The government of Ukraine has fallen, Arseniy Petrovych Yatsenyuk has been chosen to be the interim prime minister, and extreme right-wing groups have taken their share of power. The Yatsenyuk government in Kiev has so far banned the Russian language from official use and is promising closer cooperation with the West, NATO, the EU, and the IMF. Yatsenyuk has already been begging in Washington, DC to John Kerry and Barack Obama.
What does all this mean for Ukraine?
First off, Ukraine has still not been invited to join NATO or the EU, and they shouldn’t hold their breath!
The EU is bankrupt, they have nothing to offer. What are they going to give Ukraine, for God sakes?
Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski: ‘Moscow Needs Our Money’, from der Spiegel:
Sikorski: …whether they are in the East, Ukraine or in Belarus, we cannot forget that there are people who live in these places who feel like Europeans and aspire to be a part of the EU.
SPIEGEL: Why are the Poles so highly engaged in this conflict?
Sikorski: The Ukrainians are our neighbors. They are fighting for the same things we did back in 1989 – for a country that is more democratic, less corrupt and is European.
One comment on this article summarizes the situation nicely:
ronald_thomas_west 03/10/2014 “we cannot forget that there are people who live in these places who feel like Europeans and aspire to be a part of the EU” … when common Ukrainians hear this sort of nonsense from leadership in the EU, they are convinced they will receive all of the benefits of EU membership, including visa-free travel to Western Europe. Of course nothing could be further from the truth and these fantasies fed to people who will be ultimately disappointed will turn the Western Ukraine’s antipathy to Russia into antipathy to the western democracies, because the common Ukrainian will have felt stabbed in the back, not only by Poland but also by Germany. The honest facts are, the EU ‘association’ agreement will not even come close to integrating Ukraine to the EU as a real member state but the politicians never seem to say this in any clear way for those Ukrainians who looks to integrate to Europe in a practical way a working class person can relate to. Spiegel and other western media should examine their role in propagating statements that amplify false hopes.
Is the new boss any better than the old boss?
If the Maidan protesters had any sort of action plan in case of success apart from a desire to distance Ukraine from Russia and possibly join the EU, one might reasonably assume that they wanted somehow to improve their economy. No evidence of an actual plan, however, has thus far emerged.
‘One gang replaced another’: Maidan losing faith in Kiev coup leaders, from RT:
…despite their claims, the new leaders have been failing those who brought them to power in the first place.
Escobar: Kiev coup is tequila sunrise revolution with neo-Nazi flavor, from RT:
The coup in Kiev has resulted in a much more active role in the government for extreme right-wing groups…
…and an unelected government bent on receiving IMF loans and implementing harsh austerity measures.
Yatsenyuk: “We must quickly reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in order to rehabilitate our economy.”
The March of Austerity into Ukraine
“The parliament’s primary task is to ask countries that are guarantors of our security to fulfill their commitments,” he (The Kiev regime’s unelected president, Oleksandr Turchynov) said.
The announcement came amid talks in Kiev with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to impose deep cuts on Ukrainian workers to plug Ukraine’s 50 billion hryvnia ($5.4 billion) budget deficit. The vast wealth of Ukraine’s oligarchs, which has been left untouched by the fascist-led putsch, is not to be harmed. Rather, plans are for workers to pay with cuts to pensions and energy subsidies that are critical to keep home heating affordable.
The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun:
According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.
The article below breaks down the looting in greater detail.
Crimean leaders blame Kiev for selling Ukraine off for IMF loans, from The Voice of Russia:
…the country’s entire gas pipeline system will be handed over for free in the American company Chevron’s ownership the moment the basic agreement is signed, while the owners of the Mariupol, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk steel mills will be obliged to surrender their 50% stakes to Germany’s Ruhr.
The Donbass coal industry will be handed over to Ruhr’s subsidiary in Finland…
Kyiv has pledged to make territory available near Kharkiv to host US missile defense systems and a wing of American fighter jets to provide cover for the missile defense installations…
Ukraine’s interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has assured the West that Kiev will fulfill all of the IMF’s terms in order to secure a loan, Kovitidi said.
Gas prices for municipal companies will have to be increased by 50% and for private will double.
Electricity tariffs will be raised by 40%, housing utility tariffs will be raised, too, gasoline excises will go up 60% and transportation tariffs 50%, while state support for childbirth will be cancelled, the free distribution of textbooks will be annulled at schools and the VAT relief will be scrapped in rural regions…
VAT will be introduced on medications, which will push up prices and bring citizens’ living standards down,” Kovitidi said.
“The planned annulment of the moratorium on the sale of farmland looks appalling. The selloff of Ukraine’s black soil zone, including to foreign countries, may have disastrous economic and social consequences,” she said.
Washington’s Man Yatsenyuk Setting Ukraine Up For Ruin, from Forbes:
“Yatsenyuk was saying that what the Greeks did to themselves we are going to do ourselves,” said Signorelli. “He wants to follow the Greek economic model. Who the hell wants to follow that?”
If conditions persist, Ukraine will soon no longer be able to pay public pensions and salaries.
What will the West do about Russia?
The easy answer here would be – do nothing! Butt out! America has an economy in ruins and no national interests connected with Ukraine. Not one dime, nor one drop of American blood, should be wasted on this revolution of ex-boxers, fascists, and IMF beggars. Europe should also follow a similar path. There was never any intention of having Ukraine in the European Union and there is no need, as this kind of alliance would benefit neither Ukraine nor Europe. If you don’t believe me, ask the Greeks! Ukraine’s future in the EU, if it had one, would be little more than that of a giant sweatshop for Europe – at least for those who wouldn’t immediately pack up and leave for low-wage employment in Germany.
But doing nothing would be too easy and too sensible. That will never do for the West’s “do-something” class. The politicians, thinktanks, and foundations always have to do something, even if it amounts to nothing:
The west’s do-somethings will do nothing for Ukraine, from The Guardian:
…the familiar cold buffet of messages, warnings, deterrents, red lines, sanctions, gestures, carrots and sticks. To the do-something persuasion appearance is crucial, because appearances are cheap. Thus Barack Obama “must not appear weak”, Nato must give “a clear signal”, the EU must appear united. The air is thick with unacceptables, inexcusables and intolerables.
John Kerry, must decline to meet his Russian counterpart. Lots of people must refuse to attend Olympics and conferences – a sanction of peculiar savagery to any do-something.
The politician’s syllogism, also known as the politician’s logic or the politician’s fallacy, is a logical fallacy of the form:
We must do something
This is something
Therefore, we must do this.
“A definite hardness”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced Russia for “stealing” Crimea before an assembly of parliamentarians of her Christian-Democratic Union (CDU), in a speech that participants described as “emotional.”
Calling for “a definite hardness” in dealing with Russia, Merkel said, “The procedure in Crimea is an annexation that one cannot allow Russia to get away with.”
And so, the US and the EU will roar and bluster over Crimea, Obama will give a billion to Ukraine here, and Jose Barroso will give 11 billion there…
if (Kiev) agrees a deal with the IMF, which normally includes drastic austerity measures.
But surely the EU countries already suffering under the weight of austerity must be wondering where Barroso suddenly finds cash like that to throw around? As Dr. Webster Tarpley aptly put it, if I were a Greek, I’d say, “no way, Jose!”
In the end, the West will probably do something, more than likely something stupid, if for no other reason than a blind, misguided hatred of Russia:
One can only hope that what they do doesn’t lead to a military confrontation between nuclear powers. Then again, world wars can be triggered over the most inane of events, and the Euro-Maidan protests certainly apply.