Poroshenko Prepares for More War

 

Poroshenko Prepares for More War

 

by Stephen Lendman
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

 

Sustainable, durable peace in Donbass is pure fantasy. Obama won’t tolerate it. Poroshenko is a convenient US stooge.

 

His power depends on remembering who’s boss. Given his colossal failures to please the power installing him, his days perhaps are numbered.

 

He admitted Minsk terms won’t hold. They won’t “be strictly implemented,” he said.

 

In less than so many words he intends more war once his military regroups and rearms from the battering it took.

 

it suffered one major defeat after another – especially in Devaltseve. He introduced legislation authorizing a 250,000-strength force.

 

“The size of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in emergencies shall grow by the number of servicemen recruited for military service consistent with the mobilization decrees of the Ukrainian president,” he said.

 

In January, Ukraine’s illegitimate defense minister Stepan Poltorak said military budgeting will be 3.6 times greater than last year.

 

It’s when its only enemies are ones it invents at a time it’s bankrupt teetering toward economic collapse.

 

IMF and other Western funding alone maintain short-term solvency. For how long remains to be seen.

 

Ukraine is a black hole of fascist extremism, extreme repression, out-of-control militantly, scandalous corruption, and rage for more war against its own citizens.

 

An anti-populist budget passed without parliamentarians given a chance to read it.

 

It drastically cuts pensions. Retirees will get 15% less. Payments to tax, customs and regulatory body personnel are suspended.

 

Ukrainians already experience the world’s highest hyperinflation at over 270%. Since February 2014, the hryvnia currency lost around 70% of its value perhaps heading toward worthlessness.

 

Energy prices are skyrocketing. Henceforth, gas for heating will increase 230% to about $132 per 1,000 cubic meters. 

 

Gas for cooking will skyrocket from $43 to $263 per 1,000 cubic meters. Economic crisis conditions are worsening. 

 

Devastating austerity was imposed on millions of deeply impoverished Ukrainians to qualify for $17.5 billion in loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF funding.

 

Despite economic disaster, Poroshenko is preparing for more war. On March 4, RT International headlined “Ukraine replenishes Donbass tank supplies amid ceasefire.”

 

On the one hand, its military continues violating Minsk terms. So far, it refused to withdraw heavy weapons as stipulated. It’s repositioning them instead.

 

It’s adding reinforcements. It’s preparing for more war. Sporadic shelling continues. Colonel Cassad reports it’s targeting Donetsk’s airport and “sometimes tries to attack” it.

 

It perpetuates the myth of a strong military. Reality is a battered one desperately trying to regroup and rearm for more combat. 

 

Fascist lunatics operate this way – especially with encouragement from Washington.

 

RT reported Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom defense corporation saying it shipped T64B tanks to the defense ministry and national guard better able to withstand attacks than previous models.

 

A statement claimed they’re “ready to carry out missions in the anti-terrorist operation (AT) zone” – referring to Donbass.

 

Numbers of tanks supplied aren’t known – or payment terms. Ukroboronprom said new ones are equipped with better protective armor. According to a Latvian military source:

 

“In Ukraine, hulls of T-64 tanks are often severely damaged, with entire pieces of armor plucked out, and you can see that the damage is done along welding seams of the hull, while the rest of the armor plates left out bent.” 

 

“The most obvious explanation to the damages of Ukrainian armored vehicles is the poor quality of manufacturing.”

 

Donbass freedom fighters know ceasefire remains shaky at best. They’re ready to repel any future Kiev attacks. Overnight Tuesday, they reported eight Ukrainian military shelling incidents.

 

On March 4, Sergey Lavrov wasn’t encouraging. On the one hand, Kiev Minsk violations continue.

 

On the other, Lavrov said Contact Group members Russia, the OSCE and Ukraine were “urged to create working groups for reviewing all aspects of the Minsk agreements…as soon as possible.”

 

So far, Kiev hasn’t complied. It “refuse(s) the proposals of Donetsk and Luhansk, of the Russian side, to create such groups and announce their composition, trying to drag out the process. It is troubling,” said Lavrov.

 

“There should be no doubt that the documents from February 12 must be implemented fully.” 

 

“This includes immediately establishing working groups, starting work on a constitutional reform, restoring social and economic ties and so on.”

 

Kiev obstructionism shows it wants war, not peace. It’s just a matter of time before it resumes – with full US support and encouragement.

 

Expect Minsk II to accomplish no more than previous Russian initiated conflict resolution efforts.

 

War and peace decisions are made in Washington, not Moscow. Obama wants Donbass freedom fighters crushed. 

 

Expect renewed conflict at his discretion. Maybe this time with shock and awe Pentagon support.
In the meantime, Ukraine prepares for more war. It’s taking part in ongoing NATO Annual Crisis Management Exercises. 

 

They’re “designed to test (North Atlantic Council) procedures at the strategic political-military level,” according to NATO.

 

“The exercise rehearses decision-making processes using an entirely fictitious scenario” likely to be very real during US-led NATO’s next war.

 

Maybe targeting Donbass. Acting as Kiev’s air force. Destroying Novorossia the way Obama ravaged Libya.

 

Given Washington’s rage for permanent wars without end, expect the worst ahead.

 

Expect more mass slaughter and destruction – perhaps genocide before Washington’s Ukraine campaign ends.

 

Separately, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich blasted US policy, saying:

 

“We have noticed a remarkable fact. As soon as signs of a peaceful settlement of the severe Ukrainian crisis appear, Washington, that had a hand in last year’s coup in Kiev, starts to exacerbate the situation.”

 

“So this time, when the ceasefire regime agreed upon in Minsk on February 12 with assistance of Russian President Vladimir Putin is being implemented, Barack Obama’s administration is again issuing threats, announcing extension of the previously imposed sanctions and promising new ones – both against our country and against the DPR and LPR.”

 

“What is this if not an attempt to destroy the tenuous budding of trust between them and Ukrainian authorities, to undermine or even derail the peace process.”  

 

“The same applies to promises of massive American weapons supplies to Ukraine, indulging revanchist plans of Kiev’s ‘party of war.’ “

 

“We would really appreciate if the United States would finally start thinking about the consequences of its decisions and actions.” 

 

“Moreover, no sanctions will change Russia’s principal position. It is high time for Washington to realise it.”

 

According to Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, Moscow will do whatever is necessary to counter possible threats from Alliance involvement in Ukraine.

 

Mostly blaming Washington, he said some “NATO countries are adding fuel to the fire of this conflict.”

 

Deploying combat troops masquerading as instructors directly aids Kiev’s “party of war” intention to resolve crisis conditions “by military means.”

 

“It runs counter to NATO leadership statements (claiming) Ukrain(e’s) crisis has no military solutions,” Grushko stressed.

 

It bears repeating. Ukraine’s conflict is far from settled. It’ll resume at Obama’s discretion. 

 

Odds favor sometime this spring – perhaps Libya-style war using Kiev ground forces as US shock troops the way Washington uses ISIS in Syria.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

 

 

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Watch Ukraine Peace Talks LIVE

LIVE: “Normandy format” Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

 

Started on Feb 11, 2015

France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine hold a new round of talks on February 11 in Minsk, Belarus in order to attempt to find a political solution regarding the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The summit was arranged after leaders of the four countries discussed the ongoing conflict by telephone on February 8 and after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande visited Moscow last Friday for crisis talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Madame Merkel – Between Munich, Moscow, Washington and Minsk — Jet-setting for Peace or Propaganda?

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Angela-MerkelMadame Merkel attended on 6 February the 6-7 February NATO security Conference in Munich. Then, not listening to what Mr. Lavrov had to say to the conference on 7 February, she jetted with ‘General’ (as in Napoleon) Hollande of France to Moscow to meet ‘urgently’ with Mr. Putin on 7 February to initiate new peace / truce talks on Ukraine. Keeping the results largely under wraps, not to divulge to her own people or the rest of Europe, she stopped briefly over in Germany where she finally talked to Sergei Lavrov, before jetting on to emperor Obama for reporting and consulting.

What does the master say? We don’t know yet – eagerly awaiting the mainstream media spin. It should be hitting us shortly. – Next stop Minsk. Merkel with Holland in tow, for talks with Putin and Poroshenko. What else is new? Poroshenko can’t budge without a nod from Washington – which he will not get, of course. Peace is not part of Obama’s and his henchmen’s game plan. He needs war, and he wants Ukraine.

Does this look like a serious attempt by Europe to reach peace in Ukraine or sheer propaganda? – Taking hapless Hollande along to Moscow and Minsk, makes it look graver, more serious, but is likely just another propaganda stunt, replaying the odd, old German- French tandem; of course, as a new lie campaign, eventually serving to vilify Vladimir Putin. If it all fails. And fail it will, since Washington has no intention to reach an agreement.

The Kremlin will not give in handing over Ukraine on a silver platter to the emperor and his European vassals, nor on any platter for that matter. And rightly so. Everybody knows that, except for the msm-enslaved populace; a vast majority. Unfortunately.

Almost certainly, Mr. Putin stressed again, what he said since the beginning of the conflict, that there are no Russian troops fighting in Ukraine, humanitarian aid is all that Russia delivers to the cruelly bombed and massacred people of Neorussia, the Donbass area. This was recently confirmed by Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, General Viktor Muzhenkohttp://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-government-no-russian-troops-are-fighting-against-us-sanctions-against-russia-based-on-falshoods/5428523.

Of course, no msm has picked up this little detail. How could they? It would throw out all justification for western sanctions – and it would lay bare the western, Washington-driven lies about Russian military intervention in Ukraine. People may start wondering, who if not Russia, is responsible for the bloody civil war in Ukraine, that has already left more than 5,400 people dead, hundreds of thousands without shelter and heating in the midst of winter – and millions of refugees? – And for downing the Malaysian airliner MH17? – Could we have been hoodwinked by the Empire of Chaos and its European vassals?

Mr. Putin may also have laid out to the odd couple, Merkel-Hollande, what he did since the beginning of the conflict as a condition of peace, or at least a truce – a relative large autonomy for eastern Ukraine, with Russian as an official language – and NO NATO base in Ukraine.

That sounds very reasonable, given the fact that the war was entirely instigated and the Nazi putsch government (sic) put in place by Washington. Madame Nuland, Kerry’s sidekick, testified to this in a telephone conversation on January 28, 2014, about three weeks before the coup, with US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt. The conversation was published on YouTube. She knew whom she wanted to replace the democratically elected Victor Yanukovitsch with, namely with “Yats”, as she calls him endearingly, the ultra-right wing, fascist Arseniy Yatsenuik, today’s PM of the Kiev junta of thugs and murderers. She later bragged about it at the Washington Press Club.

Again, the msm-lie and deceit machine is as of this day silent about it, lest Mr. Putin could no longer be demonized and his country ‘sanctioned’ – sanctions, which badly backfire especially on Europe – who has built up close and friendly business and trade relationships with Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was a logical step, not only from a geographic point of view; but also seen from an economic development ‘growth’ perspective.

Now – is Ms. Merkel seriously brokering for peace, because the German economy and the Euro may be at stake if Germany is shut out of Russia and the rest of the Eastern markets – all of Central Asia and China?

Keep in mind, there is already the Eurasian Customs Union, to become the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) as of 2015, with the member states including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. In addition, there is the overlapping Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, with potentially new members of Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

Turkey and India are also SCO contenders, but with India betraying the BRICS and seemingly rapidly defecting into the lush neoliberal Obama camp, and Turkey being torn apart, on the one hand as Europe’s key NATO base, and on the other, disgusted by Europe and increasingly leaning towards Russia and China – their SCO membership remains in suspense for now.

The SCO, created in 2001, is a politico-economic and military association. Together the EEC and the SCO account for about 25% of the world population and close to 30% of the world’s economic output. The eastern alliance under Russian-Chinese leadership is well on course of establishing its own monetary system, detached from the fraudulent dollar scheme.

Then there are the remaining BRICS, plus Argentina, Venezuela and possibly others that would gladly be migrating out of Washington’s oppressive fangs into a friendly economic environment, where national sovereignty still counts and is respected.

Given all these facts, is it too farfetched to assume that Madame Merkel may have seen the light after all, racing to Obama, telling him the obvious? That without a change of Washington’s policy towards Russia not only the European economy may collapse, but that the US economy may not survive either? – That with WWIII or even a new Cold War over Ukraine, the world as we know it may eclipse? – That he, Mr. Obama, the emperor of the exceptional nation, should put his bets on other horses than conflict and eternal war, and instead start thinking of peace and cooperation?

It would be fair to assume that Washington knows all that. There has been a pattern for the last 35 years, the hegemonic implementation of a neoliberal dogma; controlling energy, food, money and people under a one world order, be it as it may, through financial and economic subjugation as with Greece and other southern European states, or with endless outright military aggression directly or by proxy (as in bought (mis)leaders and mercenaries), à la Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, Thailand, Yemen, and-so-on – and Ukraine. They, the master and his cronies, will not let go, no matter what concessions Putin would be willing to make. Pursuit of the PNAC’s (Plan for a New American Century) objective, Full Spectrum Dominance, knows no mercy. Obama himself is a mere marionette of corporate empire, led by the military industrial complex and the Zionist-Anglo-Saxon banking system.

Madame Merkel, regardless of the tenor and contents of your discussion in Washington, it is up to you, whether you want to lead Europe out of her conundrum – of her wavering between prosperity and submission – between war and peace.

Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik News, the Voice of Russia / Ria Novosti, TeleSur, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe.

Elected Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko: DPR Elections in Line With Minsk Agreements

PM of Donetsk People's Republic

The elected PM of Donetsk People’s Republic

Topic: Situation in the South-East of Ukraine

DONETSK, November 3 (RIA Novosti) – The elections held in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) do not contradict the Minsk agreements, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko has announced.

“It was said there [in the Minsk protocol] that we have the right to hold our own elections. The date was not specified,” Zakharchenko said at a press conference Sunday, adding that the elections held in the republic “do not contradict the Minsk agreements”, which have been fully fulfilled by the DPR.

According to Zakharchenko, DPR is open for dialogue with Kiev and is waiting for “adequate action” on the part of the Ukrainian leadership.

The Minsk protocol, signed September 5 by the Contact group on the Ukrainian crisis envisages a ceasefire and suggests, among other things, that Ukraine should adopt a law on granting special status to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and ensuring early elections of the heads of the self-proclaimed republics.

Elections of regional leaders and legislative bodies in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics took place on Sunday.

Kiev and several western countries said they would not recognize the results of this vote and repeatedly called it illegitimate. Russia, on the contrary, has expressed its intention to recognize the elections and emphasized that not recognizing would run counter to the Minsk protocol and undermine efforts to reach peace settlement in the country.

An Austrian observer called on Europe to acknowledge the elections held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, RIA NOVOSTI reported.

“I believe the result will reflect the public opinion of the people here in Donetsk. My appeal is that the European countries should accept the people’s will. Please accept their will and their opinion, and please be fair about this,” Ewald Stadtler said during a press conference in the republic’s capital of Donetsk.

On Sunday, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics held elections to choose their regional leaders and representatives of legislative bodies.

A total of 100 observers from a number of European countries and the United States arrived in the region to monitor the elections.

The authorities in the European Union and the United States said earlier the elections would come against the Minsk agreement on the regulation of the crisis in Donbas, and that the international community would not recognize them.

Meanwhile, Russia has expressed its intention to recognize the elections in the self-proclaimed people’s republics, saying that the not recognizing of the elections would actually run counter to the Minsk protocol and disrupt the progress toward finding a sustainable political solution to the conflict.