Butusov: Attempt on Kernes’s life is linked to shift in his political position

FB Post by Yury Butusov

April 28, 2014

butusovNo matter how you view [Kharkiv mayor, Hennadiy] Kernes, the attempt on his life is directly linked with the shift in his political position. For me, Kernes epitomized the criminal lawlessness that took place during the revolution, and for this he should by no means be absolved of responsibility. It is shameful that he was appointed in Kharkiv.

However, in the wake of the Russian invasion threat, his position changed drastically. Indeed, it was Kernes who, following negotiations with [governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ihor] Kolomoisky, disbanded the congress of the “First Ukrainian Front,” which was geared at legitimizing the Kremlin-orchestrated split in Ukraine. He and his friend [former governor of Kharkiv Oblast, Mykhailo] Dobkin were among the key figures in the Kremlin’s strategy, and the withdrawal of Kernes from the scheme significantly undermined Russian influence. Kernes should have become a notable player in the pro-Ukrainian movement of authoritative representatives from the south-east region of Ukraine, spanning Kharkiv to Odessa.

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Ukraine’s MFA responds to Lavrov’s invasion threats

Comments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V. Lavrov on “Russia Today”

April 23, 2014

Against the backdrop of Ukraine’s fair and full implementation of the Geneva agreements, the threats of Russian armed intervention in response to Ukraine’s lawful efforts to combat terrorism and separatism made by the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, on April 23, during his interview on the Russian channel “Russia Today” struck an absolutely discordant note.

We understand these statements to mean that the Russian side is ready to implement its aggression against Ukraine and to continue massing Russian army troops near the Ukrainian border towards that end.

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