Even in Ukrainian ‘Democracies’ People Look After Themselves First!

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 9:00 AM
May 19, 2014

Pro-Ukrainian-self-defense       A wealthy oligarch sends his laborers to take a city hall back from pro-Russian militias; Putin moves a few inches away from the border; the ‘legal’ Ukraine on the ‘free’ West side of the country still plans to hold ‘actual’ elections to decide the nation’s direction in a few days; no news from EU or USA., etc.

Confusing? Does Putin really know what he wants? Has he lost control of the rebels who claim they want to join his country? Or was he just kidding when ordering them not to hold elections, since they didn’t listen to him anyway?
Are those U.S. and EU sanctions working, and giving Putin second thoughts?

Supposedly Ukraine is a civilized nation. Yet these militia barricade themselves behind stacks of old tires and set up self-appointed police patrols on roads entering those towns they claim to control, where they got ’90%’ of voters in a hastily arranged, sham election that Putin told them not to hold.

But in Mariupol, one of those so-called 90% towns, local miners and steelworkers, without guns and wearing only hard hats, ran pro-Russian separatists out of City Hall and retook control of their city.  They were sent there by their boss, Rinat Akhmetov, a 47-year old multi-billionaire industrialist.

The Los Angeles Times asserts: “Akhmetov, believed to be Ukraine’s richest man with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $11 billion, owns steel, coal and energy enterprises concentrated in Ukraine’s Donbass Rust Belt that employ about 300,000 workers in the restive eastern regions.”

The Times says Akhmetov has always issued statements in support of Ukraine unity.  His spokeswoman, Elena Doyzhenko, insists: “Mr. Akhmetov is determined to do whatever is necessary to get rid of weapons and restore peace to the region and ensure that Donbass remains in Ukraine. Mariupol is only the first operation to help bring an end to the crisis.”

Moreover, when pro-Russian separatists tried to get the Donbass miners to join their side, the workers would not in The-minersfear of losing their jobs and pensions, in the same way their counterparts in Crimea now suffer without paychecks.

Akhmetov warns of “‘economic “catastrophe’ if the eastern regions secede from Ukraine and become cut off from international financing and trade institutions, as has happened with Moldova’s breakaway and impoverished pro-Russian region of Transdniestria.” Oh, other poor people Putin ‘threw away’?

While Putin promised Crimea’s workers he had set aside seven million dollars for their salaries and pensions, his cabinet revolted: “Funding of pensions in Crimea is currently impossible,” telling them to apply to continental Ukraine.  So Putin––although proudly marching through Crimea in great fanfare a few days ago to celebrate Russia’s World War II victories––has deserted the Crimean people too?

“Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and others responsible for economic policy in the Kremlin have been critical of the new burdens taken on with the seizure of Crimea, a net drain on the Russian budget with its aging population and large community of military retirees. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been silent on the future of the separatists in eastern Ukraine.”

Wait!  What’s that?  Putin’s own cabinet put the breaks on his wayward aggression? Impossible! Supposedly, he controls them all too. Hmm, remember the last quote from historical Bible Books in The Gospel of Luke about a king who went to war with 10,000 troops only to find his enemy had 20,000 warriors?

There’s another part of it:  “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish (14: 28-30).”  Hmm.  Looks like Putin didn’t count the cost for his military take-overs. But workers throughout Ukraine are counting their own interests first.

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