Thu Apr 23rd, 2020 at 09:04:58 AM EST
For some American entertainment during the woes of the coronavirus, a move by Pentagon hardliners to consolidate colonial power in Ukraine. After the coup-d'état of February 2014, the country continued to be rive with corruption. Too many millions disappeared in deep pockets of the oligarchs who adapted to the new Western masters.
After a stint as governor in Odessa under presidency of buddy Poroshenko, Saakashvili soon quit due to corruption he couldn't quite handle as a foreigner. His instant citizenship was just as easily removed instantly and Saakashvili sought and received refugee status in The Netherlands of Mark Rutte ... wink, wink!!
Zelensky who won the last fictional election for presidency in the Ukraine, found the door shut to the White House. The spring doldrums of Trump's lawyer Giuliani brought plenty of entertainment in U.S. Congress. The Democrats were easily defeated by a united front of red-hot Republicans. As the Impeachment Act ended in the Senate in January 2020, the invaders from China were well established across many states. As Trump so colorfully stated, he was caught off guard by this invisible enemy sent from Wuhan.
Sometimes God's creation moves in mysterious ways human kind just don't grasp. Although prophesized by virologists over a decade ago, science has no entry in the Republican led White House.
More below the fold ...
Zelensky Offers Georgian Ex-president Saakashvili Deputy PM Seat | Georgia Today |
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has offered former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili the seat of deputy prime minister in charge of reforms, says the report by the Novoe Vremya news website citing sources in Zelensky's party.
The above information was confirmed by the Spokesperson for the President's Office.
The proposal is currently being discussed.
Mikheil Saakashvili responded to the issue on his Facebook page.
"I am honored to receive President Zelensky's proposal to become Deputy Prime Minister in charge of reforms," he wrote in a Facebook post.
"I had a very informative and useful conversation with Prime Minister Shmyhal, during which we discussed all the issues related to my possible work in the government.
"Together with the President's team, I am ready to work with all patriotic forces in the Ukrainian Parliament and other political forces to enable Ukraine to overcome today's global economic crisis with the least loss and to deal with all challenges. I hope to be a reliable member of the team and help the Ukrainian people by doing something useful for them. I also hope that I will use my international experience to be the government's useful member, including in terms of communicating with international financial organizations to strengthen Ukraine's prestige and its integration into the international community, in order to primarily protect the Ukrainian national interests and contribute to the progress in the country", he wrote.
○ Georgia's Russia protests benefit Mikheil Saakashvili | DW - June 21, 2019 |
○ Ex-President Saakashvili vows to come back to Georgia in 'several months' | Agenda.ge - Sept. 30, 2019 |
United States, Britain Link Russian GRU Unit to Sandworm | ASIS - Feb. 20, 2020 |
For the first time, the United States linked a Russian military unit to the hacking group known as Sandworm which is said to be responsible for some of the most significant cyberattacks around the globe over the past 10 years.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement saying Russia's General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Center for Special Technologies, also known as GTsST, Unit 74455, and Sandworm, carried out a cyberattack against the country of Georgia on 28 October 2019.
"The incident, which directly affected the Georgian population, disrupted operations of several thousand Georgian government and privately-run websites and interrupted the broadcast of at least two major television stations," Pompeo said. "This action contradicts Russia's attempts to claim it is a responsible actor in cyberspace and demonstrates a continuing pattern of reckless Russian GRU cyber operations against a number of countries. These operations aim to sow division, create insecurity, and undermine democratic institutions."
Other nations also joined the United States in attributing the attacks on Georgia to Russia, including the United Kingdom.
"The GRU's reckless and brazen campaign of cyberattacks against Georgia, a sovereign and independent nation, is totally unacceptable," said U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a statement. "The Russian government has a clear choice: continue this aggressive pattern of behavior against other countries, or become a responsible partner which respects international law."
I have split the diary in two ... see also:
○ Eye On Trade As Invisible China Virus Attacked
Work in Progress -- more to follow ...