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Shilo na milo: Presidential elections of May 25, 2014

Preporoshili: Wrapping junta in chocolate

News  From EuroMaidan to EuroAnschluss Recommended Links Poroshenko presidency Yulia Tymoshenko Sergey Tigipko
The Far Right Forces in Ukraine Suppression of Russian language and culture in Ukraine Odessa massacre Provisional government  Resurgence of ideology of neo-fascism v
Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov  Acting Ukrainian Security Council chief Andriy Parubiy Acting Head of SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko Victoria Nuland’s ‘Ukraine-gate’ EU-brokered agreement on ending crisis To whom EuroMaidan Sharp-shooters belong?
Ukraine's oligarchs  Neocons in State Department and Nulandgate Acting President Oleksandr Turchyno Accession of Crimea to Russia Russian Fifth column Humor Etc

Introduction

  For three months Maidan shouted "We are against the power of the oligarchs"

And who recall this slogan now is the provocateur and Moskal.

(C) Andrey Manchuk.

Why just chose another shit on the next election, but without having to burn you own hut down?! To to arrange an armed coup with all subsequent crimes and a heap of corpses?! Why you just can't wait for the elections and calmly to re-elect the President. Why do via the ass, as did the Ukrainians. Yanukovych agreed on early elections. So Ukrainian (with gentle support of the USA) would get the same shitty result, but just several months later. No, they decided to choose corrupt and subservert to the USA Poroshenko  instead of corrupt and subservernt to the USA Yanukovich now, getting the county in the depth of economic collapse and lawlessness as a prise

Let's give the Ukrainian people some credit. Despite mountains of lies from Western-sponsored media previously in 2010 they voted-in for the Party of Regions, sending corrupt and inept Yushchenko regime packing. But "lubi druzi" wanted revenge and with kind help of Washington Obcom they got thier wish in 2014. Now what?  Another cycle of impoverishing of the country ?

And please note that they live in the information bubble with presstitutes from Poroshenko Fifth channel, Gromaske TV, etc brainwashing non-stop, 24 x 7.   The media is totally controlled by the oligarchs, as it should be in neoliberal republic. But now we arrive at the grim limits of Ukraine people abilities to exercise thier democratic inclination, in a condition which is personified by electing the billionaire president. So much suffering and destruction to replace a corrupt politician (Yanukovich) with a semi-criminal type of entrepreneur (other do not survive in Ukrainian climate).  Here is one comment from M of A - The U.S. Blinked Over Cuba ... And Blinks Over Ukraine

Copeland, May 28, 2014 11:13:52 PM

Probably something of an analysis should be made of the trajectory of this oddball breed of billionaire, that is to say, the Chocolate Gore Factory's proprietor, the newly minted Ukrainian president, Poroshenko.

We arrive at the grim limits of our degenerate civilization, in a condition which is personified by the billionaire president. Here is something new, an entity that has heretofore shrunk from the light. Those who have, in former times. produced the global snuff film, (and watched the credits roll, at exclusive private screenings), now make so bold as to front and represent, and issue executive commands as heads of state. for cities to be put under siege, for populations to be bombed and shelled.

Billionaire hands are seen orchestrating the burning alive of protesters, as well as the strangling and torturing to death of those who survived the flames. Poroshenko must feel awfully lucky, bulletproof, and invulnerable, to tempt the Russians; for after all, who is to say that they won't hang him, after they bag him, and try him for his crimes against the Ukrainian people. Provided that he follows through with his recent threats.

Does Poroshenko personify the cast (or caste) of leaders to come, in the terminal phase of the empire? Is he in the mold of Galtian Superman, trampling out the vintage, projecting the longest, most lunatic death wish of them all?--the spark into a tinderbox?

The main goal of Presidential election is to legitimize junta which came to power on February 22, 2014 as a result of the armed coup (aka putsch). I expect Poroshenko to win as it is necessary  to swipe the dirt of  EuroMaidan Sharp-shooters and Odessa massacre under the carpet. I have no illusions  about him. He is Yushchenko-2 : a totally controllable puppet and he will do whatever Washington Obcom orders him to do. His candidacy is the result of the political compromise between the USA and Germany (note the Klichko is out).

Petro Poroshenko, who established several political records, became the first Ukrainian politician who was elected to be President of the country, who does not have own faction in the Verkhovna Rada. Yanukovych used to have the Party of regions, Yushchenko's "Our Ukraine",  Kuchma created the NDP, even Kravchuk has strong support of the former Soviet apparatchiks in Verkhovna Rada. But Poroshenko does not have any faction. Nothing!

In other word his election is an interesting example of "export of democracy" in which main benefits are reserved for the exporter and importer is struggling suffers after. Still it is a step in right relation because Poroshenko now does at least Western Ukraine electoral mandate, while junta was just a result of coup d'ιtat.

Why elections were scheduled while low intensity civil war take place in South East

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_presidential_election,_2014

Presidential elections will be held in Ukraine on 25 May 2014.[2] Originally scheduled to take place on 29 March 2015, the date was changed following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.[3][4][5] If necessary, a second and final round will be held on 15 June.[6] The elected candidate will serve a five-year term in office.[1]

The elections will be held during the wave of 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, including a separatist insurgency in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine (where several towns are under the control of armed pro-Russian forces).[7] The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic situated there have vowed they will do everything possible to disrupt the elections

In Crimea there will be no voting.[2] On 17 May 2014 the Central Election Commission of Ukraine warned that it could become impossible to hold elections in some parts of the Donbas and this would deprive two million people in the region of their right to vote.[11] The (NGO) Committee of Voters of Ukraine warned on 23 May that 10% of the electorate might not be able to vote.[12] In total, 36 million Ukrainians are eligible to vote.[11][8]

On 7 December 2012, Batkivshchyna nominated Yulia Tymoshenko as its presidential candidate.[14] On 14 June 2013, the congress of her party approved the decision to nominate her as its candidate for the presidential election.[15] On 11 October 2011, a Ukrainian court found Tymoshenko guilty of abuse of power, sentenced her to seven years in jail and banned her from seeking elected office for her period of imprisonment.[16][17][18] Because Tymoshenko was in prison during the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election, Arseniy Yatsenyuk headed the election list of Batkivshchyna.[19][20] Tymoshenko remained in prison until 22 February 2014, after parliament voted for her release and removal of her criminal record, allowing her to compete for elected office once again.[7]

In May 2013, Batkivshchyna, UDAR, and Svoboda vowed to coordinate their actions during the presidential campaign, and promised "to support the candidate from among these parties who wins a place in the run-off election”.[21] If the election format were to change to a single round, the three parties vowed to agree on a single candidate.[21]

On 24 October 2013, the leader[22] of UDAR, Vitali Klitschko, announced he intended to take part in the election.[23] Experts and lawyers argued that it is unclear if Klitschko could take part.[23] Under Ukrainian law a presidential candidate must have had his residence in Ukraine for the past ten years prior to election day. Klitschko has lived for many years in both Ukraine and Germany, where, according to media reports, he has a residence permit.[23] Klitschko confirmed on 28 February 2014 that he will take part in the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election.[24] However, on 29 March, he withdrew from the race for the presidency, simultaneously pledging his support for Petro Poroshenko.[25]

Registered candidates

The leading candidate and subsequnt winner of elections, corrupt oligarch with strong connections to Washington Obcom, "chocolate rabbit" Petro Poroshenko is a veteran of Ukrainian politics, one of the founders of Party of Regions, who later defected to Yushchenko Orange Revolution camp and was instrumental in staging Orange Revolution being of of the key financiers of both Orange Revolution and EuroMaidan. Due to competition from Yulia Timoshenko, he failed to became Prime minister in Yushchenko government and became the secretary of SNBO under Yushchenko. As such he is a vetted by the Washington Obcom.

The ruling party under Viktor Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, nominated former Kharkiv mayor and governor Mykhaylo Dobkin as its candidate, but MP Serhiy Tyhypko, who was recently expelled from the party, is also running. He might well come the second.

Political landscape

Presidential powers were significantly reduced after Viktor Yanukovich fled Ukraine. President no longer control Prime minister and large part of cabinet. Now the president will be able to nominate foreign and defence ministers as well as the country's top prosecutor and the head of the security service, for parliamentary approval. The rest of the cabinet will be appointed by MPs.

The president can no longer dismiss the cabinet, but retains the power to dissolve parliament.

Decimation of the Party of Regions

Party of regions was created as a party of Earnern and central Ukranian oligarches. It was created on 26 October 1997 just prior to the 1998 Ukrainian parliamentary elections under the name of Party of Regional Revival of Ukraine and led by Volodymyr Rybak. 

Its electoral and financial base is located primarily in the east and south-east of Ukraine, where it enjoys wide popular support. Tha Party gave token support to interests of South East althouth it was actually balancing not to irritiate too much nationalists. That's why it never has courage to make Russian language as second state language. Donetsk Oblast with at the peak over 700,000 members was the bajor base of the party.

The party won 185 seats in the Ukrainian parliament in the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[20] On 12 December 2012 it formed a parliamentary faction of 210 deputies. Some of the depities were bought by leading oligarchs, 2who have factions within the party.

But after putsh of February 22 it was decimated and essentially ceased to exist as a coherent political force. Some members of the Party (Presidential candidate, who later withdraw his candidacy Oleg Tsaryov) became prominent politicians supporting federalization of Ukraine (his house in Dnepropetrovsk was burned in retaliation, and he was severely beaten after debate on TV in Kiev).

Others remained loyal to junta and supported junta repressive measures toward South east and laws such as

Loss of electorate by Timoshenko

Why after release from the prison Timoshenko was grey cardinal of Provisional Government (as Turchinov was her right hands for a long time and Yatsenyuk was a placeholder as a leader of Batkivshchina while she was in jail), she lost her electorate. So one of the interesting development was her poor performance in the elections.

Conclusions

While attempt to legitimize junta via Presidential elections was successful and Poroshenko does has mandate of at least Western part of Ukraine (around eight million people voted for him; voting in Eastern part just show that the East is divide, as most people did not vote), the key problem is that he has found himself in a real zugzwang and made a strategic mistake.

He was elected candidate of the United Ukraine, but he started to behave a member of junta, he actually was.  His deception to continue "anti-terrorist operation" against of separatists of Donetsk was worse than a crime, it's a blunder. Looks like chocolate rabbit undermined his legitimacy even before her entered Presidential office.

but I think that the main goal of Poroshenko election -- the goal of legitimizing junta was achieved. Putin views the situation differently. For him there is no big difference who from two western puppets  - crazy Timoshenko or completely subservient to the USA chocolate rabbit. He might have a point, although on Timoshenko background Poroshenko can be viewed as a lesser evil.

Still almost 20% of voters put a vote for far right candidates (which include Timoshenko, Layshko, Tyagibok and Yarosh) and that speaks huge troubles for Ukraine. Civil Wars in Spain and Yugoslavia come to mind.  

Whoever wins the election will have to deal with the ruined economy, an empty Treasury, a split of opinions in the country, high level of aggressiveness of far right gangs,  heavy legacy of the "Maidan", filthy center of the capital,  Odessa massacre and demands of Donbas miners. With the parallel collapse of the army.

And, from the Russian point of view - with the necessity to repay previous debts for gas, the need to pay for the current consumption and the need to spend on securing the future of gas transit to Europe. That means "Mission impossible". So this is not about "yes" or "no" to the election,  the question of French female correspondent asked Putin. She was not able or willing to realize the fact that answers "Yes" or "no" does not matter much. Putin said "we will work with those who will come."  As they did with junta.

For Poroshenko there is a lot of work to do to reverse the damage of putsch and subsequent rampage of Provisional Government at the East. but being a shadow member of junta he is not up to the task.  

An good summary of the election was provided by well known satirist Nyura Berg which we reproduced in translation into English Babetta (aka Timoshenko) does not go to the war

May 26, 2014  | Polemika.com.ua

Kiev electorate has not failed the expectations. Once again it proved the high civic consciousness, the ability for adult, intelligent assessment of reality as well as its good taste. Residents of the capital rushed to the election booths (not forgetting to put on a Ukrainian national shirts) to cast their vote, including a new hope for  Kiev itself, which till now has been shown that it is actually possible manage the municipal economy by a method of blowing up the nostrils. Looks like Kievites feel that Petro Poroshenko should be their President and naturally chose his ally Vitaly Vladimirovich Klischko to be the mayor of Kiev. I am very happy for the Kievites, because now they can start a new life. From scratch. After suffering from a newcomer Popov, and  after experiencing care of  Bondarenko, they are now ready to fully enjoy pleasures of professional city management in the execution of former boxer. 

If about the mayor's post there were some uncertainty as for the victory of Poroshenko I had no slightest doubt.  I predicted that 7 years ago but at the time  absolutely no one believed me. But to me it was obvious, that he is the next king. And that victory will be achieved in the first round. The only thing that I failed to predict is the exact percentage who voted "for". PR people of Poroshenko chose 56% which it is the content of cocoa beans on the covers of the most popular chocolate bars produced by tycoon. This is witty, I should admit.

No doubt they can paint, in principle, any percentage they want. And Peter produce chocolate even more bitter  , but they managed to produce a  illusion of  counting of votes, and the victory in the first round was ensured, as it would cost additional money to conduct a second round.

In General, the country got a new President, at least the part of its citizens, who visited the voting booths and thought about elections as legitimate.

Nobody was confused by a photo ballot boxes with huge piles of neatly stacked in the printing of ballots - abrasively they didn't even bother to fluff up the stack to give an impression of real voting.

The OSCE recognized the elections as valid and beautiful example of European democracy in advance. The  U.S. Ambassador before the end of voting, said that the turnout was just the magnificent, world neocon and  neoliberal community  generally is breathless from impeccable performance of the puppets. Ask Psaki, if you don't believe me.

Observers of OSCE have no complaints whatsoever. Voting using other people's passports and generally without them - is a proud tradition in Galicia where gastarbeiters move to target countries in spring, and remaining  grandmothers traditionally vote for all the missing relatives. This is highly normal and in best standards of European Democracy. And why we should be shy about this proud tradition knowing that the world will  be applauding this fucking celebration of Ukrainian democracy, anyway.

Nobody confuse photos of ballot boxes with piles of neatly stacked ballots as a violation. Despite the  abrasive half that they didn't even bother to fluff up the stack to give it the minimum likelihood of honest elections. The Central Commission controlled by junta behaves as it should announcing that the violations ascertained are small and insignificant. And yes they are small, well, if  think small they manage to lose 5 million ballots. But this tiny details should not stop the triumph of democracy in Ukraine.

So, Poroshenko is practically President, he has congratulated Ukrainians with this fine selection and promised first of all to fly to Donetsk. Is this in order to personally charge rocket launchers to bombard and exterminate "separatists"? No, of course, Petro is now peacemaker and negotiator with good people. As well as strict educator (using shell and bullets) of the bad one. So it is intent to spread bullet and shells showers and other attributes of democracy on Donbas region, strengthening the intensity of the ATO in his victorious glow.

All the dirt on Poroshenko traditionally not confused the voters who, as always, decide to chose somebody  worthy to govern then, and that in a few months will surely curse him. Nothing changes in Ukraine, that's for sure. So again that rule is neither make conclusions from previous mistake, or god forbid take lessons in order not to repeat them (hint Yushchenko and Orange Revolution). And really why bother ? Life is good in any case.

This time there is an interesting nuance -- as soon in the country will adopt a new Constitution, the demand of  permanently jumping up-and down Maidan revolutionaries and our inspired by their baseball bats people's deputies; both convinced that only a parliamentary Republic will save Ukraine. Well, you've seen how we dealt with establishing legislative branch of power all these years, so it is not create that that will save us. However, this new Constitution will greatly hamstring the authority of the President. In theory, of course. My natural  skepticism tells me that Petr Poroshenko suddenly cooled town to this wonderful idea.

The second place, according to exit polling, took Yulia Timoshenko with such a low number, that she probably decided not to gather Maidan III and initiate a third revolution. Despite on that on such possibility our "Passionaria" transparently hinted before even adopting her new hairstyle "Babetta goes to war". Now it  a senseless idea. I think that Timoshenko instead suddenly became really enchanted by the idea of a parliamentary Republic. And the she under the banner of the Fatherland and with the help of attached to it fish-parasites will try to organizes acceptance of the new Constitution in record time, in order to fight for strategically important place of the Prime Minister.

The evening media already reported that Timoshenko graciously acknowledged the victory of his opponent, who never even go down to debate with her, rightly pointing out that the candidate with the third rating is not interesting for him. I don't think that Yulia Timoshenko, who had suddenly became poring with milk and honey, forgot this humiliation, as this definitely not a feature of female psychopath mentality. In reality she has a very long memory, especially toward people who did something bad to her. Yes, she does.  Therefore losing a battle but not the war (at least, she thinks it is), Babetta immediately announced that she will help the new government. In Russian card game preference such assistance is called the American - and this have a shade of black humor or angry sarcasm. The latter is a word more adequate for the current situation. The promise of help from Yulia Timoshenko looks direct and obvious threat to Poroshenko, especially if we consider, that all the key position of the Provisional (which now have chances to became permanent) government of the country are controlled by her Batkivshchina colleagues. .

And paradoxically she still has some colleagues. As strange as it sounds not yet all of them fled to Poroshenko as is expected from Ukrainian politicians, known worldwide for its high moral character and devotion to their party.  For example Avakov, apparently, not warned by the patron of the fact that the strategy has changed, and the war with Poroshenko is cancelled, broke into a huge text, which declares the elections almost totally falsified: "According to the interior Ministry, extraordinary elections of the President of Ukraine are held with numerous violations. As at 19.00 marked almost 1000 violations, many of which may call into question the legitimacy of the future President. The most common types of violations of election laws have become physical violence and threats of its application, the voter bribery and illegal propaganda". And he cites numerous examples.

Today there are predictions about the obvious vector  of the forthcoming friendly drift of the Batkivshchina brass and its best representatives in the camp of yesterday's enemy. Plus the amount of compromising materials of chocolate rabbit, and articles ordered to trounce him  will be temporarily laid aside - nothing personal, all of us in Ukraine are champions of clean politics.

However, after some time this posting was deleted from a personal page Avakov - apparently thousand breaches suddenly did not pass the spelling check, and he Arsen Borisovich felt a sudden change of fate and decided to pay attention to the winner. 

A special flavor to the second place of Timoshenko is that in one Internet poll, published immediately after the polls closed, the second place got Oleg V. Lyashko to the rate of 11.1% and Yulia Timoshenko became only the fourth. Actually, in other exit polls, this crazy, but extremely prudent and murderous clown, received more than 8%, which, you should agree explains well the views of the people of this Christian nations.

Of course, the final data about Ukrainians vote in the election of the President and mayors we'll know tomorrow, as today are trying to trust the exit polling, although according to sociologists, not wrong only is slightly more the half cases. Some people who were interviewed at the exit from the polling stations tell truth, but many obviously simply lied. For example, Yarosh on these surveys receives only 1%, and it means only that many Ukrainians will choose him, but still hesitate to admit it openly... Turnout for the nights come around 60%+, though modestly predicted a 70% - and this despite that most people ignored of the elections in the South-East.

The counting process is of course the most interesting part, and naturally and traditionally the most suspicious, Ukrainians were informed by Nalyvaychenko that  in fact the system "Elections" has been hacked. Nasty virus, can change the results of election as Nalyvaychenko told us; and it proved to tenacious and can brazenly deny the victory of the person that Nalyvaychenko wants to win despite the best efforts of our security officers. The system still does not work, so count will be performed manually, though the question is if there will be a count? We are used to the fact that two plus two always produce different results depending on the fact that we sell or buy. If there were exit polls, which confirmed the credibility of the revolutionary forces of the Maidan and the consensus of the major players. So elections are actually redundant if we have pools. And really why NGOs should pay more?

In General, the elections were held, the Ukrainian TV channels, never playing the role pf presstitutes, were delighted and glow in Patriotic rage. All day sweet rejoicing voices reported the unprecedented rise of consciousness, record turnout of voters, huge like the ballot boxes. But suddely wll went black and rainstom fall on Kiev. And there was a real bolt from the Sunny skies. Looks like "darkness has covered the city hated by the Procurator". Being is depth of thier hearts still pagans and mystics, Ukrainians immediately started to wisper to each other that this the voice of God, a sign from heaven. And why we need signs from the heaven, when the USA exists is unclear to me. After all every man in this country is a maker of his own fortune, Yes all of us.

While the country is discussing electoral turnout, ratings and violations, the shelling of cilians on its East continues. To make them to run to election booth quicker.  The mortar shelling of a hospital, the execution of the rebels, who tried to hinder the holding of elections at one of the stations on the territory of DND. The murder of an Italian journalist and his Russian translator, heavy wound of a French correspondent. He said they came under heavy fire of the Ukrainian army, but our media immediately announced by the mouth of his best representatives that reporters were killed by insurgents, not embarrassed one bit by the presence of the the survivor of the mess. Lugansk, dying from fear, waiting for the fire of "Hurricanes" - Poroshenko didn't conceal their murderous plans.

On the territory of Ukraine not made another Russian journalists, despite their accreditation cards, the necessary amount of money and identities. Simultaneously released reporters LifeNews - thanks to the efforts of President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who informed us about the mysterious presence in Kyiv of highly intelligent people, who managed properly understand the weight of the arguments of this Head of mountain people. My sense of professional solidarity, of course, is satisfied, and I am very happy, but there is one  unanswered question that remains - what's up with MANPADS? The guys say that the anti-aircraft complex named was planted, but Pashinskiy and Nalyvaichenko assured the public that the journalists were carrying it and even led the fighting insurgents, carefully simulating   Donetsk accent. In this case how you (I means Pashinskiy and Nalyvaichenko (who became big friends since Maidan sniper incident, you know) managed to released those murderous spies?  Why you let them go?

In the information space there is more and more clearly crystallized opinion that all this is about dividing the country is divided between oligarchs and their private military companies; that this will not stop until each of them get his own feud. Until then there will be no end to the horror. And that the Central government is rather vassal than the suzerain; that no one will give us indulgence from the blunders committed - neither Russia nor Europe; that the Americans played us like a mark in poker game with Russia and while Russian assume that this is the game of chess, the USA played American football with them . Such a geopolitical mess.

But now at the end we at least understand what Ukrainian people really wanted on Maidan - it's a chocolate oligarch my friends.


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[Jun 07, 2014] New Ukraine president defiant toward Russia in inaugural speech

June 7, 2014 | america.aljazeera.com

Poroshenko says Ukraine will never give up Crimea; calls for a unified, pro-European country and rejects separatists

Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko said his country would never give up Crimea and would not compromise on its course toward closer ties with Europe, spelling out a combative and defiant message to Russia in his inaugural speech on Saturday.

The 48-year-old billionaire took the oath of office before parliament, buoyed by Western support but facing an immediate crisis in relations with Moscow as a pro-Russian separatist uprising seethes in the east of his country. He called for dialogue with the east, but said he will not talk with rebels he called "gangsters and killers."

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March, weeks after street protests ousted Poroshenko's pro-Moscow predecessor, Viktor Yanukovich, in a move that has provoked the deepest crisis in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War.

"Citizens of Ukraine will never enjoy the beauty of peace unless we settle our relations with Russia. Russia occupied Crimea, which was, is, and will be Ukrainian soil," Poroshenko said in a speech that drew a standing ovation.

He told this to Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two met on Friday at a World War II D-Day anniversary ceremony in France, he said.

Poroshenko, who earned his fortune as a confectionery entrepreneur and is known locally as the "Chocolate King," said he intended very soon to sign the economic part of an association agreement with the European Union, as a first step toward full membership. This idea is anathema to Moscow, which wants to keep Ukraine in Russia's sphere of influence.

Poroshenko stressed the need for a united Ukraine and the importance of ending the conflict that threatens to further split the country of 45 million people. He said it would not become a looser federalized state, as advocated by Russia, but he did call for early regional elections in the east and promised to push for new powers to be allotted to regional governments.

"There can be no trade-off about Crimea and about the European choice and about the governmental system. All other things can be negotiated and discussed at the negotiation table. Any attempts at internal or external enslavement of Ukraine will meet with resolute resistance," he said.

Hours after the speech, Putin ordered security tightened along Russia's border with Ukraine to prevent illegal crossings, Russian news agencies said. Ukraine claims that many of the insurgents in the east have come from Russia; Poroshenko on Saturday said he would offer a corridor for safe passage of "Russian militants" out of the country.

Pro-Russian rebel leaders in the east dismissed Poroshenko's speech.

"This statement doesn't concern us," said the self-declared prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

Poroshenko offered amnesty to rebels who "don't have blood on their hands." But this has been met with skepticism. "I don't believe it," said Valery Bolotov, the insurgent leader in the Luhansk region. Rebels in both Luhansk and Donetsk have declared their regions independent.

"I will bring you peace," the new president promised, but did not indicate whether Ukrainian forces would scale back their offensives against the insurgency.

Russia has insisted on Ukraine ending its military operation in the east. Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov, representing Moscow at the inauguration, said Poroshenko's statements "sound reassuring," but "for us the principal thing is to stop the military operation." He added that the insurgents should also stop fighting in order to bolster the delivery of humanitarian aid, RIA Novosti reported.

In his inaugural address, attended by U.S. politicians including Vice President Joseph Biden, Sen. John McCain and Democratic Rep. Marci Kaptur, Poroshenko called for dialogue with "peaceful citizens" in the east. "I am calling on everyone who has taken arms in their hands - please lay down your arms," he said.

He also said he would seek early parliamentary elections because "the current composition of the parliament is not consistent with the aspirations of the nation." The current parliament, elected in 2012 with a large contingent from Yanukovich's former party, is to stay in place until 2017.

Poroshenko insisted that Ukrainian would remain the sole state language of the country, but promised "new opportunities for the Russian language." He did not give specifics.

Al Jazeera and wire services

Petro Poroshenko The Challenges that Await Ukraine's President-Elect by Sergii Leshchenko

"But here another problem arises for Poroshenko-his lack of a team. " Wrong. Petro Poroshenko does has a team -- team USA ;-).

New Republic

His victory is itself a challenge for Poroshenko. He can devote his five years at the helm to enriching himself, as his predecessors did, and as he was suspected of doing in 2005. But then he runs the risk of a new Maidan. An alternative would be to work for the good of society. Being elected president also presents Poroshenko with the dilemma of how to separate his political power from his business. He has already declared that he is in search of an investment firm to advise him how to sell off his assets. But, since Ukraine's investment climate is at its nadir, this process could take months or even years.

Furthermore, Poroshenko has refused to sell Channel 5, which for many years has served as his trusty propaganda outlet in the struggle for political victories. In answer to a question posed by the author of this piece about the relationship between Channel 5 and Poroshenko, he answered: "This is my asset, and I can do whatever I want with it." Aside from serving Poroshenko himself, Channel 5 is a way to pay off the politicians who are loyal to him. Many journalists in Kiev remember how it supported former Speaker of Parliament Vladimir Litvin, who is close to Poroshenko, and who was implicated in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze.

Also challenging for Poroshenko are the weak presidential powers under the current Constitution. Confidence on the part of 55 percent of Ukrainians shows that the voters associate him with quick changes for the better. But the President can't even name the prime minister and most members of the government, since these powers lie with the parliament. And Poroshenko has no political faction of his own in the Ukrainian legislature, which again suggests that his high popularity ratings are a result of a very specific set of circumstances.

Under these conditions, Poroshenko has two courses of action. He can rewrite the Constitution in his favor, strengthening the powers of the president and facing charges of usurping power. Such a step would be very similar to the actions of Yanukovych, who half a year after his election completely changed the power structure in the country, subjugating the government through the Constitutional Court. In his campaign, Poroshenko promised not to aspire to powers greater than those for which he was elected.

The second way Poroshenko can carry out his promises is to achieve a majority in parliament. This would be possible only by holding early parliamentary elections, and only while Poroshenko's approval rating is at its peak. It will inevitably begin to decline from its current 55 percent, giving him a span of a few months. In his campaign, Poroshenko promised "a full reset of power" and early elections "before the end of 2014 through an open list system." This last promise is indicative. Ukraine has never held elections through an open list system. In an ideal case, this means the future composition of parliamentary deputies will be determined by the people, rather than through closed party meetings.

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But here another problem arises for Poroshenko-his lack of a team. During the elections he was forced to surround himself with people discredited by their association with Yanukovych, the corrupt former mayor of Kiev Chernovetsky, and Vladimir Litvin, implicated in the murder of the journalist Gongadze. Asked about his team in a pre-election interview, Poroshenko evaded the question, listing his wife, his children, his employees, and all Ukrainian citizens-but not naming a single name

Aside from political issues, challenges await Poroshenko in foreign policy and in defense, his direct responsibilities. He was an ardent supporter of the signature of the Association Agreement with the European Union, as a result of which he even clashed openly with Sergei Glazyev, President Putin's special representative, at a September 2013 conference in Crimea.

Today, however, Poroshenko must seek a compromise with the industrialists in eastern Ukraine, who say they are unwilling to open the markets. The Wall Street Journal cites sources claiming that Poroshenko has asked EU leaders to postpone signing the association agreement. On the same day, Poroshenko's press office declared that he is insisting that the document be signed as soon as possible.

Sergii Leshchenko is the deputy editor-in-chief of Ukrayinska Pravda.

[May 31, 2014] Lyashko as new Banderowski leader by Stanislav Apetyan

Actually far right got more then 20% because Timoshenko was not really far from Lyashko Yarosh and Tyahnybok. So they are formidable political force, no question about it.
May 30, 2014 | vz.ru

"Just three months Lyashko become the new idol zapadinsky shkoloty actively apostasy public "Right sector" Vkontakte

The elections in Ukraine were held for almost a week ago. And despite that I still occasionally come across talking point promoted by our desperate fighters against the regime (in particular, distinguished efforts in this areas were demonstrated by Navalny, Sobchak, Nemtsov, Malgin, Adagamov, Aleshkovsky).

this thesis sounds as following:

"Haha, look, Yarosh with Tyahnybok in the elections for two scored only 2%, and therefore, no "Right sector" and no Bandera scum in Ukraine. They do not exist and this all Russian propaganda, ha-ha."

It does take too much effort to guess who is the author and the financial supporter of those talking points, actually repeated almost literally by all Russian opposition leaders

But it is sad that some part of public swallowed this lie. So where for who Bandera followers voted in those elections?

To understand the answer to this question, it is enough just to open the official results and see what the third place on them with a slight lag from Timoshenko took Oleg Lyashko, who scored 11% of the vote.

He was the most aggressive most psychopathic candidate with criminal past. And the Presidential candidate with the most frozen human conscience and rhetoric in this election campaign. He himself went to Donbass at the head of a detachment of armed mercenaries, captured and tortured members of local militias.

Such not very sophisticated electoral technologies

Therefore, no wonder that in just three months Lyashko become the new idol zapadentsev including "Right sector" members represented in such social networks as Vkontakte, osting from pedestal of the leader of banderovtsev both Tyahnybok, and Jarosz.

[May 29, 2014] Тимошенко намекнула, что Порошенко - агент Кремля

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Лидер "Батькивщины", кандидат в президенты Украины Юлия Тимошенко выступила с очередным одиозным заявлением. В эфире одного из украинских телеканалов она фактически обвинила своего основного конкурента по предвыборной борьбе в том, что он российский агент.


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Тимошекно то сама на кого работает а ? на газе денег наворовала а потом на западе счета открыла и все туда перевела. так чего же в свой стране держала то денюжки? или такой способ борьбы с конкурентами? прошмандовка одно слово. народ в ее понимании прекрытие а главная цель это власть и деньги и не важно кто в этом поможет сша или ес. на народ реально насрать. даже когда был кучма и то в стране порядок был а как это дырка появилась со своим петухом ющенко так начали бабло считать. никто не верит тебе стерва! никто!

[May 29, 2014] Наблюдатель от ПАСЕ: "Выборы в Украине - нелегитимные, не всеобщие, нечестные и несправедливые!"

Григорий Петренко, наблюдатель от Парламентской ассамблеи Совета Европы (ПАСЕ) на выборах президента Украины, организованных киевской хунтой, депутат парламента Молдавии не считает выборы ни легитимными, ни всеобщими, ни честными и справедливыми. На своей странице в Facebook Петренко написал, что заявления миссии наблюдателей от ПАСЕ, Парламентской ассамблеи НАТО, Парламентской ассамблеи ОБСЕ, касающиеся украинских выборов - это "попытка выдать желаемое за действительное".

"Проблема этих выборов не в самом дне голосования, - написал Петренко. - Проблема в предвыборной кампании, в условиях и атмосфере непригодных для демократических выборов..."

Как можно назвать выборы всеобщими, если они проходят лишь на части территории страны? – спрашивает представитель ПАСЕ. - Как можно их назвать справедливыми, когда целый ряд кандидатов (Царев, Симоненко, и т.д.) не могли полноценно вести предвыборную кампанию и в итоге снялись с гонки?

"Если бы в какой-то европейской стране запретили CNN, Al Jazeera или какие-то FoxNews и MSNBC, что бы делал Госдеп или, например, Freedom House с Reporters Without Borders? Назвали бы они выборы честными и демократичными? – интересуется Петренко. - Если бы сейчас, на выборах в Европарламент Мартина Шульца, уходящего председателя Европарламента, после дебатов на Euronews, какие-то отморозки забросали бы "коктейлями Молотова", назвали бы наблюдатели эти выборы свободными? Нет! Впрочем, и наблюдателей на выборах в Европарламент не было ни от одной международной организации. Они, ЕС, видимо, считают себя эталоном демократии. Им не нужны наблюдатели!"

Также Петренко сообщил, что в ходе мониторинга голосования посетил многие избирательные участки в Черкасской области, в том числе в двух пенитенциарных учреждениях.

"В Черкасском СИЗО до 9:45 утра проголосовали 498 из 499 заключенных. Как мне сообщили, один успел освободиться, поэтому и не проголосовал. Я на 200% уверен, что никаких выборов там и не было. Даже при большом желании, нельзя за 1:45 обеспечить голосование 500 человек, находящихся на режимном объекте, где всех по очереди выводят из камеры под конвоем. Но в Черкассах смогли! –удивляется молдавский депутат. - тем более от ПАСЕ, никто не ждал, поэтому даже забыли установить кабинки для голосования!

Мне в 10:00 сообщили, что их, кабинки, уже разобрали, так как выборы закончились. Вот такие вот честные, демократичные и свободные выборы!"
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[May 29, 2014] 10 критичных проблем выборов Порошенко

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Итак, стало ясно, зачем Украина так страдала последние полгода. Чтобы поменять олигарха Януковича на олигарха Порошенко - который, если доверять украинскому ЦИК - набрал вчера 55% голосов и стал дублирующим президентом Украины.

Выборы Порошенко прошли ожидаемо грязно. Вот только краткий список явных проблем:

1. Янукович жив, здоров, не подал в отставку и не подвергнут импичменту. Это сразу делает выборы Порошенко неконституционными - ведь по закону Янукович перестанет быть президентом Украины только в 2015 году.

2. Самопровозглашённые власти Киева не контролируют большую часть Донбасса, выборы в этом регионе не проходили. Мнение жителей Донбасса не учтено вовсе.

3. Боевики Нацгвардии (управляемой самопровозглашёнными властями Киева) устроили стрельбу в одном из избирательных участков Луганской области:

http://russian.rt.com/article/33529

По некоторым сведениям, как минимум один член избиркома был убит.

4. Фотограф прозападной "Новой Газеты", которого никак нельзя заподозрить в антипатии к Майдану, зафиксировал очевиднейший вброс бюллетеней - целую стопку аккуратно лежащих в прозрачной урне листков:

https://twitter.com/EvgenyFeldman/status/470459263861927936

Менее наглые вбросы тоже были запечатлены на фотографиях:

http://marina-yudenich.livejournal.com/1150148.html

Гражданская сеть "Опора" сообщает о нескольких сотнях нарушений, которые были зафиксированы уже в первые часы выборов:

http://www.interfax.ru/world/377875

5. Явка удручающе низка. Из-за отсутствия толп рвущихся проголосовать избирателей, украинские СМИ вынуждены прибегать к подлогу, выкладывая фотографии с референдума 11 мая в ДНР, на котором явка и вправду была высокой:

http://without-variant.livejournal.com/207184.html
http://friend.livejournal.com/1078078.html

Безразличие избирателей подтверждается и статистикой избирательного участка в Москве. Там проголосовало только 875 украинцев - вдвое меньше, чем на президентских выборах 2010 года:

http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1214941

На этом фоне заявленный уровень явки в 60% выглядит откровенно подтасованным: можно предположить, что реальная явка как минимум вдвое меньше.

6. Аваков признал, что хакерами была уничтожена электронная система "Выборы", из-за чего подсчёт голосов придётся производить вручную. Чуть позже Аваков опроверг свои слова, заявив, что аккаунт администратора на сайте тоже взломали:

http://ruxpert.ru/Украинский_кризис#25_мая_2014

Из этих сообщений ясно, что подсчёт голосов проводился в условиях полного бардака.

7. В Одессе и Херсоне были попытки поджечь избирательные участки:

http://www.unn.com.ua/ru/news/1346562-v-odesi-namagalisya-pidpaliti-viborchu-dilnitsyu
http://russian.rt.com/article/33472#ixzz32htWstA5

В Николаеве эвакуировали несколько избирательных участков из-за сообщений об их минировании:

http://www.segodnya.ua/politics/pnews/v-nikolaeve-zaminirovali-shest-izbiratelnyh-uchastkov-lyudey-evakuiruyut-523029.html

8. Прямо в день выборов проходили бои между силовиками и жителями Новороссии:

http://www.pravda.com.ua/rus/news/2014/05/25/7026521/

9. В Харькове прошла демонстрация против выборов Порошенко. Во время проведения акции произошла драка с сотрудниками милиции, которые попытались было задержать велосипедиста с георгиевской ленточкой:

http://lifenews.ru/news/133827

10. Наконец, пожалуй, главное. Выборы проходили на безальтернативной основе: к участию в выборах не были допущены противники Майдана.

После жестокого избиения провластными боевиками вынужден был снять свою кандидатуру с выборов Олег Царёв - единственный кандидат, который мог представлять интересы жителей Новороссии и евроскептиков из других регионов страны:

http://lenta.ru/news/2014/04/15/tsarev/

Напомню, что население Новороссии - 19 миллионов человек:

http://ruxpert.ru/Новороссия

Таким образом, как минимум 45% избирателей Украины были лишены возможности проголосовать за своего кандидата.

Подведу итог

"Выборы" Порошенко были проведены предельно грязно и грубо. Одного незаконного правителя Украины - Турчинова - сменит другой незаконный правитель, который, ко всему прочему, будет даже не политиком, а олигархом. Пожалуй, лучшей иллюстрацией ко вчерашней клоунаде является инцидент со взломом рекламного щита, на котором с лозунгом "спасибо за Майдан" киевлянам показывали видео с принудительной евроинтеграцией одетых в военную форму мужчин:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ycYM3CA5v0

Самопровозглашённым властям Украины следовало начать диалог с жителями Юго-востока, учесть их мнение, выработать устраивающую все стороны конституцию страны и утвердить её на всеобщем референдуме. Мы же увидели вместо этого какую-то потешную имитацию народного волеизъявления.

19 миллионов человек были просто выставлены за дверь: им практически прямым текстом объявили, что они являются людьми второго сорта и не имеют права принимать участие в управлении страной.

Теперь, однако, уже поздно. Решения нынешних киевских властей Украины ведут страну к развалу - и я не удивлюсь, если государство Украина перестанет существовать ещё до конца 2014 года.

Update. Комментарии на "Эхе Москвы":

http://echo.msk.ru/blog/fritz_morgen/1327768-echo/#comments

nikk_nikkon, May 26 2014, 11:19:33

Количество избирателей оценивается ЦИК Украины примерно 38 миллионов, грубо 38*0,6 =22,8

38 - 22.8 = 15.2, но (!!!) оказывается явка 60% насчитана с открытых участков , т.е. если отбросить Крым, ДНР и ЛНР то явка будет примерно 40%, вот и посчитайте, за Порошенко проголосовало около 8 миллионов.

n272nm, May 26 2014, 10:44:19

В нашей Раше - олигархи. Только нахуя нужно менять одного олигарха на другого, при это разваливая собственную страну, устраивая гражданскую войну и живьем сжигая людей?!

Кто мешает выбрать из говна меньшее говно, но без того, что бы спалить родную хату дотла?! Я терпеть не могу Путина, только на кого его менять?! Даже если бы была кандидатура, то нахуя для этого устраивать вооруженный переворот со всеми последующими ништяками, виде кучи трупов?! Можно дождаться выборов и спокойно переизбрать президента. Зачем все делать через жопу, как это сделали хохлы. Янукович же согласился на досрочные выборы. В результате все, что произошло на Украине - из-за 1-2 месяцев, ибо летом можно было бы точно так же выбрать Порошенко, только без ояебу какого беспредела.

andrey007iv May 26 2014, 11:30:00

А кто сказал, что там решают что-то жители или майданутые? Эта ситуация предельно ясна, выгоду от такого сценария имеет сша, они почти добились чего хотели. Только вот пока главная их цель не достигнута, Россия войска не вводит. А так им этого хочется, аж слюнки текут...

n272nm, May 26 2014, 11:48:29

Ну, тут как посмотреть. С одной стороны, я с Вами абсолютно согласен, ибо хохлы - не более чем статисты. Но это сейчас, а до этого они были тем самым детонатором, который запустил в действие основной заряд. Началось все в виде Майдана и я хочу подчеркнуть, что украинский народ, точней немалая его часть приложила недюженные усилия, что бы раскачать лодку и запалить костер. Эту роль у хохлов не отнять. Сами своими руками развалили свое государство. Вообще, хохлам не плохо было бы задуматься, почему все так вышло и самое главное, кто в этом виноват?! И посмотреть в зеркало.

andrey007iv, May 26 2014, 12:35:31

Совет посмотреть в зеркало хороший, только в реальности он обычно приводит к драке (у мены за последние 5 лет, 3 раза, хорошо хоть государство драться научило).

Изначально майдан возник( по крайней мере так кричалось) после отказа януковича подписывать договор об ассоциации с европой. Там на майдане сразу, как по команде стали появляться эмиссары европы и америки. Потом, "из ниоткуда" вдруг к действительно изначально мирно протестующим стали добавляться люди в масках и с символикой, (а ведь их где то готовили /польша, прибалтика/ и кто-то за это деньги платил/5 миллиардов за время незалежности/). Поэтому, даже от януковича ничего не зависело, любые его действия были просчитаны, половина его СБУ уже работала на его противников, а точнее на госдеп.

Но статисты конечно подыграли, они же думали, что они что-то решают и от них что-то зависит. Историю надо было учить, а не скакать под кричалки. Теперь сами и расхлёбывать будут.

n272nm, May 26 2014, 11:48:29

Ну, тут как посмотреть. С одной стороны, я с Вами абсолютно согласен, ибо хохлы - не более чем статисты. Но это сейчас, а до этого они были тем самым детонатором, который запустил в действие основной заряд.

Началось все в виде Майдана и я хочу подчеркнуть, что украинский народ, точней немалая его часть приложила недюженные усилия, что бы раскачать лодку и запалить костер. Эту роль у хохлов не отнять. Сами своими руками развалили свое государство. Вообще, хохлам не плохо было бы задуматься, почему все так вышло и самое главное, кто в этом виноват?! И посмотреть в зеркало.

andrey007iv, May 26 2014, 12:35:31

Совет посмотреть в зеркало хороший, только в реальности он обычно приводит к драке (у мены за последние 5 лет, 3 раза, хорошо хоть государство драться научило).

Изначально майдан возник( по крайней мере так кричалось) после отказа януковича подписывать договор об ассоциации с европой. Там на майдане сразу, как по команде стали появляться эмиссары европы и америки. Потом, "из ниоткуда" вдруг к действительно изначально мирно протестующим стали добавляться люди в масках и с символикой, (а ведь их где то готовили /польша, прибалтика/ и кто-то за это деньги платил/5 миллиардов за время незалежности/).

Поэтому, даже от януковича ничего не зависело, любые его действия были просчитаны, половина его СБУ уже работала на его противников, а точнее на госдеп.

Но статисты конечно подыграли, они же думали, что они что-то решают и от них что-то зависит. Историю надо было учить, а не скакать под кричалки. Теперь сами и расхлёбывать будут.

sunday_writer, May 26 2014, 18:41:51

Если бы да кабы. "Ничего спорного в теории Маркса нет"-это можно вот прямо в цитатник. Так что там с источником денег Порошенко? Какие пастбища он огораживал в юности? ;)

n272nm, May 26 2014, 22:55:42 UTC 3 days ago Edited: May 26 2014, 23:02:14 UTC

Я для дурака написал коммент выше?! Занесите в цитатник, да. Мне всегда было любопытно, откуда берутся подобные вам альтернативно одаренные. Вот цитата из Википедии (Википедия - к примеру) "Получив высшее образование, Порошенко начал собственный бизнес по продаже какао-бобов. В 1990-е годы он приобрёл несколько кондитерских предприятий. "(С)

Ахуительно , правда?! Ничего не законного. Просто "занялся продажей", а потому "купил несколько предприятий". Я продажами занимаюсь больше 10 лет.

И я прекрасно знаю, как делаются УСПЕШНЫЕ продажи. Как лоббируются интересы фирмы, даются откаты, вывозятся заинтересованные лица и т.д. Только я не вижу смысла объяснять вам очевидные вещи, вы же все равно не поймете.

sunday_writer, May 27 2014, 05:34:26 UTC 2 days ago

Мне кажется,нет нужды быть "альтернативно одарённым", чтобы,как минимум, заметить вполне разумную критику Маркса. То есть,учение Маркса спорно просто по факту существования критики.
Собственно,и Шопенгауэр критиковал Канта, и ничего зазорного для Канта в этом нет. А Маркс вам явно даже не родственник ;)

А что касается жуликов в бизнесе-вы,видимо,единственный честный человек из этой сферы деятельности,который выжил,чтобы рассказать миру правду?

Конкретно о Порошенко что-то можете сказать,кроме твёрдой уверенности,что "все работники торговли-жулики" (с) "Дайте жалобную книгу" ?
Ну?

n272nm, May 27 2014, 06:25:49

Повторяю, я делаю вам одолжение продолжая общение. Конкретно про Порошенко я ничего сказать не могу, ибо я с ним лично не знаком и не был очевидцем того, как он становился олигархом. Но это вовсе не означает, что вы правы и Порошенко - белый и пушистый.

Это ровно так же, как если следствие не могло доказать вину подсудимого и суд его оправдал, то это вовсе не значит, что оправданный не совершал преступления. Очень часто бывает наоборот.

Но вам сии истины недоступны. Вы и Маркса то понять не можете, хотя он писал очень доступно. Короче говоря, вы верите в то что Порошенко - честный?! Флаг вам в руки и батарею на шею.

Я же, в отличии от вас, прекрасно понимаю, что Порошенко - вор. Какой смысл вам, живущему в стране эльфов, спорить со мной?! Вы меня не переубедите, можете не стараться. Я понимаю, что есть очевидные вещи, вы этого не понимаете. Спасибо за общение :)))))


kungaa, May 26 2014, 09:12:50

Когда говорили, что Майдан - это украинский Тахрир, арабская весна в Европе, они не верили, говорили, что они цивилизованные европейцы и такого не случится. Потом Майдан реально превратился в Тахрир, а выборы президента в/на Украине аналог выборов президента в Афганистане, где тоже в людей стреляли, угрожали и прочее.

Только вот в Египте власть взяли в руки военные, в том же Тайиланде тоже военные решили закончить весь балаган, а судя по всему в/на Украине люди на протяжении 23 лет предусмотрительно демонтировали армию, чтобы не мешали продолжать театр абсурда.


kungaa, May 26 2014, 09:15:59

Надеюсь на Тимошенко, на то, что она пойдёт до конца и устроит 3-й Майдан. Потому что нужно продолжить этот театр абсурда, чтобы экономика незалежной накрылась медным тазом, чтобы настал локальный пиздец Украины, ибо без этого люди не осознают всю убогость майданизма, всю убогость попыток решить проблемы государства выходами на площади и сжигания покрышек.

eshland, May 26 2014, 06:45:25

Да, за эту харю стоило умирать на майдане.

zaven926, May 26 2014, 07:47:38

для того чтобы посадить его в кресло президента убили ~2500 человек, тысячи инакомыслящих сидят на зоне, вогнали в жопу экономику, подсадили на кредиты от МВФ на смертельных условия, потеряли крым, гражданская война и т.д.


Anonymous , May 26 2014, 09:35:17

а янук уже соглашался на досрочные выборы но так было неинтересно

zaven926, May 26 2014, 09:36:50

да не тут другие совсем причины, он слишком активно начал чистить руководящие органы от разных агентов и т.д.

Вот какими должны оказывается быть выборы, а не как у нас

29 мая, 13:25

Ходорковскому и "Голосу" нравятся такие выборы

1. Выборы на Украине были назначены нелигитимными людьми, пришедшими в результате переворота при действующем законном президенте
2. Выборы не проводились в нескольких регионах страны вообще
3. В ходе компании избивали кандидатов
4. Часть из них снялись из-за угроз и давления, а те, которые хотели сняться - были оставлены в списке насильно
5. В СМИ большую часть кандидатов не пускали
6. В стане массовые убийства и карательные акции, жгут людей, гремят взрывы
7. Непонятно работает или не работает элетронная ситстема подсчета голосов или нет
8. В прозрачных уранх на некоторых участках уже заранее стопками лежат бюллетени
9. После выборов нашли кучи заранее заполненных бюллетеней
10. Наблюдателей и СМИ не пускают в страну
11. Закрывают иностранные телеканалы
12. Ряд обьективных наблюдателей ПАСЕ и Европарламента заявили, что то что они видели не соответствует цивилизованным нормам

А теперь вспомним как ассоциация " Голос" голосила по поовду выборов в России, какие они у нас ужасные.
То есть , наверное, если бы мы выполнили все 12 пунктов, то им тоже наши выборы бы понравились....
Ох, ребятушки
Это уже даже не двойные стандарты, это уже должно иметь какое- то другое название...

Ходорковский и " Голос" думаю неплохо получили от Коломойского и Порошенко за то, чтоб легитимизировать эти " выборы"...

http://112.ua/analityka/samye-neozhidannye-rezultaty-vyborov-prezidenta-69273.html

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Самые неожиданные результаты выборов президента Сегодня, 16:22 Выборы президента принесли ряд сюрпризов. СМИ много пишут о неожиданном успехе Ляшко и Гриценко, о неудачах Симоненко и Тягнибока. На некоторые вопросы здесь может ответить электоральная география, о которой мы поговорим ниже Итоги выборов 112.ua

Победа Порошенко во всех областях

Петр Порошенко достиг исторического для украинских реалий результата – победил во всех без исключения регионах, где проходили выборы. Более того, одержал победу в 188 из 189 округов, где выборы таки состоялись. В 106 округах за Порошенко проголосовали более половины избирателей, пришедших на участки. Лучшие результаты Порошенко показал во Львовской и Винницкой обл. Здесь за него проголосовали более двух третей избирателей. Львовская обл. стала единственной, которая бросила в его общую копилку более миллиона голосов избирателей. Здесь же расположен Пустомытовский округ № 125 - единственный, где за Порошенко проголосовали свыше трех четвертей избирателей. Несомненной, хотя и менее убедительной была победа Порошенко на юге и востоке Украины. Он не преодолел 50-процентной границы в некоторых округах Донецкой, Луганской, Харьковской, Одесской, Запорожской и Днепропетровской областей. Интересно, что один из самых низких результатов (30% и неуверенная победа над Тигипко) Порошенко показал на своей "малой родине" - в Арцизском избирательном округе, в который входит место рождения политика город Болград. Отметим, что в Днепропетровской обл. Порошенко получил 655 тыс. голосов – больше только во Львовской обл. и Киеве. Еще полгода назад представить, что в Украине может быть кандидат, которого поддержат и запад, и восток страны, было невозможно. Казалось, уж очень разные электоральные предпочтения по регионам. Впрочем, частично выбор украинцев можно объяснить низкой явкой на юго-востоке и отсутствием сильного, ориентированного на Россию, кандидата.

"Стабильная неудача" Тимошенко

Юлия Тимошенко ни в одной из областей не смогла преодолеть 20-процентный барьер, при этом и ниже 5% ее рейтинг нигде не опустился. Тимошенко финишировала второй в 18 регионах Украины, в пяти областях юга и востока она заняла третье место, а в Луганской и Харьковской обл., а также в заграничном избирательном округе вообще показала четвертый результат. Менее 10% голосов избирателей Тимошенко набрала почти во всех областях юго-востока и в Киеве. В Царичанке Днепропетровской обл., Мелитополе Запорожской обл. и двух мариупольских округах Тимошенко финишировала пятой. В Мариуполе Тимошенко обошел даже Вадим Рабинович. Лучший результат Тимошенко показала в Черниговской обл., где почти дотянула до 20%. Неплохо голосовали за экс-премьера в Черновицкой обл. Там в округе № 205 был зафиксирован ее лучший результат – 24,39%. В Киеве Тимошенко смогла преодолеть рубеж в 10% лишь в одном округе. Хотя на предыдущих выборах она побеждала в столице во всех округах, а кандидаты от "Батькивщины" уверенно выиграли здесь парламентские выборы 2012 г. Заметим, что на участке в Лукьяновском СИЗО Тимошенко все же выиграла у Порошенко.

Сюрприз от Ляшко

Олег Ляшко, в отличие от Юлии Тимошенко, смог преодолеть в одном из округов 20-процентный барьер, еще в нескольких округах он близко подобрался к нему. Все благодаря Черниговской области – настоящей вотчине радикального кандидата. Здесь у Ляшко хоть и общий третий результат, но на Сосницком округе он обошел Тимошенко и стал вторым. Также второй результат у него в одном округе Ривненской обл. и одном Волынской. Интересно, что электоральное ядро Ляшко находится в тех же областях, что и Тимошенко: Черниговская, Волынская, Ровенская, Хмельницкая, Черкасская и Кировоградская обл. Неожиданностью можно назвать и второе место в заграничном избирательном округе. Почти 3 тыс. из 6,7 тыс. голосов зарубежных украинцев обеспечили Олегу Ляшко шесть участков, расположенных в Италии и Испании. Также за Ляшко активно голосовали украинские военные – кандидат много времени провел в горячих точках на востоке. Не поддерживают Ляшко на юго-востоке. В Днепропетровской обл. кандидат занял, преимущественно, 6-е место по округам, при этом в общем по области выбрался на 4-е. В Донецкой обл. Ляшко занял всего лишь 8-е место, в Луганской – 5-е, в Запорожской и Одесской – 7-е, в Харьковской – 6-е. Самый низкий результат Олег Ляшко показал в Арцизе Одесской обл. Здесь за него проголосовало чуть более 1% избирателей. Петр Порошенко тоже здесь показал один из худших результатов.

Миротворцы за Гриценко

Ситуация с Анатолием Гриценко очень напоминает историю Олега Ляшко, только с чуть меньшим процентом поддержки. Все те же высокие результаты в центральных, северных и частично западных областях и низкая поддержка на юго-востоке. Лучшие проценты Гриценко получил в родной Черкасской обл., а также Тернопольской, Днепропетровской, Черниговской и Киеве. В столице экс-министр обороны смог взобраться на третье место с 96 тыс. голосов. В Днепропетровской обл. Гриценко занял лишь 5-е место, но набрал почти 92 тыс. голосов. Более 10% избирателей за него проголосовали в трех округах: в Тернополе и на родине - в Городище и Тальном Черкасской обл. В шести округах Украины Гриценко показал третий результат, пропустив вперед лишь признанных фаворитов Петра Порошенко и Юлию Тимошенко. Характерно, что речь идет здесь об областных центрах: уже упомянутый Тернополь, два округа в Виннице и три во Львове. Самые слабые результаты экс-министр обороны показал в Арцизе Одесской обл. и Новоселице Черкасской обл. Здесь он получил менее 2% голосов избирателей. Интересно, что в Арцизе неудача ожидала и Порошенко, и Ляшко. Интересно, что Гриценко выиграл на двух участках заграничного избирательного округа: в Демократической Республике Конго и в Либерии. В обеих этих странах базируются украинские военные контингенты в составе миссий ООН. Больше никто из кандидатов, кроме Порошенко, не побеждал на заграничных округах. Отметим, за границей Гриценко пользуется большей поддержкой, чем Тимошенко.

Тигипко – юго-восточный кандидат

Структура электората Сергея Тигипко предельно проста. В юго-восточных регионах он набрал больше, на остальной территории страны - меньше. Самый низкий результат в базовых регионах - 8,5% голосов избирателей - Тигипко показал в Харьковской обл. Здесь он уступил не только Порошенко, но и Михаилу Добкину. Тигипко уступил Добкину только здесь.

Наибольший процент избирателей (28,3%) проголосовал за Тигипко в Арцизе Одесской обл. В общем, отметку в 20% этот кандидат преодолел в восьми округах, сконцентрированных в Одесской и Донецкой обл. В целом, за Тигипко проголосовали 12,4% избирателей юго-востока. Голоса из юго-восточных регионов составляют более двух третей от общего числа голосов, отданных за этого кандидата. Настоящий, но ожидаемый провал ожидал Тигипко в западных областях. В Тернопольской, Львовской и Ивано-Франковской обл. Тигипко не набрал и одного процента голосов, занимая 7-8-е места. Интересно, что в промышленных округах Полтавской обл. (Кременчуг, Глобино), Сумской (Конотоп) и в Чернигове Тигипко получил поддержку выше средней по Украине. Впрочем, свою предвыборную кампанию кандидат строил именно с ориентацией на промышленные регионы.

Добкин и явка на Донбассе

За Михаила Добкина проголосовали 546 тыс. избирателей, из них – 271 тыс. в Харьковской обл. Это половина всего электората кандидата от ПР. В своей вотчине Добкин занял 2-е место, уступив Петру Порошенко. Следующие лучшие результаты по процентам зафиксированы в Луганской (3-е место) и Донецкой (4-е место) областях. Проблема в том, что в этих регионах была очень низкая явка, и Добкин получил здесь менее 12 тыс. голосов. К примеру, в Днепропетровской обл., где у Добкина всего лишь 7-й результат, он набрал 69,5 тыс. голосов, в Запорожской обл. - 44 тыс. голосов, но всего лишь 6-е место. Худшие процентные результаты у Добкина в Волынской, Ивано-Франковской, Львовской, Ровенской, Тернопольской и Черкасской обл: 12-е место среди всех кандидатов. В Киеве, Киевской и Черновицкой обл. – 11-е. В одном из округов Тернопольской обл. Добкин занял 15-е место, где за него проголосовали всего 49 человек (0,03%). На лицо невосприятие кандидата во всех западных областях. Не помог здесь даже предвыборный лозунг "Единая страна", который использовал штаб Добкина в своей кампании. В зарубежном округе у Добкина 11-е место. Он проиграл даже Ярошу, Тягнибоку, Богомолец, Симоненко и Рабиновичу.

Южный электорат Рабиновича

Объяснить географию электората Вадима Рабиновича сложно. За кандидата проголосовали в общем около 400 тыс. человек. При этом, 218 тыс., более половины, проживают в Днепропетровской (75,5 тыс.), Запорожской (51,3 тыс.), Одесской (51,7 тыс.) и Харьковской (39,5 тыс.) областях. И хотя Рабинович в итоге набрал меньше голосов, чем Добкин, но средние результаты по областям у него выше. К примеру, худший результат – 10-е место – только в трех галицких областях. Лучшие процентные результаты Рабинович показал в Запорожской, Николаевской и Одесской обл., заняв там 4-е место. В Донецкой обл. Рабинович пятый. В одном из округов Мариуполя, обоих округах Николаева, округе Одессы Рабинович вообще стал третьим. Отметим, что электорат Рабиновича живет в крупных городах юго-востока Украины. Как бы там ни было, но это несомненный успех для кандидата-дебютанта, да еще и в такую короткую кампанию.

Галичина не верит в Тягнибока

Олег Тягнибок своим результатом разочаровал "Свободу" и ее сторонников – 210 тыс. голосов, 1,16% и 10-е место в общем зачете. Самым главным провалом стал результат лидера "Свободы" в галицких областях: Львовской, Тернопольской и Ивано-Франковской, где проживает ядро электората партии. В этих регионах Тягнибок занял 5-6-е места, уступив Порошенко, Тимошенко, Ляшко, Гриценко, а кое-где и Ярошу. Во львовских городских округах Тягнибок и вовсе получил 8-е место. На многих участках лидер "Свободы" получил всего 1-2 голоса. Яркий пример: на одном из участков округа № 120 у Порошенко 720 голосов, у Тягнибока – 2, на другом: у Порошенко 843, у Тягнибока – 3. Даже у Вадима Рабиновича на этих участках было больше голосов. И это во Львове, где "Свобода" главенствует в горсовете. Это может свидетельствовать, что городское население, ранее приводившее "Свободу" к руководству городом, разочаровалось в Тягнибоке и его партии. Если бы не поддержка в селах, лидер "Свободы" и до 1% мог не дотянуть.

Киевско-Днепропетровский Ярош

Нельзя не посмотреть на электоральную географию главного ньюсмейкера избирательной кампании Дмитрия Яроша. Несмотря на всю "рекламу", которую устроили Ярошу российские СМИ, главный "правосек" страны получил поддержку всего 128 тыс. граждан, набрав 0,7% голосов.

Очень просто выделить базовые регионы Яроша. Это город Киев (где "Правый сектор" активно действовал во времена Майдана), а также Днепропетровская (где находится штаб ПС) и Львовская обл. В Киеве Яроша поддержали 17,5 тыс. человек, в Днепропетровской обл. – 16,5 тыс., во Львовской – 11,7 тыс. человек. Лишь в Киеве и Днепропетровской обл. Ярош преодолел 1%. При этом во Львове Ярош опередил Тягнибока.

Интересно, что в одном из городских округов Одессы Ярош получил нехарактерные для области более 1 тыс. голосов.

Вообще, следует отметить, что городские избиратели активнее поддерживали лидера "Правого сектора", чем жители сельских районов.

Остальные кандидаты никаких особенностей в электоральной географии не имеют. Так, Богомолец набрала свои 1-2% во всех регионах, без привязки к географии, а рейтинг Симоненко пропорционально обвалился по всей стране. 112.ua

Больше читайте здесь: http://112.ua/analityka/samye-neozhidannye-rezultaty-vyborov-prezidenta-69273.html

Voter turnout in Ukraine's presidential elections reaches 60.04%

With many men working as gastarbeiters 76% for Lviv region looks suspicious.
KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Voter turnout in Ukraine's presidential elections on Sunday was 60.04% as of 20:00 local time (21:00 Moscow time), when polling stations closed, the Central Election Commission said.

The leader in terms of the voter turnover is the western Lviv region, where 76.66% of voters came to polling stations to cast their votes. Voter turnover in the Kiev region was 68.50%, and 47.31% - in the Odessa region

At the previous presidential polls in Ukraine in 2010, voter turnout as of the closing time was 69.09%

Babetta (aka Timoshenko) does not go to the war

May 26, 2014 | Polemika.com.ua

Kiev electorate has not failed the expectations. Once again it proved the high civic consciousness, the ability for adult, intelligent assessment of reality as well as its good taste. Residents of the capital rushed to the election booths (not forgetting to put on a Ukrainian national shirts) to cast their vote, including a new hope for Kiev itself, which till now has been shown that it is actually possible manage the municipal economy by a method of blowing up the nostrils. Looks like Kievites feel that Petro Poroshenko should be their President and naturally chose his ally Vitaly Vladimirovich Klischko to be the mayor of Kiev. I am very happy for the Kievites, because now they can start a new life. From scratch. After suffering from a newcomer Popov, and after experiencing care of Bondarenko, they are now ready to fully enjoy pleasures of professional city management in the execution of former boxer.

If about the mayor's post there were some uncertainty as for the victory of Poroshenko I had no slightest doubt. I predicted that 7 years ago but at the time absolutely no one believed me. But to me it was obvious, that he is the next king. And that victory will be achieved in the first round. The only thing that I failed to predict is the exact percentage who voted "for". PR people of Poroshenko chose 56% which it is the content of cocoa beans on the covers of the most popular chocolate bars produced by tycoon. This is witty, I should admit.

No doubt they can paint, in principle, any percentage they want. And Peter produce chocolate even more bitter , but they managed to produce a illusion of counting of votes, and the victory in the first round was ensured, as it would cost additional money to conduct a second round.

In General, the country got a new President, at least the part of its citizens, who visited the voting booths and thought about elections as legitimate.

Nobody was confused by a photo ballot boxes with huge piles of neatly stacked in the printing of ballots - abrasively they didn't even bother to fluff up the stack to give an impression of real voting.

The OSCE recognized the elections as valid and beautiful example of European democracy in advance. The U.S. Ambassador before the end of voting, said that the turnout was just the magnificent, world neocon and neoliberal community generally is breathless from impeccable performance of the puppets. Ask Psaki, if you don't believe me.

Observers of OSCE have no complaints whatsoever. Voting using other people's passports and generally without them - is a proud tradition in Galicia where gastarbeiters move to target countries in spring, and remaining grandmothers traditionally vote for all the missing relatives. This is highly normal and in best standards of European Democracy. And why we should be shy about this proud tradition knowing that the world will be applauding this fucking celebration of Ukrainian democracy, anyway.

Nobody confuse photos of ballot boxes with piles of neatly stacked ballots as a violation. Despite the abrasive half that they didn't even bother to fluff up the stack to give it the minimum likelihood of honest elections. The Central Commission controlled by junta behaves as it should announcing that the violations ascertained are small and insignificant. And yes they are small, well, if think small they manage to lose 5 million ballots. But this tiny details should not stop the triumph of democracy in Ukraine.

So, Poroshenko is practically President, he has congratulated Ukrainians with this fine selection and promised first of all to fly to Donetsk. Is this in order to personally charge rocket launchers to bombard and exterminate "separatists"? No, of course, Petro is now peacemaker and negotiator with good people. As well as strict educator (using shell and bullets) of the bad one. So it is intent to spread bullet and shells showers and other attributes of democracy on Donbas region, strengthening the intensity of the ATO in his victorious glow.

All the dirt on Poroshenko traditionally not confused the voters who, as always, decide to chose somebody worthy to govern then, and that in a few months will surely curse him. Nothing changes in Ukraine, that's for sure. So again that rule is neither make conclusions from previous mistake, or god forbid take lessons in order not to repeat them (hint Yushchenko and Orange Revolution). And really why bother ? Life is good in any case.

This time there is an interesting nuance -- as soon in the country will adopt a new Constitution, the demand of permanently jumping up-and down Maidan revolutionaries and our inspired by their baseball bats people's deputies; both convinced that only a parliamentary Republic will save Ukraine. Well, you've seen how we dealt with establishing legislative branch of power all these years, so it is not create that that will save us. However, this new Constitution will greatly hamstring the authority of the President. In theory, of course. My natural skepticism tells me that Petr Poroshenko suddenly cooled town to this wonderful idea.

The second place, according to exit polling, took Yulia Timoshenko with such a low number, that she probably decided not to gather Maidan III and initiate a third revolution. Despite on that on such possibility our "Passionaria" transparently hinted before even adopting her new hairstyle "Babetta goes to war". Now it a senseless idea. I think that Timoshenko instead suddenly became really enchanted by the idea of a parliamentary Republic. And the she under the banner of the Fatherland and with the help of attached to it fish-parasites will try to organizes acceptance of the new Constitution in record time, in order to fight for strategically important place of the Prime Minister.

The evening media already reported that Timoshenko graciously acknowledged the victory of his opponent, who never even go down to debate with her, rightly pointing out that the candidate with the third rating is not interesting for him. I don't think that Yulia Timoshenko, who had suddenly became poring with milk and honey, forgot this humiliation, as this definitely not a feature of female psychopath mentality. In reality she has a very long memory, especially toward people who did something bad to her. Yes, she does. Therefore losing a battle but not the war (at least, she thinks it is), Babetta immediately announced that she will help the new government. In Russian card game preference such assistance is called the American - and this have a shade of black humor or angry sarcasm. The latter is a word more adequate for the current situation. The promise of help from Yulia Timoshenko looks direct and obvious threat to Poroshenko, especially if we consider, that all the key position of the Provisional (which now have chances to became permanent) government of the country are controlled by her Batkivshchina colleagues. .

And paradoxically she still has some colleagues. As strange as it sounds not yet all of them fled to Poroshenko as is expected from Ukrainian politicians, known worldwide for its high moral character and devotion to their party. For example Avakov, apparently, not warned by the patron of the fact that the strategy has changed, and the war with Poroshenko is cancelled, broke into a huge text, which declares the elections almost totally falsified: "According to the interior Ministry, extraordinary elections of the President of Ukraine are held with numerous violations. As at 19.00 marked almost 1000 violations, many of which may call into question the legitimacy of the future President. The most common types of violations of election laws have become physical violence and threats of its application, the voter bribery and illegal propaganda". And he cites numerous examples.

Today there are predictions about the obvious vector of the forthcoming friendly drift of the Batkivshchina brass and its best representatives in the camp of yesterday's enemy. Plus the amount of compromising materials of chocolate rabbit, and articles ordered to trounce him will be temporarily laid aside - nothing personal, all of us in Ukraine are champions of clean politics.

However, after some time this posting was deleted from a personal page Avakov - apparently thousand breaches suddenly did not pass the spelling check, and he Arsen Borisovich felt a sudden change of fate and decided to pay attention to the winner.

A special flavor to the second place of Timoshenko is that in one Internet poll, published immediately after the polls closed, the second place got Oleg V. Lyashko to the rate of 11.1% and Yulia Timoshenko became only the fourth. Actually, in other exit polls, this crazy, but extremely prudent and murderous clown, received more than 8%, which, you should agree explains well the views of the people of this Christian nations.

Of course, the final data about Ukrainians vote in the election of the President and mayors we'll know tomorrow, as today are trying to trust the exit polling, although according to sociologists, not wrong only is slightly more the half cases. Some people who were interviewed at the exit from the polling stations tell truth, but many obviously simply lied. For example, Yarosh on these surveys receives only 1%, and it means only that many Ukrainians will choose him, but still hesitate to admit it openly... Turnout for the nights come around 60%+, though modestly predicted a 70% - and this despite that most people ignored of the elections in the South-East.

The counting process is of course the most interesting part, and naturally and traditionally the most suspicious, Ukrainians were informed by Nalyvaychenko that in fact the system "Elections" has been hacked. Nasty virus, can change the results of election as Nalyvaychenko told us; and it proved to tenacious and can brazenly deny the victory of the person that Nalyvaychenko wants to win despite the best efforts of our security officers. The system still does not work, so count will be performed manually, though the question is if there will be a count? We are used to the fact that two plus two always produce different results depending on the fact that we sell or buy. If there were exit polls, which confirmed the credibility of the revolutionary forces of the Maidan and the consensus of the major players. So elections are actually redundant if we have pools. And really why NGOs should pay more?

In General, the elections were held, the Ukrainian TV channels, never playing the role pf presstitutes, were delighted and glow in Patriotic rage. All day sweet rejoicing voices reported the unprecedented rise of consciousness, record turnout of voters, huge like the ballot boxes. But suddely wll went black and rainstom fall on Kiev. And there was a real bolt from the Sunny skies. Looks like "darkness has covered the city hated by the Procurator". Being is depth of thier hearts still pagans and mystics, Ukrainians immediately started to wisper to each other that this the voice of God, a sign from heaven. And why we need signs from the heaven, when the USA exists is unclear to me. After all every man in this country is a maker of his own fortune, Yes all of us.

While the country is discussing electoral turnout, ratings and violations, the shelling of cilians on its East continues. To make them to run to election booth quicker. The mortar shelling of a hospital, the execution of the rebels, who tried to hinder the holding of elections at one of the stations on the territory of DND. The murder of an Italian journalist and his Russian translator, heavy wound of a French correspondent. He said they came under heavy fire of the Ukrainian army, but our media immediately announced by the mouth of his best representatives that reporters were killed by insurgents, not embarrassed one bit by the presence of the the survivor of the mess. Lugansk, dying from fear, waiting for the fire of "Hurricanes" - Poroshenko didn't conceal their murderous plans.

On the territory of Ukraine not made another Russian journalists, despite their accreditation cards, the necessary amount of money and identities. Simultaneously released reporters LifeNews - thanks to the efforts of President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who informed us about the mysterious presence in Kyiv of highly intelligent people, who managed properly understand the weight of the arguments of this Head of mountain people. My sense of professional solidarity, of course, is satisfied, and I am very happy, but there is one unanswered question that remains - what's up with MANPADS? The guys say that the anti-aircraft complex named was planted, but Pashinskiy and Nalyvaichenko assured the public that the journalists were carrying it and even led the fighting insurgents, carefully simulating Donetsk accent. In this case how you (I means Pashinskiy and Nalyvaichenko (who became big friends since Maidan sniper incident, you know) managed to released those murderous spies? Why you let them go?

In the information space there is more and more clearly crystallized opinion that all this is about dividing the country is divided between oligarchs and their private military companies; that this will not stop until each of them get his own feud. Until then there will be no end to the horror. And that the Central government is rather vassal than the suzerain; that no one will give us indulgence from the blunders committed - neither Russia nor Europe; that the Americans played us like a mark in poker game with Russia and while Russian assume that this is the game of chess, the USA played American football with them . Such a geopolitical mess.

But now at the end we at least understand what Ukrainian people really wanted on Maidan - it's a chocolate oligarch my friends.

[May 26, 2014] Ukrainian farce

The person who financed EuroMaidan (and previously Orange Revolution) and provided propaganda support via owned by him 5 TV channel came to power as a result of Presidential election. It's funny that the net EuroMaidan result became the election of corrupt oligarch Poroshenko, instead of corrupt oligarchs of Yanukovich ;-). The elections were essentially an attempt to legitimize putsch on the part of US and EU. Example of "export of democracy" in which main benefits are reserved for the exporter and importer is struggling after. Still it is a step in right relation because Poroshenko now does have some electoral mandate, which junta never has had. But the far right militias are still on the street and can't be removed without a fight. And they are the real power in the country and they might not like attempt of chocolate magnate at dissolving them. They expect some sort of reward for their "struggle and sacrifices". Judging from the election results, they have support of approximately 10%-15% of population (those who votes for Lyashko, Svoboda and Right Sector), which is a substantial number making them the national force. And they believe in and behave that power comes from barrel of the gun and they have guns. In any case Poroshenko will not be independent President. He is totally dependent of the USA and do not have a power base of his own. Only people who think that he is lesser evil.
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bremont -> Alfredo 26.05.2014 11:18

well now the Europe does not want Ukraine as a partner you got a rift between Europeans folks, European citizens, and what Washington and NATO-CIA-IMF-World bank wants for Ukraine, so Russia has nothing to do now just relax! let things go as nature is now in command. less intervention and hostility that you do more than Russia will gain. Ukraine is worse than before. and with the same oligarg's.. this Ukrainian upside down realm, however be prepare arm for any aggression from all side but do not attack anyone "defense only" as i said before all that NATO does against you will be inverted to your gains.

Carl 26.05.2014 11:18

1/2

What's to figure out? You guys keep trying to think in terms of right and wrong, legal and illegal. That's yesterday thinking.

It's about neo-cons carving up the globe and extracting wealth where ever they can. Plus they like crushing people for sport it makes them feel good and they like creating abstract poverty.

Evo Immorales 26.05.2014 05:59

Given that Kolomoisky has a private army, does this army comprise neo-Nazi Right Sector elements or other thugs that actually realize that K'y is Jewish? As many Jews tell me, Jews are their own worst enemies!

So if likes of Kolomoisky, backed by the USA which is buying up all Ukraine's land & industries, represents leading Jewish opinion in Nulandistan (Ukrainian rump state minus Crimea & east), no wonder it has nickname 'Land of Pogroms'.

Israel is worried by the maldevelopments in Ukraine; but will Right Sector & K'y's private army come to blows, & will former be blessed by bishop (traditional for pogromists)?

[May 26, 2014] Members of Congress to spend Memorial Day in Ukraine

While those guys did not take McCain with them ?

Billionaire entrepreneur to lead Ukraine Europe DW.DE 26.05.2014

Already in the first ballot, Petro Poroshenko captured a huge lead over rivals competing for the highest public office in Ukraine. No one was able to seriously hinder him on his way to becoming president.

Poroshenko is considered one of Ukraine's most influential entrepreneurs. His flair for business and politics may have its origins in his birthplace near Odessa, the port city on the Black Sea, which enjoys a long tradition in merchant trade. Today, he owns a number of large companies operating in a variety of industries, including the media sector. Among his assets in the latter is the television station "Channel 5."

To most Ukrainians, Poroshenko is known as the "Chocolate King" because of the popular sweets produced in one of his well-known factories. In fact, his rise to prominence as a businessman began with the sale of chocolate products. He rigorously modernized his "Roshen" confectionery company to make it a market leader. Over the years, many Ukrainians have come to view him as an entrepreneurial role model.

Change of camps

But his work goes far beyond the business realm. Socially, he has his own foundation. And politically, he has served in various Ukrainian governments as a minister, even changing political party on more than one occasion to stay in power. He was among the founders of the once mighty Party of Regions, which Viktor Yanukovych formerly represented.

Roshen chocolate

Roshen fine chocolate is loved by Ukrainians and Russians alike

After widespread election fraud in 2004, Poroshenko then supported the Orange Revolution with its reformist politicians. Later, he served as economics minister under former President Yanukovych. But when that government became increasingly authoritarian and corrupt, Poroshenko sided with Ukrainian protesters. He appeared at demonstrations on Kyiv's Independent Square and financially supported the demonstration movement.

Despite his occasional change of direction, Poroshenko has always stood for democratic and market economy reforms in Ukraine. His change of camps has reflected a need to align with the ruling powers of the day. The political and business arenas are closely intertwined in Ukraine. Poroshenko belongs to the group of so-called oligarchs who either determine policy in the country or adapt to it to stay in business.

During his election campaign, Poroshenko said that if elected president, he would break with this tradition rooted in oligarchy. Now that he has won the election, voters will want to see him keep his word.

In particular, the newly elected president will need to show whether or not he will be able to use his managerial skills to unite the country. His decisive election victory clearly shows Ukrainians trust him with this task. Poroshenko will benefit from his good connections in all political camps. He is a man of the center. As a politician, he has repeatedly sought compromise and harmony.

EU membership

Poroshenko is expected to take a pragmatic approach to tackling Ukraine's enormous problems. He has clearly outlined his foreign policy positions, seeking, above all, to align Ukraine more closely with Europe. His goal is European Union membership. At the same time, however, he says he will seek improved relations with Russia, where his chocolate products are as well liked as in Ukraine.

Ukrainian election

Many Ukrainians turned out to vote in the presidential election

How the Kremlin will deal with the new Ukrainian leader remains to be seen, however. He will certainly not want to be referred to as the leader of a "junta," a term Moscow previously used to dismiss the transitional leadership in Kyiv.

Throughout his election campaign, Poroshenko ruled out conducting a dialogue with the militant separatists in eastern Ukraine. But after the election, he was quick to announce plans for his first official trip as president to that region. Many people there, he claims, were unable to vote for him because of threats by the separatists.

The election results show that Poroshenko is liked by Ukrainians across the country; he is backed by a clear popular mandate. With that kind of mandate, he could become a president who unites the country and creates peace. But it isn't going to be easy.

[May 25, 2014] Явка избирателей на выборах 25 мая по регионам, - ЦИК

Явка избирателей, по данным Центральной избирательной комиссии в 85 из 225 округов, составила 60,40%. Соответствующие результаты были обнародованы на заседании ЦИКа.

Новости

При этом ЦИК располагает данными по явке в 20 областях:

[May 25, 2014] Ukraine chooses the 'Chocolate King' Petro Poroshenko wins presidential election according to exit poll

The Independent

...The roads around Donetsk were empty. Despite the warm early summer weather, only a few heavy-goods lorries and rusty freight trains crossed the green fields and rivers that surround the city.

On Saturday, an Italian photojournalist, Andrea Rocchelli, and his Russian translator, Andrey Mironov, were killed near the town of Slovyansk, a separatist stronghold an hour's drive north of Donetsk. Yesterday, there were unconfirmed reports that another man had died in a shootout with Ukrainian security forces after armed militants made off with ballot papers from a polling station at Novoaydar, in the Luhansk region. Another man was reported wounded. But the incident seemed to be the only major violence on ballot day.

Election monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe had mostly left the area, saying that pro-Russian authorities were waging a campaign of "terror" against them.

It was widely hoped that the appointment of a legitimately elected new leader would go some way towards dampening tensions that have seen eastern Ukraine descend into increasingly bloody turmoil.The interim Prime Minister, Arseny Yatseniuk, said that a new president would help to shift the country from "a grey zone of lawlessness and dark forces… into a place where it is easier to breathe".

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama said the election was another step towards unifying the country, and that the US looked forward to working with its new president when the result was confirmed.

His Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, has said that he will respect the poll results. In recent days, Russian troops have started moving away from the Ukrainian border, calming fears of an imminent invasion. However, for many voters in the east, where there is still considerable nostalgia for the days of the Soviet Union, there is no particularly representative candidate.

In the sleepy town of Dmitrov, the elegantly shabby headquarters of the local "Palace of Culture" was being used to house polling station No 140,743. Posters of the 18 candidates were pinned to the walls and observers sat next to booths decorated with curtains in Ukraine's national colours of yellow and blue as voters occasionally came in to cast ballots. "We are against the war. We are against the Maidan," explained Vladimir Cevokoz, an engineer working as an election monitor. "We want negotiations to find a solution to this situation."

Asked which candidates might be able to end to the crisis, he cast his eyes down the list on the ballot despondently. "I don't know. I just don't know," he shrugged.

In neighbouring Krasnoarmeisk, election officials said almost all of the town's 53 polling stations were open but turnout was low; by 2pm, only 10 per cent of registered voters had attended. "Many people don't see any suitable candidate for them and many people are afraid of attacks," explained Ruslan Tovschyk, the head of polling station No 141,082, housed in an office in the town's main square.

On Sunday, soldiers from the Ukrainian Dnieper Battalion and police were guarding the area in a phalanx of patrol cars. A gang of young men was sitting on a bench beside them. "Look how many people have voted. Compare this to the referendum," said one of them, who gave his name as Grigori, and described the crowds that had turned out to vote for autonomy in the region the fortnight before.

The men refused to say if they backed Kiev or Moscow, or favoured autonomy. Perhaps, given the confusing mix of loyalties across the region, they were no longer certain what to believe. "The government and the oligarchs – it's all the same thing," said one, who gave his name as Artyom. "They are all part of the same criminal group."

[May 25, 2014] Ukraine From tragedy to farce by Peter Lavelle

The West has painted a picture of "decisive" elections but they were decisive only in West Ukraine and in Kiev. The main task for the West was to legitimize junta. That means that in thier "roadmap" this is an important stage, hence such nervousness, and all these suffering that Russia will not consider them legitimate. And threat of sanctions if elections are not recognized. Hence the key question for then - Will Putin recognize the election results?
I think that the goal if legitimizing junta was achieved. But Putin views the situation differently. For him there is no big difference who from two western puppets - crazy Timoshenko or this chocolate rabbit Poroshenko come as a winner. Whoever wins the election will have to deal with the ruined economy, an empty Treasury, a split of opinions in the country, high level of aggressiveness of far right gangs, heavy legacy of the "Maidan", filthy center of the capital, Odessa massacre and demands of Donbas miners. With the parallel collapse of the army.

And, from the Russian point of view - with the necessity to repay previous debts for gas, the need to pay for the current consumption and the need to spend on securing the future of gas transit to Europe.

That means "Mission impossible" (c)
This is not about "yes" or "no" that the question of French female correspondent to Putin. the brain of a poor women, see only the stage and pending answer Oui or Non. It is not able to accommodate the fact that answers "Yes" or "no" does not matter. Putin said "we will work with those who will come." And now after all the work, without acknowledging the PRESENT.

And precisely because this position is elected NOW, the President called them "intermediate", transition. Transition to a future stage, when they will gather and will decide on his future Constitution and government. In fact, it is at the same time. Much also depends on the mental abilities of man in a skirt (Merkel) and women in trousers (Hollande).

RT Op-Edge

Washington's 'thinktankistan' and the west's media echo chamber are spinning Ukraine's May 25 election as the crowning moment legitimizing the western-backed coup overthrowing the elected government in Kiev.

They also spin Russian President Vladimir Putin has miscalculated in Ukraine and is trying to find a face-saving solution. Both spins are simply flat out wrong.

The creators of the Ukraine crisis are desperate. Victoria Nuland and her band of ultranationalists and neo-fascists demonstrated they could pull-off a successful coup. This is not remarkable in any sense. Staging coups around the globe has been part and parcel of American statecraft for decades; particularly since the end of the Cold War. But in the case of Ukraine almost everything that has happened since the illegal takeover of power on the night February 21 has been a disaster. Crimea voted to return to Russia, regions of the east have held referenda on self-determination, the massacre in Odessa occurred, and the country's economy is in a free fall. The planned presidential election is calculated to legitimize the coup and fast track Ukraine westward. It is not going to happen.

Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian oligarch known as the Chocolate King, is the presidential candidate who is expected to save Ukraine from the abyss and deliver his country to Washington, Brussels, and the IMF. Judging by polling numbers, he is quite likely to be elected by those who plan to vote (and millions in the east and south say they won't). Legally speaking, this election has no legitimacy. Ukraine's constitutional order was destroyed on the night of the coup. Since then the country has been governed by a rump parliament, political parties not supporting the undemocratic government physically attacked, and presidential candidates intimidated. Poroshenko is set to be president, but this will hardly address Ukraine's daunting problems.

Poroshenko's biggest political problems will not be the protesters in the east and south, nor will it be Russia. Ukraine's next president will have to immediately deal with what western governments and media are reluctant to talk about: the nature of the political forces currently running Ukraine. Poroshenko did back the protests on the Maidan, but not all protesters on the Maidan supported Poroshenko. It is doubtful groups like Right Sector and Svoboda will simply change or drop their ultranationalist and racist views to please an opportunist oligarch like Poroshenko. The most likely outcome is probably the following: either Poroshenko attempts to appease their leaders with the trappings of power and wealth (and dilute whatever power he will have as president), or he will have to guard against still another Maidan uprising backed by the likes of Right Sector and Svoboda. Neither outcome bodes well for Ukraine.

If Poroshenko continues the violent assault on the east and south he will demonstrate he is not president of all Ukrainians. But if he does reach out to the east and south, the radicals of the coup will be watching closely. Again, this is a lose-lose outcome for Ukraine. This is probably most tragic outcome of the forced collapse of the constitutional order – unelected radicals, racists, and ordinary thugs have been allowed to become important elements of the Ukrainian political landscape. Ukraine and the rest of the world have Washington to thank for this sad state of affairs. Let us now turn to Russia and the Kremlin's view of Ukraine. Putin is not backing down or looking for a way out. Far from it. Ever since this artificial crisis began, Russia has been watching – and it continues to watch. Putin's attitude regarding the May 25 presidential vote is one of indifference at best. Russia cannot stop the vote. But if Poroshenko can, somehow and in some way, prove himself as a leader of all the people, then Moscow has every interest in engaging the next Ukrainian president. But for reasons expressed above, this is hardly going to be the case.

In the west there is a strong belief in elections. However, elections are not always an expression of democracy. Ukraine's presidential election is first and foremost an exercise to legitimize Washington's illegal meddling in Ukraine's political and democratic process. It is doubtful this election will do anything to end Ukraine's crisis. In fact, it may make it worse.

Save this space: Ukraine's May 25 presidential election will go down in history as the starting date when the Maidan started (still again) to rise up against the new authorities in Kiev. As usual, Russia will be watching.

Peter Lavelle is host of RT's political debate program 'CrossTalk' and monthly business program 'On the Money.' His views are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

Regula 25.05.2014 13:13

Putin is doing the right thing: to distance himself from the mess in Ukraine and let them vote. It is obvious that the vote and new president will not bring peace overnight if at all. The turmoil in Ukraine will likely go on for years. More likely than not, Ukraine will split into two countries. By pulling back to show in all clarity that Russia isn't intervening in any way in Ukraine, Russia can preserve a neutral position. The split will have been caused solely by Kiev. That will prevent another world war, which is in Russia's interest as well as in that of Ukraine and the EU.

paradigm-respawn 25.05.2014 10:48

Ukraine Faces the Dilemma of Several Failed Revolutions

Kiev has been Forced to use Pravy Sektor in a Attempt to re-unite Ukraine yet is unable to do so since they Demonize Russian-Speakers in the South and East. -The Current Disaster

karl luck 25.05.2014 07:16

Somewhere in between the many decades of wars and 'democracy' building, which were all complete failures, a constant result appeared in these destroyed countries. Complete destruction and chaos! I am sure that Zion Nuland Inc thought that they could 'pull it off', like all the times before. But instead of owning it, they have destroyed it. Through their endless failures and bungling, they have come to accept the complete dismantling and destruction of sovereign states, they have caused, as a success.

RockyRacoon 24.05.2014 18:50

IMF is demanding the south south east be a part of any economic help. This can only be achieved by force. The IMF once again is the greatest problem here. The cancellation of ODIOUS DEBT is a legal remedy to this conditionality.

Raven Light 24.05.2014 18:40

The argument for splitting Ukraine is that this would merely establish de jure a situation that already exists de facto, because Ukraine is deeply divided by its cultural identity/language differences. It would also supposedly settle tensions between the West and Russia because Moscow would get what it wanted and would not venture further. With Ukraine split into two, its western part could eventually move closer towards Europe while its Russian-speaking East and South would establish a state allied closely with Russia. This solution, the argument goes, would best reflect the preferences of the local population. ~*~

Fredrick Da Great 24.05.2014 18:26

Ukraine: From tragedy to farce and from farce back to another tragedy . The only happy end of this story I see is Novorossia living along with Novoukraina as brothers. A separation is the firs step to reconciliation between the two young states.

[May 25, 2014] 'Chocolate king' expected to secure 56% of vote

Two exit pools gave victory to Chocolate Rabbit, the compromise candidate approved by the USA and Germany. Quote: "Interesting. One of the Maidan demands was no more oligarchs, if I'm not mistaken. Three months passed, an oligarch is seen as the best solution. "
The Guardian

vinylstellen

Could give a whole new meaning to chocolate fireguard.

ocixem2 -> vinylstellen

Indeed. Is the chocolate king the long awaited messiah who will deliver Ukrainians to their EU paradise?

Or is he just another Pharaoh who will not let them go?

vinylstellen -> ocixem2

Pharaoh Rocher

Rinnero

The oligarch is dead, long live the oligarch!

ocixem2 -> Rinnero

From the Victoria Nuland yell team:

"Oligarchs! Oligarchs! Oligarchs!

Ikonoclast

So joining NATO is off the menu? Meaning the NATO inspired coup has ultimately failed and 'normal' relations with Russia can be restored?

Beckow -> Ikonoclast

It will be back, like a zombie. US and its defense contractors desperately want Ukraine in NATO. If it takes one more "revolution", well, there will be one more.

And this: "take steps toward visa-free travel to EU". Poroshenko basically run on "visas to EU", it was one of his main promises. Is EU going to oblige? They didn't with Yushenko (his presidency collapsed), with Yanokovich (overthrown), will they do it for Poroshenko?

The two issues that are driving Ukraine's crisis are: visa-free travel to EU domestically, and a push to get them in NATO in foreign affairs. Unless those two get resolved, there will more trouble.... Give them the f...ing visas, let them come to EU, nothing else will calm the situation.

And if Ukraine gets visa-free travel, I expect half of Middle East, Northern Africa, and even Russia staging their own "revolutions" for the right to emigrate to EU. That's the problem with making promises....

LeDingue -> Ikonoclast

The CIA will no doubt be very disappointed that their plans for Crimea came to nothing. They'll take the partial victory of creating some factional violence on Russia's border and their anti-Russian propaganda tsunami has been quite effective.
It's almost funny how many posters here are proud of their newly discovered dexterity in bandying about words like "Stalin... Hitler... anschluss... Sudetenland... Russian adventurism" etc rattling off chapter and verse about Yanukovych fleeing and the new "elected" government who definitely don't contain fascists.... (and of course the schoolyard kids going on about "putinbots" as if responding to a whistle). A taxi driver recently commented to me that the threat of Russia invading Europe seemed to have dissipated...!

The CIA will take the propaganda victory, no doubt pleased how all the media control and internet "cognitive infiltration" worked as planned.

They're in this for the long haul and no doubt will already be seeding destabilisation in Moldova and Georgia (again). This year's NATO "Rapid Trident" Ukraine military exercises will be interesting...

Alice Ponomareva -> Ahhbisto

Since slapping Moscow or burning muscovites - is their favourite past time. and work objectives :o) (when not jumping) I'd say Ukraine is entitled. Exactly as Russia is to reply.

LeDingue -> Ahhbisto

The Kremlin has just received a huge slap in the face. This seems to be "phrase of the day" for pro-Nato avatars.

In what way has anything that's happened in Ukraine, and I mean anything, been negative for Russia? The CIA completely failed to hinder, let alone render inoperable, the Russian Crimean military bases.

So what have the US achieved exactly? The propaganda war? Making Russia the new bogey-man for US-UK pro-Nato media? Apart from a lot of name calling I don't think the Ukraine regime change operation could really be hailed as a "slap in the face". Sounds like more scripted "bullhorn" to me.

Scipio1

Does anyone really believe that Mr P. will be making policy in the Ukraine even if he wanted to? Ms Nuland really let the cat out of the bag when she determined who was, and who was not, going to be in the interim government. Of course we ought to know by now that the US State Department is going to determine Ukraine's future, jointly with the EU and the IMF.

I think that the fact that the Ukraine has lost all claim to national sovereignty when it signed up to the EU and sought to cuddle up to the US that its days both as an integrated and sovereign state were over. It is just a matter of time before the penny drops.

HogfartsAcademy -> MMGALIAS

The Kremlin wont be happy.

They won't be in tears either. Russia now has Crimea as a result of the US-instigated fascist coup in Kiev.

Poroshenko is now making conciliatory noises towards Russia mindful of the immense damage US meddling has done to his country.

JelliedEelVC

Dorogoi Volya, Initially I supported the putsch that rid Kiev of the former regime, one hoped the revolution could be exported to Westminster. Now we see that the new boss is the same as the old boss, and propped up by Massah in Washington. That said, you liberated Lugansk and Donetsk, please keep coming and march down Whitehall. Our only chance.

Ishowerdaily

A choice of billionaires, fascists in the government who will still be on government regardless of the result and ad-hoc ideological militias shelling towns that the normal military refused to.

It's democracy Jim but not as we know it.

carlygirl

It cracks me up that they've elected yet another Russian err Ukrainian Oligarch who looks quite remarkably like a Russian Oligarch I'm sure he'll have the best interests of the minions at heart.

Ten bucks says he sells out his comrades within a year for yet more billions from the West.

EbbTide64 -> Addicks123

Apart from the 11 Ukrainian soldiers who were ambushed and killed by "Prp-Russian Separatists" who seemed to have been rather well armed and trained for such an operation.

The Yatsenyuk regime have had to employ Right Sector neo-Nazi thugs in the National Guard, because huge chunks of the Ukrainian armed forces have defected and now oppose the Kiev regime. They are Russian speaking Ukrainians who were in the Ukrainian armed forces and who are well armed with Ukrainian armed forces weapons.
Why is it so difficult to believe that a decent amount of Ukrainian people are pro-Russian, when by far the biggest party at the last Parliamentary elections was the pro-Russian Party Of regions?

VladimirM

Interesting. One of the maidan demands was no more oligarchs, if I'm not mistaken. Three months passed, an oligarch is seen as the best solution.
What will happen in the next three months?

Was she expecting a different result?

Southerncross

May 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

kirill

May 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rgu8boIALA

Southerncross May 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Haha! It even comes with her portrait…

http://kp.ua/politics/454287-yavka-yzbyratelei-na-vyborakh-prezydenta-sostavyla-60-protsentov

Kharkov, Kherson and Odessa less than 50% turnout, so not very much patriotic vote there.

Waiting for real votes and nulls.

Only Dnepropetrovsk (55%), with "high" turnout. Nikolaev and Zaporiziya only 52%

EDIT: abstention = anti kiev junta; not ukraine nationalist, as this was historic and patriotic elections.

[ThatJ: that's a disappointing turnout. Add the massive fraud that went on and the real results are an even bigger disappointment, from Kiev's perspective]

[May 24, 2014] http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/05/ukraine-major-western-think-tank-admits-defeat.html

Mark

PoroChoco has also, allegedly, offered a bounty of 1000.00 hryvnyas per day (this is substantially more than army pay) plus a 1000,000.00 hryvnya life insurance policy to "volunteers" who will take up arms against the southeast and crush the rebellion.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_24/Petr-Poroshenko-promises-to-pay-1-000-hryvnyas-per-day-to-Ukrainian-mercenaries-of-punitive-units-6149/

I would point out here that this offer is made as a private citizen, although it would be arguably even worse if he waited for the formality of being inaugurated as President.

Is that legal? Sure isn't. So saith the International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries of 1989 to which Ukraine is a party state.

http://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/States.xsp?xp_viewStates=XPages_NORMStatesParties&xp_treatySelected=530

Many will note Article 1 para. 1:(c) states that a mercenary is "neither a national of a party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a party to the conflict" Of course, these are all locals, Ukrainian nationals being lured by the promise of money to kill other Ukrainians until sufficient numbers have been killed that the remainder see resistance is useless and surrender to the will of the state. However, the law was originally written to curtail the use of mercenaries in Africa, where they were mostly hirelings from other countries. I believe the codicil contained in Article 5:2, to wit; "States Parties shall not recruit, use, finance or train mercenaries for the purpose of opposing the legitimate exercise of the inalienable right of peoples to self-determination, as recognized by international law, and shall take, in conformity with international law, the appropriate measures to prevent the recruitment, use, financing or training of mercenaries for that purpose."

The west will of course argue that this is not a legitimate exercise of the right of self-determination and that it is instead an attempt to "interfere with Ukraine's borders" - although the right to self-determination is described herein as "inalienable", which means "unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor" - but the west has welcomed many other such exercises of self-determination when they suited its interests. I believe the description in Article 5:2 encompasses activities on the part of well-connected private citizens, especially one who expects to be the national head of state by sundown tomorrow, for the purposes of raising a paid army which is untrained in the laws of armed conflict and has no interest in minimizing casualties among non-combatants.

[May 24, 2014] The Chocolate King Who Would Be President by Sarah A. Topol

May 24, 2014 | politico.com
...A 48-year-old with a large jowl and pompadour-styled salt-and-pepper hair, he owns UkPromInvest, a mysterious holding company that has no website but boasts interests in bus manufacturing, car distribution, shipyards, banking and electrical cables, among other things. He is most famous for owning the confectionary firm Roshen, which has factories in both Ukraine and Russia and produces all manner of flashy gold-wrapped chocolate wafers, bars and candies. Perhaps even more relevantly in these troubled times, Poroshenko is also the owner of Channel 5, known as the country's main opposition television station and a leader of the revolution that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych this winter.

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...he has held a high position in every government since the Orange Revolution in 2004 - from minister of foreign affairs and minister of economic development and trade to head of the National Defense and Security Council to chairman of the National Bank.

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Getting rid of people like Poroshenko was in fact one of the main reasons Ukrainians took to the streets for three months this winter in the aftermath of Yanukovych's controversial decision to abandon talks to join the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia and a $15 billion bailout from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But that didn't stop Poroshenko from joining the growing throngs on Kyiv's Independence Square, known as the Maidan. Although Poroshenko had served as one of Yanukovych's ministers until December 2012, he opted to take part in the protest movement when many other big businessmen did not, and he frequently addressed protesters from the heavily guarded main stage. In one YouTube video, he is shown standing on a tractor in the midst of clashes to try to calm the situation-at which point he is met by jeers from the assembled crowd and shouted down.

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Indeed, whenever I asked Ukrainians to explain to me the appeal of Poroshenko in this presidential race, I heard not enthusiasm but something decidedly more tempered. He was, I was told repeatedly, "the best of the worst." And besides, others insisted to me, he would "probably steal the least."

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After graduation, Poroshenko made his fateful turn toward Ukraine's iconic chocolates, taking on the debt of Soviet confectionary factories with a promise to the bank to turn them around. Which bank and with what money is all unclear, and since Poroshenko declined to meet me after repeated promises of an interview, his ascension to chocolate tycoon remains vague, beyond the fact that he managed to obtain ownership of the factories and consolidate his holdings in 1995 under the brand Roshen. "It was legal," says Volodymyr Lanovoy, a former deputy prime minister and leading economic reformer in the early '90s. "The question was why he got that advantage with the bank to begin with. Probably there was some kind of security service connection or agreement. … They weren't selling factories to just anyone at the time."

...An early founder of the political grouping that would become Yanukovych's Party of Regions, he switched sides in 2000 and came out as a strong supporter of Yushchenko in 2004. During the Orange Revolution that year, the Chocolate King was applauded for keeping opposition Channel 5 broadcasting. Internet access in Ukraine at the time was minimal, and the channel stoked revolutionary fervor. "Owning media in Ukraine means you have always an option to negotiate with someone for something, to give them positive PR and to get some business benefit in return," says Carl Volokh, an Israeli businessman with investments in his native Ukraine. "That's why Ukrainian media is loss-making, but oligarchs are really happy to keep it, just because it's one of the most important protections for them."

But politics didn't turn out quite as Poroshenko expected. He had bankrolled Yushchenko's presidential campaign and expected to be rewarded with the prime minister position. Instead, Yushchenko gave the post to Tymoshenko, beginning years of squabbling that would ultimately sink their democratic revolution in a mess of finger-pointing and squandered opportunities. Poroshenko found himself sidelined as head of the National Security and Defense Council.

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The personal rivalry between Tymoshenko and Poroshenko continued to bleed into politics. In September 2005, Oleksandr Zinchenko, the president's chief of staff and one of Tymoshenko's people, accused Poroshenko and another senior official of "cynically carrying out their plan to use government posts to their own ends." Zinchenko resigned in a national television broadcast, saying, "Corruption is now even worse than before." Present at the press conference, Poroshenko seethed in the back of the room and took to the podium to deny the allegations. No charges were ever filed, but it led to a full-scale political crisis, and on Sept. 8, President Yushchenko addressed the nation: "I knew that there were definite conflicts between those people," he said. "I hoped that if each of them immersed himself in work, there would not be enough time for mutual intrigues." Instead, he fired the Tymoshenko government, and Poroshenko resigned as well.

But the scandal only temporarily derailed the two rivals: If there's anything in common between Poroshenko and Tymoshenko, it is that they are both survivors, and each soon returned to power. In 2009, Poroshenko became minister of foreign affairs, his nomination backed ironically enough by Tymoshenko, who had returned as prime minister in 2007 and was reported to dislike the previous foreign minister even more than she loathed Poroshenko.

In 2010, when Yanukovych was president-elect from a different party, then-foreign minister Poroshenko-in theory an opposition leader-prepped him for his first phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama. In a leaked diplomatic cable from 2010, the U.S. ambassador wrote that Poroshenko "sought to use the meeting to highlight his closeness (or what he portrayed as closeness) to Yanukovych. He gave no signal that he planned to step down soon as FM; indeed, quite the opposite." This desire to be close to power, regardless of its affiliation, is what many in Kyiv told me when I asked about the character of their would-be president.

Poroshenko was removed from his post by Yanukovych anyway, after only three months in office. Still, he did go on to serve in Yanukovych's government; Poroshenko was appointed minister of economic development and trade in 2012, a post in which he served for almost a year, finding himself enmeshed in rumors over whether he was using his government post to help boost his Chinese car distribution business.

A billboard promoting presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv, Ukraine. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Though unproven, it's a reputation that has stuck: that for Poroshenko his own business and the government's are very much intertwined. Poroshenko has pledged he will sell his chocolate business if he wins the presidency, but few seem swayed. "He knows how to use power. He knows how the administration works. He has a very clear understanding of the world around him, and he doesn't hesitate to use his authority," Bohdan Yaremenko, a retired Ukrainian diplomat, told me. "His weakness is they say that like no matter where he's serving, he never made an attempt to forget about his business and his business interest, that he's always trying to assist his business as well, and to promote it, and using his office for this."

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That morning, masked men in mismatched camouflage with billy clubs and large wooden bats had surrounded the parliament. They belonged to the Right Sector, a neo-nationalist paramilitary group that shot to fame during the protests for their bravery in fierce clashes with security services. But it was their worship of Stepan Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist who joined the Nazis to fight against the Soviets and also supported pogroms against Jews, that Putin had harped on, and Russian speakers in the east point to as evidence of "fascism." Their leader, Dmytro Yarosh, had recently announced he was also going to run for president.

As we stepped out the heavy wooden front door, a group of them stood on the landing checking IDs. Stets flashed his deputy card and told them we were going for a smoke. "Back inside," one of them ordered, "You outed yourself! Go back, go back!"

"I didn't out myself," Stets replied, with some incredulity, but the line of men pushed in, forming a human barricade around us on the doorstep. "Go back! Go back!" they continued to chant.

"Guys, don't worry. I will explain what's happening to the journalist. He's going to go vote!" a younger voice called in Ukrainian before switching to English: "Right now, our government electives don't want to do their work. It's just a game, claiming to change their colors, and that's it. We want to change the system, not have the same faces in this government. So we have our demands! They work for us!" the young kid with vivid blue eyes under his mask shouted.

Stets began to steer me back to the door. "See, everything has changed," he told me with a sheepish grin.

But has it? With bat-wielding groups like Right Sector running amok in Kyiv and heavily armed separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine, how can Poroshenko, or any new president, assert control? Ukraine seems as close to ungovernable as one can imagine.

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Poroshenko has made unity an important point in his campaign. When the Los Angeles Times asked Poroshenko earlier this month why he wanted to run for president, heresponded saying: "When you appeal to people to follow you, when you lead them, you must be prepared to take responsibility. … I am not a destroyer by nature. I know how to build an economy. I know how to build plants and factories. I know how to create jobs. I can be a diplomat, I can be a banker too. … I intend to unite the people, to demonstrate zero tolerance for corruption, to modernize the country.

But whether he can really unify the country remains to be seen.

But although he has always loudly favored EU integration, he has not denied that he is open to talks with Putin, and many now theorize that Poroshenko's rise has contributed to the easing of Putin's rhetoric; in Poroshenko, goes this line of thinking, is someone the Russians can negotiate with-a pragmatist who will not risk the ire of his neighbor in the way the more unpredictable populist Tymoshenko might.

While no one knows for sure whether Poroshenko will be more apt to cut a deal with Putin, few doubt that the mutual rancor is real between him and his opponent in Sunday's election, or that the country's situation is anything but dire...

Interfax: Russia will evaluate Ukrainian elections based on OSCE mission monitoring – Lavrov

May 23, 2014 JRL Russia List

Russia will evaluate the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine based on the monitoring conducted by the OSCE mission and using modern technologies, but will not send its monitors due to the absence of safety guarantees, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"It's very easy in our age of electronic mass media," Lavrov told reporters on Friday, responding to a question as to how Russia can determine whether the Ukrainian elections are fair or not.

"Like I said, we will decide on our attitude toward this event based on the evaluation of the voting outcome and based on whether the person elected will be accepted by the people of Ukraine, Ukraine's voters, or not," he said.

Lavrov also said Russia will also use "the OSCE mission's monitoring" in its evaluations.

"Unlike our Western partners, who already said these elections will be legitimate, we prefer to use facts. We will look at the results first," Lavrov said.

"We expect a lot in terms of objective election monitoring from the OSCE monitoring mission. Unfortunately, we have reasons to think that attempts will be made to smooth out the results and hide facts that are not very pleasant for the current Ukrainian authorities and their sponsors," he said.

A chocolate king rolls back new Cold War - Indian Punchline

The presidential election in Ukraine on Sunday promises to be a turning point in the Ukraine crisis. Both the West, especially Europe, and Russia peered down the abyss, didn't like what they saw and would appear to be gradually pulling back in tandem, which in turn is investing the outcome of Sunday's election with much importance.

The frontrunner in Sunday's poll is the 48-year old "chocolate king" Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire who fits into the classic mould of the oligarch who made it real big out of the debris of the former Soviet Union - buying languishing state assets cheap, turning them into gold and amassing a fortune overnight to become a robber-baron wielding political power.

Poroshenko has an overall reputation of being "pro-Western" but in the former Soviet space increasingly, such descriptions have become meaningless. He served as foreign minister in the government that was formed after the color revolution in 2005. But he later served as foreign trade minister under the "pro-Russian" president Viktor Yanukovich.

The only constancy in his career lies hidden in the subsoil. He kept connections throughout with Russia - both in terms of business interests and in personal contacts with the Russian elites, including possibly with the Kremlin. True, the Russian state media lately kept up a tirade against Poroshenko, casting him in very poor light as an oligarch and an opportunist. But then, it could have been smoke and mirrors as well.

Interestingly, his main opponent in Sunday's election Yulia Tymoshenko, the glamor girl of the Orange Revolution, has accused Poroshenko of being Moscow's fifth column and that his is doing roaring business with Russia. (Ironically, former prime minister Tymoshenko herself also has a lingering reputation of having been a favorite of the Kremlin, and of having made her fortune largely via Ukraine's opaque gas deals with Russia's energy leviathan Gazprom.)

Conceivably, Moscow may have waged a "psywar" and succeeded in nudging Poroshenko closer toward a "centrist" position, which in Ukraine's circumstances today would mean he is utterly free to remain "pro-Western" but would be expected to remain sensitive to Russia's core interests nonetheless.

Thus, Poroshenko lately began speaking of the likelihood of Ukraine's European Union membership circa 2025, but firmly puts aside the possibility of Ukraine's membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in any conceivable future.

Indeed, Poroshenko exudes confidence (for reasons best known to him) that if he were elected president, within three months thereafter, he'll have mended Ukraine's tattered ties with Russia. The German media reports speak of him enjoying a warm friendship with the Russian ambassador in Kiev, and being an Orthodox Christian (although often accused of being a Jew by ultra-right Ukrainian nationalists), he often makes pilgrimages to Russian monasteries.

Thus, all in all, in Poroshenko, we'd have someone unique whom the West could consider as "our man in Kiev", but with whom Russia looks forward to doing business with. There seems to be a tacit recognition of ground rules emerging between the West and Russia over the presidency of Poroshenko, which would in turn explain the overall lowering of rhetoric by both sides lately and Moscow's decision to allow Sunday's election to go ahead.

To ease the tensions ahead of Sunday's poll, President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Ukraine's eastern border.

What could the "Poroshenko formula" between the West and Russia look like? The WaPo columnist David Ignatius wrote last week about the "Finlandization" of Ukraine as the buzzword in the Washington circuit, and it seems to approximate to a settlement.

In a nutshell, Ukraine shall have the freedom in theory to make its own choices as any sovereign country would have, but having said that, Kiev would also be trusted to know what is good for itself as regards its future relations with Russia.

What makes such an agreeable outcome possible? First and foremost, Russia took a forceful stance that it wouldn't accept the regime change in Kiev (which the West sponsored whilst President Vladimir Putin was preoccupied with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.)

Moscow dug in, insisting it has legitimate interests, historically speaking as well as politically and culturally and in the economic sphere, and intended to safeguard them no matter what it takes. Most important, Moscow displayed that it holds the trump cards and a stabilization of Ukraine is impossible without Russia's cooperation.

Equally, it became clear to the West that the alternative to accommodating Russia would be a path to confrontation, with the high risk it entailed insofar as Ukraine could become a failed state at Europe's doorstep. Clearly, the West has no stomach to undertake a military intervention, nor does it have the financial wherewithal to salvage the debt-ridden Ukrainian economy. The EU is far from ready to absorb new members, either.

However, what counted significantly is also the interdependency that has developed between the major European powers, especially Germany, on the one side and Russia on the other in the post-cold war setting.

However much Washington tried to assert its cold-war era leadership of the Euro-Atlantic space, it failed to gain the traction needed for effectively isolating Russia from the Europeans.

Behind the stage, Germany worked diligently to ease tensions. Putin operated at multiple levels in Berlin to ward off the cold warriors in the US, bringing into play his range of contacts in German business and industry and among politicians.

If a Ukraine settlement holds - the pitfalls are many, given the trust deficit in US-Russia ties - the credit also goes to the "Obama Doctrine". President Obama left the Kremlin with an existential choice - if Russia opted for military intervention in Ukraine, it would encounter no "enemy".

[Apr 23, 2014] Behind Scenes, Ukraine's Rich and Powerful Battle Over the Future by ANDREW E. KRAMER

December 6, 2013 | NYTimes.com

Like other tycoons scattered throughout post-Soviet countries, Ukraine's rich capitalized on the flawed privatization of publicly held assets to establish enormous fortunes, presiding over news media, banking, telecommunications, steel, coal and heavy industry empires. But in contrast to Russia, where President Vladimir V. Putin has barred the oligarchs from politics, Ukraine's wealthy clans retain enormous influence, acting as a shadow cabinet with identifiable factions in Parliament. Mr. Poroshenko is himself a member of Parliament.

Their political stances tend to align with their places in the economy, with the more established families favoring integration with the West and a newer group - analysts say rapacious - around Mr. Yanukovich's son favoring the Kremlin.

In this battle of the titans, the street becomes a weapon, but only one of many. And then looming over all the political battles is an imminent financial crisis. Ukraine, shut out of world markets and facing a yawning budget deficit, will need a cash infusion of around $18 billion by March to avoid default and an economic crisis with unknown but presumably dire consequences.

The warring camps of oligarchs have distinctly divergent interests that dictate how they approach both relations with Europe and the financial crisis.

On one side you have businessmen like Mr. Poroshenko, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes at $1.6 billion. He is typical of the older money here, people interested more in marketing their assets, whether through initial public offerings or attracting international partners, than grabbing quick profits.

They were hoping that an affiliation with the European Union and its more stringent protections of property rights would protect their interests. They are also more open to a proposed loan from the International Monetary Fund that would require a reduction in government energy subsidies and structural overhauls, including revamping the judiciary.

Mr. Poroshenko has been joined by Victor Pinchuk, the billionaire son-in-law of a former president, Leonid Kuchma, who on Wednesday joined several former Ukrainian presidents in signing a letter of support for the demonstrations. Ukraine's wealthiest man, Rinat Akhmetov, is usually seen as a staunch backer of Mr. Yanukovich. But Mr. Akhmetov's company, System Capital Management, issued a largely neutral statement saying Ukraine should seek integration with both Russia and Europe.

Mr. Yanukovich's son, Oleksandr, a dentist, who has become one of the richest men in the country during his father's time in office, leads a group known as "the family" that has elbowed out competitors operating through a conglomerate called Management Assets Company, with interests in construction, banking and coal mining in the traditionally pro-Russia eastern Ukraine.

Another in the Yanukovich camp is Dmitry V. Firtash, another one of Ukraine's wealthiest men, who made his fortune primarily as a "gas middleman" in Eastern Europe, one of the few allowed by Russia to act as a go-between in natural resources deals.

Through successive Ukrainian governments, Mr. Firtash cut deals to operate as an intermediary through a Swiss-registered company, RosUkrEnergo, in sales by Gazprom, the Russian natural gas monopoly, to Ukraine, a business worth billions. However, in 2009, the prime minister at the time, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, insisted that the Ukrainian national energy company buy directly from Gazprom.

Mr. Firtash's longstanding ally in government, a deputy prime minister, Yuri Boiko, was in Moscow this week reportedly negotiating a three-month reprieve in Ukraine's payments to Gazprom. If achieved, it would provide a critical financial prop to Mr. Yanukovich.

Mikhail B. Pogrebinsky, a political analyst in Kiev, said in an interview that some Yanukovich allies were enticed by the prospect of cheaper gas prices, which create instant profits in Ukraine's energy intensive industries and opportunities for plunder. "They want to solve their problems with cheap gas," he said.

Having controlled the presidency for only three years, many of the oligarchs want to postpone economic overhauls until they have amassed greater wealth, Serhiy Taran, the director of the International Democracy Institute in Kiev, wrote in the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. "The young ones would like to go on frolicking for a while," he wrote.

With their short-term focus, analysts say, these oligarchs are far more comfortable dealing with Russia than with Europe and the I.M.F., with their demands for fairness and transparency. From this perspective, it made sense for Mr. Yanukovich to play along with Europe as long as possible, to extract the best possible deal from Russia.

Андрей Золотарев Ахметов бежит по тоннелю, в конце которого его ждет Коломойский с визиткой Яроша

Президентские выборы уже послезавтра, фавориты известны. Интрига лишь в том, закончится ли все в первом туре, и как пройдет это голосование, учитывая обстановку в стране и особенно на Донбассе, где идти на голосование просто физически небезопасно. Накануне дня выборов политтехнолог Андрей Золотарев в разговоре с "Главкомом" оценивает предвыборные кампании кандидатов и размышлял о главной ошибке Тимошенко, высокомерии Порошенко и дальнейшей судьбе Ахметова.

"Многие представители Партии регионов играли с огнем, но сожгли себе хату"

Чего стоит ожидать в день выборов и после него?

По сути, выборы решают только одну задачу избрать президента. К тому же мы выбираем президента с непонятным набором полномочий, поскольку за спиной граждан в Венецианскую комиссию отправлен проект конституционных изменений, который резко может изменить баланс сил. И снова будет война за президентские полномочия. Это украинская политическая традиция: когда политик находится в оппозиции, он выступает за уменьшение полномочий, а как только приходит к власти, пытается отобрать все назад. Это было и при Кучме, и при Ющенко, и при Януковиче. Также мы можем войти в бесконечную череду выборов. Может статься так, что конституционные изменения таки удастся реализовать, но до этого времени пройдут выборы в Раду и местные советы, и окажется, что по новой Конституции надо проводить выборы снова.

Сегодня появилось много информации относительно конституционных торгов и том, что Путин делает ставку на парламентский конституционный переворот, который лишает смысла президентские выборы. Отмечу, что политикум уже отошел от постреволюционного шока и растерянности, которая царила в феврале-марте, и пытается вернуть политику в кулуары и уютные рестораны.

Но и Порошенко, и Тимошенко декларируют, что после президентских выборов будут досрочные парламентские. Может быть, еще этот состав парламента сделает новому президенту предложение, от которого тот не сможет отказаться?

После президентских выборов под нового президента может сформироваться большинство. Вовремя предать в украинской политике – это не предать, а предвидеть. Пострадавшей может оказаться фракция "Батькивщины", и, похоже, процесс уже начался. Но надо сделать оговорку – сегодня политическим партиям доверяет всего 14 %, что ниже, чем поддержка некоторых партий. Украинцы связывают надежды на будущее с верой в собственные силы, самоорганизацией, но никак не с политиками. При таких настроениях рассчитывать на то, что политическому классу удастся выйти из кризиса за счет кулуарной комбинаторики, не приходится. И конституционная обманка будет очень быстро разоблачена экспертами и масс-медиа. Поэтому политическую перспективу получат не те силы, которые сделают ставку на конституционную реформу, а те, которые начнут готовиться к парламентским выборам после президентских.

Так эта обманка уже разоблачена – "Главком" опубликовал эти запланированные изменения в Конституцию.

Она разоблачена в журналистской и экспертной среде, но до большинства это еще не дошло. Да и внимание отвлечено на совершенно другие проблемы.

А почему сейчас Порошенко не кричит "Хулиганы зрения лишают!" и не рассказывает людям, что у будущего президента хотят забрать полномочия?

Это вопрос к его стратегам. А его стратегия как раз подтверждает, что иногда в политике не надо очень много говорить, а достаточно многозначительно молчать и ждать. Мы пока не услышали от Порошенко принципиальных позиций по базовым вопросам.

Какая вообще будет атмосфера в промежутке между турами, если все не решится в первом?

Очевидно, что вялотекущая гражданская война – это не лучший фон для проведения выборов. Но люди связывают с выборами надежду, что ситуация стабилизируется и будет какой-то порядок. Это играет на руку Порошенко. Кроме того, часто украинский избиратель выбирает, за кого голосовать, не на основе своих убеждений, а учитывая, кто потенциально будет победителем. И эта особенность также используется командой Порошенко.

"Удар" (а значит и Порошенко) очень обеспокоен, что финальную часть АТО решено было начать перед выборами.

Думаю, 25 мая выборы все-таки состоятся и по тому, как протекает АТО, я не вижу причин, по которым эти выборы будут сорваны в других регионах, кроме Донбасса. Но война и конфликт уводят в сторону от очень многих насущных вопросов и неприятных для власти выводов. Кризис на Донбассе отвлекает внимание от того, что правительство ничего не может предъявить людям, кроме замораживания зарплат, падения курсы гривны и повышения коммунальных тарифов, не считая потери Крыма. Но война все же заставляет забывать о таких "временных неудобствах" и поддерживать "своих". А это именно война, потому что вам любой эксперт скажет, что АТО – это от нескольких часов до нескольких дней. На Донбассе все быстро закончить не удастся, и даже если удастся разбить сепаратистов в Славянске и Краматорске, это может перерасти в партизанские действия. Очень сложно затолкать зубную пасту обратно в тюбик. Многие представители Партии регионов играли с огнем, но в итоге вместо того, чтобы приготовить обед, сожгли себе хату. Они запустили процессы, которые оказались не в состоянии контролировать, и сейчас уже оказались не нужны тем, кого выпестовали для шантажа Киева. Персонажи "Донецкой республики" почувствовали силу и решили, что зачем ходить с протянутой рукой к Ахметову, если можно взять в руки автомат и взять все самим?

Ахметов только сейчас это понял, учитывая его обращения?

Ахметов оказался под тройным прессом – Москвы, Брюсселя, Вашингтона и слишком долго выбирал. Тот же Коломойский сориентировался очень быстро – он понял, что помощи от государства ждать не стоит и начал формировать частную армию. И вообще поступил парадоксально – в отличие от Фирташа, который решил спасаться в Вене и попал как "кур во щи". Коломойский же сделал правильные выводы из опыта 2005-го года и вместо того, чтобы прятаться в Швейцарии, проявил инициативу. Он взял под личный контроль ключевой регион страны, потеснил в нем Ахметова и активно ведет свою политику не только на Днепропетровщине, но и во всей стране.

Выйти без потерь из этой ситуации Ахметов уже не может. Время, когда он мог решить ситуацию легким движением руки, прошло. Сегодня он бежит по темному тоннелю гонимый обстоятельствами, а в конце этого тоннеля его ждет улыбающийся Коломойский с визиткой Яроша в руке. Похоже, одним "великим олигархом" стало меньше…

Вообще Коломойский сейчас – фигура более весомая, чем каждый из лидеров президентских рейтингов. С этих позиций он и будет договариваться (а то и диктовать условия) с победителем. Есть основания утверждать, что бурная деятельность Коломойского направлена на то же, на что направлены действия донецких и луганских сепаратистов – на формирование практически неподконтрольного Киеву анклава в составе Украины.

При этом, в отличие от Ахметова, Коломойский имеет реальные основания утверждать, что контролируемые им регионы "кормят Украину". Если Донецкая и Луганская области являются дотационными, то Днепропетровская – отнюдь. Расширение полномочий регионов, которое практически неизбежно, объективно станет решением не в пользу Донбасса, а в пользу Днепропетровска. Более того, Коломойский успешно "продает" свою нынешнюю "патриотическую" позицию, что способствует высокому уровню общественной поддержки его деятельности. Как следствие, проект "Новороссия" действительно реализуется. Только не в интересах России, а в интересах Коломойского.

Олигарх уже фактически сформировал личные вооруженные силы и ведет войну за расширение подконтрольной территории путем установления контроля над районами Донецкой области, проведения "референдума" о присоединении соседних регионов к Днепропетровской области. Частично уже существует финансовая система "Новороссии", которая, в условиях федерализации, будет окончательно оформлена на базе "Привата".

Вопреки эмбарго Киева, "Южмаш" получил "зеленый свет" от губернатора на сотрудничество с Россией – вот и самостоятельная внешняя политика. Киевские власти фактически обречены на поддержку Коломойского, так как ресурсов для установления контроля над югом страны не имеют. На такой же подход рассчитывает и Ахметов.

В сухом остатке, результаты революции и потенциальные результаты масштабной реформы государственного управления будут подменены олигархической контрреволюцией, которая под лозунгами сохранения целостности страны и/или расширения полномочий регионов приведет к формированию "княжеств". А "князьки" получат предмет для эффективного торга с Киевом на предмет сохранения на определенных территориях установленного ими несправедливого социально-экономического порядка.

Многие считают, что Партия регионов уже может быть списана в политический утиль. Что появится на ее месте?

Думаю, к осени мы увидим римейк политической силы во главе с Тигипко, кампания которого – заявка на парламентские выборы. В принципе, меседжи и стратегия кампании у Тигипко выстроены грамотно, и он может быть одним из претендентов на электоральное наследство Партии регионов. Не исключено, что тот же Коломойский может поддержать формирование такой новой политической силы.

Почему Добкин не "пошел"? Из-за привязки к непопулярной нынче Партии регионов или из-за личных характеристик?

Действительно суть происходящего в политике – в освобождении Украины от Партии регионов. Сначала, по своим мотивам, от регионалов избавились центр и запад страны, теперь – уже по совершенно иным соображениям, но тоже направленным против того же объекта – лишают регионалов поддержки жители юга и востока. Да и фигура лидера, мягко говоря, слабовата. Как только я вижу Добкина, мне почему-то вспоминается знаменитый ролик из "ютюба". Добкин – попросту пустой.

А Тигипко – не пустой?

Партия регионов стремительно теряет остатки электоральных позиций, а "подбирать" потерянное регионалами пытаются, в первую очередь, бывшие же партийцы, "спрыгнувшие" с тонущего корабля. Во всяком случае, Тигипко лучше играет. Да и похоже, что Добкин еще и деморализован, так как ему тоже пришлось познакомиться с успокаивающими свойствами зеленки.

Сепаратистские настроения со временем будут только усиливаться или мирные граждане того же Донбасса, лицом к лицу столкнувшись с боевиками из ДНР, только быстрей почувствуют, что их идеи неадекватны?

От сепаратизма народ может отвратить разгул бандитизма и анархии в этих регионах, когда народ будет готов пойти за любым, кто обеспечит стабильность и порядок.

Ошибка Тимошенко в том, что она сделала ставку на продолжение революции, персональную войну с олигархами, противостояние Путину, начала формировать ополчение. В общем задекларировала то, что у людей ассоциируется с большими потрясениями. Но люди устали, у них страх и тревога, а отсюда рождается запрос на стабилизацию и порядок, с которым больше ассоциируется другой лидер избирательной гонки при всей его аморфности.

Первый скачок рейтинга Порошенко произошел благодаря слабости оппозиционной тройки на Майдане. Второй – потому что его фигура ассоциируется с ожиданиями стабилизации ситуации. Плюс альянс с Кличко. Это и вызвало взлет, который еще восемь месяцев назад никто не мог прогнозировать.

Избиратель Кличко перешел к Порошенко?

По большей части, потому что избиратель Кличко – это не избиратель Тимошенко. Что-то, конечно, досталось Богомолец, Гриценко, даже Ляшко, но большая часть электората Кличко ушла к Петру Алексеевичу.

Насколько реальны шансы, что второго тура все-таки не будет?

Истина лежит где-то посередине между рейтингами, которые запускает команда Порошенко и его оппоненты. Сейчас очень сильно изменилась электоральная карта Украины, из нее выключены Донбасс и Крым, поэтому нельзя делать однозначные прогнозы, исходя из опыта предыдущих выборов.

Какие политтехнологи сейчас на кого из кандидатов работают?

В начале кампании Тимошенко рассчитывала на технологическую состоятельность региональных структур "Батькивщины", поэтому весной начали лататься региональные организации, растерявшие очень много кадрового потенциала от слияния с "Фронтом змин". Были надежды на какой-никакой админресурс, но попытки реанимировать весь этот потенциал оказались малоэффективными.

С начала мая в политтехнологической среде пошли упорные слухи о том, что Тимошенко сменила команду и стратегию кампании. Например, она обещала не вести рекламную кампанию, а в последние две недели ее менеджеры "рвали" операторов наружки, чтобы те дали свободные плоскости. Это связывали с приходом в ее команду Таля Зильберштейна – бывшего политконсультанта бывшего премьер-министра Израиля Эхуда Ольмерта и бывшего президента Румынии Траяна Бэсеску. Но если вы везете американских и израильских экспертов, то везите и американских и израильских избирателей. Они могут что-то посоветовать, но не чувствуют украинского избирателя, отчего делают очевидные благоглупости, в число которых входит персональная атака на Порошенко.

Это был рецепт технологов, а не ее личная инициатива, учитывая давнюю обоюдную неприязнь?

Думаю, рецепт технологов. Израильтяне работают по американским матрицам. У них есть сильные стороны – например, хорошо поставленная работа с сегментированием избирателей, но, в целом израильские политтехнологии не поражают изысками.

Что касается остальных кандидатов, то с Порошенко работают Грынив и Шувалов, возможно, Гайдай. Но его команда – это очень условное понятие, потому что Петр Алексеевич из тех, кто сам лучше всех все знает. Порошенко, при том, что к нему тяготеет значительная часть интеллектуалов (в широком понимании, а не только "медиа-политологи", которые больше "говорящие головы", чем генераторы идей), склонен занижать значение интеллектуального продукта. Он больше полагается на свои связи в политикуме и на послушных исполнителей. К тому же, он любит очень зависимых людей, а не самостоятельно мыслящих специалистов. Он высокомерно относится к людям и привык их выжимать в сжатые сроки. Поговаривают, что Порошенко считается с мнением человека, только если он стоит на одном с ним социальном уровне. А удел остальных с позиции его высот – слушать и исполнять.

Как следствие, из тех политологов и технологов, которые привыкли к публичности и трепетному отношению к себе, возле Порошенко никого не задержалось. Его кампания не поражает какими-то политтехнологическими изысками, но стратегическая линия выдержана правильно и это обеспечивает беспроблемный для него ход кампании.

С Тигипко, скорее всего, по-прежнему работает Гастелло, который в 2010-м году достаточно грамотно и профессионально провел его кампанию.

Тигипко ведет кампанию на свои деньги? Говорили об их альянсе с Фирташем.

Думаю, они с Порошенко – одни из тех, кто может профинансировать собственную кампанию. Хотя по традициям украинской политики все привыкли гулять на чужие деньги. Среди успешных кампаний стоит отметить кампанию Ляшко, который может оказаться сюрпризом. Раньше его курировала команда Левочкина…

Кто из кандидатов второго эшелона будет в первом туре забирать голоса у лидеров?

Бессмысленность атаки Тимошенко на Порошенко в том, что их избиратели не пересекаются. Мы подобное уже видели в том же 2008-м году, когда "Батькивщина" яростно атаковала Черновецкого, избирателю которого это было по барабану. А по логике ей следовало было воевать с Кличко. Сейчас рост рейтинга Ляшко, Гриценко, Богомолец минусует результат Тимошенко и наоборот – рост рейтинга Тигипко отъедает у Порошенко.

И то, будет ли второй тур, во многом зависит и от результатов кандидатов второго эшелона. Кстати, Ляшко, который ранее был взращен командой Януковича для исполнения роли оппозиционного клоуна, сейчас вышел за рамки этой ниши. Сегодня он говорит и делает то, что у большинства политкорректных и умеренных избирателей в уме, но не на языке. Причем он не только говорит, но и делает – взять те же его рейды в Донбасс.

Он может провести фракцию в парламент?

Если его результат на этих выборах перевалит за 5 %, у него очень хороший шанс пройти по спискам в Верховную Раду. Если он успешно выступит на президентских выборах, у него очень быстро появятся нужные ресурсы и люди, которые помогут радикалам Ляшко стать парламентской партией.

Ярош может вытеснить Тягнибока из правой ниши?

Они будут конкурировать, но пока Ярош за два месяца кампании не продемонстрировал ничего, что дало бы основания говорить, что время "Свободы" прошло и пришло время "Правого сектора". Ярош пытается интегрироваться в систему, он одел галстук и пиджак, но говорить о том, что у него успешная кампания, не приходится.

Как политик Ярош пока очень слаб. Кампания для него полезна, в первую очередь, как опыт политической, а не "подпольной" работы. И – как опыт политического субъекта, а не объекта.

Куда интереснее будут парламентские выборы, которые могут состояться уже в этом году. Партия регионов событиями последних месяцев помножена если не на "0", то, где-то на "0,33". Майдан перекрыл ей доступ на запад и в центр страны. "Русская весна" очень сильно пошатнула позиции регионалов в базовых регионах партии. "Свобода", возможно, все-таки сохранит позиции, но уже за счет центра, а не запада. "Удару" впору вливаться в виртуальную "Солидарность". Если провалится затея с запретом КПУ, то коммунисты пройдут в Верховную Раду. В таких условиях конфигурация парламента, в случае проведения выборов, может быть самой непредсказуемой.

"Батькивщина" в случае победы Порошенко рискует потерять две трети фракции"

Ходят слухи, что Порошенко сейчас активно ищет контакты с Кремлем. Могут ли они наладить какой-то конструктивный диалог?

У Порошенко в России публичных политических контактов нет. Только бизнесовые. Кремль пока многозначительно молчит, но прекрасно понимает, что часть бизнеса Порошенко находится на территории Российской Федерации. И там прекрасно отдают себе отчет, что Порошенко – один из немногих украинских политиков, который умел договариваться со всеми. Но самое интересное будет в июне-июле, когда Россия попытается принудить Петра Алексеевича к примерному политическому поведению.

Если про команду Тимошенко мы много чего знаем, то команда Порошенко – загадка.

Здесь как раз не будет больших сюрпризов. Несложно предположить, что Яценюк останется премьером, где еще такой "громоотвод" найдешь?

Тот же Наливайченко вряд ли покинет свой кабинет на Владимирской.

Нет единого мнения по МИДу, в команде Порошенко я бы обратил внимание на Валерия Чалого, который с высокой степенью вероятности станет министром иностранных дел в случае его победы. Главой администрации станет либо Стець, либо Ковальчук. Кадровое предложение может поступить и Луценко. Перестановки несомненно будут и в губернаторском корпусе.

В целом, команда будет ситуативно складываться под победителя. Прогнозирую, что "Батькивщина" в случае победы Порошенко рискует потерять две трети фракции. Ближайшее окружение Юлии Владимировны пыталось отговорить от участия в выборах, но эти выборы явно не последние в жизни Тимошенко.

Тимошенко пообещала оставить Яценюка премьером в случае своей победы. У Порошенко есть какой-то другой кандидат на этот пост?

Экономические эксперты говорят, что худо-бедно Яценюк ситуацию контролирует и в сложившейся катастрофической ситуации при ограниченных возможностях выжимает почти максимум.

Но этого максимума все равно недостаточно для нищающих украинцев. Когда можно ожидать нарастания социальной напряженности?

Сегодня очевидно политика правительства Яценюка ничего не принесет простым людям. Политика жесткой точнее жестокой экономии обернется для многих возвращением к уровню жизни 90-х. Пока градус социальной напряженности снижает конфликт на Донбассе. Но Россия делает ставку на то, что к осени в Украине будет экономический крах и гиперинфляция, а киевская власть окажется перед лицом голодных масс. И расчеты экономистов показывают, что осенью Украину ждут очень серьезные экономические и социальные проблемы, а это может повлиять на политику. Фон для досрочных выборов в Верховную Раду будет неблагоприятен для тех политических сил, которые пришли к власти в результате Майдана. А цели России в отношении Украины очевидны – это федеративная Украина, парламентская республика, неблоковый статус, обеспечение интересов России в сфере ВПК и газовый рынок для "Газпрома".

Очень похоже, что внутри РФ проявляются элементы протрезвления. Патриотический угар доминирует, но стало намного больше аргументированных выступлений против войны с Украиной. Кроме того, похоже, внутри элит нарастает паника – действия Путина плохо вписываются в планы многих влиятельных людей. Но, по словам информированного Станислава Белковского, "Путин никого не слышит…".

Так если тут будет экономический крах, то какой же газовый рынок?

Они рассчитывают в результате экономического кризиса привести к власти здесь более лояльных людей, и тогда Россия протянет руку помощи.

Много говорится о референдуме, который даст ответы на какие-то важные вопросы. На какую тему это может быть референдум и когда?

Думаю, это игра. Украинский политикум не заинтересован в появлении инструментов, которые обеспечат влияние избирателя на политику, в том числе, и местные референдумы. Сейчас могут пообещать что угодно, но после прихода к власти обо всем этом забывают.

Как вы оцениваете принятый Верховной Радой меморандум о мире?

Пока это попытки легитимации власти. Этот меморандум не похож на какую-то дорожную карту, и давать авансы ему рано.

Многие усматривают некоторую связь с тем, что активные фазы АТО начинались после встреч украинского руководства с американцами. И есть версия, что Запад хочет таким образом спровоцировать Россию на вторжение, а Россия этого пока не хочет.

Запад, как ни странно, нейтрально бы отнесся к превращению Донбасса в аналог Приднестровья. Ведь Запад заинтересован в Украине с гомогенной территорией, где вопросы языка, вступления в НАТО, евроинтеграции не вызывали бы раскол. А Донбасс – слишком проблемный организм, что и Россия прекрасно понимает.

Источник: Главком

Official candidates

Petro Poroshenko

BBC News

The 48-year-old is known as "the chocolate king" for his ownership of Ukraine's largest confectionery manufacturer, Roshen.

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Mr Poroshenko also owns 5 Kanal TV, the most popular news channel in Ukraine, which showed clear pro-opposition sympathies during the months of political crisis in Kiev. Forbes estimated his wealth at $1.6bn (£961m) in March 2013.

Ukrainian media interpreted the groundswell of support for Mr Poroshenko as a reaction to the opposition's dithering and inability to find common ground during and after the anti-government protests that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr Poroshenko secured the support of opposition leader and former boxer Vitaly Klitschko as well as fellow tycoon Dmitry Firtash, who has long been on cordial terms with Russia.

Mr Poroshenko comes from the mainly Russian-speaking Odessa region in southern Ukraine, although his political stronghold is believed to be in the central Vinnytsya region, where he started his business and political career.

He kicked off his presidential campaign in Vinnytsya with a rally there on 29 March.

The main slogan of Mr Poroshenko's election campaign was: "A new way of living."

He portrays himself as a pragmatic politician who sees Ukraine's future in Europe, but hopes to mend relations with Russia, using the diplomatic skills he developed as Ukrainian foreign minister.

He has pledged to implement local governance reform, grant more powers to the country's regions, facilitate economic reforms, and improve the investment climate.

Long experience
Mr Poroshenko has been elected to parliament several times and has worked with both the pro-European and pro-Russian political camps in Ukraine.

He was foreign minister in Ms Tymoshenko's government from 2009 to 2010, and briefly an economic development and trade minister in 2012.

He was one of the founders of Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions. After helping to set it up in 2001, however, he left the same year to lead Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine electoral bloc.

He was also one of the main figures of the Orange Revolution that brought Mr Yushchenko and Ms Tymoshenko to power in 2004.

Mr Yushchenko is a godfather to Mr Poroshenko's children

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poroshenko

Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko (Ukrainian: Петро Олексійович Порошенко; born 26 September 1965) is a Ukrainian businessman and politician, who announced on March 29 that he will run for President of Ukraine. Poroshenko, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Trade and Economic Development,[1] and is sometimes cited as one of the most influential people in Ukrainian politics.[2] From February 2007 until March 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.[2][3][4][5]

Early life and education

Poroshenko was born in the city of Bolhrad, Odessa Oblast, on 26 September 1965, but was raised in the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine. In 1989, he graduated with a degree in economics from the faculty of international relations and international law (subsequently the Institute of International Relations) of Kiev State University.

Business career

After graduation, Poroshenko started his own business selling cacao beans. In the 1990s, he acquired control over several confectionery enterprises. Subsequently, he united his holdings in that industry into Roshen group, the largest confectionery manufacturer in Ukraine. The fortune he made in the chocolate industry earned him the nickname Chocolate King.[6]

Now Poroshenko's business empire also includes several car and bus plants, Leninska Kuznya shipyard, the 5 Kanal[7] television channel as well as other businesses.

In March 2012 Forbes placed him on the Forbes list of billionaires at 1,153rd place, with $1 billion.[8]

Political career

Member of Parliament and Secretary of the NSDC

Poroshenko first won a seat in the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament of Ukraine) in 1998. He was initially a member of the United Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (SDPU(o)), the party most loyal to president Leonid Kuchma at the time. Poroshenko left SDPU(o) in 2000 to create an independent left-of-center faction, Solidarity.[9] In 2001 Poroshenko was instrumental in creating the Party of Regions, also loyal to Kuchma. Solidarity never joined the Party of Regions, however.[10] However, in December 2001 he broke ranks with Kuchma supporters to become campaign chief of Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine Bloc opposition faction. After parliamentary elections in March 2002 in which Our Ukraine won the biggest share of the popular vote and Poroshenko won a seat in parliament,[11] Poroshenko served as head of the parliamentary budget committee.

Poroshenko is considered a close confidant of Yushchenko, who is godfather to Poroshenko's daughters. Being perhaps the wealthiest businessman among Yushchenko supporters, Poroshenko was often cited as one of the chief financial backers of Our Ukraine and the Orange Revolution.

After Yushchenko won the presidential elections in 2004, Poroshenko was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, while his chief rival in post-Orange Revolution Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, was appointed prime minister. In September 2005 highly publicized mutual allegations of corruption erupted between Poroshenko and Tymoshenko involving the privatizations of state-owned firms. Poroshenko, for example, was accused of defending the interests of Viktor Pinchuk, who had acquired for $80 million a state firm, Nikopol Ferroalloy, independently valued at $1 billion.[12] In reaction to the allegations, Yushchenko dismissed his entire cabinet of ministers, including Poroshenko and Prime Minister Tymoshenko.[2]

State prosecutors dismissed an abuse of power investigation against Poroshenko the following month,[13] immediately after Yushchenko dismissed Svyatoslav Piskun, General Prosecutor of Ukraine. Piskun claimed that he was sacked because he refused to institute criminal proceedings against Tymoshenko and refused to drop proceedings against Poroshenko.[14]

In the March 2006 parliamentary election Poroshenko was re-elected to the Ukrainian parliament with the support of Our Ukraine electoral bloc. He chaired the parliamentary Committee on Finance and Banking. Allegedly, since Poroshenko claimed the post of Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament for himself, the Socialist Party of Ukraine chose to be part of the Alliance of National Unity because it was promised that their party leader, Oleksandr Moroz, would be elected chairman if the coalition were formed.[2] This left Poroshenko's Our Ukraine and their ally Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc out of the Government.

Poroshenko did not run in the September 2007 parliamentary election.

Since February 2007 Poroshenko has headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.[2][4]

Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009-2010)

Poroshenko at the Russian-Ukrainian international commission meeting in 2009

Ukrainian President Yushchenko nominated Poroshenko for foreign minister on 7 October 2009.[4][15] Poroshenko was appointed by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) on 9 October 2009.[16][17] On 12 October 2009 President Yushchenko (re)appointed Poroshenko into the National Security and Defense Council.[18]

Poroshenko supports Ukrainian NATO-membership and stated in December 2009, "I believe that with a political will and a public wish to do so, public support for politicians in charge, and a clear and right awareness policy, becoming a NATO member could be accomplished within a year or two". However, he also stated NATO membership should not be a goal in itself: "Our goal must be conducting reforms, improving living standards. I believe that here we must do everything to improve the situation in the country rather than obtain somebody's permission for some actions".[19]

Although Poroshenko was dismissed as foreign minister on 11 March 2010, President Viktor Yanukovych expressed hope for further cooperation with him.[7]

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

In late February 2012 Poroshenko was named as the new Minister of Trade and Economic Development in the Azarov Government;[20][21][22] on 9 March 2012 President Yanukovych stated he wanted Poroshenko to work in the government in the post of economic development and trade minister.[23] On 23 March 2012 Poroshenko was appointed economic development and trade minister of Ukraine by Yanukovych.[1] The same month he stepped down as head of the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.[3]

Return to Verkhovna Rada

Ukrainian opposition leaders Poroshenko (left), Vitali Klitschko (second left) and Arseniy Yatsenyuk (right) with United States Secretary of State John Kerry (second right) at the Munich Security Conference 2014.

Poroshenko returned to Verkhovna Rada (parliament) after the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election after winning with more than 70% as an independent candidate in single-member districts number 150 (first-past-the-post wins a parliament seat) located in Vinnytsia Oblast.[24][25] He did not enter any faction in parliament.[26]

Mid-February 2013 Poroshenko hinted he would run for Mayor of Kiev in the 2013 Kiev mayoral election.[27]

2014 presidential campaign

Main article: Ukrainian presidential election, 2014

Following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the resulting removal of Viktor Yanukovych from the office of President of Ukraine, new presidential elections were scheduled to take place on 25 May 2014.[28] In pre-election polls from March 2014, Poroshenko was the highest rated of all the prospective candidates, with one poll conducted by SOCIS giving him a rating of over 40%.[29] On 29 March he stated that he will run for president; at the same time Vitali Klitschko exited the presidential contest, choosing to support Poroshenko's bid.[30][31][32][33] On 2 April Poroshenko stated, "If I am elected, I will be honest and sell the Roshen Concern".[34] He also said in early April that the level of popular support for the idea of Ukraine's joining NATO was too small to put on the agenda "so as not to ruin the country".[35] On April 14, 2014, Poroshenko publicly endorsed the campaign of Jarosław Gowin's party Poland Together of neighbouring Poland in this year's elections to the European Parliament, thanking Gowin's party colleague Paweł Kowal for supporting Ukraine.[36]

Oligarch Dmitry Firtash backs Klitschko's decision to pull out of presidential race in favor of Poroshenko.[37]

Klitschko's decision to abandon the presidential ambitions for Poroshenko welcomed the former head of the presidential Yanukovych administration Sergei Liovochkin.[38]

Internet publication "Ukrainian pravda", referring to the Austrian press reported that union Poroshenko and Klitschko was formed due to a secret meeting in Vienna Firtash[39]Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, facing U.S. bribery charges[40]

Firtash has confirmed the fact of meeting with Poroshenko.Firtash confirmed that supports Poroshenko in presidential elections.[41]

Yulia Tymoshenko

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Tymoshenko

Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko (Ukrainian: Ю́лія Володи́мирівна Тимоше́нко, pronounced [ˈjόlʲijɐ vɔ̝ɫɔ̝ˈdɨ̞mɨ̞rʲivnɐ tɨ̞mɔ̝ˈʂɛnkɔ̝], nιe Hrihyan, Грігян,[4] born 27 November 1960) is a Ukrainian politician and businesswoman. She co-led the Orange Revolution[5] and was the first female Prime Minister of Ukraine,[6] serving from 24 January to 8 September 2005, and again from 18 December 2007 to 4 March 2010.[7][8]

Tymoshenko is the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" political party, which received the second most votes in the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election, winning 101 of parliament's 450 seats.[9][10]

Tymoshenko finished second in the Ukrainian presidential election of 2010 runoff with a 3.5% loss to the winner, Viktor Yanukovych.[11] After the election, a number of criminal cases were brought against her. On October 11, 2011, she was convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power, and sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay the state $188 million. The prosecution and conviction were viewed by many countries and international organizations – most prominently the European Union – as politically biased.[12][13][14][15][16][17] She was released on February 22, 2014, in the concluding days of the Euromaidan revolution, following a revision of the Ukrainian criminal code that effectively decriminalized the actions for which she was imprisoned.[18][19] She was officially rehabilitated on February 28, 2014.[20][21][19][22] Later the Supreme Court closed the case and found that "no crime was commited"[23]

Prior to her political career, Tymoshenko was a successful but controversial businesswoman in the natural gas industry, becoming by some estimates one of the richest people in the country. In 2005 she placed third in the Forbes Magazine's list of the world's most powerful women.[24]

Tymoshenko strives for Ukraine's integration into the European Union and strongly opposes the membership of Ukraine in the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Yulia Tymoshenko: official biography

53 years old. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine. Leader of the political party "All-Ukrainian Union "Batkivshchyna" ("Fatherland") and of the parliamentary Block of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT). Came second in the 2010 presidential race. Was jailed by Yanukovich government

Family and childhood:
Born on 27 November 1960 in Dnipropetrovsk.

Education:
Graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk State University as an economist-cyberneticist, candidate of economic science.

Work experience and Political life:
Worked as an economy engineer at the machine-building plant in Dnipropetrovsk.
1989-1991 – chaired the Youth Center "Terminal".
1991-1995 – Commercial and then General director of the corporation "Ukrainian petrol".
1995-1997 – headed the "United Energy Systems of Ukraine" corporation.
Member of Parliament of Ukraine of five convocations.
1999 – elected as a leader of the political party "All-Ukrainian Union "Batkivshchyna" ("Fatherland").
December 1999-January 2001 – Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine.
July 2004 – Co-Chairman of the electoral commission "Power of the People", one of the leaders of the "Orange Revolution" as a protest against falsification of results of the presidential elections.
February-September 2005 – Prime Minister of Ukraine
18 December 2007 – elected as Prime Minister of Ukraine of the democratic coalition of BYT and OU-PS parliamentary factions.
February 2010 - lost in the Presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych with the result of 45.47% of votes.
March 2010 - Dismissed from the post of the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Sergey Tigipko

Sergey Tigipko: official biography

Sergey Tigipko: official biography

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54 years old. Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine (since 11 March 2010). Successful businessman, banker. Candidate for the post of the President of Ukraine ('number 3' in the 1st round - 13.05% of votes). In 2004 – Head of the Presidential campaign headquarters of Viktor Yanukovych.

Family and childhood:

Born on 13.02.1960 in village Dragoneshty of the Lazovsky district of Moldova. Married. Has 4 children.

Education and Academic background:

1982 – graduated from Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute; specialization – engineer metallurgist.

Doctor of Economics.

Languages spoken:

Ukrainian, Russian, English.

Work Experience and Political Life:



Etc

Society

Groupthink : Two Party System as Polyarchy : Corruption of Regulators : Bureaucracies : Understanding Micromanagers and Control Freaks : Toxic Managers :   Harvard Mafia : Diplomatic Communication : Surviving a Bad Performance Review : Insufficient Retirement Funds as Immanent Problem of Neoliberal Regime : PseudoScience : Who Rules America : Neoliberalism  : The Iron Law of Oligarchy : Libertarian Philosophy

Quotes

War and Peace : Skeptical Finance : John Kenneth Galbraith :Talleyrand : Oscar Wilde : Otto Von Bismarck : Keynes : George Carlin : Skeptics : Propaganda  : SE quotes : Language Design and Programming Quotes : Random IT-related quotesSomerset Maugham : Marcus Aurelius : Kurt Vonnegut : Eric Hoffer : Winston Churchill : Napoleon Bonaparte : Ambrose BierceBernard Shaw : Mark Twain Quotes

Bulletin:

Vol 25, No.12 (December, 2013) Rational Fools vs. Efficient Crooks The efficient markets hypothesis : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2013 : Unemployment Bulletin, 2010 :  Vol 23, No.10 (October, 2011) An observation about corporate security departments : Slightly Skeptical Euromaydan Chronicles, June 2014 : Greenspan legacy bulletin, 2008 : Vol 25, No.10 (October, 2013) Cryptolocker Trojan (Win32/Crilock.A) : Vol 25, No.08 (August, 2013) Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : Inequality Bulletin, 2009 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Copyleft Problems Bulletin, 2004 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Energy Bulletin, 2010 : Malware Protection Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 26, No.1 (January, 2013) Object-Oriented Cult : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2011 : Vol 23, No.11 (November, 2011) Softpanorama classification of sysadmin horror stories : Vol 25, No.05 (May, 2013) Corporate bullshit as a communication method  : Vol 25, No.06 (June, 2013) A Note on the Relationship of Brooks Law and Conway Law

History:

Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds  : Larry Wall  : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting Languages : Perl history   : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history

Classic books:

The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Hater’s Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite

Most popular humor pages:

Manifest of the Softpanorama IT Slacker Society : Ten Commandments of the IT Slackers Society : Computer Humor Collection : BSD Logo Story : The Cuckoo's Egg : IT Slang : C++ Humor : ARE YOU A BBS ADDICT? : The Perl Purity Test : Object oriented programmers of all nations : Financial Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : The Most Comprehensive Collection of Editor-related Humor : Programming Language Humor : Goldman Sachs related humor : Greenspan humor : C Humor : Scripting Humor : Real Programmers Humor : Web Humor : GPL-related Humor : OFM Humor : Politically Incorrect Humor : IDS Humor : "Linux Sucks" Humor : Russian Musical Humor : Best Russian Programmer Humor : Microsoft plans to buy Catholic Church : Richard Stallman Related Humor : Admin Humor : Perl-related Humor : Linus Torvalds Related humor : PseudoScience Related Humor : Networking Humor : Shell Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2012 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2013 : Java Humor : Software Engineering Humor : Sun Solaris Related Humor : Education Humor : IBM Humor : Assembler-related Humor : VIM Humor : Computer Viruses Humor : Bright tomorrow is rescheduled to a day after tomorrow : Classic Computer Humor

The Last but not Least Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand ~Archibald Putt. Ph.D


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