Friday, March 21, 2014

Ukraine Update: March 24, 2014

The Enigmatic Arse Yatsenyuk:

How Germans Really Feel About Russia's Annexation Of Crimea: Yawn 

Lavrov: Stuff the G8

Crazed Ukrainian Ex-Convict, Ex-President (Future Mental Hospital Patient?) Urges Nuclear Genocide of Russians

after being asked, rhetorically, by her counterparty, "what should we do now with the 8 million Russians that stayed in Ukraine. They are outcasts"... to which she replies: "They must be killed with nuclear weapons."

These people are really Nazti.

Interpreting Putin
With Europe rotten and United States weakened, a resurgent and confident Russia will definitely not let a geo-strategically important former Soviet republic fall entirely into the West’s camp. By annexing Crimea, Putin not only secured Russia’s naval base and its strategic gateway to the Black Sea, he also sent a powerful message to Ukraine and the West: Ignore Russia’s legitimate strategic concerns at your own peril.
Stevie Harper's Foolish Ukraine Intervention Earns Russian Sanctions
It has also cost Canadian tax-payers $220 million, a gift from Harper to an illegitimate Neo-Nazi regime that took power by murderous force, despite an agreement accepted by the legitimate government of Ukraine and endorsed by three European heads of state for new elections. (See also: Harper's Dilbert Inspired Governing Style)
Ottawa has provided $220 million in aid to the interim Ukrainian government and has slapped travel bans and economic sanctions on dozens of officials and oligarchs aligned with Putin and the former Viktor Yanukovych government. 
Let's see, that's about $220 per elligible Canadian voter of Ukrainian extraction. Canada's 2015 election's gonna be expensive.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky Proposes Ukraine Carve-up

RT: Massive anti-Maidan rallies grip eastern Ukraine as residents demand referendum

Thierry Meyssan: Is Crimea’s Shift the First of a Long Series?

Stephen Harper, satrap of America's remote Northern colony of
Canada, visiting with fascists in Kyiv. During his visit, Harper
declared Russia to be a rogue state. Source.

Ukraine's east rallies for secession referendum

Alaskans seek to join Russian Federation

Pepe Escobar: Russian sanctions as war and farce

Peter Hitchens: We're being dragged into a new Cold War by a puffed-up bullfrog (and I don't mean President Putin)
...the silly, half-educated politicians of today still like to pose as tough guys with the following formula, addressed to anyone who suggests that Russia might have a case over Ukraine and Crimea.

It goes: ‘Putin is Hitler. You are Neville Chamberlain. I  am Winston Churchill – hear me roar.’

Apart from knowing nothing about European history, and apart from their bone-headed inability to distinguish Christian Russia from the communist USSR, these people also don’t understand what is going on in Ukraine.

It never occurs to them that Russia has good historical reasons to fear its neighbours. It never crosses their mind that the borders drawn by the victorious West in 1992, like those drawn at Versailles in 1919, are an unsustainable, unjust mistake.

They never ask why Britain (or the USA) should be hostile to Russia, or what the quarrel between us actually is. What is it to us whose flag flies over Sevastopol? Yet it matters greatly to those who live there....
 Putin is making the West's Cold Warriors look like fools
William Hague was on rather shaky ground when he argued this week that Moscow has chosen ‘the route to isolation’ by recognising Crimea’s referendum. On the contrary, it is the European Union and the United States who look as if they have seriously overplayed their respective hands in Ukraine. Across Asia, Africa and Latin America, the cry of ‘western hypocrisy’ has been heard much louder than complaints about Vladimir Putin. 

EU-Ukraine trade pact paves way for brutal austerity
The pact, signed in Brussels, declares that the Ukrainian government must “embark swiftly on an ambitious program of structural reforms” and submit to “an agreement with the [International Monetary Fund].” The plans being drawn up are based on the “Greek model”—the savage cuts imposed on Greece by the IMF and the EU that have produced a massive growth in unemployment and poverty.
LA Times: Shaping a response to Russia will be a high-stakes test for Obama The LA Times having no particular response in mind except for the West (the Europeans, anyhow) to cut of their nose to spite their face by killing trade with Russia, their chief energy supplier, with no particular object in mind, and ignoring the fact that Russia will never voluntarily slough off Crimea, a Russian-speaking region of mainly ethnic Russians that just voted by a huge majority for union with Russia.

BBC: Nato concerned about the threat to Moldova's Trans-Dniester region
As if any one cares about Transnistria, a useless sliver of land, far-removed from Russia's border, with a poverty stricken population of barely half a million people. But Russia's gone rogue, folks, anything can happen: Russian tanks could be rolling down the Champs Elysee any time now.

Meantime: Brits Want Vote on Joining Russia

Russia plans large investments in Crimea’s economy

Big Lie On the Dnieper: False Flag Murders in Kiev? 

MIT Technology Review: The U.S. Can’t Really Undermine Russia by Exporting Gas

Yatsenyuk: Ukraine will have to buy Russian gas even at $500 per 1,000 cubic meters
“Our country is fully energy dependent on Russia. It is impossible currently to give up Russian gas [imports],” Yatsenyuk stated Friday.

And might have added that: we think by continually insulting Russia they will give us a bigger discount on the price of gas — not.
The West's antiquated unipolar world collides with the East's vision of a mulipolar future

Specter of Western Mercenaries Hangs Over Ukraine Crisis

Crimea and Punishment
U.S. politicians and pundits want the American people to get so upset about Crimea’s decision to split with Ukraine and rejoin Russia that they will support more U.S. military spending and more U.S. interventions around the world ...
BS of the Week (Weak?): MacCleans Mag Cover: Russia on the March
"Vladimir Putins invasion of Crimea is the biggest threat to peace in decades. Why the West is powerless to stop him."

Putin has actually marched nowhere. And while nearly powerless to stop him — if and when Putin starts to march anywhere — there's Harper, the pipsqueak power of the North, throwing his full weight behind the Kyiv Nazties (see below)."
Ukraine Troops In Crimea Refuse To Leave appears it is not so much a question of figuring out how to evacuate the troops, but rather motivating them. As RIA reports, "less than 2,000 of Ukrainian troops serving in Crimea decided to leave the peninsula for Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. "As of March 21, less than 2,000 out of 18,000 Ukrainian servicemen staying on the territory of the Republic of Crimea decided to go to Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement.
Global Research: Israel backs Ukraine Neo-Naztis

Dmitry Orlov: Follow the Incompetent Leaders: From Washington to Kyiv
What are these people doing trash talking the Russians? What would these people do without Russia? How would they ... visit the international space station? Who would negotiate international deals with Syria and Iran because all they can do is blunder and lose face.” Russia doesn’t need the United States for anything. The United States is the most dispensable country on earth.

... On possible war between Ukraine and Russia: “They are not going to fight because the Ukraine military is part of the Russian military. There really isn’t any opposition. The Ukrainian military will decide what to do in a few days, and then they will inform the Russians, and after that, maybe they will inform their own government. Maybe they will just go into the government offices and just round them up. Last I heard, 60% of Ukrainian military accepted Russian passports already. The remaining parts are being shipped out to the mainland. That is happening peacefully. So, there isn’t going to be any fight. The really important point is the Ukrainian military all over Ukraine does not support the government in Kiev. They are withholding support, and what they really want is to join the Russian military. . . . The best thing Russia can do is sit back and relax and let this work out. I don’t think the government in Kiev has any legs.”
Ukraine Raises Gas Prices 40% — Freedom's Expensive

Could the U.S. Face a Cruise Missile Threat from the Gulf of Mexico?

The US begins to notice that there is a downside to poking a bear with a stick. See:
Reaping the Ukrainian Whirlwind: Tyranny in Kiev, Russian Nukes 90 Miles off America's Southern Shore

While Signing Ukraine to an Alignment With the West, Germany Accuses Russia of Dividing Europe

But the Germans have nothing to say about the US Crassly and Officially Promoting Opposition to the Russian Government 

Russia Wants Ukrainian Nationalist Put on International Wanted List

Russophobes Confer: Harper in Kyiv
Or as Mike Rivero comments: Harper is the first G7 leader to visit Kiev. "He lectures about democracy by supporting thugs who took over democratically elected government by the power of gun."

It makes one proud to be a Canadian. Doing our bit to renew the cold war and driving Russia into a closer embrace with China. Well done Stevie.

But then does Harper really deserve any credit, or is he just acting, once again, as a New World Order mouthpiece?
Mish: Buffoon Bluffery; What are Sanctions Really About?

Zero Hedge: Petrodollar Alert: Putin Prepares To Announce "Holy Grail" Gas Deal With China

RT: Backtrack Ukraine: Self-proclaimed govt fails to deliver on promises

New Eastern Outlook: Ukraine—International Law for the Lawless
The EU wants the Ukraine because it is big, but it has lost it by demanding that Ukraine should never deal with Russia, despite the fact every EU country does. The United States and NATO want Ukraine because it is next door to the Russian Federation, which is still perceived as a geopolitical and geo economic threat. The RF wants Ukraine independent because it doesn’t want other people’s rockets next door to it.

But what all sides are doing is trying to retain control of their own influence. They don’t want to admit that whoever sells the guns and controls the economy will win, right or wrong. That’s why they never admit to talking to lobbyists, those thousands of people who earn good livings doing nothing but talk to politicians privately and subvert the democratic process. All the sides from the so-called democratic West are fighting for themselves, not Ukraine, not any moral principle.
Ria-Novosti: 72 Crimean Military Units Request Joining Russia

Oleaginous Andrew Neil Fails to Put Over the BBC's Cold War Spin on Ukraine

CounterPunch: Putin’s Triumph

Actually, the acquisition of Crimea was not a triumph for Putin or Russia, it was merely a sop to wounded pride.

Crimea accounted for no more than 5% of Ukraine's land mass and adds barely one half of one percent to Russia's land mass, less than one and a half percent to Russia's population, and about one percent to Russia's GDP.

The Western empire, having gained 95% of Ukraine, the largest country in Europe, has added almost 10% to its land mass and population, and hugely incrementing its control of agricultural land and a number of critical mineral resources. It is also now able to ring Russia even more tightly with missiles designed to destroy Russia's second-strike nuclear capacity in the event of a US first-strike.

As for Ukraine itself, it has lost its independence. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainians were, for the first time in over a thousand years, free to dictate their own future. But with the US/EU/Nato-backed fascist coup in Kyiv, Ukraine lost its democracy, and its short-lived independence. Instead of being free to trade with both East and West, Ukraine will now, in due course, be incorporated within the EU trade bloc and subjected to the EU's undemocratic dictates on all matters from immigration, social policy, and measures to combat climate change to the minimal acceptable curvature of bananas.

It is essential, though, to paint the voluntary accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation as an illegitimate theft of territory contrary to the will of the people, since the Western empire can acquire new territory where it has a grievance against the existing ruling establishment. The game now, therefore, is to justify further Eastward projection of US/Nato power in terms of punishing Russia for its evil anti-democratic ways.

Annoyingly, for the champions of Western empire, Putin's approval rating in Russia is about twice O'Bomber's rating in the US, but naturally the media aren't focusing on such a crude measure of public support when assessing a country's democratic credentials.

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