MP Nestor Shufrych and the politician Viktor Medvedchuk were seen in the company of representatives of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, in a Donetsk restaurant, on May 18.
Vladimir Putin (left) and Viktor Medvedchuk (right)
Medvedchuk’s meeting with separatist leaders is the beginning of negotiations to create a Ukrainian Transnistria; we can assume that this is known to the Kyiv authorities.
As has become known to dsnews.ua, multilateral agreements on the creation of a quasi-state formation in parts of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts has been the main topic of negotiations. Today Medvedchuk (a Ukrainian citizen and the leader of Ukrainian Party) is to tell the separatists that Russia isn’t going to agree to uniting this region with the Russian Federation. Continue reading →
As of March 11, 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament’s decision to hold presidential election on May 25 of this year is coming under attack on two fronts. As reported by Espresso.TV, the first is a draft resolution registered in Parliament [on March 11, 2014] to postpone the election to December 7. The resolution is proposed by Eugene Murayev, a Member of Parliament with the Party of Regions who is considered to be a protégé of former Kharkiv Governor Mykhailo Dobkin. Opposition members have insisted that Murayev’s election in the Kharkiv oblast in 2012 stemmed from administrative pressure by Dobkin [who was Governor at the time but who announced in February that he intends to run in the presidential elections]. Dobkin, on the other hand, has long been considered to be an ally of Viktor Medvedchuk, [a pro-Russian oligarch and politician]. Continue reading →
Serhiy Leshchenko, Ukrainska Pravda, March 11, 2014
Viktor Yanukovych’s notebook containing confidential instructions and unreported contacts with Russia reveals secrets on how the run-away president spent his last weeks in office.
The vote on January 16 for the “dictatorial laws” marked a turning point in events on Euromaidan. After Christmas and New Year holidays the protests began to diminish and many activists were busy trying to save their cars from arson. It seemed that the revolution was tapering off. But Yanukovych’s decision to adopt a package of anti-democratic laws at any cost changed the whole scenario. A peaceful protest was radicalized. Continue reading →
This is the first time in modern Ukraine that we have encountered such a radical protest with elements of violence. Maidan 2004 didn’t have the crashed cars, let alone the human victims. The protesters had been often accused by the authorities of creating traffic jams, so in order to avoid jams during the rallies oppositionists carried vehicles in their own hands.
As Leonid Kuchma, the former President of Ukraine, correctly formulated, Ukraine is not Russia, meaning that there will be no further patience for despotism by the people. The most recently elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, is used to people’s patience, but it can hardly be strung along any further. With his criminal past and his criminal mindset, Mr. Yanukovych thinks that Stalin’s methods will prolong his term in power. Stalin’s way of governing is spreading around the countries of the former USSR – take for example neighboring Lukashenka regime of Belarus which has been enduring for 18 years and counting. Continue reading →