly supportive of Viktor Yushchenko. The Western Ukraine Regional Training Center, as another example, features a prominent USAID logo on one side of its Web site's front page and an orange ribbon of the candidate Yushchenko's party and movement on the other. By their proximity, the message to Ukrainian readers is clear: the U.S. government supports Yushchenko.

    The Center for Political and Legal Reforms, another Ukrainian NGO funded by the U.S. government, features a link at the top of its Web site's front page to Viktor Yushchenko's personal Web site. Yushchenko's picture is at the top of this U.S.-government-funded Web site.

    This May, the Virginia-based private management consultancy Development Associates, Inc., was awarded $100 million by the U.S. government "for strengthening national legislatures and other deliberative bodies worldwide." According to the organization's Web site, several million dollars from this went to Ukraine in advance of the elections.

    As I have said, this may only be the tip of the iceberg. There may be many more such organizations involved in this twisted tale.

    It is clear that a significant amount of U.S. taxpayer dollars went to support one candidate in Ukraine. Recall how most of us felt when it became known that the Chinese government was trying to funnel campaign funding to a U.S. presidential campaign. This foreign funding of American elections is rightly illegal. Yet, it appears that that is exactly what we are doing abroad. What we do not know, however, is just how much U.S. government money was spent to influence the outcome of the Ukrainian election.

    Dozens of organizations are granted funds under the PAUCI program alone, and this is only one of many programs that funneled dollars into Ukraine. We do not know how many millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) sent to Ukraine through NED's National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute. Nor do we know how many other efforts, overt or covert, have been made to support one candidate over the other in Ukraine.

    That is what I find so disturbing: there are so many cut-out organizations and sub-grantees that we have no idea how much U.S. government money was really spent on Ukraine, and most importantly how it was spent. Perhaps the several examples of blatant partisan support that we have been able to uncover are but an anomaly. I believe Congress and the American taxpayers have a right to know. I believe we urgently need an investigation by the Government Accounting Office into how much U.S. government money was spent in Ukraine and exactly how it was spent. I would hope very much for the support of Chairman Hyde, Chairman Lugar, Deputy Assistant Secretary Tefft, and my colleagues on the House International Relations Committee in this request.

    President Bush is absolutely correct: elections in Ukraine should be free of foreign influence. It is our job here and now to discover just how far we have violated this very important principle, and to cease any funding of political candidates or campaigns henceforth.

    Ron Paul is a Republican Congressman from Texas. He was the 1988 Libertarian Party candidate for President.

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    Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections

    Moscow has strengthened its position in Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LDNR) on Sunday, November 11. Now there are legitimate authorities in the republics, with which Russia can implement the project of the economic integration of the Donbass.

    Representatives of Western countries and Ukraine released a joint statement at the UN, in which they said that they did not recognise the elections. This was predictable and uninteresting. Everyone understands that the elections in the breakaway republics became a real step towards the recognition of the independence of the People's Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk by the Russian Federation.

    Moscow has repeatedly reminded that Russia was only a guarantor of the Minsk Accords. Kiev shows unwillingness to implement them and even tries to kill those who signed the documents. After the assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of the People's Republic of Donetsk, the Kremlin lost its patience. Moscow eventually agreed to hold the elections in the breakaway territories on November 11, even though Russia had earlier declined such an opportunity in 2015 and 2016 at the request of Normandy format "partners."

    The turnout at the election was over 70% . Kremlin officials said that they could "understand" the aspirations of republican residents. One can read between the lines here that Russia's economic integration with the region is inevitable. The people of the Donbass have deserved their sovereignty, and Moscow can see it.

    The economic integration with the People's Republic of Luhansk was launched in 2017. External management was introduced at a number of strategic companies of the republics in 2017. A separate company - Vneshtorgservis - was registered to take control of all city-forming companies working in the metallurgical, coal and chemical industries.

    In 2017, 14 companies resumed their work in the People's Republic of Donetsk. Their products were exported to 15 countries of the world with Russia being the largest importer - 87.5%. Russia also accounts for one-third of the exports of mechanical engineering products.

    The introduction of external management at Luhansk companies that used to be affiliated with Ukraine, made it possible to save more than 60,000 jobs, the head of the People's Republic of Luhansk, Leonid Pasechnik said. In 2018, the republic plans to launch nine more industrial companies, including the Stakhanov Ferroalloy Plant, the Luhansk Pipe Plant, the Krasnoluchsky Machine Building Plant, the Bryankovo Drilling Equipment Plant, and the Kirov Blacksmith Plant, Rhythm of Eurasia wrote.

    It is worthy of note that President Putin signed a decree approving the new Concept of the State Migration Policy for 2019-2025. The policy will simplify the acquisition of Russian citizenship for Russians in the Donbas. After the distribution of passports, the situation will develop according to the scenario of the integration of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It is worthy of note that Hungary follows a similar practice distributing passports to Hungarians in Transcarpathia.

    In five years, Donbass will be de facto integrated with Russia economically. The legal integration is a long process, but it will accelerate with the collapse of Ukraine or its pro-Russian transformation, if this can ever be possible.

    Denis Pushilin gained 61 % of the vote in the election of the head of the People's Republic of Donetsk, whereas Leonid Pasechnik won the support of 68%in Luhansk.

    We may suggest that Putin will recognise the independence of People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk to trigger their swift economic integration with Russia if the West continues putting the pressure of sanctions on Russia.

    Pravada -
    Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections, 13 Nov 2018.
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    Life in Ukraine worse than during USSR, country may split into FIVE states – Georgia’s controversial ex-leader Saakashvili

    Just when you thought he’d finally gone away, Mikhail Saakashvili has popped up on Ukrainian TV to predict that his adopted nation Ukraine will collapse. He also told viewers they lived better under the Soviet regime. The former Odessa governor and Georgian president didn’t hold back during an appearance on the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    “Ukraine’s cities have never been in such bad condition, and every year it’s getting worse and worse,” he said, adding that while the “whole world” is moving forward and developing, the country has been left behind.
    “Kiev, Ukraine is now much worse than Kiev and Ukraine during the times of the USSR,” he explained. “I’ve been coming to Kiev since 1985… It’s getting worse and worse, you can see all of it. The roads, the facades of the buildings, the city infrastructure.” He added that, during his time as leader, Georgia improved in ways that Ukraine hasn’t, while stressing that he has no nostalgia for the Soviet-era.

    Saakashvili didn’t stop there, going on to predict that Ukraine will break up into five independent states. The one-time darling of the West said an economic crisis leading to “the collapse of the country” is inevitable because of the “failed policies” of President Volodymyr Zelensky. And, amidst the fallout, regional elites will take power into their own hands, using armed groups to assert their independence from Kiev.

    “There are local (bosses) who are already bursting with money, (with) private armies,” he warned. “For example, Gennady Trukhanov (mayor of Odessa) has a private army, the mayor of Kharkov, Gennady Kernes, has his own army… they are preparing the ground for Ukraine to be split into five.”

    Ukrainians since independence “haven’t seen an example of success” which could convince them of the country’s potential, according to Saakashvili. “Now the main challenge is to, at least somewhere, achieve some progress so that people can believe that something can work (in this country),” he added.

    Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013 after a number of criminal cases were opened against him; he was sentenced to prison terms in his absence for some of the crimes. In the spring of 2015, he entered Ukrainian politics when former leader Petro Poroshenko, appointed him governor of the Odessa region, after granting him citizenship. He had a connection to the country, having studied in Kiev as a young man.

    However, in November 2016 Poroshenko fired Saakashvili, citing incompetence, and the Georgian reinvented himself as an opposition firebrand. The following summer, Poroshenko revoked Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship, seen by many as an attempt to neuter a potential political rival. His passport was returned last year when Zelensky won the presidency.

    Saakashvili served nine years as Georgian president, over two terms, taking power after the US-backed 2003 ‘Rose Revolution.’ Tbilisi’s opposition accused him of authoritarian tendencies and carrying out electoral fraud.

    Ukraine, just like the Ukrainian language, was a fake creation of different regions with different religions and loyalties. Poland should get their land section of Ukraine back, as well as Belarus and Russia. What's left can join the EU if EU still exists by that time.

    If Poland etc. can get back their land back I hope Germany can also get back their lands.

    Life in Ukraine worse than during USSR, country may split into FIVE states – Georgia’s controversial ex-leader Saakashvili
    03 II 2020.

    Already Ukraine is split into three. So much for the ‘Orange Revolution’.

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