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Slightly Skeptical View on Ukrainian Path from EuroMaidan to EuroAnschluss via Civil War

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  “Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.”

George H. W. Bush  warning to Ukrainians voiced on August 1, 1991, just four months before Ukraine declared its independence of Russia

[Jul 24, 2014]  This page is closed as new material has nothing to do with color revolution mechanics (and actually this was true for some some time, but inertia pushed the page belong the right point)

Due to size the introductory article about EuroMaidan events (aka EuroMaidan101 ) was moved to a separate page.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian population, the real victim of this  mess. Harsh times wait them ahead indeed. Iraq and Libya are good examples of what can happen in worst case.

EuroMaidan was yet another color revolution financed (via US controlled NGO and oligarchs (such as Poroshenko, Kolomoyski)). At the end of the day they destroyed the country. There is now extremly cruel and unnecessary civil war in South East. during which a lot people are kileld a lot of propety blown up and economic damage is tens of billions of dollars, far more the Yanukovich and his thugs would be be able to speal from Ukranian people during the same period. There was also terrble, nazy style Odessa Massacre of May 2, 2014 which confirms Bush senior warning about the danger of "a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred."

The key problem with it is that there’s no endgame for the USA and EU, nor is there any benefit to “winning” Ukraine for the West.  After West installed junta  crimes in  Odessa and Mariupol, the insurgency in Ukraine has fuel for years to run, because even if Kiev takes it militarily, that's only be only temporary: now there is enough hatred in South East toward West Ukraine  to fiel gerulla war, and during guerilla war population became polirised even more. It can well last a generation.

Denying Ukraine to Russia is more harmful than beneficial. It is very harmful for Russian economics (and suicidal for Ukrainian economics). It's very harmful for Russia as Ukraine of a part of Russian culture. No matter what Galicia nationalists think (And Galicia was not a part of Ukraine proper for the most of known history; it's more part of Austria then Ukraine). Ukraine was supposed to be a bridge, keeping Russia oriented towards Europe instead of Asia. Now this bridge was destroyed by USA neocons…

It also speaks about the desperation amongst western elites about their current economic decline. The post 2008 train wreck is still in motion and it is hard to see where it completely stops.  Wars are about resources and this includes not only WWI and WWII but EuroMaidan color revolution, which is a war only by other name.

As cheap energy and raw materials are becoming more scarce western countries start operating completely outside the framework of international law.  In part this is due to the rise of the “3rd world” (e.g. China, India and many other developing states) which now became serious competitors to West for energy.  This was one of the reasons that so much manufacturing was off-shored by the West. They saw the writing on the wall. But somehow their plans did not work out and we are seeing that anti-China vector became more visible in the USA policy.

The only fair solution for the Ukrainian situation might be referendum in the South-East.  It is a rational solution  and appears to be fair. But there are no decent players in this game to conduct it impartially. While I do not agree with painting the West as a conniving devil, it came close. In any case it is absolutely clear by now -- there are no knights in shining armor in this conflict. Both West and Russia are neoliberal players, with just different agendas and different level of cultural attachment to the region. It is also clear that most of the victims are common people of Ukraine as well as all the countries directly or indirectly involved, who are being manipulated by the mainstream media into mutual distrust: the first victim in any war is always truth. My heart goes out to the people of Ukrainian South East who became pawns of the political games of  the West and who are now killed by Kiev regime with impunity. 

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"Plunderers of the world, when nothing remains on the lands to which they have laid waste by wanton thievery, they search out across the seas. The wealth of another region excites their greed; and if it is weak, their lust for power.

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[Aug 17, 2018] US Staged a Coup in Ukraine - Here's Why and How -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net

Aug 17, 2018 | www.sott.net

US Staged a Coup in Ukraine - Here's Why and How Chris Kanthan
Sott.net
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:42 UTC maidan protests gun Save What's the official narrative about the events in late 2013 and early 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine? There was a spontaneous and peaceful Euromaidan "revolution" by freedom-loving people, who forced the corrupt Ukrainian President to flee the country, right? Not so simple. There are many intriguing facts about geopolitics, 70 years of U.S. meddling in Ukraine, and covert regime-change operations that need to added to the mix.

US Meddling

First, objectively speaking, it's curious that a US Senator (John McCain) and the US Assistant Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) repeatedly attended political protests in another country. Oh, Nuland is also the wife of a prominent warmongering Neocon, Robert Kagan; and she's also the one who famously said , "F*ck the EU" while discussing the future of Ukraine.

In the picture below, McCain is standing on the stage next to Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the far-right group called Svoboda, which uses a not-so-subtle logo that combines "N" and "Z." Get it?
McCain Nuland Kiev Save Imagine if Russian or Chinese officials were performing similar stunts at anti-US rallies in Mexico!

Victoria Nuland also admitted during a speech in 2014 that the US had spent $5 BILLION since the 1990s to spread "democracy" in Ukraine. (Here's the link to a 1-min video of her speech).

Soros, NED, McFaul

Many people roll their eyes when they hear "George Soros" and think of conspiracy theories. But Soros' own group - IRF or International Renaissance Foundation - admits in its 2015 annual report that it spent more than $180 MILLION in Ukraine since 1990.
International renaissance foundation Save NED or National Endowment for Democracy is a US taxpayer-funded group that specializes in ... ahem ... regime change. It's chief, Carl Gershman, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed in 2013 (just before the protests) that "Ukraine is the biggest prize."

Michael McFaul - US Ambassador to Russia, 2012-2014 - wrote an op-ed in the WaPo in 2004 where he asked, "Did Americans meddle in the internal affairs of Ukraine?" Then he answered it, "Yes."

Why did McFaul write the article? Because in 2004 , Soros and other NGOs fomented the 'Orange Revolution' in Ukraine. Basically, the election was won by a pro-Russia guy, so Soros and co. helped to organize protests and demand a new election. Then, a month later, the pro-US guy won the new election with 52% of the votes. Democracy, America-style.

BTW, that guy - Yanukovych - who lost the election in 2004 ... ran again in 2010 and won fair and square.

History Rhymes

If you go back in history, you will see that the CIA worked with Neo-Nazis(!) and ultra-nationalists in Ukraine for decades, starting right after World War II. Declassified CIA documents describe Project Aerodynamic in the 1950s and '60s that recruited Ukrainian nationalists - including Nazis and war criminals such as Mykola Lebed who was accused of killing tens of thousands of Poles and Jews - to work against the USSR.
project aerodynamic Save So, now hopefully you can clearly see the pattern and that Ukraine is really of special importance to the US. But why? Well, have you heard of Brzezinski, the geopolitical expert who influenced US foreign policy for 40 years? He came up with the idea of Mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the USSR, created Al Qaeda, and then repeated the same strategy of using Islamic terrorists in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Libya and Syria.
Brzezinski Afghanistan terrorists Save Brzezinski explained in his 1997 book , The Grand Chessboard, that "Ukraine is a geopolitical pivot. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire." He also said that Ukraine must be brought into NATO by 2010.

Protests and Violence

In 2013, Soros, NED and other NGO's riled up some ordinary people in Kyiv. (BTW, outside Kiev, there were no protests. In many parts of Ukraine, people are very pro-Russia and were happy with President Yanukovych).

Then Neo-Nazi thugs acted as provocateurs and attacked the police with metal bars, chains, fire-bombs, guns and grenades.
Euromaidan protestors Save Neonazis Ukraine Save The Ukrainian government's links to Neo-Nazis are never openly admitted in the US, but this is the reason why Congress refused to pass a bill that banned funding of Neo-Nazi groups! For fun reading on the far-right extremists in Ukraine, do some research on "Svoboda", "Stepan Bandera" and "Azov Battalion."

False Flag Sniper Attack

In a secretly recorded phone call in 2014, Estonia's foreign minister revealed three shocking facts about the Maidan murders:

(Here's the link to an excerpt from the phone call).

A couple of years later, in an Italian documentary called "The Hidden Truth About Ukraine," some men from the Republic of Georgia came forward and admitted that they were used as snipers in Kiev. As I describe in detail in my book , similar false flag sniper attacks were also used in Libya and Syria to foment regime change.

In summary, to advance misguided geopolitical goals, US/EU officials engineered protests and chaos, and drove a democratically elected president out of the country. Then, without an election, new oligarchs - a billionaire and an IMF guy - were handpicked by the West to become the President and the Prime Minister of Ukraine! Democracy in action!

Conclusion

That's the basic truth about the coup in Ukraine, and it hasn't benefited anyone other than the warmongers. Ukraine is split in two and stuck in a frozen civil war; its debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled since the US-backed coup; pensions, social services and minimum wages ($140 a month) have been slashed and the people are still ruled by corrupt oligarchs. The US regime change ops also ignited a chain reaction of needless hostility, hysterical Russophobia and crippling sanctions. The EU has lost more than $100 billion in trade with Russia in the last four years; and the US has pushed Russia deep into China's orbit. Just like the neocon adventures in Iraq and Syria, the meddling in Ukraine will go down as another disastrous and reckless chapter in the sordid history of US foreign policy.

[Jul 12, 2018] Challenging Chait s Paradigm by Hunter DeRensis

Jul 12, 2018 | www.unz.com

But to not only ignore the February 2014 coup in Ukraine that initiated recent hostilities between the U.S. and Russia, but to also put the blame on the latter's "aggressive behavior," is at best laughable and at worst dishonest. In February of 2014 the democratically elected government of Ukraine was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United States government, an event Chait and his peers do their best to forget . Russia's subsequent annexation of the Crimean Peninsula (containing the Russian naval base at Sevastopol) was a wholly reactive measure. To say the recent estrangement was triggered by anything else than western aggressive behavior is factually inaccurate.

Quartermaster , July 12, 2018 at 12:48 pm GMT

But to not only ignore the February 2014 coup in Ukraine that initiated recent hostilities between the U.S. and Russia, but to also put the blame on the latter's "aggressive behavior," is at best laughable and at worst dishonest.

You lost me at that point. There was no coup in 2014. That's simply a Putinist lie. Yanukovich ran when he was going to be brought to book for the murders he ordered on the Maidan. He was interviewed last year and was completely evasive when it came to questions about the killings he ordered. He's now a fugitive from justice and was righteously removed from office when he ran for asylum in Russia.

It's long past time for idiots like yourself to get the facts and quit parroting Putin's lies.

hyperbola , Next New Comment July 12, 2018 at 6:21 pm GMT
@Quartermaster

Why I Quit the Democratic Party Yesterday

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-I-Quit-the-Democratic-by-Eric-Zuesse-Congress-Democrats_Congress-Republican-GOP_Democracy_Democrats-DNC-140815-725.html

I left the Democratic Party yesterday, because I cannot support the first American President who ever installed anywhere in the world a nazi regime -- it has never happened before, not even under a Republican President; and, until Obama, I had always assumed that if it ever would happen, it could come only under a Republican President, never under any Democratic one. But I was wrong -- mortifyingly wrong -- because Barack Obama did this in Ukraine (see here and here for the evidence); he is the first-ever U.S. President to install a nazi regime anywhere, and so I wrote to my Representative seeking Obama's impeachment by the Democrats in Congress; and, yesterday, that person, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, told me that, notwithstanding Barack Obama's having unquestionably done this, this Democratic Representative will not introduce on the floor of the U.S. House (which is the only place where a bill of impeachment can be introduced) a bill of impeachment against this -- what is the appropriate term for such a person, if not a -- nazi U.S. President. (That's nazi as an ideology, racist fascist, not as a party designation, which is merely a party's name.) Simply because Obama calls himself a 'Democrat,' that Representative in the House will not introduce a bill to impeach him. There was no argument on the facts; the facts weren't at issue here at all; it's just that Obama calls himself a 'Democrat.' That's all ..

Ukraine's Pres. Poroshenko Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was a Coup

http://washingtonsblog.com/2015/06/ukraines-pres-poroshenko-says-overthrow-of-yanukovych-was-a-coup.html

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess

http://washingtonsblog.com/2017/11/participants-2014-ukrainian-cup-confess.html

.. The Italian newspaper Il Giornale, and Italian Mediaset Matrix TV, Chanel 5, issued, on November 15th, confessions by a few of the snipers who on 20 February 2014 fired down into the crowd of "Maidan" demonstrators and police, in order "to sow chaos," as they say that they had been instructed to do.

The Georgian mercenary Alexander Revazishvilli said: "Everyone started shooting two or three shots at a time. It went on for fifteen, twenty minutes. We had no choice. We were ordered to shoot both on the police and the demonstrators, without any difference." This account is entirely consistent with the leaked phone-conversation on 26 February 2014 in which Urmas Paet, the investigator whom the EU had assigned to determine whom to blame for the snipers and their massive bloodshed during the overthrow, informed the EU's Foreign Affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, that the anti-Yanukovych, pro-U.S. and pro-EU side, were to blame, and that Paet had just been informed of this by Petro Poroshenko (who shortly thereafter became elected as Ukraine's figurehead President). Paet said: ..

Oliver Stone Exposes US Coup d'etat In Ukraine

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/01/17/oliver-stone-exposes-us-coup-detat-ukraine/

How and Why the US Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

https://countercurrents.org/2018/06/04/how-and-why-the-u-s-government-perpetrated-the-2014-coup-in-ukraine/

[May 24, 2018] That is one way of challenging the Western narrative about Ukraine and Crimea is through weighing up factual events, such as the CIA-backed false-flag sniper shootings of dozens of protesters in Kiev in February 2014.

May 24, 2018 | www.strategic-culture.org

Abe May 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm "Washington has shifted from tacit acceptance to an openly complicit policy in Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory, an annexation which has been going on for seven decades since the inception of the Israeli state in 1948. The now de facto American approval of the annexation of all Jerusalem marked by the opening of the US embassy is the culmination of 70 years of Israeli expansion and occupation.

"Meanwhile, Putin's unveiling this week of the bridge linking southern Russian mainland to the Crimea Peninsula is a timely reminder of the brazen hypocrisy of American and European states.

"Since Crimea voted in a referendum in March 2014 to rejoin its historic homeland of Russia, Washington and its allies have continually complained about Moscow's alleged 'annexation' of the Black Sea peninsula.

"Never mind that the Crimean people were prompted to hold their accession referendum following a bloody coup in Ukraine against an elected government by CIA-backed Neo-Nazis in February 2014. The people of Crimea voted in a peacefully constituted referendum to secede from Ukraine to join Russia, which it was historically a part of until 1954 when the Soviet Union arbitrarily assigned Crimea to the jurisdiction of the Soviet Republic of Ukraine.

"For the past four years, Western governments, their corporate news media and think-tanks, as well as the US-led NATO military alliance, have mounted an intense anti-Russian campaign of economic sanctions, denigration and offensive posturing all on the back of dubious claims that Russia 'annexed' Crimea.

"Relations between the US and the European Union towards Russia have descended into the freezer of a new and potentially catastrophic Cold War, supposedly motivated by the principle that Moscow had violated international law and changed borders by force. Russia's alleged 'annexation' of Crimea is cited as a sign of Moscow threatening Europe with expansionist aggression. Putin has been vilified as a 'new Hitler' or 'new Stalin' depending on your historical illiteracy.

"This Western distortion about the events that occurred in Ukraine during 2014, and subsequently, can be easily disputed with hard facts as a blatant falsification to conceal what was actually illegal interference by Washington and its European allies in the sovereign affairs of the Ukraine. In short, Western interference was about regime change; with the objective of destabilizing Moscow and projecting NATO force on Russia's borders.

:That is one way of challenging the Western narrative about Ukraine and Crimea. Through weighing up factual events, such as the CIA-backed false-flag sniper shootings of dozens of protesters in Kiev in February 2014. Or the ongoing Western-backed military offensive by Kiev's Neo-Nazi forces against the breakaway republics of Donbas in Eastern Ukraine.

"Another way is to ascertain the integrity of supposed Western legal principle about the general practice of annexation of territory.

"From listening to the incessant public consternation expressed by Western governments and media about Russia's alleged annexation of Crimea, one might think that the putative expropriation of territory is a most grievous violation of international law. Oh how chivalrous, one might think, are Washington and the Europeans in their defense of territorial sovereignty, judging by their seeming righteous repudiation of 'annexation'.

"However, this week's grotesque opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem accompanied by the massacre of protesting unarmed Palestinians shows that Western professed concerns about 'annexation' are nothing but a diabolical sham. In seven decades of expanding illegal occupation of Palestinian territory by the Israelis, Washington and the Europeans have enacted no opposition.

"But when it comes to Crimea, even though their case is not valid, the Western powers never stop hand-wringing about Russia's 'annexation' as if it was the biggest crime in modern history.

"Worse than hypocrisy, the US and European Union have been silently complicit in allowing Israel to continue annexing more and more Palestinian territory despite the stark violation of international law. Periodic massacres and whole populations held under brutal military siege in the Gaza Strip and West Bank have never registered any effective opposition from Western powers."

Gaza Massacre Exposes Western Hypocrisy on Russia's 'Annexation' of Crimea
By Finian Cunningham
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/05/18/gaza-massacre-exposes-western-hypocrisy-russia-annexation-crimea.html

[Apr 05, 2018] Sic Semper Tyrannis RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 5 APRIL 2018 (Patrick Armstrong)

Apr 05, 2018 | turcopolier.typepad.com

UKRAINE. An American survey shows that the mood in Ukraine is bad and expecting worse . Well, that's one post-Maidan Ukraine expectation that will be fulfilled. Nadia Savchenko, a former Ukrainian hero, has been arrested in Ukraine on terrorism charges. She dares to suggest that the massacre was a false flag . (Read Ivan Katchanovski's paper : "This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas". Here are confessions by some of the snipers that your local news outlet has been too busy to tell you about.)

[Feb 17, 2018] Shocking New Evidence: Maidan snipers confess they were under orders from Coup leaders to shoot police AND protesters by Matfey Shaheen

Notable quotes:
"... "We were told to ensure order so that there were no drunks, to maintain discipline and identify rabble-rousers sent in by the authorities," the officer recounted. ..."
Feb 17, 2018 | theduran.com
Snipers Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili, who now fear for their lives, are even ready to confirm their stunning account below in a Ukrainian court.

A protestor points a gun during clashes with riot police in the centre of Kiev on January 22, 2014.

It was the shot unheard around the world – everyone knows the Ukraine Crisis began after the 2014 Maidan Coup, but few in the West know Russia didn't invade Ukraine, fewer still know of the mysterious snipers who rained down death from above those fateful days in Kiev.

The corporate media was quick to follow standard stenographers union protocol in line with modern western journalistic standards – so they of course immediately blamed Russia without any evidence. They claim Russian trained snipers were supporting the Ukrainian president by firing on protesters.

Those who actually in Kiev, and not only Russian media, but independent foreign media report a key fact: yes, the snipers fired on protesters, but also on security forces. Snipers were attacking both sides, adding fuel to the raging fires of bloody revolution that laid Kiev – the Mother of Russian Cities – again to ruin.

Now, thanks to Sputnik , we have finally identified the snipers, they were Georgian, and their accounts will shock you:

It is necessary to create chaos on the Maidan, using weapons against any targets, protesters and police – no difference" Said one of the ringleaders

According to Sputnik, snipers Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili, who now fear for their lives, are even ready to confirm their stunning account below in a Ukrainian court :

Sputnik has obtained copies of an official testimony that they gave to lawyers Alexander Goroshinsky and Stefan Reshko and also copies of air tickets confirming the arrival of Nergadze and Revazishvili to Kiev during the Maidan events .

To get really understand how we got here, we must go back to the beginning of sniper fire on Maidan, which is where the Sputnik report begins:

On February 20, 2014, unknown snipers shot at people gathered on Kiev's central Maidan square killing 49 protesters and four police officers. Local opposition leaders, as well as US and EU representatives, were quick to point a finger at the "regime of Viktor Yanukovych ." Still, an official investigation failed to produce any results with the culprits still at large.

A Sputnik correspondent has met with the purported snipers, all of them from Georgia. They insist that they were taking orders from Maidan leaders. Moreover, they had direct orders to fire at police officers AND protesters in order to enrage the crowd and provoke a political crisis.

from left to right: General Tristan Tsitelashvili, Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze

According to Sputnik, General Tristan Tsitelashvili , erstwhile commander of the Georgian Army's elite Avaza unit, was the first to expose the fact it was Georgian snipers were firing onto Maidan Square. The General lead troops during the August 2008 hostilities in Abkhazia, until he became a personal enemy of Mikhail Saakashvili, who tried to blame him for his own failures.

Saakashvili trying to eat his tie? Seriously, we couldn't make this up if we tried

Saakashvili is the infamous and stupendously incompetent Georgian president, turned Ukrainian opposition leader who just got deported to Poland by equally unpopular Ukrainian President Poroshenko. He's lucky he wasn't deported to Georgia, as he isn't exactly welcome in his home country either .

While many people have reasonable complaints against the former Georgian President, General Tsitelashvili's issue is far more personal. His home was raided by Saakashvili's forces who arrested the General, and critically injured his little son. Since 2008, the two had been sworn enemies, but Tsitelashvili can hardly be considered a friend of Russia, considering he fought for Georgia. This makes his incredible account all the more credible. Sputnik's report continues with a quote from the General:

I knew already in 2014 about people from Georgia who were present on Maidan square with specific orders to shoot. Some of them served under my command in the Georgian army. Some are still in Ukraine, fighting, others returned to Georgia. They took their time to speak out because they were afraid to. They are still afraid because they can simply be eliminated as unwanted witnesses!

One of those snipers who "knew too much" was Koba Nergadze, a carrier Georgian special forces operator. Sputnik spoke with him as well:

"We were fighting smugglers. The region was divided into zones controlled by Georgian and Ossetian businessmen. Conflicts occasionally flared up, including real firefights with the Ossetian military. Our brigade suffered 11 or 12 people killed, I can't say for sure. Overall, the Georgian army lost 45 people," Nergadze said.

After his 2006 departure from the regular army after, he joined the Georgen DEFMIN's Security Service, with the help of a peculiar friend.

This friend was Mamuka Mamulashvili, the commander of the "Georgian Legion" fighting in eastern Ukraine on Kiev's side. Once again, as with General Tsitelashvili, these aren't exactly Russia's friends, which makes their claims against Kiev all the more unbiased and believable .

"I first met him while in the army, at the birthday party of my friend Bezho," Koba added. "Officially, we also dealt with the protection of the rallies held in Tbilisi, to make sure that there would be no clashes between supporters and opponents of Saakashvili. In fact, we were tasked with suppressing opposition rallies and keeping an eye on the opposition," he admitted.

If necessary, by order of commanders, our service officers beat up opposition leaders. As a rule, we did this while wearing masks. People called us 'Sonderkommando.' Service members were usually tight-lipped about where they worked and what they did.

Sputnik further explains that:

The agents were divided into "tens." Nergadze was one of the foremen. Other foremen he knew are Georgy Saralidze, Merab Kikabidze and David Makiashvili. In his interview with Sputnik, Koba mentioned some of the "tariffs." He said that they were paid $1,000 for beating up an opposition MP.

In December 2013, Mamulashvili invited the "foremen" to a meeting and ordered them "to immediately go to Ukraine to help the protesters." Nergadze's group was allocated $10,000 with an additional $50,000 promised them upon their return.

They used other people's passports to reach their destination. Nergadze had a passport issued in the name of Georgy Karusanidze (born in 1977).

In Kiev, the group was accommodated on Ushinsky Street and each day, as if to work, they went to Maidan.

"We were told to ensure order so that there were no drunks, to maintain discipline and identify rabble-rousers sent in by the authorities," the officer recounted.

Nergazde celebrated New Year at Hotel Ukraina, which was already controlled by protesters.

The hotel Ukraiina provides the perfect vantage point for a Sniper, overlooking Maidan square. If a sniper were to fire from the hotel, into the violently rioting crowd, targeting both sides in the middle of the pandemonium, the fighting would quickly escalate, and the mass panic would help conceal the sniper's identity, position, and very existence.

The Hotel Ukraine is the large building on the top left

The report continues:

Alexander Revazishvili is another former Georgian military man, who arrived in Kiev in the midst of unrest. After serving in the Georgian army, he was an active member of "Free Zone" – an organization of Saakashvili's supporters. In his own words, he "infiltrated the oppositionists' ranks, inciting fights and engaging in other provocations." The organization was led by Koba Khabazi, who introduced Revazishvili to Mamulashvili. He took a great deal of interest in the ex-officer's military specialization as a sniper.

In mid-February, Revazishvili, Khabazi and four other representatives of the Free Zone arrived in Kiev on a UIA flight. They were accommodated at Vozduhoflotskaya Street before being moved to the city conservatory, which was already controlled by the opposition.

"The following day Mamulashvili brought us to Maidan and placed us in a tent set up on the square. Khabazi told us that our task was to provoke the protesters to attack. Our group, along with the protesters, attacked Berkut with stones and Molotov cocktails. Some people were bringing rocks; some were lining up Molotov cocktails, while others assaulted Berkut and the police. Revazishvili said.
https://youtu.be/T7k0MjODEQY

"Sergei Pashinsky Was Bringing the Arms"

Protesters fighting with police during Maidan, unaware snipers were targeting both sides

"On February 14 or 15, the group commanders – me, Kikabidze, Makiashvili, Saralidze, I do not remember the names of the others – were gathered in a suite on the third floor of Hotel Ukraina.

Among those present were Parubiy (Andrey Parubiy, right-wing Ukrainian politician, the "commandant of the Maidan" during the period of unrest in Kiev; since 2016 – Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada), and Pashinsky (Sergei Pashinsky, a notorious Ukrainian politician and businessman, a People's Deputy of Ukraine. – Ed.). 'We need to help our fraternal people, and soon we will have an assignment.' He gave no further clarification. By that time I had already seen hunting rifles and pistols, carried by the protesters," "Nergadze said.

Also taking part in the meeting was a certain Christopher Brian, who was presented as a former American soldier.
In the evening of February 19, Sergey Pashinsky and several unfamiliar guys with big bags returned to the hotel.

They took out SCS carbines, 7.62mm Kalashnikov assault rifles, an SVD rifle and a foreign-made carbine. Pashinsky explained to us that the weapons would be needed "for self-defense," but when I asked him from whom we were going to defend ourselves, he did not answer and left the room. Sputnik reports.

The next part of their story really proves what the goal of the snipers was to do. Apparently Mamulashvili mentioned some a "special task" to the snipers.

" It is necessary to create chaos on the Maidan, using weapons against any targets, protesters and police – no difference ." said Mamulashvili

He said that the money for the "business trip" would be paid once the "assignment" had been completed.

The account continues that:

Someone asked Mamulashvili in Georgian: "Where's Misha?" He answered: "With Porokh." Then they left. Sometime later, Pashinsky and several other men brought in a bag with weapons, mostly SCS carbines. Pashinsky himself was holding a Kalashnikov rifle with an open butt.

Among those present was Vladimir Parasyuk, the leader of one of the Maidan "hundreds," who subsequently commanded the 4th Company of the Dnepr Battalion and later became a People's Deputy of Ukraine.

Revazishvili went on to say:

Pashinsky asked me to help choose shooting positions. He said that Berkut [police commandos] could storm the Conservatory during the night and break up the protesters. At night, about 4 or 5 am, I heard gunshots.

I thought they were coming from the October Palace. Pashinsky jumped up, grabbed the walkie-talkie, and started yelling to cease fire, that it was not the right time. The shooting immediately stopped.

At about 7.30 am (maybe later) Pashinsky ordered everyone to get ready and open fire, taking two or three shots and immediately change position. The shooting continued for about 10-15 minutes. After that, we were ordered to drop weapons and leave the building.

Then he returned to Maidan. He heard that people were enraged; some believed that it was the Berkut shooting. Others, on the contrary, thought that it was the protesters who had fired the shots.

"I realized that this might end badly, that I was in a real fix, that people could tear me up right here if they only knew the truth. I went out to take a walk on Maidan. They I decided that it was time to fly out. I took a taxi to the airport," Revazishvili concluded.

Sputnik's report finishes with the words of

Early in the morning on February 20, at about 8, I heard the sound of gunshots coming from the conservatory; 3 or 4 minutes later, Mamulashvili's group opened fire from windows on the third floor of Hotel Ukraina. They were shooting in pairs. After each shot, they moved to another room and fired again. When it was all over, they told us to get out. That same day Bezho and I flew to Tbilisi.

The stunning report ends as follows:

The ex-officer of the Georgian army was never paid the money he was promised. Today, he fears revenge from his former "colleagues."

Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili are ready to confirm their words in a Ukrainian court. Sputnik has obtained copies of an official testimony that they gave to lawyers Alexander Goroshinsky and Stefan Reshko, who represent the interests of former members of the Berkut police commando unit. Sputnik also has copies of air tickets confirming the arrival of Nergadze and Revazishvili to Kiev during the Maidan events.

Those who follow alternative media are well aware of the existence of the snipers and the real story of Maidan, however now we finally may know who they are, and what they did. Moreover, seeing as Sputnik announced that in addition to their legal accounts, they can prove they were in Kiev during the Maidan coup. We are one step closer to learning more about how the Coup began, but are we any closer to an end to the war uncertain. This may have incredible implications in coming days, and if anything new arises, we will be sure to keep you informed.

[Dec 18, 2017] In the November 16 article in the Italian journal Il Giornale, and repeated on Italian TV Canale 5, journalist Gian Micalessin revealed that 3 Georgians, all trained army snipers, and with links to Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian security forces were ordered to travel to Kiev from Tbilisi during the Maidan events. It is two of these men that are now being called to testify in Kiev

Dec 15, 2017 | consortiumnews.com

Abe , December 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

"In a dramatic development in the trial in Kiev of several Berkut police officers accused of shooting civilians in the Maidan demonstrations in February 2014, the defence has produced two Georgians who confirm that the murders were committed by foreign snipers, at least 50 of them, operating in teams. The two Georgians, Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze have agreed to testify [ ]

"This dramatic and explosive evidence was first brought to light by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin on November 16 in an article in the Italian journal Il Giornale and is again brought to the world's attention by a lawyer with some courage picking up on that report and speaking with the witnesses himself. These witnesses stated to Gian Micalessin, even more explosively, that the American Army was directly involved in the murders.

"The clear objective of the Maidan massacre in Kiev on February 20, 2014 was to sow chaos and reap the fall of the democratically elected, pro-Russian Yanukovych government. People were slaughtered for no other reason than to destroy a government the NATO powers, especially the United States and Germany, wanted removed because of its opposition to NATO, the EU, and their hegemonic drive to open Ukraine and Russia to American and German economic expansion. In other words, it was about money and the making of money.

"The western media and leaders quickly blamed the Yanukovych government for the killings during the Maidan demonstrations, but more evidence has become available indicating that the massacre in Kiev of police and civilians – which led to the escalation of protests, leading to the overthrow of the Yanukovych government – was the work of snipers working on orders of government opponents and their NATO controllers using the protests as a cover for a coup.

"One of the snipers already admitted to this in February 2015, thereby confirming what had become common knowledge just a few days after the massacre in Kiev and in a secretly recorded telephone call, the Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet reported to the EU head of Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton, in early March 2014, that there was widespread suspicion that "someone from the new coalition" in the Kiev government may have ordered the sniper murders. In February 2016, Maidan activist Ivan Bubenchik confessed that in the course of the massacre, he had shot Ukrainian police officers. Bubenchik confirmed this in a film that gained wide attention.

'Dr. Ivan Katchanovski, at the University of Ottawa, published a devastating paper on the Maidan killings setting out in extensive detail the conclusive evidence that it was a false flag operation and that members of the present Kiev regime, including Poroshenko himself were involved in the murders, not the government forces. [ ]

"In the November 16 article in the Italian journal Il Giornale, and repeated on Italian TV Canale 5, journalist Gian Micalessin revealed that 3 Georgians, all trained army snipers, and with links to Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian security forces were ordered to travel to Kiev from Tbilisi during the Maidan events. It is two of these men that are now being called to testify in Kiev."

The Maidan Massacre: US Army Orders: Sow Chaos
By Christopher Black
https://journal-neo.org/2017/12/15/the-maidan-massacre-us-army-orders-sow-chaos/

[Dec 08, 2017] MAIDAN SNIPERS

Dec 08, 2017 | turcopolier.typepad.com

MAIDAN SNIPERS. One of the founding myths of the "Revolution of Dignity" was the massacre on the Maidan. Ivan Katchanovski has proved, to anyone with the capacity for objective thought, that it was a false flag operation; here is his paper ; here is a summary . Two Georgian snipers have come forward to confess; here is a summary of what they said with links to the original. The story continues to develop and Katchanovski is following it .

[Nov 29, 2017] The interviews with three snipers of Georgian nationality, conducted by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin and aired as a breathtaking documentary on Milan-based Canale 5 (Matrix program) last week, still have not paved its way to the international mainstream media.

Nov 26, 2017 | unz.com

Anon , Disclaimer November 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm GMT

@Carroll Price

The US, Russian Federation, and the Nuland-Kagan revolution in Kiev in 2014:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-hidden-truth-about-ukraine-italian-documentary-bombshell-evidence-kiev-euromaidan-snipers-kill-demonstrators/5619684

"The interviews with three snipers of Georgian nationality, conducted by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin and aired as a breathtaking documentary on Milan-based Canale 5 (Matrix program) last week, still have not paved its way to the international mainstream media.

The documentary features Alexander Revazishvili, Koba Nergadze and Zalogi Kvaratskhelia, Georgian military officers They claim that on Jan 15, 2014 they landed in Kiev equipped with fake documents Having received 1000 USD each one and being promised to be paid 5000 USD after the "job is done", they were tasked to prepare sniper positions inside the buildings of Hotel Ukraine and Conservatory, dominant over the Maidan Square. Along with other snipers (some of them were Lithuanians) they were put under command of an American military operative Brian Christopher Boyenger.

The coordinating team also included Mamulashvili and infamous Segrey Pashinsky, who was detained by protesters on Feb 18, 2017 with a sniper rifle in the boot of his car The weapons came on stage on February 18 and were distributed to the various Georgian and Lithuanian groups. "There were three or four weapons in each bag, there were Makarov guns, AKM guns, rifles, and a lot of cartridges." – witnesses Nergadze.

The following day, Mamulashvili and Pashinsky explained to snipers that they should shoot at the square and sow chaos.

"I listened to the screams," recalls Revazishvili. "There were many dead and injured downstairs. My first and only thought was to leave in a hurry before they caught up with me. Otherwise, they would tear me apart."

Four years later, Revazishvili and his two companions report they have not yet received the promised 5000 USD bills as a payment and have decided to tell the truth about those who "used and abandoned" them."

Well that was a clear picture of a sausage-making during the US-sponsored regime change in Ukraine. The neo-Nazi in the US-supported "government" in Kiev came about naturally.

[Nov 29, 2017] The interviews with three snipers of Georgian nationality, conducted by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin and aired as a breathtaking documentary on Milan-based Canale 5 (Matrix program) last week, still have not paved its way to the international mainstream media.

russia-insider.com
Anon , Disclaimer November 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm GMT
@Carroll Price

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-hidden-truth-about-ukraine-italian-documentary-bombshell-evidence-kiev-euromaidan-snipers-kill-demonstrators/5619684

American military operative Brian Christopher Boyenger. The coordinating team also included Mamulashvili and infamous Segrey Pashinsky, who was detained by protesters on Feb 18, 2017 with a sniper rifle in the boot of his car The weapons came on stage on February 18 and were distributed to the various Georgian and Lithuanian groups. "There were three or four weapons in each bag, there were Makarov guns, AKM guns, rifles, and a lot of cartridges." – witnesses Nergadze.


"I listened to the screams," recalls Revazishvili. "There were many dead and injured downstairs. My first and only thought was to leave in a hurry before they caught up with me. Otherwise, they would tear me apart."

[Nov 13, 2017] The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag

Nov 13, 2017 | russia-insider.com

The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag Describes Yanukovich as a flabby leader whose willingness to appease his opponents demoralized his police. Means it's not very believable he would order a massacre, or that the police would carry it out for him Marko Marjanović 5,071 9

Last Sunday The New York Times had an in-depth article on the overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine.

That is if you can call in-depth an article that is full of omissions. Which you can't. So let's just say it was a very LONG article.

We should still be thankful for it, however, because it reminded us of the real Yanukovich.

This was a guy who took it upon himself to negotiate an association treaty with the EU and came within inches of signing it.

In reality Yanukovich was a centrist who approximated the policies of pro-western Ukraine politicians to the point where he had lost the active support of eastern Ukraine. Moreover during the Maidan standoff he proved himself an indecisive and timid leader.

He amnestied street-fighting radicals and let them keep control of public spaces in the capital for far longer than would be the case in any western or eastern country. Moreover he bent backward to appease the opposition.

In late January he offered to take them into a new national unity government and name a PM from their ranks. It was a sweet deal they would have probably taken, but for fear of running afoul of the protest movement themselves.

Despite the rebuke Yanukovich still accepted the resignation of his PM Azarov – a reliable loyalist hated by the opposition.

A little earlier in the month his government passed a set of laws it believed would give it the power it needed to deal with the situation, but then just as quickly backed away from them.

This was typical Yanukovich. Hapless, in over his head, and wishing problems would just go away so he wouldn't need to deal with them.

And that is precisely the Yanukovich we meet in the New York Times piece :

Ashen-faced after a sleepless night of marathon negotiations, Viktor F. Yanukovych hesitated, shaking his pen above the text placed before him in the chandeliered hall.

Then, under the unsmiling gaze of European diplomats and his political enemies, the beleaguered Ukrainian president scrawled his signature, sealing a deal that he believed would keep him in power, at least for a few more months.

The security officers said in interviews that they were alarmed by language in the truce deal that called for an investigation of the killing of protesters.

They feared that a desperate Mr. Yanukovych was ready to abandon the very people who had protected him, particularly those in the lower ranks who had borne the brunt of the street battles.

The Times covers just the last two days of Yanukovich's reign, but it's safe to say police doubt built up gradually. 21st February was certainly not the first time Yanukovich attempted to appease his enemies at the expense of his police.

During the first half of February Maidan protesters arrested by the police were released and amnestied on Yanukovich orders in return for protesters vacating occupied government buildings and lifting some of their barricades.

attack on traffic police unit elsewhere in the city. (Yanukovich responded by ordering national mourning for slain policemen and street-fighting protesters alike.)

Indeed, as The Times itself reports, all along police resented Yanukovich for not having been sent in to disperse the protesters encampments early on, when they believed it would have still been relatively easy.

All in all the NYT shows Yanukovich on the evening of February 21th was a flabby, indecisive leader who did not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. Left unstated by the NYT is that that was the picture of Yanukovich throughout the standoff.

The idea that on the February 20th this timid and wavering man woke up, rang his police chief and ordered himself a radical escalation of the standoff in the form of a mass slaughter of protesters is preposterous. It is at odds with everything about Yanukovich's record during the crisis.

It is also not believable his demoralized police would carry out such an order from him. It was a force thoroughly discouraged with what it saw as having been held back, undermined and under-supported.

That leaves the possibility police snipers did it on their own as vengeance for the losses suffered on the 18th and the 20th. However, this is not much more believable either.

The Times piece makes it clear policemen were actually highly conscious of the possibility they would be hung out to dry by Yanukovich and face judicial charges for their conduct. Going rogue would make that all the more certain.

Also let us be very clear. Nobody on the western and pro-western side ever tried to argue that is how the massacre went down. The story has always been that Yanukovich himself was responsible.

In writing the report the NYT has its own agenda. It is trying to argue Yanukovich was "not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies" due to the "panic in government ranks created by Mr. Yanukovych's own efforts to make peace".

We get it. NYT wants us to know Yanukovich toppling was immaculate. It wasn't so much that he fled the capital because he had good reason to fear for his safety, it is just that his regime simply dissipated into thin air due to his own flabbiness.

However, isn't it the case that leaders who in their "efforts to make peace" go so far as to cause their allies' desertion generally do not order the mass murder of their enemies?


*Based on reporting by BBC's Daniel Sandford fighting started that day with a successful protester advance against the parliament in the morning. It was followed by a police counter-attack later in the day.

[Nov 13, 2017] The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag

Nov 13, 2017 | russia-insider.com

The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag Describes Yanukovich as a flabby leader whose willingness to appease his opponents demoralized his police. Means it's not very believable he would order a massacre, or that the police would carry it out for him Marko Marjanović 5,071 9

Last Sunday The New York Times had an in-depth article on the overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine.

That is if you can call in-depth an article that is full of omissions. Which you can't. So let's just say it was a very LONG article.

We should still be thankful for it, however, because it reminded us of the real Yanukovich.

This was a guy who took it upon himself to negotiate an association treaty with the EU and came within inches of signing it.

In reality Yanukovich was a centrist who approximated the policies of pro-western Ukraine politicians to the point where he had lost the active support of eastern Ukraine. Moreover during the Maidan standoff he proved himself an indecisive and timid leader.

He amnestied street-fighting radicals and let them keep control of public spaces in the capital for far longer than would be the case in any western or eastern country. Moreover he bent backward to appease the opposition.

In late January he offered to take them into a new national unity government and name a PM from their ranks. It was a sweet deal they would have probably taken, but for fear of running afoul of the protest movement themselves.

Despite the rebuke Yanukovich still accepted the resignation of his PM Azarov – a reliable loyalist hated by the opposition.

A little earlier in the month his government passed a set of laws it believed would give it the power it needed to deal with the situation, but then just as quickly backed away from them.

This was typical Yanukovich. Hapless, in over his head, and wishing problems would just go away so he wouldn't need to deal with them.

And that is precisely the Yanukovich we meet in the New York Times piece :

Ashen-faced after a sleepless night of marathon negotiations, Viktor F. Yanukovych hesitated, shaking his pen above the text placed before him in the chandeliered hall.

Then, under the unsmiling gaze of European diplomats and his political enemies, the beleaguered Ukrainian president scrawled his signature, sealing a deal that he believed would keep him in power, at least for a few more months.

The security officers said in interviews that they were alarmed by language in the truce deal that called for an investigation of the killing of protesters.

They feared that a desperate Mr. Yanukovych was ready to abandon the very people who had protected him, particularly those in the lower ranks who had borne the brunt of the street battles.

The Times covers just the last two days of Yanukovich's reign, but it's safe to say police doubt built up gradually. 21st February was certainly not the first time Yanukovich attempted to appease his enemies at the expense of his police.

During the first half of February Maidan protesters arrested by the police were released and amnestied on Yanukovich orders in return for protesters vacating occupied government buildings and lifting some of their barricades.

attack on traffic police unit elsewhere in the city. (Yanukovich responded by ordering national mourning for slain policemen and street-fighting protesters alike.)

Indeed, as The Times itself reports, all along police resented Yanukovich for not having been sent in to disperse the protesters encampments early on, when they believed it would have still been relatively easy.

All in all the NYT shows Yanukovich on the evening of February 21th was a flabby, indecisive leader who did not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. Left unstated by the NYT is that that was the picture of Yanukovich throughout the standoff.

The idea that on the February 20th this timid and wavering man woke up, rang his police chief and ordered himself a radical escalation of the standoff in the form of a mass slaughter of protesters is preposterous. It is at odds with everything about Yanukovich's record during the crisis.

It is also not believable his demoralized police would carry out such an order from him. It was a force thoroughly discouraged with what it saw as having been held back, undermined and under-supported.

That leaves the possibility police snipers did it on their own as vengeance for the losses suffered on the 18th and the 20th. However, this is not much more believable either.

The Times piece makes it clear policemen were actually highly conscious of the possibility they would be hung out to dry by Yanukovich and face judicial charges for their conduct. Going rogue would make that all the more certain.

Also let us be very clear. Nobody on the western and pro-western side ever tried to argue that is how the massacre went down. The story has always been that Yanukovich himself was responsible.

In writing the report the NYT has its own agenda. It is trying to argue Yanukovich was "not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies" due to the "panic in government ranks created by Mr. Yanukovych's own efforts to make peace".

We get it. NYT wants us to know Yanukovich toppling was immaculate. It wasn't so much that he fled the capital because he had good reason to fear for his safety, it is just that his regime simply dissipated into thin air due to his own flabbiness.

However, isn't it the case that leaders who in their "efforts to make peace" go so far as to cause their allies' desertion generally do not order the mass murder of their enemies?


*Based on reporting by BBC's Daniel Sandford fighting started that day with a successful protester advance against the parliament in the morning. It was followed by a police counter-attack later in the day.

[Jul 30, 2014] This page is closed as new material has nothing to do with color revolution mechanics (and actually this was true for some some time, but inertia pushed the page beyond the right point). The last issue of EuroMaidan chronicles is July 2014. There is also disconnected from previous issues an issue for December 2014 which is actually more about color revolutions in general. Few newer posts can be found at Poroshenko presidency, Russian Ukrainian Gas wars and Who Shot down Malaysian flight MH17 ?

Provisional government which Poroshenko inherited resigned after ruling coalition collapsed (Udar and Svoboda left the coalition). The government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk was created shortly February 2014 coup d'état. The latter signified the victory of EuroMaidan "color revolution" supported and financed by the USA and EU. This revolution removed from power President Viktor Yanukovych and installed pre-selected by Nuland and Co people in power. Those people represented mainly Nationalist part of population of Galicia, Volyn and Ivano-Frankivsk provinces (partially also Vinnitsa and Dnepropetrovsk provinces). The Parliament was formed the "ruling coalition" of "Batkivshchyna", ultranationalist "Freedom" and UDAR parties which represented alliance of Dnepropetrovsk oligarchic clan with ultranationalists. New, completely dominated by ultranationalists, Parliament started its law making with the attempt to suppress Russian language and abolish the adopted under Yanukovich compromise law about usage of minority languages, but this attempts failed as Turchinov did not signed it into law. They also immediately abolish the law which prohibited public display of Nazi symbols.
In a month or so they unleashed armed attempt forcefully suppress the protest of South-East and started to organize ultranationalist militias (aka death squads) to help to preserve and sustain the power obtained in coup.
Results of their rule now are pretty much evident. It is destruction of the country. Easiness with which they unleashed the civil war is startling. And as for language if they wanted to be art of Europe one official language should be English to which probably both Western Ukrainian nationalist and Eastern Ukraine "confederates" could agree. That does not mean that Eastern Ukraine is blameless, but still the major factor in unleashing this was were far right forces which came to power in February and their foreign sponsors. It was probably Odessa massacre which turned the tide in Donetsk and Lugandk toward armed resistance. But Crime also a factor.
My impression is that far right forces expected the brute force suppression of South East will bring quick success. And they badly miscalculated. Instead of short-term and bloodless "anti-terrorist" operation, new Ukrainian authorities now got what now officially called civil war. And this civil war on South East is fought with tremendous cruelty against civil population using air bombardments, tanks and heavy artillery, and with many civil population victims (I think over a thousand dead and more then 10K wounded as of Jul 24, 2014, counting victims on MH17).
Like in Spain civil war volunteers from various European countries joined the battle: Russians, Serbs, Croats, Ossetians on South-East (confederates) side; Swedes, Poland mercenaries, etc on Kiev (far right nationalist) side.
On July 23, 2014 Red Cross officially declared the conflict to be a civil war. That fact that Red Cross decorated this conflict to be a civil war changes the game legally, since there are two warring parties on equal legal footing. Both are responsible for war crimes. for some reason in MSM the view on civil war is like on something like "war light". In reality this is the most "heavy metal" war, the most cruel, uncompromising and destructive. It's enough to remember the US civil war which was the first war in which destruction of civilian infrastructure became a war goal. The is also a war with the highest number of victims among civil population, children and woman. Compare with Mosgovoy interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZxP-a3FlX1g
Maidan, in which the only valid, rational idea was the protest against oligarchic republic and rule of oligarchs in Ukraine, completely disintegrated without achieving any progress in this direction. One oligarchic clan replaced the other. Anyone who thinks Maidan ended crony capitalism and the reign of the oligarchs are delusional. It was skillfully converted into something like national-socialist revolution in Germany, which brought to power alliance of far right nationalists and Dnepropetrovsk oligarchs, who never has chances to get to power legitimately.
If before the events of February-July supporters of Maidan could claim that Yanukovich was an old-fashioned thieving tyrant, representative of Donetsk oligarchic clan, who hinder Ukrainian progress toward democracy and European choice, now would be laughed out of the court. In comparison of half-a-year of junta rule corrupt Yanukovich regime looks now much more palatable. If you need to chose between a thief and a murderer, the choice is pretty clear to everybody. Economic collapse became unmanageable and grivna lost half of its value, making already poor people completely desperate paupers.
Unlike NSDAP coming to power in Germany in 1933 and this period was accompanied with the recovery of German economy (may be due to measures taken during Weimar republic), hijacking of Maidan protest by Far Right nationalists and February coup d'état (Orange Revolution II with brown overtones) did not bring the country anything good: the Ukrainian economy now is in ruins, brutal civil war was unleashed in South-East. Ukraine lost Crimea.
And far right are incapable to negotiate in principle -- their slogans are "Ukraine uber alles" and "death to enemies" Due to those difficulties now there are frictions within winner camp: Poroshenko fired Parubiy, who essentially brought him to power, Klitschko tries to remove remnants of protesters from the Maidan square using brute force, Kolomoisky is at war with Lyashko, Avakov is at war with Kernes and also might not last long. And civil war unleashed by Turchinov-Yatsenyk junta is simply madness!

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