We noted in our analysis “Bloody Stream to Europe” on 24 January 2014 that events in Ukraine have not only internal motivations, but also external stimulation, including a serious gas motive in Russian foreign energy policy. The war in Kyiv, as it is called, should help advance the Kremlin’s South Stream in Brussels. Russian plan envisioned that, against the background of increasing destabilization in Ukraine, the EU had to meet Russia’s move in the question of excluding the South Stream project from the Third Energy Package. However, this did not happen, though a definite movement of European Commission towards Gazprom was observed.
Now against the background of a gradual evolution towards stabilization in Kyiv and in Ukraine as a whole, it becomes important for Russia to launch an additional round of destabilization in order to continue arguing with Brussels for the need to support South Stream and the early adoption of the relevant decision to exclude it from the Third Energy Package.
By Askold Krushelnycky
I am at Simferopol airport where green uniformed professional soldiers with no insignia took over during the night and are being backed up by local volunteers.
The Ukrainian government says these are not Ukrainian soldiers and they are definitely not local people wearing uniform. The Ukrainian government is calling this an invasion. An ex-British paratrooper working with one of the TV crews says they are professional, carrying their guns the way they should be, with safety catches on.
I have tried to talk to them but they are not saying anything. I have tried to ask for a commander or spokesman but nobody will talk to the Press. The airport is operating normally. Continue reading
Victor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine, has bought a house in Barvikha village. Oleg Mitvol, head of the Central Council of the Green and Social Democrat Alliance reports this by Twitter.
Signatures on a petition addressed to Volodymyr Putin on behalf of the Russians and the Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine are being collected on the Internet. People are calling to not bring troops into Crimea.
“We, the ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine, do not need any protection by other states. We thank you for your support, however, we want to inform you that we have never been prejudiced in any way by anyone in the territory of Ukraine. We have always lived freely and happily, speaking our usual language. We have also studied the state languge of Ukraine in schools and are able to speak it well enough to feel comfortable in a Ukrainophonic environment.
That is why, with all due respect to your worries, we ask you to not raise internal questions of our country that are by no means critical at the national level of the Russian Federation. And moreover, we ask you not to bring in troops to regulate a conflict that you apparently see, but we fail to notice. Thank you for your understanding. RESPECTFULLY, THE RUSSIAN AND RUSSIAN-SPEAKING CITIZENS OF UKRAINE,” says the petition. Continue reading
This is the first question for the government. The only other comparable issue is the threat to territorial integrity. Questions of staffing should be of a distant secondary nature.
As of now, there are still 290 members of the Berkut riot police who remain free, despite having beaten [peaceful protesters] on November 20, and thousands of their colleagues who later shot, tortured and killed.
Also free are the judges, who knowingly sought to conceal the repression through their unlawful decisions. Continue reading
Konstantin Sigov, 16 February 2014
Greetings to you from Kyiv, where I find myself at the moment.
For several months, I have been waking up thinking of the people who spend their nights on Independence Square, called Maidan, in Kyiv. Their bodies must withstand cold; their spirits, fear. During the day they welcome us with smiles and earnest handshakes, determined above all not to give up. These men and women of very different professional backgrounds and of varying worldviews embody the civic society of our country in all its great diversity. Volunteers of all ages do all they can in genuine solidarity. The golden rule of Maidan: absence of self-interest and selfishness. Each of these people says “no” to lies and repression. In the heart of Europe, here and now, these people stand opposed to inhumanity. They have accepted Pascal’s wager, the wager of our faith, without which we would have no future.