News from Ukraine on May 03 – May 04 – May 05, 2014


May 3 – Provocations in Odessa, which caused numerous casualties, came as a result of the operation, implemented and coordinated by Russia, said Dmytro Tymchuk, Director of the Center for Military and Political Research. “Since mid-April, our sources in the Republic of Moldova registered the arrival of groups of athletic looking young men in Chisinau. These men later travelled further into Transnistria and were accompanied by the officers of Federal Security Service (FSS) of Russian Federation”, writes Tymchuk. Approximately 1700 Russian servicemen and 2200 representatives of various Russian organizations (coordinated by FSS) were located in Transnistria at the end of April. Out of the total number of Russian servicemen, approximately 800 people are officers of Main Intelligence Directorate of Russian Armed Forces. Some of these terrorists were transferred to Odesa. Approximately 50 people died during a provocation organized by these officers in Odesa on May 2nd. There are some foreigners among the dead. The provocation was funded by former members of the Yanukovych’s government – Klymenko and Arbuzov – who are hiding in Russia.

May 3 – Anti-terrorist operation (ATO) is in its active phase in Kramatorsk. According to data received by the Ministry of Internal Affairs as a result of radio interceptions, a group of terrorists was given a command to change into black clothing and shoot to kill civilian population, imitating the actions of the Ukrainian militia, stated Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

May 3– Russia has prohibited Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering Crimea. “By prohibiting the leader of Crimean Tatars and well-known human rights activist Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering his homeland, Russian authorities have created yet another challenge for this long-suffering nation”, stated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

May 3 – Terrorists have freed OSCE officers at the “request” of Putin’s special envoy Vladimir Lukin. Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has intercepted Lukin’s conversation with the leader of terrorists who abducted the inspectors, indicating that Moscow controlled both the abduction and the “release”.

May 4 – Russian Federation is significantly strengthening its military positions on Crimean peninsula by transferring aircraft and military units there. In the same manner Russia is increasing its presence in the unrecognized Transnistria Republic. Thus Russia creates a “ring of tension” around Ukraine.

May 4 – Anti-terrorist operation (ATO) is continuing in Donbas region. Broadcasting of Ukrainian TV channels has been renewed in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. However, these cities have not been completely cleared of pro-Russian terrorists. Mariupol has been freed from terrorists.

May 4 – 46 people have died as a result of an attack by pro-Russian separatists on a peaceful rally “For United Ukraine” in Odesa. Events in Odessa are only a “warm-up” by pro-Russian terrorist before a terrorist attack, planned for May 9th by Russia, said said Dmytro Tymchuk, Director of the Center for Military and Political Research. In order to protect the city, Ukrainian territorial defense battalion (special army unit consisting of 400 people) is being created in Odesa.

May 4 – Prosecutor’s office of Crimea (Russian authority) has begun the persecution of Crimean Tatars who greeted their leader Mustafa Dzhemilev at the border of Ukraine and Crimea on May 3rd. Dzhemilev wasn’t allowed to enter Crimea. Crimean “prosecutor-marionette” Natalia Poklonska warned the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars that in case of further disobedience, the Mejlis will be dissolved and its activities – prohibited.

May 4 – The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has reported about attempts to poison local residents and Ukrainian military through food supply. Experts believe that this is one of subversive activities being implemented in Ukraine by the agents of sabotage and intelligence groups of the Russian Federation.

May 5 – Volodymyr Yermolenko: “Most recent analysis of events in Odessa shows that people died not as a result of fire, were not “burnt alive” but were killed in a different way – gas, choked to death, shot dead, etc. Russian sites which also spread this information, blame “the Right sector” – but it is absolutely impossible to figure out how this demonized “Right sector” could have appeared inside a building near the camp of the pro-Russian forces. How? Were their invisibles? Were they wearing Russian symbols and imitating pro-Russian activists all this time? – All seems to show on a horrible inhumane massacre by Russian infiltrated security forces aimed to convince the world that “fascists” are acting in Ukraine. – But we commemorate the dead, they are our common victims, this is our joint tragedy.”

May 5 – Council for Civil Society and Human Rights (under the aegis of the President of Russian Federation) found that 30% of the Crimea residents attended the referendum regarding the status of Crimea. Only half of these residents voted for Crimea to join Russia. Thus the fate of the peninsula was decided by 15% of Crimean residents.

May 5 -Subversive group led by “Strielok” (Igor Girkin) plans to steal explosives from the mines in order to detonate Karlovskwater reservoir in Donetsk Oblast, informs Security Service of Ukraine (SSU).

May 5 -A fight with a large group of terrorists (800 fighters) has taken place near Sloviansk. Ukrainian military destroyed an equipped train which was supposed to transport terrorists out of Sloviansk. SSU continues to detect and neutralize pro-Russian snipers, who are stationed in important defensive points. 6 people have died and 30 have been injured near Sloviansk. Saboteurs have shot down another Ukrainianhelicopter.

May 5 – Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ukraine RuslanKoshulynskyi has stated that there are subversive groups present in Western Ukraine.

May 5 -Militia officers have set up nine major roadblocks at the entrances to Kyiv in order to avoid provocateurs arriving for May 9th.

Alexander J. Motyl

Vladimir Putin appears determined to disrupt the May 25th presidential elections in Ukraine.

The dictator and his warlords have already gone on a rampage in eastern Ukraine’s Putinstans: they control two cities, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, and occupy administrative buildings in several others. Their efforts to destabilize Ukraine will continue, but Putin’s warlords will likely share the fate of terrorists the world over and fail to stifle the people’s voice.

In the absence of a full-scale war, the elections will take place, they will be fair and free, the international community will recognize them as such, and they will move Ukraine along the road to democracy. After all, Ukrainians want to vote and Kyiv wants them to vote. According to a recent poll conducted by the International Republican Institute, “Despite the fact that 64 percent of respondents believe Russia will try to disrupt or discredit the May 25 presidential election, an overwhelming 84 percent said they either will or are likely to vote. Although enthusiasm for the presidential election is highest in the west (91 percent) and center (92 percent), a majority in all regions say they either will or are likely to vote, 79 percent in the east and 62 percent in the south.”

As Russia tries to stop a genuinely democratic, internationally recognized, fair and free ballot, it risks what little reputation it has left. No one, anywhere, will be able to hang on to the illusion that Putin’s fascistoid regime is a constructive force-for peace, for democracy, or, indeed, for anything that normal, decent human beings could support. Even German business may have to agree that Putin’s Russia is a nasty piece of work.

Putin and his warlords must resort to terrorism precisely because they have so little support among the people they claim to be liberating from the “fascists” in Kyiv. According to the IRI poll:

Despite Russian propaganda and the claims of pro-Russia militants that Russian-speaking citizens need protection from Moscow, an overwhelming majority of respondents (85 percent) oppose Moscow sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens.

This overwhelming majority opposed to Russian intervention extends to every region (97 percent, west; 94 percent, center; 69 percent, east; 75 percent, south), to all age groups (18-29 year olds, 85 percent; 30-49 year olds, 85 percent; 50 and older, 85 percent), and to men and women (men, 84 percent; women, 86 percent). In addition, 68 percent of Russian-speaking citizens oppose military intervention by Moscow…

When asked if it was necessary for the Russian military to come into eastern and/or southern Ukraine to protect Russian speakers and ethnic Russians, an overwhelming majority (88 percent) said no. That majority was seen across all regions of the country, 98 percent in the west, 95 percent in the center, 73 percent in the east, and 86 percent in the south.

Lacking popular support in Ukraine, Putin’s warlords will do what terrorists do: seize buildings, promote anti-Semitism, imprison and kill opposition leaders, attack Roma and other minorities, take neutral observers and journalists hostage, and abuse the population of whichever cities or towns they terrorize. One especially brutal terrorist, the warlord of the Sloviansk Putinstan, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, recently told a female journalist the following: “We’ll adopt all necessary measures to prevent elections in the southeast from taking place. We’ll take someone prisoner and hang him by his balls. Got it?” It was Ponomaryov’s terrorist pals who, under the leadership of the Russian intelligence officer Igor Strelkov, took hostage a group of OSCE military inspectors on April 25th.

Although Putin and his slippery foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, will tell the world that the warlords have the support of the people, no one will believe them. Just as no one believes that al-Qaeda or the Taliban represent the people. Indeed, as Putin’s terror bands operate in Ukraine ahead of the elections, expect policymakers, journalists, and, most important, residents of the terrorized regions to reach the obvious conclusion: that Putin and his warlords are depriving the people of their voice, their livelihoods, and their lives.

Once that connection is made, watch eastern Ukrainian sentiment turn decisively against Putin. Ukrainians will be determined to vote precisely because Putin and his warlords want them not to vote. Watch Putin’s supporters in Russia scratch their heads and wonder why they voted for a loose cannon. Putin doesn’t know it yet, but his criminal decision to set up Putinstans could herald his own demise.

Is it possible that Putin’s terror will disrupt or shut down the elections? Why should it? Elections take place in extreme circumstances all the time. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite the best efforts of terrorists and warlords, Iraqis and Afghanis regularly go to the polls, thereby rebuffing warmongers and violence peddlers. Ukraine need only make sure its elections are fair and free-and with the good-faith effort of the democratic government in Kyiv and the technical assistance of the United States, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the May 25th ballot will be fair and free and the people’s choice will be legitimate.

Putin will insist that the poll was illegitimate. But he’s been saying that all along, so why would anyone expect him to change his tune-especially after he’s been exposed as a sponsor of terrorism? Besides, who cares what he says? How many people heed the pronouncements of Kim Jong-un and Bashar al-Assad on human rights and democracy?

So why listen to a fascistoid dictator who supports terrorism and warlordism? Why listen to the Kremlin’s illegitimate ruler rant and rave about the illegitimacy of a democratic process?

Remember: It’s not a democratic ballot in Ukraine that Putin fears most. It’s a democratic ballot-period.


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