Mystical Body

Andrey Piontkovskiy

Mother Theresa could fairly reproach the Ukrainian soldiers for many things. During the shootings of the positions of the separatists/federalists/rebels/terrorists, which the latter frequently intentionally set up in living quarters, local citizens perish as well. The Ukrainian state is facing a horrible dilemma: to allow professional saboteurs, trucks sent from the neighbouring country, to start disorders, steal, attack the border checkpoints, kidnap, torture and kill Ukrainian citizens only for remaining faithful to their country, or to try and neutralise these “desperate” (according to Lavrov) separatists/federalists/rebels/terrorists, thus possibly endangering the lives of peaceful civilians. It was this that the main organiser and inspiration to “force Ukraine into friendship” Mr. Putin prophesied and warned during his first “Ukrainian” press conference about: “Let them try to shoot at our soldiers, when there are women and children standing in front of them.”  Continue reading

Sweet Owner: Who is Petro Poroshenko? 

A year ago Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko could barely compete to win the Kyiv Mayor elections, now he is the President of Ukraine. He won in the first round over Yulia Timoshenko herself. Who is the person that became President of Ukraine? Pavel Sheremet sketched a human and political portrait of the new Ukrainian President. 

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Russians cannot be allowed to leave their territory, otherwise they will ruin European civilisation: published in 1927, written as if yesterday

Today the civilised world doesn’t have to think what to do with Russia – liberal European thinkers have precisely and long ago defined both the essence of what Russia is and the strategy of behaviour in its regard, the only thing left is to find the instruments accordant with the present day. The text below was published in 1927, however it reads as one that was written the day before yesterday.

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The parliamentary fight to survive

Mustafa Nayyem

The process of resource regrouping is starting on the political map of Ukraine. While some political groups are trying to hold on to their positions awaiting possible perturbations, others are diversifying risks by creating new political powers. While the opposers of the Verkhovna Rada disbandment are scaring the electorate with the looming enemy, the representatives of the former associates of Viktor Yanukovich’s, who are hiding in Russia, are overly lobbying their own interests through the creation of new groups in the session hall.

Meanwhile an active process of new political powers being “born” by representatives of the old government is underway outside of the Verkhovna Rada. Within the Rada itself, the possible participants of the early parliamentary elections are starting to emerge: Petro Poroshenko’s block and the return of Yulia Timoshenko’s block.

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How Ukrainian Politicians Speak English (Video)

Today Ukrainians have a dignified “face” – the President, the Head of Government, Ministers, the Head of the Capital City… all of them speak English and other foreign languages. In comparison with the previous government, some representatives of which had difficulties learning even the state Ukrainian language, the current one, “in the language issue,” evokes awe and respect in Ukraine and outside of the country.

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Right Sector to Become a Party and Yarosh for President

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:29

The leader of the Right Sector movement, Dmytro Yarosh, intends to run for president. The movement will become a party, Andriy Tarasenko, the chairperson of the Kyiv organization Right Sector, told Interfax – Ukraine.

“We are preparing for a congress, where the party will be renamed, and we go to the elections in Kyiv: in all local councils, towns and villages, which means that Dmytro Yarosh will run for president of Ukraine,” he said. Continue reading

Experts believe new government to be led by Kluyev, Medvedchuk, Arbuzov or Poroshenko

Dmytro Barkar, Radio Svoboda

Kyiv–According to analysts interviewed by Radio Svoboda, it is unlikely that a new Cabinet composed of a mix of politicians from the opposition and those favoring the president will be formed. They point out that this is exactly the type of compromise expected by representatives of the European Union, and would be the only type of government that could attract financial support from the West. However, experts believe that a Cabinet formed according to the wishes of the Kremlin is much more likely.

In an interview with Radio Svoboda, political scientist Serhiy Taran pointed out that Ukraine’s political and economic crisis could be solved by a government composed of individuals that would not upset the Maidan, but he believes the new government will not meet this criteria. Continue reading

A Constitutional Trap for the Opposition

By Mustafa Nayem, Ukrainska Pravda

Two weeks after settling on a conditional truce in the street, the struggle over political positions has spilled over into high office. Both the government and the opposition have almost forgotten about Maidan’s urgent requirements to have the perpetrators of violence punished and to hold early presidential elections.

Vitaliy Klitschko is the only one who keeps bringing up the second point. According to the sources of Ukrainska Pravda, the other participants in the negotiations, both from the opposition and the government, have stopped even paying attention to it. It has become a tradition, a ritual of sorts, to remind Yanukovych that people are demanding his resignation and then to continue to discuss high politics. Continue reading

A Bandera for our time

Created On Monday, 10 February 2014 13:49

The deal involving US $15 billion has dug such an unbridgeable gap between the two countries and their political elites that Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych themselves, the two men Moscow most loved to hate, could not have done as well.

There were many expectations of the meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents in Sochi—cutting financial deals, agreeing candidates for the PM’s seat, and, in the end, deciding just how the Ukrainian regime should respond to its unresolved political crisis. In the end, no meeting actually took place. An announcement by the Russian President’s press secretary of a rendezvous “on Olympian fields” was little more than an excuse, the typical line Putin’s administration offers whenever its boss simply doesn’t want to see someone.

At the Olympics opening ceremony, Sochi-2014 (photo: Myroslav Otkovych)

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