Amazing! The situation in Ukraine has turned upside down!
The first shall be last and the last shall be first. The Bible
You may recall that Petro Poroshenko had tried really hard to derail Trump’s campaign. Like his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi, he put all his eggs in the Hillary basked and is now fighting for his (doomed) career.
But recently, the Congress, sensing Trump’s aversion to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who tried to derail his campaign, gave Trump a gift in the form of a healthy cut to the aid package it had intended to send to Kiev to kill hapless citizens there. Why do Americans not protest this lethal aid to paid killers? I will never understand it.
Meanwhile, sizing up the situation in the US, Putin decided to recognize official docs, eg, passports issued in Novorossia, thereby raising the status of these people closer to an internationally recognized independent region or nation.
Around this time, perhaps smelling blood in the water, the E. Ukraine pro-Russian republics of Lugansk and Donetsk decided to pull a fast one on Kiev – which had been shelling civilians in their territory for years and had been promised lethal aid by the US mafia known as Congress — and call their bluff. It seems Kiev had blockaded roads and railroads into and out of the Lugansk and Donbass People’s Republics in an effort to bring these runaways to heel. But instead the pro-Russians outsmarted these ninnies, an easy enough feat. They issued an ultimatum and said that if the Kiev government did not lift the blockade by a certain date, they would seize the major businesses and industries in their territory (they called it “external management” but it was a seizure, ie, nationalization of the industries). Now it seems these industries were vital to pay taxes, feed Western Ukraine and make Ukaine’s filthy-rich filthy-richer. You’d think a regime with normal intelligence would take this seriously and sit down to bargain with the rebels. But the entire world is still living in the past, when any regime anywhere, no matter how corrupt, could snap its fingers and get US aid for anti-Russian actions. And Ukraine rivals Haiti in corruption. But not this time, Kiev. Not only does the EU not want any parts of you, but the US is getting fed up with your sniveling, whining Poroshenko.
The ultimatum deadline came and went and the Lugansk and Donbass leaders [President Igor Plotnitsky in Lugansk, Prime Minister Aleksander Zakharchenko in Donbass] kept their word. They seized the factories and immediately offered items like coal and other energy to Russia and others, in order to keep bread on the table. Now Western Ukraine gets to starve, just as it wanted E. Ukraine to starve – tit for tat. NOW, however, the Kiev government is faced with a humanitarian crisis of the kind it imposed on the rebels. What went around came around. McCain and Soros were fighting like mad to achieve that lethal aid to kill civilians in Donbass and Lugansk. But they, as well as their partner in crime, Petro Petroshenko, are left with a well-deserved punishment of their own making.
Redneck pickup trucks used to travel thru my old rural neighborhood with bumper stickers emblazoned with the words: Payback is a b—tch.
And so it is.
But read about it below.
The long-awaited meeting between Petro Poroshenko and Donald Trump, expected to take place late last month, never materialized. Instead, the leaders ended up holding telephone talks, details of which remained undisclosed. Ukrainian observers are concerned that Trump’s cold shoulder indicates that Washington’s patronage for Kiev is coming to an end.
The following is not my translation, just a copy-paste, although I polished it a bit.
The introduction in the LDPR of external control of former facilities of the Ukrainian oligarchs can pose a serious threat to the regime in Kiev if the Republics are able to demonstrate a higher economic growth than Ukraine, believes Vasily Volga, the leader of the «Union of Left Forces» and the former deputy of the Verkhovnaya Rada.
If this experiment fits into the system of international payments and budget forming enterprises of the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] and LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic] begin to work for the budgets of the Republics with a population of no more than 3 million people, their budget will double the budget of Kiev where almost 4 million people live.
It may happen that these two small unrecognized republics, which are now experiencing enormous difficulties in the social sphere, will turn into something that can be compared to Catalonia in Spain. The DPR and LPR can become the leaders in GDP per capita. This will allow the authorities of these republics to maintain a level of social security, that Ukraine has never dreamed of.
Yesterday, there was a real panic in Kiev. The Cabinet window were lit all night. There is one meeting after another there, and no one knows what to do about all this. It turns out that in the case of a real blockade, Ukraine is unable to survive not only without Russia, but even without Donetsk and Lugansk.
God forbid, there will be interruptions in the single energy complex. We have very high risks operating NPPs [nuclear power plants – Don]. In addition, last year the DPR and LPR paid 34 billion USD, if I’m not mistaken, to the Ukrainian budget. The loss of such a sum is an enormous loss for Ukraine, especially now that we have almost lost the right to the international credit. Moreover, we are still burdened with the court decision on payment of the so-called Yanukovich debt.
We are now witnessing interesting things. States do not die immediately – bang, they collapse – they die gradually. Of course, in historical retrospect, this occurs instantly. A few years for the state is a moment for man. But death within several years is what we are observing now.
I have recently had an opportunity to travel in Ukraine – the collapse of the transport infrastructure is reaching a peak. The majority of Ukrainian roads are not just worn out, they simply do not exist. The same thing is happening in the energy sector. Scheduled maintenance has not been conducted for three years, and such scheduled preventive maintenance is required on a quarterly basis.
Of course, we will live somehow. People lived somehow in the primitive communal system; they survived by gathering, dug up and ate roots. But our problem is that we live in an area saturated with high-tech facilities. If they are not maintained, if the state does not have the funds for it and the energy sector does not have enough power, we may end up not with gathering, but with rolling man-made disasters which will follow rolling blackouts.
In Ukraine, they talk about the stabilization, but it is a stabilization when, say, they have reached the bottom and, all of a sudden, there is a knock from beneath – I mean the LDPR [Lugansk-Donetsk People’s Republics] blockade.
This is how it started:
The Republics of Donbass, whose documents had been recognized by Russia the day before, go on the offensive.
Today, the LDPR authorities have put forward an ultimatum to official Kiev: if by Wednesday, March 1st, the blockade undertaken by the Ukrainian radicals is not stopped, Lugansk and Donetsk will nationalize all enterprises under the Ukrainian jurisdiction and redirect them to the cooperation with the Russian Federation.
This is announced in a joint statement by Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko.
‘Using the radicals, Kiev has organized and is continuing the blockade of railways, and threatening to block the road communication between the Republics of Donbass and Ukraine. This directly contradicts the spirit and letter of the Minsk Agreements and, in principle, characterizes the current authorities of Ukraine as unable to take care of the citizens. Many enterprises have been forced to stop their work as a result of the criminal actions of the Kiev authorities.
We have to declare that if by 00:00 on Wednesday (March 1st, 2017), the blockade is not lifted, we will introduce external management at all enterprises under the Ukrainian jurisdiction, working in the DPR and LPR. We will stop supplying coal to Ukraine. There is neither the capacity nor the payment scheme for the coal supply. We will re-construct all the production processes and direct them to the market of Russia and other countries. This was one of our first program promises at the time of the proclamation of our Republics,’ the document says.