From Fort Russ
From The Guardian
January 16, 2017
Comments while meeting with Ukraine’s president came after Trump indicated he could end Crimea-related sanctions in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal
Vice-president Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, met Ukraine’s president on Monday and called on the incoming Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.
Biden’s comments at a briefing with President Petro Poroshenko came after Trump indicated in an interview with The Times and Bild that he could end sanctions imposed in the aftermath Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal.
Trump’s attitude to Russia and praise for President Vladimir Putin has been a consistently controversial feature of his rise to the White House, which will be completed with his inauguration in Washington on Friday.
US intelligence agencies believe Russia sought to covertly influence the US election in Trump’s favour and against the Democratic nominee, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Trump has recently admitted that he believes Russia did orchestrate such hacks, but has nonetheless fuelled a bitter feud with intelligence officials over the issue.
“The international community must continue to stand as one against Russian coercion and aggression,” Biden told reporters, standing alongside Poroshenko, in remarks which did not include reference to Trump by name.
“The Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.”
“Together with our EU and G7 partners,” Biden said, “we made it clear that sanctions should remain in place until Russia fully, emphasise fully, implements its commitments under the Minsk agreement.”
Poroshenko said Ukraine believed in good cooperation with the new US administration and urged sanctions to stay, without mentioning Trump’s remarks on a deal with Russia.
Andy Hunder, the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, said Kiev would have to put much time and resources into dealing with the new US administration.
“On 20 January Ukraine will be waking up to a new reality,” he told Reuters. “There is a concern in Kiev about how the new relationship will develop. It will require building new bridges to the influencers, the gatekeepers and decision-makers.”
Kiev has taken steps to win the good favour of the those calling the shots in the Trump administration. Days after the election in November, Poroshenko’s office started planning an official visit to Washington in early 2017.
A bipartisan group of US senators, including the Republicans John McCain and Marco Rubio, said last week they wanted to slap a wide range of sanctions on Russia over its cyber activities and actions in Ukraine and Syria. A sanctions bill with similar provisions is being written in the House of Representatives.
“Our job is to make sure this attention on Ukraine does not wane,” Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, Valeriy Chaly said on Wednesday.
As Biden left the room on Monday, a journalist asked if he thought the Trump administration would give Ukraine the same priority as he had. Biden gave a thumbs up.
“Hope springs eternal,” he said.
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From RT, 12-8-15
Ukraine is ready to support the US-led forces fighting Islamic State militants (former ISIS, ISIL) in Syria, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told media in Kiev on Monday. “I have already confirmed to [US Vice President Joe] Biden that Ukraine is ready to show maximum support to coalition forces in Syria,” he said. On Monday, Biden arrived in Kiev for a two-day visit and talks with Poroshenko. Following their meeting in Kiev, Biden urged Ukraine to work on reforms and announced new financial aid of $190 million.
From Fort Russ
September 26, 2015
Disclaimer: I do not know how graphic this video is.
by Emilie Defresne / on 21 July 2015
Translation from original French
We informed you in a previous article, the war between the nationalists against the oligarchs in Ukraine, the “nationalist” being themselves in the pay of some oligarchs.
Here’s the video of the shooting that took place in Mukachevo on July 11, killing four people (two members of Pravy Sektor and two civilians) and thirteen wounded:
Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, encouraged by the United States, decided to do away with the Right Sector that brought him to power agitating the people on Maidan Square and fomenting the coup, but manifested in recent times some inclination to repeat the operation against him.
Following the shooting which opposed him to a band more or less mafia of a deputy of parliament in Kiev, Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) was first taken refuge in a traffic police post at the entrance to the city, before leaving in the hills of Transcarpathia region, go underground.
An anti-terrorist operation was launched to capture Saturday, July 18 in the morning. The mountain rang all weekend firefights from both sides. Dmitro Iaroch, their leader, refusing to surrender.
“As stated by our guys in the woods, no one will take our right to conduct our last fight, he wrote on July 18 on Facebook. Intended for law enforcement: “I ask all my brothers in arms of the Ukrainian Army, National Guard, Security Services, Ministry of Interior and the Customs Service to disobey this criminal government. ”
Lately, this pro-European nationalist party had felt betrayed. Its leader Dmitry Yarosh denounced Western pressure and requested to stop “worshiping the European Union, this colossus with feet of clay. “He also threatened the government to redo a new Maidan specifying that this time, Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, do not escape them, unlike former President Yanukovych who, for his part, had found refuge in Russia . It even seems that the events of Mukachevo were actually intended to bring a new kind of Orange Revolution.
And Pravy Sektor would not be what it is if it did not see behind this drama which it is confronted, the shadow of the Republic of Donetsk:
“Not that criminelless local organizations active in the region, but also the Ryazan commando detachment. Their leader confirmed that his men were present. According to preliminary data we have more information on illegal traffic, sports complex also used as a training base for fighters DNR “said Andrei Charaskine, the spokesman Pravy Sektor.
One wonders what the Donetsk fighters could well be so far from their base in the Ukrainian … But chaos, everything is possible.
Demonstrations took place in Kharkov and Lvov shouting “Revolution! Death to the criminal regime! The revolution has no end ”
It can be seen that tensions in Ukraine multiply and come from different sides at once. But Poroshenko who put in the new government of foreigners entirely devoted to US interests, bases his authority and force abroad. Besides the US organized military maneuvers bringing together several nationalities, which will take place soon in western Ukraine.
Pending the outcome of the confrontation, in Mukachevo a significant military presence demonstrates the commitment of the management team in power in Kiev. The National Guard, so fierce in the Donbass against insurgents, moves in Mukachevo in combat vehicles, while helicopters flew over the area. Transcarpathia took on the appearance of war by military means usually deployed against the Republics of Novorossiya. Kiev fierce regime calls these military operations against its opponents in the West as in the East, “anti-terrorist operations.”
This regulation has dramatically between the accomplices of Maidan, moves border neighbors of Western Ukraine, Mukachevo is situated 150 kilometers from the Hungarian border. In Transcarpathia lives especially 150,000 ethnic Hungarians. Budapest is closely following developments:
“If the Hungarians in Transcarpathia were persecuted and they were forced to flee, we would help and would welcome all” promised M.Lazar, the Hungarian Prime Minister. Budapest which is developing support programs for Hungarians in Ukraine is also strengthening its border. In this context, the eventual persecution of the Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia, we escape a little … But who is not persecuted in Ukraine? The complexity of the situation in the country becomes opaque by the day, and turns to a civil war that could be generalized.
For the record, the Dnieper battalion emanates from the political party Pravy Sektor. He was one of the fiercest among those battalions rampant (or raged) against the population of Donbass in the east of the country, where civil war continues.
This movement of neo-Nazi extreme right is closely linked to nationalist party Svoboda, member of the coalition which came to power in Ukraine after the coup of Maidan in February 2014, also called second Orange Revolution. In January and February 2014, Pravy Sektor activists had participated in the occupation of public buildings, the looting of police arsenals and violence against the security forces. They are then activated in suppressing the rebellion of the New Russia, in the south-east.
Dmitri Yarosh, their leader, is probably still under the influence of a research mandate of Russian General Prosecutor’s Office. In Parliament, he had a few ambitions to be elected for president in 2014.
The National Guard was sent to fight in Mukachevo has its origin as Pravy Sektor, of the coup of Maidan. It is within agitators of Maidan Square that it drew to form an initiative of the Rada. It is under control of the Ministry of Interior, is the political police of the regime. While Pravyi sektor is or was the private militia of the oligarch governor of Dniepopetrovsk region, which he was forced to resign some weeks ago following a standoff with the chocolate oligarch of Kiev: Poroshenko.
Here Eric Zuesse writes a correction to his article June 7 http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-sidelines-kerry-on-ukraine-policy/5454038
War and Peace in Donbass: The Reversal of Kerry’s Ukraine Statement Came from Obama, Not Nuland
By Eric Zuesse, June 10, 2015
Posted on Global Research
When Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on May 15th contradicted her boss John Kerry’s statement of three days earlier, in which Kerry had warned Ukraine’s President Petro Petroshenko not to violate the Minsk II agreement, and not to invade Crimea, and not to re-invade Donbass, the source of this reversal was actually U.S. President Barack Obama, and not Victoria Nuland (as the State Department had reported).
When I first noticed the contradiction as I reported on May 21st, Nuland’s statement on May 15th was being quoted by Ukraine’s Interfax News Agency, without any link to its U.S. source. I looked but didn’t right away find its U.S. source, but the official Ukrainian news agency would not quote a U.S. Government official falsely, and so I went with the story on that basis.
Now that I have found the U.S. source in the full May 15th U.S. State Department press briefing in Washington, there can be little doubt that Nuland had actually been instructed by the White House to be quoted there as issuing this reversal of Kerry’s statement.
The press conference, by the Department’s press spokesperson Jeff Rathke, opened with an introductory statement in which he asserted:
Assistant Secretary Nuland’s ongoing visit to Kyiv and her discussions with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and President Poroshenko reaffirm the United States’ full and unbreakable support for Ukraine’s government, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and reiterate our deep commitment to a single Ukrainian nation, including Crimea, and all the other regions of Ukraine.
That’s all that was reported by Ukraine’s Interfax. Much later in the press conference, however, after reporters had asked him many questions about Iran, Burundi, Japan, Iraq, and other countries, but not Ukraine, one reporter finally asked a single (but unrelated) question about Ukraine, and, after answering it, Rathke interrupted the next reporter’s question, which was about Cuba, to ask all of the assembled press-stenographers, “I’m sorry, any other questions on Ukraine?” and, after not getting any such question, he simply went directly on to say:
I would – if I could take the opportunity, I would also just want to go back to what I said at the top, and just to review what has happened this week with regard to Ukraine. Secretary Kerry was in Sochi at the start of the week, where the Secretary was clear with Russia – President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov – about Ukraine and about the consequences for failing to uphold the Minsk commitments. Right after that discussion, he called President Poroshenko to update him and to reaffirm our support for Ukraine. He went from there immediately to the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Antalya, where he briefed them and also underscored the United States’ commitment when he met with Foreign Minister Klimkin in Antalya. Assistant Secretary Nuland is in Kyiv right now, and the message of all of these engagements is that we stand for the implementation of Minsk. We stand in support of the Ukrainian Government, President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, and the Ukrainian people. And I wanted just to make sure that I took that opportunity.
In other words: Kerry, after his statement on May 12th to Putin in Sochi, saying, about Poroshenko’s repeated warnings that Ukraine will retake both Crimea and Donbass —
“we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in that kind of activity, that that would put Minsk in serious jeopardy. And we would be very, very concerned about what the consequences of that kind of action at this time may be.”
— was taken to the woodshed by his boss, Obama; and the best way that could be decided upon to issue the reversal was by this indirect one, which would be sourced to his subordinate Nuland, so that Kerry himself wouldn’t have to be the person contradicting himself, and so that the blame for the actually anti-Minsk-agreement position of the U.S. President himself would go instead to Nuland, whom everybody already knows to be a “neo-conservative,” and a hardliner against Russia — and would definitely not go to the Nobel Peace Prize winning U.S. President, Barack Obama.
In other words: the President, who had been behind the February 2014 coup that instigated Russia’s defensive measure of protecting its main naval base (ever since 1783) in Crimea and so Russia’s accepting the overwhelming desire of Crimea’s residents on 16 March 2014 to become again a part of Russia (of which Crimea had always been a part until 1954), wanted to move forward again with the war in Ukraine, and with the resulting sanctions against Russia, all of which were part of Obama’s plan ever since at least the summer of 2013, when the organizing of the overthrow of Yanukovych had started at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.
The Minsk II agreement had been engineered by Merkel and Hollande of the EU, against the wishes and without the participation of Obama, and this is the sort of thing that Nuland had had in mind about the EU when she had told Geoffrey Pyatt, America’s Kiev Ambassador, on 4 February 2014, “F—k the EU!” and instructed him then whom to get appointed to run Ukraine after the coup (“Yats” Yatsenyuk), which coup then culminated 18 days later, onFebruary 22nd. (Yatsenyuk received the official appointment on February 26th.)
This likewise explains the reason why Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, as I reported on June 7th, said again, on June 5th, that Ukraine will retake both Crimea and Donbass. He has Obama’s wind to his sails on this (and not only Nuland’s).
So: the war will continue, as Obama wants, and probably the resistance to it on the part of the EU will continue to be ineffectual and half-hearted.
And the sanctions against Russia, for responding as it must to Obama’s actions, will also continue, which is also part of Obama’s original plan. (What was not part of Obama’s plan, however, was the continued survival of millions of the residents in Donbass, the former region of Ukraine that had voted 90%+ for the man, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Obama overthrew. But Obama evidently has not given up his goal of eliminating them.)
The people who say that Obama doesn’t have a plan are simply ignoring it. The evidence is very clear what the plan is. And it is succeeding: it’s a war-plan against Russia.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and