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Monday, 5 February 2018

5 February 2018. Uniate Nationalists Burn Orthodox Church in Lvov

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This is the Church of St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles in Lvov. It’s a parish of the UPTs/MP… Galician Uniate fanatics torched it. Many Orthodox bishops asked the Pope of Rome to rein in the Uniate nutters, but Franky Bergoglio refuses to do so. Bear that in mind whenever you see one of his well-orchestrated public appearances. He refuses to rein in his Uniate attack dogs. Bastard…

BMD

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

13 January 2018. V V Putin on Russians and “Ukrainians”

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The post-1991 “Ukraine” is a fictive and notional entity with no real existence in the real world. The Soviets merged three very different major regions… Malorossiya, Novorossiya, and Galicia into a fanciful “Ukrainian SSR”. This is not to mention the Crimea, which was never “Ukrainian” at all, but was only made part of the Ukrainian SSR in 1954 by the drunkard Khrushchyov. Another region with a separate and distinct history is Podkarpatskaya Krai… which never was part of Galicia or Little Russia (it was part of Hungary, not Austria, in the Dual Monarchy; it was never under Polish occupation, as were Galicia and Malorossiya). There’s no unified “Ukrainian” nationality nor is there a “Ukrainian” language… the modern construct called “Ukrainian” comes from the Galician subdialect, which is a creole mixing elements of Polish and Russian. Most people in Malorossiya speak Surzhik, a dialect that mixes Russian and “Ukrainian” elements… it’s distinct from so-called “Ukrainian”. In Novorossiya and the Crimea, the language is Russian, and that’s that. That’s why the Crimea and Novorossiya were strongholds of the Party of Regions prior to the coup, as they opposed Ukrainian Nationalism and Galician cultural imperialism. Rusins have their own dialect (distinct from that of Galicia) written in the Latin, not the Cyrillic, alphabet.

In short, there’s no “Ukrainian” language or people per se. “Ukrainian” isn’t a nationality… it’s an ideology… a vicious fascist ideology of the most feral sort. The world will be safer when it breathes its last. By the way… “Ukrainians” would revert to what they truly are… Great Russians, Little Russians, and Galicians (along with Rusins in Podkarpatskaya Krai and some Tatars in the Crimea). They’d be what they always were… separate and distinct peoples, worthy of respect and dignity.

BMD

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Ukrainian Nationalists Threaten Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra with New Attacks and Deface Canonical Churches in Odessa

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On Tuesday, extremists from the S14 nationalist group issued threats to the UPTs/MP through the Ukrainian media. Additionally, they planned to heighten their actions against clergymen and parishioners of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, a major Orthodox Christian monastery. The statement came in the wake of their attempt to block the entrance to the monastery on Monday. The Obozrevatel website quoted S14 coordinator Markiyan Yatsinyak:

Our next actions will be more large-scale and more prolonged, perhaps, in the form of a blockade or some other interesting “creative” steps. We’d primarily direct such a blockade against the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, as this is a landmark, symbolic place, but there’d be other targets as well. As far as the Lavra is concerned, we demand that UPTs/MP clergy no longer have the exclusive right to conduct services in its churches.

On 8 January, about 30 extremists from S14 blocked the entrance to the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, protesting against the Lavra’s refusal to perform a pannikhida for soldiers killed in the aggression in the Donbass if such soldiers weren’t baptised members of the UPTs/MP.

S14 began in 2010. In the winter of 2014, its members were actively involved in the unrest in central Kiev that preceded the coup. In November 2017, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland (USA) added S14 to a global terrorism database.

http://tass.com/world/984295

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Radical Ukrainian nationalists held a protest against the churches of the UPTs/MP in Odessa, putting up stickers on their doors claiming that these churches were part of the Russian Orthodox Church, which they called accomplices of Russian special services. The radicals taking part in the protest posted photos regarding their campaign on social media.

http://tass.com/world/984339

9 January 2018

TASS

Editor:

It’s unclear whether the American-puppet junta sicced these nutters on the canonical Church or whether it’s simply just a symptom of the general anarchy raging in Banderstan. I’d go for the latter… the Americans are stupid and clueless about the real situation on the ground, but this doesn’t smell like an American provocation. Anglos are usually more violent and feral… as the riots preceding their coup showed. The Ukraine is now in the situation that the Guomindang was in 1948-49 or South Vietnam in 1974-75… everyone knows that the situation is unstable and unsustainable, but no one knows when the collapse will come. When the Russians do come, the people will greet them as liberators… the nationalists will flee to the USA and Canada, and muck things up in our diaspora for the next generation or two.

However, no canonical clergy can say pannikhida for open schismatics or Uniates. They can’t do any sort of service for those outside the canonical Church. I’d say that all good Orthodox Christians should stay away from “Ukrainian Orthodox” or “Ukrainian Catholic” parishes and boycott all affairs held on their premises. These groups support anti-Church elements in the Ukraine and we support that aggression if we attend any of their services or attend events held on their premises. They also support the murder of our Orthodox kids in the Donbass. It’s hard, but it’s true. Then again, do bear in mind that most of the ordinary people have no idea of what their hierarchy and clergy really do (nor do most of them know that their churches have been CIA stooges for decades). Have compassion on them. Let those with ears hear…

By the way, the American-jackal Pashkovsky is the “True ROCOR” “bishop” in Odessa. The CIA stooge Potapov brought him into the real ROCOR… but Pashkovsky knifed the canonical Church at the time of the reconciliation in ’07. He’s a known CIA asset… he could’ve been behind the vandalism in Odessa. He’s that much of a despicable worm.

BMD 

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Ukraine: A State Run by the Rich, For the Rich

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This month, Ukrainian President P A Poroshenko found himself uncomfortably exposed. His name was in the Paradise Papers, which revealed how Poroshenko, through his business entanglements and offshore dealings, is involved in far-reaching tax evasion schemes. As war with Russian-backed elements ravages his country, the leaks illustrate how Poroshenko puts his business interests above his public duties. Nobody should be surprised to find Poroshenko among the Who’s Who of international tax dodgers. Despite his public opining on how financially-motivated wrongdoing “paralysed” the Ukrainian economy, Poroshenko is no stranger to corruption. Elected on an anti-corruption platform in 2014, he promised to sell his confectionary company, Roshen, to avoid any conflict of interest between his commercial endeavours and running the country. Predictably, however, he instead began exploring loopholes that’d enable him to profit from the company while running the country.

The first time his corruption schemes came out was in April 2016 when the Panama Papers mentioned him. Far from relinquishing his business, the leak showed he’d set up a complex offshore structure that remained under his control. He admitted to having done so but claimed this was in preparation for handing the company over to a trust. However, this latest investigation reveals no such thing happened. On the contrary, a lawyer working on Poroshenko’s behalf wrote to an offshore specialist in the Isle of Man to set up a labyrinthine company structure involving entities in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Cyprus for tax purposes.

If only Poroshenko invested the same energy into solving his country’s political problems as he does in protecting his own commercial interests, perhaps the Ukraine wouldn’t be in quite such a crisis. These revelations came at a time when the conflict in the former eastern Ukraine, which has simmered for three years, is worsening. The UN noted that there were 375 conflict-related civilian casualties (67 deaths and 308 injuries) in the first six months of 2017, a surge of 74 percent over the same period in 2016. According to the UN, this is due to the changing nature of the conflict, which isn’t only intensifying but also increasingly fought out with heavy weaponry in civilian areas. Since the conflict began, the Ukrainian economy nosedived and it continues to stumble. Investment giant Moody’s noted that in 2017-18 per capita GDP in the Ukraine will remain the lowest in the Commonwealth of Independent States and that the population would continue to be “very poor”. Add to this the problem of homelessness, compounded by 1.7 million internally-displaced people (IDPs), it’s easy to see that the country’s socio-economic conditions are untenable.

As these events unfold, Poroshenko looks out for his associates in high-ranking political and economic positions, who benefit greatly from the war. A prime example is the booming defence industry. The state-owned weapons manufacturer Ukroboronprom reported a 100 percent fulfilment of state defence orders and a 25 percent increase in exports in 2016. It also happens that Roman Romanov (a close Poroshenko ally) heads the firm. Romanov is hardly an exception because reports say that the Ukraine’s top defence managers syphoned off almost 3.8 million USD (225.71 million Roubles. 25.24 million Renminbi. 248.37 million INR. 4.82 million CAD. 4.96 million AUD. 3.26 million Euros. 2.89 million UK Pounds) from funds allocated for spare parts for armoured vehicles. Secrecy around where public money goes is endemic and whilst the Ukrainian defence sector now loses far fewer weapons and other equipment to theft, it’s clear that money wends its way from the public purse into private pockets by other means.

However, in this case, the misappropriation of funds is the smaller evil. Heavier weighs the fact that, by doing so, the Ukraine’s élite betrays the Ukrainian war effort and the soldiers on the front lines. Yet, in a display of circular thinking, Poroshenko uses the war as a justification for downgrading the importance of the issue and allowing the status quo to continue… given that the conflict allows so many of his cronies to prosper. However, it’s becoming clear that Poroshenko can’t protect the status quo indefinitely, as combat veterans increasingly show public indignation. Angered that the state uses them as an excuse for its failed promises, they’ve become the main source of anti-corruption protests. Whether their anger will suffice to be a catalyst for change in public life remains is open to question, but the fact that soldiers, exhausted from fighting against military stalemate and neglect, means Poroshenko can no longer simply ignore society’s demands for change.

There are signs that the president is starting to feel the heat. Last month, protests in front of the Rada building drew around 6,000 people, demanding that lawmakers lose their judicial immunity from prosecution. In what seems like an attempt to appease the masses, Poroshenko submitted a bill to revoke the immunity clause… although it’d only come into effect in 2020. It’s high time the Ukraine changes its ways, but with Poroshenko at the helm, this is unlikely to happen. However, the country’s failure to rein in corruption is beginning to undermine support from the EU and USA in its fight against Russia. That the West will stand beside Ukraine unconditionally is no longer a given. For now, the conflict intensifies and the political élite continue to get richer while the broader population continues to suffer. Change in the Ukraine can’t come too soon.

9 November 2017

Nathan Dabrowski

International Policy Digest

https://intpolicydigest.org/2017/11/09/ukraine-a-state-run-by-the-rich-for-the-rich/

Editor:

This is from a pro-neoliberal American source. Poroshenko’s days are numbered. It looks like the USA is going to back the Galician Uniate ultras and its poodles in the EU and Canada will follow suit (for now, at least). The Ukrainian state is a failed enterprise, made even more so by deliberate Western-inspired deindustrialisation (do note that the American author didn’t cover that aspect, did he?). The most that the Uniate ultras can do is to accelerate the fall of the present state structure. In that case, Russia would snap up Novorossiya, Poland would grab the Lvovshchina, Hungary would take in Podkarpatskiya, and Romania would gather its bits and pieces. The American coup in Kiev in 2014 was a February Revolution, only sustained due to external support. In the present Ukrainian scenario, “October” is in the wings. As with all such events, all bets are off and no one knows what’ll ensue. That’s why Russia hasn’t stepped in. Unlike the toddler Anglos, they know what chaos brings… it isn’t a “bright future”… that, all Russians know all too well.

By the way, do note that the Ukrainian defence apparat is as corrupt as is that of its American puppeteers. They’re salting away money for when they have to flee the pitchforks of the people. A sign of the times is that the Voenkom (the agency in charge of conscription) only takes bribes in Roubles, Euros, or USDs. They know something that we don’t…

BMD

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