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Poroshenko, where is Ukraine now?
Poroshenko, where is Ukraine now?
During his speech, Poroshenko demonstrated a brilliant capacity to play with facts, to garble them and to skew history in his own favor. It’s important to focus on some of his declarations.
Poroshenko talked about the people of Ukraine that stood up to the corrupt regime of Yanukovych during the bloody events on Maidan, apparently forgetting or deliberately dissembling that once he was a part of this regime. He also forgot to mention that he was a part of the regime of Yushchenko that, according to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index was also seen as relatively corrupt.
It seems that the Ukrainian people have just replaced one corrupt,
Poroshenko speculated on Russia’s will to protect ethnic
Russians and Russian speakers, saying that for this purpose
it is even eager to fan the flames of war. He cited
as an example
Poroshenko talked about his country and its people as if they had a long history, while its history starts only with the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was never such political and social formation as Ukraine before the Soviet Union consolidated the separate lands into Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic that got the name of the Ukrainian Republic after the U.S.S.R.’s collapse. Also, Crimea was given to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954 as what was widely seen as a gift. At that time, Khrushchev could hardly have imagined that the huge country would finally fall into pieces. That decision was criticized and the loss of Crimea was very painful in the 1990s. For sure it doesn’t add credibility to the Crimean return back to Russia, however it is rather understandable, I feel.
The dramatic situation in the country doesn’t prevent the Ukrainian president from declaring Ukraine a democratic state and doesn’t stop him from talking about democracy and from putting his country on the same level as the U.S., saying «democracies must support each other." He insisted that «in Ukraine, you don’t build a democracy — it already exists. You just defend it!»
So, according to Poroshenko’s words, Kiev’s military
crackdown on the
Such declarations undermine the whole concept of democracy. He talked about the glorious fight for freedom and insisted on the presence Russian aggression as if Kiev’s forces were fighting directly with the Russian army. He convinced the audience that it was Russia which intervened. He depicted Russia as the greatest evil of the modern world and pressed for more sanctions to be imposed against it. He said exactly what the Americans and the U.S. political establishment, as well as NATO, would like to hear.
He told Congress the stories of The Heavenly Hundred, about some
warriors who lost their lives fighting between separatist and aggressor.
Civilians are dying because of the actions of the Ukrainian army
in Donetsk or Lughansk, it is not only the «rebels»
or «separatists." It seems, however, that Poroshenko didn’t find
it appropriate to commemorate them in his speech while
commemorating his own heroes, telling only
The speech, I feel, was truly hawkish, nationalist, and tough.
Poroshenko was trying to be impressive on the
Apparently the U.S. understands all the possibilities and consequences
of the further escalation of tensions with Russia. Lethal aid could
force unpredictable steps on Russia’s side with more unpredictable
consequences. The stakes are high, but the risks are much higher. Moreover,
taking into account numerous problems with the spread of ISIS, the U.S.
is mostly interested in at least a temporary
While the U.S. will connive at Kiev’s leaders growing
Maria Dubovikova is a
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