BERLIN/KIEV | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV (Own report) - Over the weekend, Brussels and Kiev confirmed that the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine will be delayed for at least another year, to facilitate negotiations with Russia. Even though the ratification ceremony will be held Tuesday, the agreement will not go into effect before the end of 2015, providing enough time for discussing - and possibly respecting - Russian misgivings. For years, the Russian government has been saying that it could expect billions in economic losses, should the association agreement take effect, as planned. If no mutual agreement is reached, Russia would find itself compelled to take retaliatory economic measures. Berlin and Brussels have always bruskly rejected any negotiations with Moscow on the matter. Now, they have declared their acceptance, only because Kiev is facing economic breakdown and even total collapse, if Russia implements its announced measures. Because Ukraine's economic output could shrink as much as 10 percent this year, the country will probably need billions in new loans. How energy supply can be secured for the harsh Ukrainian winter, is completely unclear. Already at the end of November 2013, Moscow and Kiev had proposed negotiations. If Berlin and Brussels would not have ruthlessly tried to enforce their interests, Ukraine would possibly have been spared the disastrous social, economic, and political consequences. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - The publication of the preliminary report on the crash of Boeing MH17 in eastern Ukraine, has left crucial questions unanswered. For example, the report gives no indications of what sort of projectiles had hit the aircraft. This would be important for reconstructing whether the MH17 was actually shot down from a position on the ground. On-site forensics, which would have facilitated the investigation, had already been halted weeks ago, due to the Kiev government troops launching attacks on rebel positions in the immediate vicinity of the crash site. While resolving the cause of the crash is being delayed, NATO is loosing no time in its planning and carrying out military maneuvers. Over the past few days, the Alliance has held maneuvers in Baltic countries bordering on Russia - with German participation. More maneuvers are planned for today and over the next few days. The scenarios range from wars of intervention and occupation à la Afghanistan, to controlling maritime regions, to conflicts with militarily powerful nations, such as Russia. In reference to this latter scenario, NATO is planning a transition to a new type of warfare, according to the US military. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - Five months after the Kiev coup, vigorously supported by Berlin, a rightwing extremist party may become pro-Western Ukraine's strongest political force. According to a recent survey, the Radical Party, of the ultra-rightwing politician, Oleh Lyashko, could currently expect 23, 2 percent of the votes. Lyashko made himself a name with his brutality against the Kiev regime's eastern Ukrainian opponents. He is also co-founder and supporter of the Azov Battalion, a militia of over one hundred - mainly fascist - combatants, including a Swedish Neo-Nazi sniper. He has reported that other snipers had already been in action for the opposition during the Maidan protests. It has never been revealed, who fired the fatal shots on February 20. In this highly charged atmosphere, the Ukrainian government is taking steps that indicate a political cultural development even further to the right. It is planning to censure films and books from Russia or to restrict their sales. Outlawing the Communist Party, as fascists have already demanded, is being processed. This development is also due particularly to German interventions in Kiev. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - After a jetliner was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, influential German foreign policy experts have begun calling for a military intervention, which may include German Bundeswehr units. "A Blue Helmet mission under the umbrella of the United Nations" should now be taken into consideration, declared Andreas Schockenhoff, Co-Chair of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag. "Germany may also be asked" to contribute troops. For the Chairman of the Bundestag's Defense Commission, Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), a Blue Helmet mission is also "conceivable." It is yet unclear, who bears responsibility for downing the jetliner. This is not an essential question for him, as past experience with Western interventions have shown: The EU and the USA must politically establish the facts. The war against Yugoslavia was justified with a massacre. Substantial doubts about central aspects of this massacre still persist. The sniper killings on Kiev's Maidan Square on February 20 have never been elucidated, once they served as legitimation for overthrowing the government of President Yanukovych. Suspicions persist that sectors of today's governing Maidan opposition may have played decisive roles in these murders; however that is of no interest to the West. On the contrary, there have never been political consequences for a US warship's downing of an Iranian airliner in 1988. more…

BERLIN/KIEV | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV (Own report) - In the West's hegemonic struggle against Russia, German government advisers are calling for close military ties between Ukraine and the Western war alliance. According to a recent paper published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Ukraine's direct accession to NATO would be counterproductive and should not be sought. This, however, should not impede an intensification of cooperation, joint military maneuvers and, in the long run, the country's arms build-up in favor of the West. In its paper, the SWP is proposing a "Finnish model" for Ukraine's future: Finland is not an official member of a military alliance, but has close ties with NATO and is practically allied with the West. Similarly, Kiev could combine a formal "non-alignment" with close partnership with NATO. The US foreign policy mainstream is sharing this view: Ukraine's NATO membership is seen as too risky because it could push the country into the ultimate abyss and - In the long run - heavily incriminate the Eastern members of this war alliance. The plans for closer cooperation between NATO and Ukraine are accompanied by intensified military activities in East European NATO member countries. more…

BERLIN/KIEV | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV (Own report) - German foreign policy experts are expressing their approval of Kiev's putsch regime's recent escalation of warfare against the East of Ukraine. It is "evident" that "Kiev … had to again become active," declared the influential diplomat and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whose regime bears responsibility for the current artillery and aerial attacks on eastern Ukrainian cities, was guest speaker at yesterday's Charlemagne Prize award presentation ceremonies. The German media praised him accordingly. The Ukrainian President-elect, the Oligarch Petro Poroshenko, would like to lead Kiev into a "security alliance" with the West and soon sign the economic segment of the EU's Association Agreement. Ukraine has already begun the necessary preparations: Austerity measures, which will massively increase the unemployment rate and entail a dramatic rise in prices, have been initiated. German business circles are preparing for their economic expansion into that country. If Kiev can take control over eastern Ukraine with military means, new conflicts could arise: The interests of the expanding German industry would collide with those of Ukrainian oligarchs. more…

BERLIN/KIEW | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEW (Own report) - With Petro Poroshenko's election to the Ukrainian presidency, the restoration of Ukrainian oligarchs under German-US hegemony is nearing completion. With his alleged US $1.6 billion in assets, Poroshenko is considered the seventh richest in the country, reigning over several Ukrainian companies. Other oligarchs before him, have been named to office in the country since it has taken a pro-western orientation. For example, the governors of the economically significant Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk Oblasts are among the richest Ukrainians. Before the election, Poroshenko had been in consultation with another oligarch in Vienna, who is said to have close ties with Putin. He cannot leave that city because of a US arrest warrant. The contents of these consultations, which allegedly also touched on the Ukrainian elections, have been kept secret. Rinat Akhmetov, however, the richest Ukrainian, has made himself indispensable, by taking steps - in consultation with Berlin - to stabilize eastern Ukraine. In a pro-western Ukraine, the oligarch's increasing predominance - fought tooth and nail during the first Maidan protests - now also contains the additional element of fascist rule. more…

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV | | ungarnukraine

BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV (Own report) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's demand that the putsch regime in Kiev adopt the German model of ethnic minority policy is creating strong tensions. At the beginning of his third term in office, Orbán declared that Ukraine must grant the Hungarian speaking minority special rights based on ethnicity, including the right to acquire Hungarian citizenship. Partisans of the putsch regime have shown understanding for Kiev's strong protests: Kiev cannot admonish Russia's engagement on behalf of its "compatriots" in Ukraine, while simultaneously allowing Budapest to do the same thing. Orbán's ethnic demands are in fact equivalent to the special rights imposed by Berlin for the "German ethnic minority" in Poland. Berlin claims that hundreds of thousands of people living in Poland are allegedly "German citizens" - and have the right to vote in Germany. Not only is Budapest exacerbating this German ethnic policy in its foreign policy, but it is also demonstrating the radical forms ethnic orientation can take in a European country today in its domestic policy. Berlin, according to experts, supports this development with "critical solidarity." more…

BERLIN/KIEV/MUNICH | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV/MUNICH (Own report) - The reinforcement of fascist forces in Ukraine, under the aegis of the putsch regime in Kiev, is having repercussions on its German supporters. The commemoration of a Ukrainian supporter of the Holocaust has ignited a debate in Munich. The "question" is being raised in the press, whether the commemoration of "a fascist freedom fighter"[sic!] should be publicly honored. Kiev's Minister of Education, a graduate of Munich's "Ukrainian Free University," takes up the defense of the supporter of the Holocaust in the German media. The fascist "Pravy Sektor" ("Right Sektor") militia is intensifying its relations with rightwing extremists in several European countries, including Germany. The organization that had participated in the Odessa Massacre has ties to violence-prone neo-Nazis in Sweden as well as to Germany's NPD. Whereas the leader of this organization insists he is working closely with Ukraine's official repressive authorities, the media is reporting that these authorities are also supported in their brutal repressive measures ("anti-terror operations") against the insurgents in Eastern and Southern Ukraine by the CIA and FBI. Evidence of a BND involvement remains unconfirmed. more…

ODESSA/BERLIN | | ukraine

ODESSA/BERLIN (Own report) - The unprecedented disinformation campaign being waged by the leading German media has reached a new climax with its reporting on the murder of more than 40 people in Odessa. In the Ukrainian metropolis of a million inhabitants, the Trade Union House "caught fire" - "a catastrophe," whose cause is still unknown. This is how it was reported immediately following the fire, on May 2. Even though supporters of the putschists in Kiev could be seen hurling Molotov cocktails at those barricaded inside the Trade Union House on international press agency photos, key German media organs chose to publish the Ukrainian intelligence services' falsified bulletins claiming that "Moscow" was responsible for the crimes. Those murdered were among a group of demonstrators calling for regional autonomy. They had fled their attackers and were chased into the Trade Union House, blocked inside and left to a gruesome death by suffocation. more…