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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Ukrainian Junta Sells US-Supplied MREs Instead of Issuing Them… They Got Mansions and Wa-Benzis to Maintain!

00 MREs for sale in the Ukraine. 02.04.14

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The Ukrainian junta offered the Pentagon’s packaged meals for sale at 124.80 Gryvnia (390 Roubles. 11 USD. 12.10 CAD. 11.90 AUD. 8 Euros. 6.60 UK Pounds) each at a number of Ukrainian internet jumble markets. The MREs (Meals Ready to Eat, jocularly called “Meals Rejected by Ethiopians” by American grunts) all produced in 2013, appeared in stores around the date that the American humanitarian aid arrived in the crisis-stricken Ukraine. The latest sale announcement dates from 29 March, the day that the Ukrainian military expected to get a large supply of MREs, Major Alexis Scott from the US Embassy was responsible for the delivery. Now, internet stores bustle with sale offers, with broad descriptions of what MREs are and what pack sizes they come in. In a number of them, the seller crossed out the original price, replacing it with a discounted one.

In mid-March, the US State Department announced the USA’s intention to supply Ukrainian troops with individual packaged meals. The media reported that the last batch of MREs reached the Ukraine on 29 March, namely 25,000 boxes with about 330,000 MREs in them. Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13 percent protein, 36 percent fat, and 51 percent carbohydrates), about 1/3 of the military’s recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day’s worth of meals would consist of three MREs.

Editor:

This is what normally happens in the Ukraine. Things disappear into various black holes to profit this-or-that oligarch or political sludge. It isn’t the world’s most corrupt country for nought. One wonders what happened to the billion clams that Kerry brought… it sure didn’t benefit the Ukrainian people. I’ll tell you why Crimeans voted to join Russia willingly… Russia may have corruption, but it’s not on a Ukrainian level (which is World Class, almost as bad as that shown by the US Congress over the years… do read your Mark Twain). Besides which, joining Russia meant an immediate uptick in wages… who wouldn’t want that? This sort of shit will do in the junta. Note well that the USA positively salivates over the junta… they’re poster children for Libertarianism. Tells you much about the GOP’s foundational ideology, doesn’t it?

BMD

2 April 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_02/Ukraine-sells-off-US-humanitarian-packed-meals-3045/

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Junta “Orders” Troop Withdrawal from the Crimea AFTER All Troops Gone… Notorious Terrorist Sashko Bily Dead… Right Sector Wants “Justice” for His “Murder”

00 Aleksandr Turchinov. Timoshenko hack. 23.02.14

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Aleksandr Turchinov, the boss of the American-installed junta, signed a decree on the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Republic of Crimea (RK) and Sevastopol, which stated, “Enact the National Security and Defence Council decision of 23 March 2014 “On redeploying military units (divisions), institutions, and organisations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other military formations” from the Crimea into other regions of Ukraine. Turchinov’s press flacks announced that the National Security Council and the junta’s Security Council Secretary would monitor the decree’s implementation.

Meanwhile, the RK formed a temporary working committee to discuss repatriating military personnel and prisoners from the Ukraine to the RK. On Monday, the Presidium of the State Soviet of the RK (GS RK) voted to establish such a special committee. Svetlana Savchenko, the head of the commission and a member of the GS RK Presidium, said, “We’re talking about soldiers from the Crimea who’re serving outside the peninsula. This process could also affect people from the Republic of the Crimea now held in prison in the Ukraine”. She noted that it’s a complicated problem, as “it’s unclear with whom to negotiate” in the Ukraine. In turn, GS RK Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov noted that Minoborony officials would be part of the negotiation effort, and that the goal of the RK Commission is to gather information about the whereabouts of RK citizens, saying, “There are people with whom to negotiate, and the Minoborony created a negotiation team. We discussed this with Sergei Shoigu, the Minoborony head”.

Editor:

The unreality deepens… the Ukrainian forces have all left the Crimea. Finally, the junta ORDERS their withdrawal. If that isn’t proof that the junta’s as cracked as it’s illegitimate, I’ll retire to Bedlam with Mr Scrooge…

BMD

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An SBU source said that Greystone Limited, a commercial “military company”, would take charge of suppressing protest movements in the Eastern Ukraine. According to a source cited by ITAR-TASS, the junta believes that the SBU isn’t able to suppress protests and neutralise leaders and activists of the pro-Russian movement in the East. In particular, the source said, junta boss Aleksandr Turchinov is of this opinion, “Therefore, they decided to hire foreign mercenaries, who’d serve as political police and state security protection”. Our source stated that the idea to hire mercenaries came from oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Sergei Taruta, the junta governors of Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk Oblasts. Not so long ago, during a meeting with Turchinov, they discussed a plan to stop the protest movements in the East. Kolomoisky noted, “Why reinvent the wheel if there are real people who understand how and how much to pay?” According to open source information, Greystone Limited is a subsidiary of Backwater, later renamed Academi. According to military experts, the company has ties with the CIA and the US Defence Department. Its employees participated in the American Afghan War; after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the company appeared in Iraq, becoming involved in training the new Iraqi armed forces and police, as well as supporting occupation forces.

Editor:

Note well that the junta doesn’t trust its own policemen and special services! It finds that the only forces available to it are unreliable and untrained neofascists enrolled in the so-called “National Guard”. Therefore, it’s turning to American forces enrolled as private mercs to give Langley deniability (betcha that most of ‘em are Galician Uniates from the American/Canadian diasporas). This is proof, even for the slow learners, that Langley and Foggy Bottom are the puppeteers behind the junta. It also proves that Christiane Amanpour is a painted whore for Langley (she made an unwarranted snide swipe at the daughter of Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin)… she doesn’t criticise the junta for hiring American mercs to shoot down civilians… no, indeed! She shouts, “Hooray for the New World Order (but without all the “black helicopter” conspiracy theory froufrou, if you please)!”

Where’s the junta getting the money for these pricey goons? Why, they’re for free… courtesy of the American taxpayer. Aren’t you glad that the Republican Party stamps its boot into the faces of the unemployed so that we have the money to pay for murderous yobbos throughout the world (it gives a new meaning to “Pro-Life”, doesn’t it?)? After all, we gotta protect the “investments” of the Affluent Effluent above all else (they have McMansions to pay for and country club dues aren’t cheap), dontcha know…

BMD

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A knowledgeable source told ITAR-TASS that the RF government discussed a draft plan to link the power grids of Krasnodar Krai and the Crimea. The first stage of the programme envisages creating reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatts. Our source said, “Russia delivered diesel generators with 56 megawatts capacity to the Crimea and we’re assembling nine mobile gas-turbine power plants with 202 megawatts capacity. We must complete this work by mid-May. We plan to give reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatts”. They added that this capacity exceeds Crimean domestic consumption. The peak electricity consumption in the Crimea is about 1.2 gigawatts, the usual level being 800 megawatts. Of this, some 50 megawatts goes to uninterruptible power supply facilities, such as social infrastructure and the Black Sea Fleet. Crimea’s own capacity is some 550 megawatts, with electricity from renewable sources accounting for 240-270 megawatts. The second stage of the programme, planned for two years ahead, envisaged linking the power grids of Krasnodar Krai and the Crimea through an undersea power transmission line under the Kerch Strait. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of the network and of the transformers would be about 50 billion roubles.

Editor:

“We must complete this process by mid-May”. One wonders if Russia’s expecting a complete cutoff of electricity from the Ukraine in mid-May… one also wonders why they’re expecting that. Russians aren’t dreamy bandura-strumming romantics… they’re hard-headed realists (living with bad neighbours with the habit of invasion made them so). Interesting, no?

BMD

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00 aleksandr muzichko 01. 26.03.14.jpg

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On Tuesday, local media reported that Aleksandr Muzichko, a leader of the far-right movement Right Sector, died in a gun-battle in murky circumstances in Rovno in the Western Ukraine. However, a Russian security source told Interfax that he remains on the international most wanted list on charges of banditry and establishment of an organised criminal group, saying, “Muzichko remains on the international most wanted list because, so far, the Russian side hasn’t received any official notification from its Ukrainian colleagues about his murder”. Furthermore, even if he’s truly dead, Russian law requires that criminal charges filed against Muzichko must go to court unless his relatives ask the Russian authorities to close the case.

Editor:

Where’s the Munchkin coroner when we need him? No one’s gonna miss “Sashko Bily” (“White Al” in peasant dialect)… even the junta was afraid of him. He had so many people looking for his head that it’s impossible to guess at the real perps:

  • The junta wanted him dead for threatening them
  • The Russians wanted him dead for fucking them up in the First Chechen War
  • The Chechens wanted him dead for knowing too much
  • The Jews wanted him dead as he was the vilest anti-Semite in the Ukraine
  • The Americans wanted him dead as he was a danger to their plans
  • Svoboda wanted him dead as he was a loose cannon who didn’t listen to Führer Tyagnibok

When that many people want you dead, you usually end up dead. One wonders if usually antagonistic people teamed up to kill him… politics DOES make for strange bed-partners at times, doesn’t it?

BMD 

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00 aleksandr muzichko 02. 26.03.14

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Editor:

What follows below is the OFFICIAL account. Read it in that spirit.

BMD

On Tuesday, Aleksandr Muzichko (AKA Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect)), a member of an organised criminal group earlier placed on a wanted list, suffered serious wounds during his arrest as opened fire on the cops. Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said at a briefing in Kiev “during his arrest, he was still alive, when the ambulance arrived, the crew pronounced him dead”. Late on 24 March, MVDU agents from the organised crime unit, including Sokol MVDU spetsnaz, carried out a special operation in Rovno Oblast to arrest the terrorist and his associates. Yevdokimov said that the arrest attempt took place at the Three Crucians café near Rovno, noting, “We arrested three people from the organised crime group and we seized an assault rifle and a pistol from them”. He went on to say that when the agents told them to “Freeze!”, Muzichko jumped from a window and then opened fire at a Sokol trooper, stating, “The bullet that Muzichko fired hit the Sokol trooper’s goggles, then, it stuck in his helmet; in response the injured trooper started shooting at him. Then, during the arrest itself, a fight occurred, with more shots fired”. The cops brought three detained bandits to Kiev and the authorities are questioning them {are they using the same torturers who aided the Americans during the Yushchenko junta? Perspirin’ minds wanna know: editor}. Yevdokimov said, “We believe that the actions of the group stipulate action under Article 257 of the UKU, ‘Banditry’”. He said that he asked local residents to aid “a more detailed investigation of the facts of this group’s activities”.

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On Tuesday, the Rump Rada appointed Colonel General Mikhail Koval as the junta’s “Defence Minister”. Of the 314 People’s Deputies present at the session, 251 supported the decision.

Editor:

Obviously, the junta’s former defence chief, Admiral Igor Tenyukh, stepped on a whole lotta toes. He had a habit of speaking the truth bluntly, with no treacly mealy-mouthed prevarications. He told the junta that the armed forces were useless… in no uncertain (and rather profane) terms. He headed the Minoborony Ukrainy for less than a month. The morale of the forces was in the shitter big time… now, it’s in the sewer… the junta flushed the professional officer corps “down the hole” (shades of Baby Plucky!). Do you need any more proof that the junta’s not only illegitimate, but incompetent as well?

BMD

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At a Tuesday briefing, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yevgeni Perebinis, said “The Ukraine neither was nor is planning to renew its nuclear status. Acting Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa clearly expressed this position during his visit to the Hague”.

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00 aleksandr muzichko 03. 26.03.14

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The radical Right Sector demanded the immediate dismissal of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arseny Avakov and the arrest of members of the Sokol spetsnaz task force involved in killing nationalist leader Aleksandr Muzichko (AKA Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect)) in Rovno Oblast early on Tuesday. At a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday, Right Sector leader Dmitri Yarosh said, “We can’t silently assent to the active counterrevolutionary activities of the MVDU. In this connection, we demand the dismissal of Interior Minister Arseny Avakov and we demand the arrest of the Sokol spetsnaz commander and all those guilty of [Muzichko’s] murder. Counterrevolutionary pressure on the Maidan and Right Sector as the vanguard of our revolution is noticeable of late. The murder of our brother-in-arms Aleksandr Muzichko… that’s exactly how we interpret what happened last night… confirms this. We understand that many want to unsettle and destabilise the situation in the Ukraine. Right Sector favoured and favours peace, tranquillity, and stability in our state, and we’ll do anything we can so that no incidents happen in the Ukraine”.

Editor:

This guy is SERIOUS. Smells like a new Committee of Public Safety, wot? I didn’t have any hopes at all for ordinary folks in the near term in the Ukraine. I think that opinion needs revision… downwards. God do have mercy on the suffering people of Little Russia.

BMD

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On Tuesday, Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said at a press conference in Kiev, “I want to tell the Right Sector, the White Sector, [and others]… the time for disarmament is over, it’s expired. We’ll view any armed group and those with unlawful orientation as acting unlawfully, and all our actions would be within this framework. They’d be tough and resolute. Lately, incidents have become increasingly frequent in which armed people use Right Sector’s slogans, who introduce themselves as its members. They involve themselves in hostile takeovers of firms and companies or in other unlawful actions”.

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As of 25 March, 443 out of 703 Ukrainian providers licensed by the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of the Ukraine stopped broadcasting four Russian TV channels… Channel One (worldwide transmission), RTR-Planeta, Russia-24, and NTV-World. The National Council’s website reported that the Council received 28 letters of enquiry. Most of them came from the Cabinet of Ministers’ hot line and over 200 phone calls. Viewers mostly asked them to explain the reasons for shutting off the Russian channels. The junta’s official excuse was, “The reason for the shutoff was that they circulated information threatening Ukrainian national security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, promoting war, violence, cruelty, spreading interethnic and racial hostility, encouraging religious strife, encroaching on human rights and freedoms. Most people understand this forced step. After these enquiries, most of those who called respect the explanations, but at the same time pointed up that they’d like to see TV serials and their favourite programmes, which are mostly interesting to older people”. Meanwhile, some viewers also reported that some providers didn’t comply with the National Council’s demand to stop broadcasting those TV channels and insisted on a respective response.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) Commissioner for Human Rights, said that one could only interpret this decision as an attack on democratic freedoms and violating the Ukraine’s international commitments, noting, “This deprives millions of people of civil rights, Ukrainian citizens, who have a right to watch TV and enjoy access to the Russian-language media”. Dolgov emphasised that the junta in Kiev, which came into power because of an anti-Constitutional coup, proclaimed its adherence to fundamental civil rights and freedoms and to democratic principles, observing, “The Kiev decision runs counter to those declarations”. Pavel Gusev, Chairman of the Moscow Union of Journalists, said, “A country that proclaims democratic development trends and signs respective political treaties with the EU lays itself open to ridicule when it shuts off Russian TV channels. On the one hand, the Ukraine pursues European democracy and on the other, inconsistently shuts off Russian TV channels. This is at odds with democratic principles”.

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Editor:

Just when I thought that this asylum couldn’t get any worse… it did. Just the news of the last day is surreal beyond all imagining… it’s Hieronymus Bosch on crack! Cheech n’ Chong are tokin’ up the bong, and they’re up in smoke… and they’re peddlin’ good shit to the junta (that’s the only logical explanation for the barmy goings-on that just get STRANGER by the day). Won’t someone get out the humane killer and put the Ukraine out of its misery? Too many ordinary folks are suffering…

BMD

25 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukraine-removes-its-remaining-troops-from-Crimea-and-Sevastopol-6450/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-leadership-to-hire-US-mercenaries-to-suppress-eastern-regions-source-3828/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Russia-may-link-power-grids-of-Krasnodar-territory-and-Crimea-within-two-years-2536/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Right-Sector-leader-killed-in-Ukraine-Russia-has-not-yet-been-oficially-notified-6506/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Sashko-Bily-was-fatally-injured-while-being-detained-by-law-enforcement-authorities-Ukrainian-Interior-Ministry-7378/

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-Rada-appoints-Mikhail-Koval-to-post-of-acting-Defense-Minister-9039/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukraine-has-no-plans-to-restore-its-status-as-nuclear-nation-Kiev-9413/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-radicals-demand-Interior-Ministers-dismissal-for-its-activist-murder-4458/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Interior-Ministry-warns-it-now-views-all-armed-groups-as-illegal-deputy-minister-8819/

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Junta to Create “National Guard” Out of Euromaidan Toughs… Conducting NKVD-Style Purge of MVDU

00 Ukrainian rioter 01. 31.01.14

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An anonymous source in the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine told RIA-Novosti that the junta would create a new armed body… the “National Guard”… out of Euromaidan rioters, as the junta mistrusts the Ukrainian armed forces. The junta believes that the forces lack combat readiness and that they lack the will to defend the junta and its “reforms”. Our source told us, “It (the National Guard) will be a loyal internal force for the new junta made up of Euromaidan vigilantes”. Besides, the new junta wants to put into the force structure a unit that will do anything that it orders it to. Our source said, “Some say that the National Guard will have over 20,000 personnel”. They went on to explain that this move was part of a junta decision to purge the MVDU of all elements that it suspects of harbouring disloyalty to them.

12 March 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/world/20140312/999217787.html

Editor’s Note:

If this doesn’t prove to you that the junta is a bunch of neo-Nazis, nothing will. They’re going to put rioters in uniform, give them guns, and give them police powers. That’s a sure recipe for the Night of the Long Knives and Kristallnacht all rolled up into one noxious little package. This National Guard will lack training… it will lack discipline… it will lack a coherent force structure… but it will have weapons… it will have “loyalty”… it will do anything that the junta orders it to, including mowing down dissidents.

Their grandfathers helped the Einsatzkommando at Babi Yar… the apple sure didn’t fall far from the tree…

BMD

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Junta Minoborony Head Sez Ukrainian Armed Forces at “Extremely Low Readiness” Levels

00 T-64 tanks. Ukrainian Army. 02.02.14

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A knowledgeable source told RIA-Novosti that Admiral Igor Tenyukh, the junta’s acting Defence Minister, rated the combat readiness of the Ukrainian armed forces as “unsatisfactorily low” in a report to junta chieftain Aleksandr Turchinov. According to the report, exercises revealed “the sad state of training of the armed forces, skeletonised units, and a lack of functioning equipment and weapons”. The army nominally has 41,000 troops {wildly differing estimates are out there… one claim is 93,000… is the figure cited only those in frontline units or is the army that depleted?: editor}, but “only has 6,000 combat-ready troops”. Moreover, “the number of armoured combat vehicle crews capable of performing standard military duties doesn’t exceed 20 percent. More than 70 percent of armoured vehicles are obsolescent Soviet-made models; most tanks are T-64s, produced 30 years ago or more”. Armoured combat vehicle equipment and weaponry “doesn’t meet the requirements of modern warfare, and requires replacement or significant modernisation”.

The report pointed up low levels of operational training in the ground troops, noting, “In the last two years, the army allocated no fuel and lubricants to train driver-mechanics, drivers, and crews of combat vehicles. Training took place in combat vehicle parks without training in exercise areas”. In air and naval forces, the situation wasn’t any better, “Of nearly 507 combat aircraft and 121 attack helicopters, only 15 percent are fully operational and capable of flight operations”. Due to “low aircrew training, no more than 10 percent of aircrew are capable of combat missions”. This is due to “a minimal allocation for the last three years of aviation fuel for combat training, the average annual flight time of combat pilots in 2013 was less than 4 hours”. In the Navy, as of 1 March, “only four ships were in combat-ready condition, the frigate Getman Sagaidachny, the corvette Ternopol, the command ship Slavutich, and the large landing ship Konstantin Olshansky. Our ships are unable to pose any threat to the Black Sea Fleet”.

Tenyukh emphasised in his report that Ukrainian air defence units lack the ability to protect its airspace, stating, “As a result of a ban imposed by the Ukrainian authorities in 2001 on live SAM missile launches (in 2001, during exercises, a Ukrainian S-200 SAM shot down a Russian Tu-154 airliner en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk), the number of troops in air defence battalions having the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required doesn’t exceed 10 percent. Moreover, S-300P and S-200V SAM systems are in need of maintenance and require modernisation to prolong their usefulness, or we need to replace them with new systems, now produced only in Russia”. Tenyukh noted, “The only effective measure we have to deter aggression and defeat Crimean militia detachments or unlawful military formations are MRL units armed with Uragan and Smerch systems”. At the same time, he drew attention to a “high probability of missing the target, given extremely low crew training, which could lead to the possible death of many civilians”. In his conclusion, Tenyukh strongly opposed the use of MRL systems, but he noted that we had to strengthen the guard over them, “given the known interest in them from radical Euromaidan elements”.

12 March 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20140312/999197805.html

Editor’s Note:

On paper, the Ukrainian army has 13 brigades (39,000-52,000 TO&E strength, all obviously undermanned). What the above report means is that the army is a hollow shell, useless for any serious operations. This is why the disbanding of the Berkut was so dangerous. It leaves the field open for Svoboda and Right Sector neofascist thugs. What’s more, there’s no money for operations, as the junta stole it all. Could you imagine what would happen if the Svoboda pigs got their hands on a single Smerch MRL? It’s surreal… it’s absolutely fucking surreal… you couldn’t pass this off as fiction, as no one would believe that a state would be so feckless and corrupt. This occurred over the entire independence of the Ukraine… it’s NOT Yanukovich’s fault. You wonder where the money for the mansions of Timoshenko, Turchinov, Avakov, and Yatsenyuk came from? It came from open theft of funds meant for national defence and social welfare. The more one learns, the crazier it gets. God do help us all…

 

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