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Volodymyr Zelensky: 'Ukraine fights back' | Kyiv Independent - March 13, 2021 |
Untimely revelation puts the Zelensky regime under pressure from US Treasury and beholden to the White House and Pentagon.
Revealed: 'anti-oligarch' Ukrainian president's offshore connections | The Guardian - Oct 3, 2021 |
Report by the infamous Luke Harding!
It was a storyline that in earlier times would have seemed impossible. For four years, the actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy entertained TV audiences in Ukraine with his starring role in the sitcom Servant of the People. Zelenskiy played a teacher who, outraged by his country's chronic corruption, successfully runs for president. In 2019, Zelenskiy made fiction real when he contested Ukraine's actual presidential election and won.
On the campaign trail, Zelenskiy pledged to clean up Ukraine's oligarch-dominated ruling system.
The Pandora Papers, leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and shared with the Guardian as part of a global investigation however, suggest Zelenskiy is rather similar to his predecessors.
The leaked documents suggest he had - or has - a previously undisclosed stake in an offshore company, which he appears to have secretly transferred to a friend weeks before winning the presidential vote.
In a recent opinion piece for the Atlantic Council, Zelenskiy said his ultimate goal as president was to destroy "the traditional oligarchic order" and to replace it with a "fairer system". Critics, however, say Zelenskiy has failed to reform the state and embraced the same shadowy ways as his predecessors. EU auditors warned last month that "grand corruption and state capture" remained widespread in Ukraine.
Since entering politics Zelenskiy has been dogged by claims he is under the influence of Igor Kolomoisky, a billionaire whose TV channel screened Zelenskiy's show.
Fighting a Hybrid War with Hybrid Means: Zelensky Sanctions Pro-Russia Media and Parties | Wilson Center - Feb 22, 2022 |
Faltering fightback: Zelensky's piecemeal campaign against Ukraine's oligarchs | ECFR - July 6, 2021 |
On 12 March this year, Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, released a short appeal on YouTube called "Ukraine fights back". He declared that he was preparing to take on those who have been undermining the country - those who have exploited Ukraine's weaknesses in particular, including its frail rule of law. He attacked "the oligarchic class" - and named names: "[Viktor] Medvedchuk, [Ihor] Kolomoisky, [Petro] Poroshenko, [Rinat] Akhmetov, [Viktor] Pinchuk, [Dmitry] Firtash". He proceeded to address the oligarchs directly, asking, "Are you ready to work legally and transparently?" The president went on, "Or do you want to continue to create monopolies, control the media, influence deputies and other civil servants? The first is welcome. The second ends."
Ukrainians have heard this kind of talk before. Zelensky's predecessor, Poroshenko, also made `de-oligarchisation' a policy pledge. So, is this Groundhog Day, with the same empty promises, or is anything different this time? The signs are that some change may now be afoot in Ukraine, although it is proceeding in fits and starts, and with no small number of setbacks. And Ukraine's international situation is having a significant influence over this.
The wording reveals that Zelensky's démarche is as much about strengthening Ukraine's national security and handling its relations with Russia as it is about taking on corruption and improving his own standing. Since the start of the year, Russia has increased its pressure on Ukraine, leading Zelensky to seek help from the United States. And the arrival of the Biden administration means that, to receive American help, Zelensky must reduce his ties to his traditional oligarch partner, Kolomoisky, who is now under US sanctions. Once again, moves by Russia and the US have a direct influence on Ukraine's domestic political trajectory.
Ukraine Caught Between East and West, Red and Blue | Oct 3rd, 2019 |
Zelensky had no power to change the trajectory of events, he became a political football kicked and roughed up by both the Kremlin and the White House in conjunction with a disastrous US Congress. Hatred, covert action, feeding conspiracies in the mix, disinformation and a compliant Western media (re: Operation. Mockingbird) and decades, if not centuries of conflicts sealed the fate of the Ukrainian and Russian people. Shame! A global power play that will have a decisive impact for this century. The planet is starving, so too will the people trying to make ends meet and get food on the table.
After 8 Years, Maidan Massacre Unsolved
Unsolved Maidan massacre casts shadow over Ukraine | Atlantic Council - Feb 18, 2020 |
Imagine a European capital city where dozens of unarmed protesters are shot down in broad daylight. Now imagine that six years later, those responsible for the slaughter have still not been brought to justice. Inconceivable? Incredibly, this is precisely the situation in today's Ukraine, where scores of protesters participating in the country's
Revolution of Dignity Right Sektor Revolt were killed in the vicinity of Kyiv's Independence Square (Maidan) in late February 2014.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has inherited this thorny case from the previous administration of Petro Poroshenko, says that everything is being done to uncover the truth about these crimes. Emphasizing that he and his team have the political will and determination to see this through, he nevertheless cautions that enduring flaws in the legal system still stand in the way.
Zelenskyy acknowledged last week that the killings on Maidan remain "the most complicated case in our country." He told the media that evidence and documents have been lost, while the scene of the crime has been tampered with and "cleaned up." He could not say when those who gave the orders would be found ...
It is easy to understand why the Kremlin would encourage conspiracy theories about what actually occurred on Maidan. More surprising is the failure of the post-Maidan Ukrainian authorities to prioritize a credible and definitive investigation into the killings. Indeed, while the overall veracity of the "heroic narrative" has never been in doubt, the motives for this inaction by the Poroshenko administration, which some consider amounted to a de facto cover-up, have raised questions and invited further conjecture.
Maidan's importance as a turning point in modern Ukrainian history and as a catalyst for the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War mean that the unsolved killings will not go away. On the contrary, they will remain an open wound until the nation can achieve some kind of closure.
Anne Applebaum's Dull Conspiracy Existence | MofA - Feb. 28, 2014 |
Several diaries written at the time of the coup d'état ...
The "Snipers' Massacre" on the Maidan in Ukraine | Researchgate - 2015 |
This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of "snipers" targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered various videos and photos of armed Maidan "snipers" and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine.
Leaked Phone Call: Tymoshenko's 'Nuland' Moment? | RFERL - March 25, 2014 |
A crackly recording has been posted on YouTube that appears to catch former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko using salty language and calling for all Russians remaining on Ukrainian territory to be killed with an atomic weapon.
The publisher, "Sergiy Vechirko," alleges the call took place on March 18 -- two days after Crimea's referendum calling for reunification with Russia. He also identifies the speakers as Tymoshenko and the former deputy secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Nestor Shufrych.
The conversation is mostly in Russian, with Shufrych bemoaning the state of affairs in Crimea before Tymoshenko brusquely cuts him off, saying, "Screw it, we should take up arms and kill the goddamned katsaps" -- derogatory Ukrainian slang for Russians -- "along with their leader."
She adds, "I'm sorry I'm not there right now -- there's no way they would have gotten Crimea away from me."
Shufrych goes on to say that a mutual acquaintance, "Viktor," asked what Kyiv should do about the 8 million Russians still living on Ukrainian territory.
"We should hit them with an atomic weapon," Tymoshenko answers back.
Right Sektor Returns to Mass Protests and Violence In Kiev | by Oui - Oct 14, 2014 |
Ukrainian parliament to debate legalization of OUN-UPA on Oct. 14 | TASS/RT News |
The Verkhovna Rada will debate a draft law legalizing the OUN-UPA nationalistic organization and a possible ban on the Communist Party, a lawmaker said.
Oleh Tyahnibok, head of the parliamentary faction of the radical nationalistic party Svoboda (Freedom), said on his Facebook page that the draft law suggested recognizing OUN-UPA (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists -- Ukrainian Insurgent Army) members as "freedom fighters."
UPA fought mostly against the Armia Krajowa of Poland, the Red Army and Soviet guerrilla fighters in Western Ukraine. The OUN-UPA men, whom people began to call the Bandera men, by the name of their leader, are guilty of numerous crimes. For example, they physically destroyed some 100,000 Poles, Czechs and Jews in the Western Volyn Region. Thousands of Ukrainians, who refused to cooperate with OUN, were also brutally murdered. For all those crimes, as well as for terrorist activities on the Polish territory before the war, Bandera is now regarded as a criminal and terrorist in Poland.
To place this war and the Ukrainian far right in its historical context, Rania Khalek was joined by Tarik Cyril Amar, a historian from Germany, who is currently associate professor of history at Koc University in Istanbul, working on Russian, Ukrainian, and generally East European history.
Zelensky orders more weapons to save Mariupol
Former German defense minister Von der Leyen in her new role as EU Commissioner …
As the destruction of war continues, more empty promises … IOU
De-nazification near Mariupol, Donbas and Eastern Ukraine ...
⚡ #Russian Forces announce they will destroy the nazis in #Azovstal since they do not want to surrender.
#zelensky is definitely winning the PR war from the Russians ... all in all a very poor situation he got trapped in ... a lose-lose proposition over the last twelve months.