Kiev Corruption – Arena Kiev http://arena-kiev.com/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:48:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://arena-kiev.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Kiev Corruption – Arena Kiev http://arena-kiev.com/ 32 32 How US state media re-qualifies Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters https://arena-kiev.com/how-us-state-media-re-qualifies-nazi-collaborators-as-freedom-fighters/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 18:09:02 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/how-us-state-media-re-qualifies-nazi-collaborators-as-freedom-fighters/ In an effort to redefine the roots of the Ukrainian state, Stepan Bandera’s war crimes are whitewashed The Ukrainian-language channel of the US public broadcaster RFERL is making a concerted effort to rehabilitate the life and legacy of WWII Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, widely regarded by historians as a war criminal. A video posted by […]]]>

In an effort to redefine the roots of the Ukrainian state, Stepan Bandera’s war crimes are whitewashed

The Ukrainian-language channel of the US public broadcaster RFERL is making a concerted effort to rehabilitate the life and legacy of WWII Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, widely regarded by historians as a war criminal.

A video posted by the broadcaster, recorded as a “foreign agent” in Russia, argued earlier this month that Ukrainians are deeply divided over whether the warlord was a hero or a villain – while thinking strongly in favor of the hero’s story. RFE / RL is part of the United States Agency for World Media, a government-controlled organization with an annual budget of over $ 800 billion, whose charter is intended to promote “the foreign policy objectives of the United States. United States “.

Bandera was the leading figure of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which formed an alliance with Hitler’s Third Reich and played a role in the rallying of the Jewish people, the execution of civilians and the fight against the advance of the Red Army. Many of the OUN eventually fought as part of the Galician 1st All-Ukrainian Division of the Waffen SS, a locally formed unit under the control of Nazi commanders. The descendants of this virulent nationalist movement continue to wear Bandera as their anti-Russian ideological figurehead. Bandera has been linked to a series of wartime genocide incidents against Poles and ethnic Jews in some of the worst crimes Europe has ever known.


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Many of its supporters also play prominent roles in Ukrainian civil and political life and have enjoyed the support and indulgence of the West. The United States does not in itself have an ideological tendency towards neo-Nazism, at least in the mainstream, but its policies boil down to a question of power politics. Washington often pits rivals against each other, just as all previous empires followed the divide-and-rule strategy, and it has repeatedly had an interest in supporting the fascists as the Union’s leading adversaries. Soviet and Russia.

Current efforts to make Eastern Europe an anti-Russian frontline once again spur the glorification of the war criminals of WWII as leaders of the Ukrainian state.

Allies against the Soviet Union

When Nazi Germany invaded the USSR in 1941, the future American president Harry Truman argued this “If we see that Germany is winning the war, we must help Russia [sic], and if Russia [sic] is winning, we must help Germany and thus let them kill as many as possible ”.

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The United States allied itself with the Soviet Union against Germany during the war, although this subsequently changed when West Germany became an ally and the Soviet Union became the enemy. The partnership with Germany led to accession to the Himmerod memorandum, which called for an end to the “defamation” of the Wehrmacht and the transformation of public opinion. The laundering of the Wehrmacht as an adversary of Bolshevism was deemed necessary to adapt to the new realities of the Cold War, which involved legitimizing the creation and partnership with the Bundeswehr as a successor.

The old adversaries have become allies. Operation Paperclip, a secret American program, transferred approximately 1,600 German scientists to the United States after the war to work with the United States government.

Adolf Heusinger, Chief of Operations in the General Staff of the High Command of the Nazi German Army, became the first Inspector General of the Bundeswehr in 1957, then was appointed Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in 1961. Wernher von Braun, major in the Nazi SS and a rocket engineer, eventually became director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Eastern European fascists

Right-wing nationalists collaborating with Hitler’s regime were a leading force among resistant anti-Soviet fighters in Eastern Europe during WWII, they were effective “Fifth columns” during the Cold War, and they remain loyal anti-Russian movements for a divided Europe after the Cold War. As an example, Latvia has always annual marches of the Waffen SS through its capital of Riga to honor Nazi veterans who fought against the Red Army.

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U.S. efforts to create divisions within the multinational Soviet Union resulted in support for “captive nations”, which created a common cause with the nationalist and fascist movements. The Ukrainian fascists of the OUN have resettled in the United States of the early 1950s and became an important movement to create divisions within the Soviet Union. As the OUNs were sponsored by US intelligence, they had growing influence on propaganda channels such as Radio Free Europe.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the main objective of US policy towards Ukraine was to prevent Ukraine-Russia alignment and to make the country a stronghold against Russia. This requires intervening in a deeply divided Ukraine: a pluralistic national identity is dominant in eastern Ukraine, which embraces the viewpoint of Ukraine as a bi-ethnic, bicultural and bilingual state. A monist view prevails in Western Ukraine, which defines national identity as an ethnicity, culture and language. Even former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko recently complained that despite seven years of conflict with Russia, about 40% of Ukrainians still consider Ukrainians and Russians to be one people.

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When former President Yanukovych was ousted in 2014, a portrait of Stepan Bandera was hung in the Kiev city council building. However, the fascists clearly did not monopolize power in Ukraine. The protests, riots and coup of 2014 had to a large extent reasonable goals such as fighting corruption and rapprochement with the EU. However, as in most revolutions, the more violent groups tend to seize power.

Radical nationalists are a minority, but an effective minority. They played a central role in the coup, as evidenced by the fascist badges used openly. They became an indispensable force in volunteer battalions, like the Azov Battalion, used against Eastern Ukrainians who opposed the coup. Their resolve continues to cement an anti-Russian stance as they march on Kiev if President Zelensky shows weakness towards Russia or respects the Minsk peace accord.

This influence is recognized by the United States. Since 2013, the United States has each year voted against a UN resolution devoted to “To fight the glorification of Nazism”. In November 2021, the United States and Ukraine were the only two countries in the world to have vote against the resolution.

Rename political extremists

States tend to act in accordance with their fundamental interests and then to cloak these policies in the language of values ​​and virtue. Just as the United States has recognized the value of jihadist allies in Syria and Yemen, the fascists have been a reliable ally against Russia. US support for extremist nationalists and fascists is sold as “Promotion of democracy”, and the suppression of political opposition and the media is sold as “Fight the Russian hybrid war”. RFERL’s bold new video shows Washington has no qualms about continuing the long tradition of renaming fascists as freedom fighters.

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People dependent on NATO security are not helpful allies https://arena-kiev.com/people-dependent-on-nato-security-are-not-helpful-allies/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:10:03 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/people-dependent-on-nato-security-are-not-helpful-allies/ SINCE the end of World War II, American officials have had an overly broad view of what constitutes valuable strategic allies for the United States. In too many cases, the “allies” Washington touts are small, weak, often militarily useless dependents. Worse, some of them are on bad terms with more powerful neighboring states. In these […]]]>

SINCE the end of World War II, American officials have had an overly broad view of what constitutes valuable strategic allies for the United States. In too many cases, the “allies” Washington touts are small, weak, often militarily useless dependents. Worse, some of them are on bad terms with more powerful neighboring states. In these circumstances, the so-called allies are major liabilities rather than assets for the United States. Indeed, these are potential pitfalls, which can drag America into unnecessary military confrontations.

Washington would do well to become much more selective about which nations it includes in its list of allies, and America’s leaders should stop elevating people dependent on security to the status of allies. When US officials described the regimes that Washington has installed by military force in Afghanistan and Iraq as allies, it became clear that they had lost even a minimal understanding of the concept. This point became quite evident when their Afghan client collapsed almost overnight in the face of the Taliban military offensive. It is time for US policymakers to do better.

The TROUBLE PROMISCUIT of acquiring weak US security partners was evident even during the Cold War, and the trend became even more pronounced in the post-Cold War era. As the fiasco in Afghanistan (and its horrific predecessor in South Vietnam) confirmed, this problem with US foreign policy has existed in several regions. However, the flaw has become more acute when it comes to Washington’s campaign to expand NATO to Eastern Europe. Since the mid-1990s, US administrations have struggled to add a menagerie of new NATO members, and they have done so with even less selectivity and good judgment that some people use to acquire Facebook friends. .

Many of these new members have very little to offer the United States as security partners. Indeed, some are mini-states, bordering on micro-states. Such lightly armed Lilliputians would add little or nothing to Washington’s own capabilities, especially in a confrontation with another major power.

As economic assets their importance is decidedly limited, and militarily they are even less valuable. It is difficult to see how new NATO allies such as Albania, Slovenia, Montenegro and North Macedonia are bolstering the power and security of the United States. This point should be apparent on the basis on the size of the population alone. Albania’s 2.87 million inhabitants, North Macedonia’s 2.1 million and Slovenia’s 2.07 million inhabitants place these countries squarely in the category of mini-states, while the 628,000 inhabitants of Montenegro hardly deserve this label. It hardly improves with regard to the year gross domestic product or the size of the military forces. Even Slovenia’s $ 52.8 billion GDP ranks Slovenia only eighty-sixth in the world. Even less impressive are Albania’s $ 15.2 billion (125th), North Macedonia’s 12.26 billion (135th) and Montenegro’s $ 4.78 billion (159th).

The military forces that our new NATO allies can deploy are unlikely to create fear in Russia or any other potential aggressor. The Albanian armed forces consist of 8,500 active service personnel, Slovenia’s 8,500 and North Macedonia’s 9,000. Montenegro’s active force stands at 2,400. Austin, Texas Police Department has 2,422 in its ranks.

True, NATO’s Cold War edition also had a few mini-states among its members, notably Luxembourg and Iceland. However, these members were located in a stable and democratic Western Europe. Their defense was also geographically inseparable from Washington’s mission to protect important military and economic players, such as West Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain, from what appeared to be a totalitarian superpower with expansionist ambitions. This situation was qualitatively different from Washington’s gratuitous post-Cold War decision to manage the security of quarrelsome mini-states in the chronically unstable Balkans. Since the mid-1990s, the United States has become entangled in parish wrangling in the region, but the membership of some countries in NATO has intensified the United States’ exposure to unnecessary risks and burdens.

The RISK-BENEFIT calculation is even worse for some of the other small countries that joined NATO in the post-Cold War era. These partners are not simply irrelevant from a US security perspective; they are potentially dangerous trigger wires that could spark a conflict between the United States and a nuclear-weaponized Russia.

This point highlights a very important difference between individuals who casually amass friends on Facebook and the United States who add new beggars to security. Facebook friends do not have the capacity to involve anyone in armed conflict; irresponsible security dependents can certainly do it. Indeed, there are many examples throughout history of such clients leading their clients into devastating and unnecessary wars. A notable example is how the fateful decision of Tsarist Russia to firmly support Serbia in the latter’s growing feud with Austria-Hungary following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand helped start the First War. world and caused the total ruin of the Russian Empire.

The United States today flirts with a similar danger vis-à-vis its small customers in Eastern Europe. President George W. Bush’s decision to support the three Baltic Republics’ candidacies for NATO membership was – and remains – highly provocative for Russia. A crucial way to reduce the risk of armed clashes between great powers is to show mutual respect for the respective spheres of influence. Washington has repeatedly violated this principle by pushing NATO to expand to the Russian border.

The addition of the Baltic republics in 2004 was the most dangerous step in this process. As in the case of the later addition of the smaller Balkan nations to NATO, the three Baltic countries have little to offer in terms of military capabilities. Estonia’s 6,700 troops, Latvia’s 5,500 and even Lithuania’s 20,500 would not really be a factor if war broke out between NATO and Russia.

However, the downsides of making the Baltic republics dependent on American security go far beyond their uselessness as military actors. These three countries were once part of both Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union, and significant Russian ethnic minorities still live in Estonia and Latvia. The Kremlin has complained on numerous occasions since the baltic republics became independent at the end of 1991, the russian population has suffered discrimination and other ill-treatment. Indeed, this allegation appeared long before Russian President Vladimir Putin has become the leader of Russia. Relations between the Kremlin and its former territories remain strained because of this issue.

Perhaps even more troubling, Washington’s Baltic allies are now feuding with Moscow’s main client in the region, Belarus. During the summer and fall of 2021, Latvia and Lithuania (along with the European Union) accused Belarus of trying to use an influx of refugees from the Middle East as a form of “Hybrid war”. The Lithuanian government has even asked its border guards to use force if necessary to prevent the continued entry of migrants. Soon after, Latvia imposed a state of emergency to deal with the same problem. A few weeks earlier, Lithuania had increased its border barrier by erecting a fence with razor wire. Latvia soon followed suit. A new trick Large-scale Russian-Belarusian military exercises (held every four years) in September heightened tensions.

Because of their size and location, the Baltic republics are not credible strategic assets for the United States. Indeed, they would be practically powerless if Russia took a military decision against them. A 2016 RAND Corporation Study concluded that a Russian offensive would invade their defenses in about three days. These countries are not “allies” of the United States in a significant sense; they are vulnerable dependents who could spark a war between NATO (primarily the United States) and Russia.

Washington’s patron-client relationship with the Baltic republics is risky, and US leaders have been reckless to push for their inclusion in NATO. However, beginning with the administration of George W. Bush, officials engaged in even more reckless conduct regarding the possible alliance membership of two other countries, Georgia and Ukraine. They did so despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin to make either country (especially Ukraine) a member of NATO. cross a red line that Moscow cannot tolerate.

BUSH carried out a real geopolitical love story with Georgia and Ukraine, describing them as role models for emerging democracies and repeatedly calling them allies of the United States in the most laudatory terms. Only strong French and German opposition thwarted Bush’s lobbying efforts to get Tbilisi and Kiev to join NATO. Berlin and Paris were troubled by evidence of rampant political and economic corruption in both countries, but they were even more concerned that further NATO expansion could create a crisis with Moscow. Their continued opposition has so far prevented the addition of Georgia and Ukraine to NATO ranks, even as the alliance has added several mini-states from the Balkans.

However, the United States Actions have increasingly made the issue of formal membership an indistinguishable distinction, and the results indicate that even reckless informal security relationships with client states can cause serious problems. Bush urged Georgia to take a stronger stance against the continued presence of Russian “peacekeepers” in two breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In addition, the United States was busy equipping and training Georgian military forces. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has apparently read too much in Expressions of support from Washington. In August 2008, its forces launched an attack on Russian units in South Ossetia, and Moscow responded with a full-scale offensive that quickly invaded much of Georgia. When Saakashvili pleaded with the United States and NATO to repel Russian “aggression,” Bush expressed strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty, but he also indicated that American troops would not come to Tbilisi’s aid. . An American client had attempted to create a military confrontation between NATO and Russia for his own parochial purposes, but he had misinterpreted Washington’s signals. Clumsy US policies, however, were at least in part responsible for this dangerous episode.


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UK says tensions with Russia reach ‘crunch time’, warns Putin of ‘high cost’ https://arena-kiev.com/uk-says-tensions-with-russia-reach-crunch-time-warns-putin-of-high-cost/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:18:12 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/uk-says-tensions-with-russia-reach-crunch-time-warns-putin-of-high-cost/ Foreign Minister Liz Truss says Western allies must hold imminent talks on assembling Russian troops on Ukraine’s border – and warned of sanctions against wealthy Russians The Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, the military reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, participate in a military exercise near Kiev on December 25 ( Image: AFP via Getty Images) […]]]>

Foreign Minister Liz Truss says Western allies must hold imminent talks on assembling Russian troops on Ukraine’s border – and warned of sanctions against wealthy Russians

The Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, the military reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, participate in a military exercise near Kiev on December 25

The West’s relations with Russia “are reaching a crucial moment,” the British Foreign Secretary said today as she called on the Kremlin to “de-escalate” tensions with Ukraine.

Tory Liz Truss threatened “massive economic consequences” if the Kremlin orders to invade Ukraine, including sanctions against wealthy Russians.

Ahead of a meeting in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine later this month, Ms Truss added: “Any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake and would come at a very high cost.”

Ms Truss also called on Europe to “reduce its dependence” on Russian gas as wholesale prices soar.

After Russian forces gathered near the border, she added: “I see next week – and there is a series of crucial meetings next week – like making sure that Russia lives up to the commitments it makes. took”.

Talks between Western allies will begin next Monday, followed by a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels on January 12 and a meeting on January 13 in Vienna involving the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.







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As part of a related event, a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council will take place at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded legally binding guarantees that NATO will not be enlarged further and that Ukraine will not join the transatlantic alliance.

If Ukraine joined NATO and Russia invaded it, Western allies would traditionally go to war to defend it.

In an update to MPs, Ms Truss said: ‘We come at a crucial time.

“The only way forward is for Russia to defuse itself and embark on the path of diplomacy.

“We will continue to stand with our allies, unwavering in our support for Ukraine and its future as a free and sovereign democracy.






Liz Truss briefed MPs

She continued, “I have been clear that Russian military aggression will be fought with force, including massive economic consequences through economic sanctions coordinated by allies and partners targeting Russian financial transactions and individuals.

“I cannot speculate on future sanctions.”

Ms Truss said Russia’s behavior was “appalling”, including “causing problems in the Balkans”. She said: “Russia is the aggressor here. They massed large numbers of troops along the Ukrainian border and illegally annexed Crimea.

“There is no justification for Russia’s belligerent stance towards Ukraine. It is unprovoked and is part of a larger Kremlin pattern of behavior, which relies on misinformation and mistrust to seek to gain the upper hand.

“Moscow has long waged a campaign to overthrow freedom and democracy in Ukraine.”

Ms Truss said Moscow’s demands were “totally unreasonable”, adding: “I am absolutely clear that in the face of this aggression we should not see any concessions made.”

But opposition MPs accused the government of not doing enough to reveal UK property leads that prevent dirty money laundering.

Labor MP Kevan Jones also raised questions about Tory donors.

He told Ms Truss: “Before having lunch again with a Russian Conservative Party donor, can she just think it over and ask the question where this money is originally coming from?”

The conservative leadership hopeful replied: “We have a very tough anti-corruption regime.”

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The death spiral of American foreign policy https://arena-kiev.com/the-death-spiral-of-american-foreign-policy/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 05:20:59 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/the-death-spiral-of-american-foreign-policy/ When trying to predict what the New Year has in store for us, it may be worth remembering the old adage; do what you always did and you will get what you always got. And so, with no sign that the United States has any intention of doing anything else than it always has, it […]]]>

When trying to predict what the New Year has in store for us, it may be worth remembering the old adage; do what you always did and you will get what you always got. And so, with no sign that the United States has any intention of doing anything else than it always has, it looks like we are doomed, or, to put it more succinctly, substitute that word for the one it has. Bombardier uses frequently.

This is the derivation of an opinion piece by Professor Walter Hixson in the latest collection of articles from the Information Clearing House.

And the shrinking group of US apologists can point their finger at wherever they see fit, Russia, China, Iran, Ukraine, Palestine, Hong Kong, Syria, Iraq. , Yemen, the Youghurs, climate change, global poverty, human rights, the world refugee crises – none of these issues would come close to the levels of concern they presently cause, without the helping hand of American foreign policy.

As Professor Hixson writes;

American foreign policy today is on a reactionary death spiral. Never has a new ‘national security’ political paradigm been more desperately needed, but there isn’t even a glimpse of salvation on the horizon – wherever you look you’ll find policies that speak to the past and offer little hope for a viable global future. ”

Incarnated by …

“An endless series of eternal wars, a wholly inept response to the existential threat of climate change, the rampant destruction of animal and plant species, the continued militarization of the planet amid poverty, epidemic disease and little prospect of” a true national, and even less international, Security “,

… The United States is not the answer to our problems – it is the problem, Hixson alludes.

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Built on a decades-long national indoctrination program just as sinister as that which underpinned Nazi Germany’s belief in its “Aryan destiny,” the United States, now ruled by the targets of all this flannel, have become a victim of their own propaganda. .

How else could supposedly educated adults in positions of power and influence in the American political system shamelessly use the phrase “American exceptionalism” to justify the global hegemony it imposes?

The outright pride at the heart of America’s national identity is astounding, a fact perhaps only overshadowed by the staggering number of so-called independent nation-states that bow to it.

Like passengers crammed into a bus descending a mountain track at breakneck speed, we have been conditioned to suppress our natural survival instincts for fear of upsetting the maniac at the wheel.

Like the Emperor in his new clothes, when will it be time for us to cry out; “The Emperor has no clothes! “?

“US policy towards Russia has been irrational since 1945” said Hixson

“At that time, a truly ‘realistic’ foreign policy would have recognized and contented itself with trying to ameliorate an inevitable expansion of Soviet influence due to the USSR’s sacrifices during the war. Well over 50 Soviets died for every American who died in the conflict, as the USSR deserved the lion’s share of the credit – which it of course never received from Washington or Hollywood – for defeating the Nazis.

“Instead of addressing Soviet power realistically, the United States declared and waged an ideological holy war, which produced militarized nightmares around the world and especially in Indochina. After childishly touting the “victory” of the Cold War in 1991, the United States did the one thing Russian pundits, including George F. Kennan, warned would ensure the continuation of the Cold War: it expanded NATO, a hostile anti-Russian military alliance. , in Eastern Europe then in the former Soviet republics.

“Today, Vladimir Putin drew the line in eastern Ukraine, a place where millions of Russians live (they make up almost the two-thirds majority in Crimea, which Putin has already secured) and where the Russian language is widely spoken. Rather than having the realism of recognizing Russian national interests along its western border – and seeking common ground on climate change and perhaps non-intervention in each other’s domestic politics – the United States chooses the confrontation at the risk of an escalation of the military conflict.

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“Israel, now widely and precisely recognized as an apartheid state, has, with the help of the lobby led by AIPAC – which controls the US Congress as completely as Putin controls the Russian Duma – any intention to start a war with it. Iran. “

“The aforementioned George Kennan once compared US foreign policy to a brontosaurus, a large prehistoric beast that wreaked havoc with its mighty tail, which was not held back by its very small brain. The image has never been more appropriate than it is today.

“A new foreign policy paradigm is desperately needed but, like World War II, it will likely take a cataclysm to inspire the necessary tectonic change. In the meantime, there will be a survival bonus.

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Russia comments on Ukraine’s energy problems https://arena-kiev.com/russia-comments-on-ukraines-energy-problems/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 00:38:20 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/russia-comments-on-ukraines-energy-problems/ Ukrainian dysfunction led to energy crisis in country, says Russian Foreign Ministry Ukraine’s energy security is not threatened by Russia, despite Kiev’s insistence, but by the complete failure of its own system and the paralysis of the current authorities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Writing on Telegram on Wednesday, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed Kiev was […]]]>

Ukrainian dysfunction led to energy crisis in country, says Russian Foreign Ministry

Ukraine’s energy security is not threatened by Russia, despite Kiev’s insistence, but by the complete failure of its own system and the paralysis of the current authorities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Writing on Telegram on Wednesday, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed Kiev was shooting itself in the foot when it came to the energy industry. In particular, she noted the recent statement released by Canadian energy company TIU Canada, which recently announced that it would be pulling out of Ukraine, despite an investment of millions of dollars.

In recent years, Ukraine and the United States have accused Russia of using energy as a weapon. In particular, it has been claimed that the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was built to threaten Kiev, which currently receives billions of dollars a year in transit fees and is heavily dependent on these revenues for its budget.

Last month, TIU Canada dismantled a 10.5 megawatt solar power plant in Nikopol, a town near the country’s south coast. Commissioned in 2018 at a cost of $ 12 million, it was later disconnected from the power grid following a dispute with the local Nikopol FerroAlloy factory, where the solar power plant was also located. It went offline for two years, costing millions before TIU Canada decided to take it down. According to the company, the owner of the Nikopol FerroAlloy plant, the oligarch Igor Kolomoysky, decided to cut the company off the electricity grid in an attempt to force Canadians to to sell this at a broken price.

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Billionaire businessman Kolomoysky heads the Privat Group, which controls thousands of companies across a wide range of sectors of the Ukrainian economy. He would be the funder of the current president Volodymyr Zelensky.

“According to the media, certain structures of the lower abdomen of the Ukrainian oligarchy have taken control of the Nikopol solar power plant, restricting access to Canadians. The company finally decided to dismantle it, even though $ 12 million had been spent on construction alone ”, Zakharova wrote on Telegram. “I can imagine what it must have been like for the transatlantic businessman who brought advanced green energy to Ukraine to have his business ripped off.”

According to the spokesperson, this is an example of Ukraine undermining its own energy security, despite the fact that Kiev and Washington constantly blame Russia.

“Few things worry the West and especially the United States as much as Ukraine’s energy security”, Zakharova said. “We are impatiently waiting for our partners to express themselves on their favorite subject. And while they are silent, I would say: it is not Russia that threatens Ukraine’s energy security. And even more Ukrainian corruption. But it is the absolute dysfunction of the state system and the paralysis of the authorities caused by the dictatorship of Maidan.

“The root cause of all the unrest is the destruction of Ukraine’s national interests by its Western managers in the name of their own goals and objectives,” she continued.

According to Zakharova, Russia is, on the contrary, a reliable supplier of energy in Europe and in the world, a fact which has “Have been proven by decades of mutually beneficial partnership”.

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Opposition urges Ukrainian authorities to make real progress towards peace in Donbass – world https://arena-kiev.com/opposition-urges-ukrainian-authorities-to-make-real-progress-towards-peace-in-donbass-world/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 15:03:38 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/opposition-urges-ukrainian-authorities-to-make-real-progress-towards-peace-in-donbass-world/ KIEV, December 29. / TASS /. Opposition Platform Co-Leader – For Life Yuri Boiko said Kiev should go through political settlement, not confrontation and ultimatums in order to end the conflict in Donbass. “Over the past two months, the authorities have fueled a military psychosis. It comes to the point that all women are already […]]]>

KIEV, December 29. / TASS /. Opposition Platform Co-Leader – For Life Yuri Boiko said Kiev should go through political settlement, not confrontation and ultimatums in order to end the conflict in Donbass.

“Over the past two months, the authorities have fueled a military psychosis. It comes to the point that all women are already sent to military stations for registration. The previous government exploited war as a technology and blamed everything for it – corruption, theft, etc. The current government continues this approach and blames its incompetence, its economic stagnation, its high tariffs on the war, ”said Boiko.

The politician stressed that “there is no military solution to the conflict”. “We believe that it is better to negotiate than to shoot, and that we must agree. The crucial condition for peace is the political will of the country’s leaders,” he added.

The co-leader of the opposition is convinced that the government should “go through negotiations, seek compromises and an honest conversation with society” in order to keep its campaign promise – to bring peace to the country. Boiko also recalled that the opposition platform – For Life systematically supports the implementation of the Minsk accords for the rapid restoration of peace in the country.

The Minsk Agreements are the cornerstone of peace in Donbass. Not only does the package of measures, known as Minsk-2, envision a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (RDP and RPL respectively), the withdrawal of weapons, amnesty, re-establishment of economic ties, but the agreement also establishes a roadmap for constitutional reform in Ukraine based on dialogue with the DPR and the RPL.


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Russia braces for invasion as Moscow posts frightening video of military exercises | World | News https://arena-kiev.com/russia-braces-for-invasion-as-moscow-posts-frightening-video-of-military-exercises-world-news/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 07:25:00 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/russia-braces-for-invasion-as-moscow-posts-frightening-video-of-military-exercises-world-news/ Russia has reportedly sent up to 104,000 troops to the border with Ukraine in recent months, raising fears of an attempt to annex the rest of the Eastern European nation. Vladimir Putin issued a warning to NATO last week insisting that Moscow is ready to retaliate if the organization tries to welcome Kiev into its […]]]>

Russia has reportedly sent up to 104,000 troops to the border with Ukraine in recent months, raising fears of an attempt to annex the rest of the Eastern European nation. Vladimir Putin issued a warning to NATO last week insisting that Moscow is ready to retaliate if the organization tries to welcome Kiev into its files. Scary images released by the Russian Defense Ministry over the weekend further fueled fears of an invasion after troops were seen carrying out a series of exercises near the Ukrainian border and in the Republic of Buryatia.

In the video, Russian troops can be seen training to eliminate “enemy” targets using Msta-S self-propelled howitzers and anti-tank guided missiles.

Soldiers could also be seen testing their tank abilities with target practice.

The military exercises in Buryatia come days after other footage was released showing troops leading war games near the border with Ukraine.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic and close ally of Vladimir Putin, said regional forces were also ready to intervene in Ukraine if Moscow soon gave the order.

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Mr Kadyrov said: “With the existence of Kiev, there is always a place for the West to deploy its military bases there and dictate its demands on our country.

“I am convinced that our president would not allow it.

“We [Chechnya] are ready to act as an infantry force to deploy anywhere and carry out orders without any problem. “

Almost 1,200 soldiers were involved in the Ukrainian part of the military exercises, as well as more than 250 pieces of military equipment.

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that NATO had forwarded a proposal to start talks on Moscow’s security concerns on January 12 and was considering it.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that talks with NATO made sense and arrangements were being worked out through diplomatic channels.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the talks would take place immediately after the Russian New Year holidays.

The first official working day of 2022 in Russia is January 10.


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Russia fears war: Ukraine organizes military exercises with US weapons to prepare for invasion | World | News https://arena-kiev.com/russia-fears-war-ukraine-organizes-military-exercises-with-us-weapons-to-prepare-for-invasion-world-news/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:24:00 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/russia-fears-war-ukraine-organizes-military-exercises-with-us-weapons-to-prepare-for-invasion-world-news/ Ukraine should “consolidate its strength” and join NATO, says soldier The exercises were confirmed by Ukrainian TV Dom. Ukraine, which is seeking to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has received a series of consignments of US ammunition and Javelin missiles since 2018, drawing criticism from Moscow. Kiev accuses Moscow of having assembled tens […]]]>

Ukraine should “consolidate its strength” and join NATO, says soldier

The exercises were confirmed by Ukrainian TV Dom. Ukraine, which is seeking to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has received a series of consignments of US ammunition and Javelin missiles since 2018, drawing criticism from Moscow. Kiev accuses Moscow of having assembled tens of thousands of soldiers for a possible offensive, raising fears that a latent conflict in the eastern Donbass region in Ukraine could degenerate into open war between neighbors.

Russia denies planning any attack but accuses Ukraine and the United States of destabilizing behavior and has called for security guarantees against NATO’s eastward expansion.

Russia has organized its own military exercises nearby, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

SU-30 fighter jets and SU-24 bombers from the Black Sea Fleet carried out aerial refueling exercises over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed to Ukraine in 2014.

Interfax quoted the Russian Black Sea Fleet as saying, “The flights were carried out in the skies over Crimea.

Ukraine holds military exercises with American equipment (Image: GETTY)

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Self-propelled howitzer fires during artillery exercises organized by the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade (Image: Reuters)

A total of 20 pilots practiced complex flight tasks, he said, which included aerial refueling at altitudes ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 meters at speeds of over 370 mph (600 km / h ).

Senior Ukrainian security official Oleksiy Danilov said on Wednesday that 122,000 Russian troops were 200 km (124) from the border with Ukraine.

Danilov said last week that Russia would need at least 500,000 to 600,000 troops at the border “in order to keep the situation under control in the event of an offensive.”

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Service members of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Image: Reuters)

He also said that Russia could increase the number of its troops very quickly and at any time, but would need more than 24 hours to bring enough troops to the border to stage an invasion.

Ukraine is at the center of consultations between Western allies and Russia, which has been invited to open negotiations in the so-called Norman format, which would bring together representatives from France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine .

Dialogue with Moscow is necessary, whether in the Norman format or through talks in the Russia-NATO Council, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Wednesday.

Speaking earlier this month, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the West and its allies were “united” to threaten “massive consequences” for any Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

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Soldiers take part in artillery exercises at firing range in unknown location in eastern Ukraine (Image: GETTY)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Ms Truss said: “We have sent a powerful signal to our adversaries and to our allies.

“We have been clear that any Russian incursion into Ukraine would have massive consequences for which there would be a high cost.

“We have also shown that we stand up for freedom and democracy and the right of people around the world to live free from oppression.

“We must advocate for individual humanity and dignity, which are at the heart of our free and democratic societies.”

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Russia has already annexed Crimea, part of Ukraine, and tension is mounting again, with Russia massing thousands of troops on the border with its neighbor.

The Foreign Minister said: “We have sent a very clear united message to Vladimir Putin from this G7 meeting.

“And we are very clear that there will be serious consequences if this incursion took place.

“It’s about dissuading Russia from taking this.”

Foreign Minister Liz Truss

Foreign Minister Liz Truss (Image: GETTY)

In a statement released on Sunday by G7 ministers, they reminded Moscow that “any use of force to change borders is strictly prohibited by international law”, pledging to inflict “a high cost” on Russia if it was mobilizing against Kiev.

At the press conference, Ms Truss was also asked about the “billions” of Russian money flowing into London.

She said: “We already have very strict anti-corruption and anti-money laundering rules in the UK.

“But let’s be clear, when the UK wanted to send clear messages and achieve clear targets, we were prepared to use economic sanctions. So we are looking at all options.”

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Former Ukrainian president accused of aiding pro-Russian separatists in treason charges https://arena-kiev.com/former-ukrainian-president-accused-of-aiding-pro-russian-separatists-in-treason-charges/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 18:38:00 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/former-ukrainian-president-accused-of-aiding-pro-russian-separatists-in-treason-charges/ FORMER PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE Petro Poroshenko criticized the new accusations of treason brought against him. Western Kiev allies have called for a fair and transparent investigation in a country plagued by systemic corruption. The 56-year-old ex-leader was named a suspect in a treason investigation yesterday and is accused of aiding pro-Russian separatists who control large […]]]>

FORMER PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE Petro Poroshenko criticized the new accusations of treason brought against him.

Western Kiev allies have called for a fair and transparent investigation in a country plagued by systemic corruption.

The 56-year-old ex-leader was named a suspect in a treason investigation yesterday and is accused of aiding pro-Russian separatists who control large areas of the eastern part of the former Soviet country to sell coal in Kiev.

The state investigative office said it suspected Poroshenko of helping the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to sell some 1.5 billion hryvnia ($ 54 million) of coal to Kiev in 2014 -2015.

Poroshenko said on Facebook that the charges “cross a red line”, calling instead on Ukrainians to “save Ukraine and repel Russian aggression”.

“Together towards victory and see you in Ukraine,” said the former leader, who is currently in neighboring Poland, vowing to return in January.

Western embassies said today they are following the process and have called for an independent trial.

“The United States is closely following the case against former President Poroshenko,” the US Embassy in Ukraine said.

He said it was “crucial that the process and the results are based on the rule of law and not on politics”.

UK Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons echoed the point, writing on Twitter that it was “vital” that the case be handled “in an independent, impartial and professional manner, ensuring fairness. and due process ”.

Authorities opened dozens of cases against Poroshenko after he was beaten in a presidential election by Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no previous political experience, in April 2019.

Zelensky pledged to root out corruption and investigate those responsible for the previous administration.

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Poroshenko faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Although Poroshenko brought the former Soviet country closer to the West during his presidential term, critics accuse him of failing to tackle corruption and poverty.

Ukraine has been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk since 2014.

The fighting has left more than 13,000 dead.

Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of sending troops and weapons across the border, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

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Former Ukrainian leader Poroshenko named in “betrayal” investigation https://arena-kiev.com/former-ukrainian-leader-poroshenko-named-in-betrayal-investigation/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 21:52:42 +0000 https://arena-kiev.com/former-ukrainian-leader-poroshenko-named-in-betrayal-investigation/ Authorities said they were investigating dozens of alleged crimes in which they suspected the 56-year-old politician might be involved. FILE: This photo taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko leading a session of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in Kiev in early November 26, 2018, […]]]>

Authorities said they were investigating dozens of alleged crimes in which they suspected the 56-year-old politician might be involved.

FILE: This photo taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko leading a session of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in Kiev in early November 26, 2018, following a incident in the Black Sea off Moscow- annexed Crimea. Photo: AFP

KIEV – Ukrainian officials on Monday named former President Petro Poroshenko as a suspect in a treason investigation, accusing him of helping pro-Russian separatists sell coal in Kiev.

Authorities said they were investigating dozens of alleged crimes in which they suspected the 56-year-old politician might be involved.

The state investigation office said it suspected Poroshenko of “treason” and of supporting the activity of “terrorist organizations”, referring to the separatists.

During his 2014-2015 presidency, Poroshenko helped the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to sell some 1.5 billion hryvnia ($ 54 million) of coal in Kiev, the office said in a statement.

Poroshenko faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Earlier this year, a pro-Kremlin Ukrainian lawmaker and a former energy minister were also named as suspects in the case.

In April 2019, Poroshenko was defeated in a presidential election by Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no previous political experience.

Zelensky pledged to eliminate corruption and investigate those responsible for the previous administration.

Although Poroshenko brought the former Soviet country closer to the West during his presidential term, his critics accuse him of failing to fight corruption and poverty.

Now a senior lawmaker in a parliament dominated by Zelensky’s ruling party, he made no immediate comment on the news.

His close ally, former parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov, has denied any wrongdoing by Poroshenko. It was, he said, “another case fabricated by direct order of the outgoing president.”

Poroshenko was currently abroad, but had no intention of “fleeing” the Ukrainian security forces, he added.

Ukraine has been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk since 2014.

The fighting has left more than 13,000 dead.

Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of sending troops and weapons across the border, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.


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