Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:34

Ukraine Turmoil Escalates Into Foreign-backed Armed Uprising

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As the deadly chaos in Ukraine spirals out of control amid foreign meddling on all sides, news reports suggest that dozens of rebels and protesters have been killed in violent clashes with government forces, which also suffered multiple casualties. When a so-called “truce” between the Moscow-backed Ukrainian regime and the Obama administration-supported opposition apparently crumbled shortly after being agreed to, violence exploded again in the capital, Kiev, and across much of the nation.

It is the worst crisis to strike the nation in decades — some analysts even suggest Ukraine is on the verge of civil war — with February 20 reportedly the deadliest day so far. Pictures and videos pouring out of Ukraine reveal what looks like a war zone: blazing fires and smoke everywhere, protesters violently clashing with security forces, burning cars and police vehicles, trashed city centers filled with rubble, impromptu barricades across major streets, and more.

The reported death tolls vary widely, but estimates suggest that as many as 100 protesters and 10 police may have been killed in recent days. Hundreds more on both sides of the conflagration have been wounded. The violence, which has been simmering for months, started escalating out of control this week as both sides upped the ante amid a dispute between proponents of closer ties with the European Union and those who seek deeper links with Moscow.

Some protesters, for example, can be seen clearly in videos shooting at police, many of whom have also started firing live ammunition at the rioters. Reports suggest that Western establishment-backed rebels have seized weapons from military depots and are using them to attack regime forces. Footage has also shown rioters mercilessly beating police officers, throwing rocks and bricks, and even using Molotov cocktails to neutralize the regime’s armored personnel carriers.

According to the Ukrainian regime’s Interior Ministry, rebels have kidnapped some 67 police officers, some of whom are being paraded around the streets. “They [the rebels] went on to the offensive. They are working in organized groups. They are using firearms, including sniper rifles. They are shooting to kill,” claimed a statement from “President” Viktor Yanukovich's office released on Thursday. “The number of dead and injured among police officers is dozens.”

In a supposed effort to regain control and free the kidnapped policemen — a few people dressed as police appeared on TV and said they had voluntarily joined the uprising — authorities said “security” forces had been authorized to use weapons. Doctors quoted in unconfirmed media reports said that government troops had resorted to sniper fire against some protesters, including more than a dozen who were reportedly shot through the head or the heart.  

The property damage has been intense as well. Rioters have invaded and torched numerous government buildings, political party headquarters, and even a post office. Kiev’s “Independence Square” looks like a post-apocalyptic scene, with ashes and rubble everywhere following multiple clashes between rebels and the regime for control of the centrally located area. Multiple analysts and officials said Ukrainian authorities were expected to crack down hard to secure the square.

So far, despite calls for “peace” from governments around the world, the growing violence shows no signs of receding. The EU and the Obama administration are reportedly working on sanctions targeting government officials, while the Kremlin is said to be plotting a major bailout of Ukraine once the situation calms down. The official narrative, at least, suggests that the turmoil in Ukraine is essentially a proxy battle between Western powers and Putin over influence in the strategically located nation. 

As far as evidence goes, a recorded phone call reported to be between Obama administration Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt exposed the two conspiring to bring regime change to the embattled nation. The plot, analysts say, features remarkable similarities to the Obama administration’s semi-secret support for Islamist “regime-change” rebels in Syria, as well as other covert U.S. government schemes to topple foreign governments.

Multiple U.S. government-linked and -funded outfits, including some bankrolled by globalist billionaire George Soros, have been implicated in the ongoing turmoil wreaking havoc across Ukraine (and the world). The Obama administration has openly injected itself into the conflagration as well, making demands on the Ukrainian regime and lawlessly threatening “consequences” if it fails to heed his unsolicited decrees.    

“We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters,” Obama claimed, saying the rebels had “legitimate” grievances that the regime must address. “We’ll be monitoring very carefully the situation, recognizing that, along with our European partners and the international community, there will be consequences if people step over the line.” He also ordered “peaceful protestors to remain peaceful,” claiming that “a large majority of Ukrainians are interested in an integration with Europe.”

EU bosses have been making similar claims and issuing threats as well. European Commission boss José Manuel Barroso, a former Maoist revolutionary who is now obsessed with building an unaccountable “federal” EU, blamed Ukraine's “political leadership” for the havoc. He also threatened to impose sanctions. “We therefore expect that targeted measures against those responsible for violence and use of excessive force can be agreed by our member states as a matter of urgency,” Barroso claimed.

Russian officials, meanwhile, put the blame squarely on Western powers, calling for the regime to negotiate with the opposition to end the crisis. “What is happening is a direct result of the conniving politics of Western politicians and European bodies,” Putin’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Moscow’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, also said the threats from Western powers “resemble blackmail” and that sanctions outside of the United Nations were “absolutely illegitimate.” The actions of “radicals and extremists, who are mostly responsible for violence and bloody riots,” should be condemned, Lavrov added.

With dueling propaganda efforts aimed at making the other side look as bad as possible, the truth is becoming increasingly murky. Both sides, neither of which is particularly trustworthy, continue accusing each other of intervention in Ukraine. Russian officials are accusing Western powers of arming and backing the uprising. The Obama administration and EU bosses, meanwhile, claim that Putin is coddling the out-of-control regime in Kiev so it can crush its “peaceful” opponents. 

As The New American reported in December, the conflict erupted when Putin-backed “President” Yanukovych’s regime announced that it was backing out of talks aimed at forging a closer alliance with the totalitarian-minded EU. Yanukovych, a former Soviet-era Communist Party operative with strong links to the Kremlin, wanted to pursue deeper ties with the Russian government. EU bosses and the Obama administration were outraged, as were some Ukrainians who sought closer ties with the emerging Brussels-based superstate rather than Moscow.

Liberty-minded analysts called for the Obama administration to stay out of the conflict and mind its own business. “The further we stay away from there, the better,” former U.S. congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul said in an interview on Fox News, calling for talks and diplomacy rather than intervention. “I would be willing to wager that most of the people in the Ukraine would like to see the United States stay out, and I think they’d like to see the Russians stay out.” 

In an analysis on the popular freedom-oriented LewRockwell.com Blog, Daniel McAdams argued that the Western-backed uprising in Ukraine features numerous similarities with the establishment’s “regime-change” machinations in Syria. “One need not side with either opposing group in Ukraine to point out the choking hypocrisy of the U.S. position,” he added, citing examples of the federal government’s lawlessness in dealing with perceived threats to its own security.

As Ukraine goes up in flames amid a battle over which oppressive power to side with — Putin’s lawless gangster government or the power-hungry, sovereignty-crushing entity in Brussels — a far better option is not even being discussed. Instead of “integration” with enemies of freedom, the Ukrainian people would be much better off under a free and independent government that protects their unalienable rights. For now, however, it appears that the nation will continue to burn as the establishment dictates the options.

Obama, the EU, and Putin, meanwhile, ought to keep quiet for a change and let Ukrainians decide their own fate. Even as the establishment figures posture for the cameras on the world stage, it is important to remember that the global establishment is also openly working for “integration” and "convergence" between “East” and “West,” too. How Ukraine fits into the broader agenda, if at all, remains somewhat unclear. The fact that the international establishment on both sides of the bogus “divide” is in cahoots and that the public is the victim, though, is beyond dispute.

Photo of protestors in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine: AP Images

Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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4 comments

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Sunday, 23 February 2014 02:37 posted by Heidi Preston

    The irony of all this is that when a Country does take sovereign Democratic steps in it's best interest and the so called Democratic institutions such as IMF, EU, United Nations don't like the decision they take tyrannical steps to ensure that it goes their way.

    The whole situation started with a $15 Billion bailout (money, interest and loans). The decision to go with Russia instead of the IMF was the Ukraine's decision not anyone else. They made it because the offer from Putin was better. Under the Russian terms was a rate of 5% (less than IMF at 4%) but without the stipulation of having to raise TARIFFS under the IMF terms for the population and allow a deep devaluation of heyvnia.

    In other words the international bankers are pissed off that they don't want to go into the raising of taxes which they will impose to all members of the United Nations and that includes the United States as we have been reading about here on the New American site.

    To force the international community to raise sanctions and freeze banking assets tells the world exactly how they play dirty if they don't like the self sufficient maneuvers of a country. Take a good hard look at the situation and you will clearly see that this is a tyrannical, dictatorial, undemocratic institutional arrangement that the United States has entered into and has been doing for the last regime changes in Iraq, Libya and Syria. There is NOTHING democratic or peace-loving about it, just a power play for banking interest, resources and strategic advantages which could have and SHOULD have been handled in a diplomatic, businesslike manner instead the usual...F**k you attitude of both the EU and the USA. The hand full of opposition in the old days was called "instigators" and then some "advisers" now called diplomats would go in ..then of course someone got killed and the military had to come to the rescue and take over. The story is the same..the problem is the same...the people and the country made a choice...let them exercise it without foreign intervention.

  • Comment Link Ted Makogon Saturday, 22 February 2014 17:23 posted by Ted Makogon

    The problem is, the ordinary people in Ukraine got used to rely on government for everything during Soviet times. All they want is "pensions like in Europe". I talked to several elder Ukrainians, they say "we just want decent life in our old age". They do not realize, that joining Europe means 10 or so years of relative prosperity followed by losing independence and then economic death for Ukraine. Similar to a drug user who only cares about his next shot.
    It all now depends on Timoshenko, I guess. If she is not honest, or will just buckle under Eurocrats pressure, this is it for Ukraine.

  • Comment Link Michael Dalene Saturday, 22 February 2014 10:24 posted by Michael Dalene

    To paraphrase an old West saying: "The only good politician is a dead one!"

    The losers in any conflict are the Pawns being played!!!

    Does anyone really think our (US) governments would be 'peaceful' if faced with simple civil disobedience on a major scale much less if armed conflict erupted between government occupational forces and civilian prisoners?

    Hell, no! Our governmental regimes have proven that they will murder men, women, and children without hesitation... MOVE, Ruby Ridge, Waco... just 3 of hundreds of examples, most of which go unpublicized or ignored!

    Hell! It takes 150 "armed to the teeth" terrorists to take down one armed 'criminal' but let one armed terrorist get killed and they'll blockade an entire city- even a State... and if you haven't guessed who those terrorists are, I'll make it clear: They are called Cops, police, or "Peace" officers. Those Sworn to enforce the Law, and yet the first to break it!

    Wise Up! IF LOYAL AND PATRIOTIC AMERICANS DO NOT HANG TOGETHER, THEY WILL SURELY HANG SEPARATELY.

  • Comment Link Diana Friday, 21 February 2014 18:10 posted by Diana

    There is a pandemic of this globally. The cold war was never over.
    When I was a youngster, the Korean war had just ended in a truce, but it officially never ended. For years everyone was talking about the war. I remember my grandfather and others saying if we did not finish off North Korea that the next war would be 10 times worse. They felt that North Korea would never give up but had to be destroyed, and this situation for the US is up and coming.
    General MacArthur said the same thing, and challenged President Truman over his handling of the Korean War. Truman fired MacArthur for disobeying orders. My grandfather thought that Truman was correct in firing General MacArthur for disobedience, but that MacArthur was correct in his outlook on China and Korea.
    Here we are 60 years later, and my grandfather’s words are ringing in my ears. Truman’s decision is now coming into play. NK has nuclear weapons of some sort. It is 10 times worse than 1953, but there is no turning back.
    This situation is just a prelude of what to expect for America. I only see disaster for America. 56 million slaughtered babies in the womb, the stance on alternative lifestyles and being directly with trying to divide God's covenant land leaves the US NO hedge of protection from God. Remember of the judgments on a nation that turns from God into sin is its cities burn. What would a nuclear weapon do to a US city? Just prepare for the worse, and pray for the best because it's coming here too.

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