In the 2012 UN’s GDP estimates, Ukraine’s economy was ranked 52th in the world, with the total nominal GDP of USD$188 billion, and nominal per capita GDP of USD$3,900 . Ukraine was until recently, part of the USSR. With more than 60% of her 45 million Ukrainians speaking Russian, it still has strong symbiotic links with Russia. How did Ukraine get into this recent conflict involving her neighbours Russia, EU and ironically, USA, from across the globe? Does Ukraine have rich gold, oil or gas deposits that global hegemonic powers find hard to resist and are salivating over? Perhaps, perhaps not. But it is the biggest country in Europe. Ukraine does have rich farmlands that have attracted resource hungry China to invest heavily in this sector. As reported by Reuters, China is to buy 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres) of Ukrainian farmland, which would make Ukraine China’s largest overseas farming centre as it strives to keep pace with rising food demand. China’s official Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps has signed an agreement with Ukrainian agricultural firm KSG Agro, which would see Ukraine provide 100,000 hectares to China. That would eventually rise to 3 million hectares. That agreement was a bona fide commercial deal that ultimately benefits both countries. There was no hint of hegemony from the Chinese, the transaction is nothing more than a negotiated bilateral agreement.
According to UN estimates, since the Kiev military operation against the separatist movement erupted this year, some 1,129 people have been killed and nearly 3,500 wounded in eastern Ukraine. This manslaughter of civilians by its own government went on without much media fanfare compared with the front page portrayals of genocide in Gaza which hitherto has had a lesser death toll. Is it necessary to inflict so much carnage and sufferings on innocent civilians just for the sake for a few power crazy people? Those in power are so divorced from reality. Drones sneaked into other sovereign territories and people are killed with the press of a button, just as in arcade games. It is surreal, but real! These perpetrators do not smell blood and death on the ground. They are far away from the scene of crime, ensconced in safe places while orchestrating these deeds. To these globalists, Ukraine is just another playground. It is just another Vietnam, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, or Yemen.
Tracing the quick succession of events that led to Ukraine’s current plight is not difficult. It is a good starting point to appreciate the situation with objectivity and impartiality. Ukraine is in deep economic despair, making her susceptible to financial blackmail and bribery. Together with corruption at high places, Ukraine is ripe for picking. What is happening is a bitter fight between these two world factions (Russia and the western bloc comprising EU and USA) for dominance in the form of Ukrainian proxy.
November 2013: President Yanukovych Victor Fedorovych rejected a pending EU association agreement, choosing instead to pursue a Russian loan bailout and closer ties with Russia. Protests erupted at Kiev’s Independence Square spurred by the “Euromaidan” by young pro-European Union Ukrainians.
December 2013: Russia took the opportunity to offer financial aid to Ukraine in the form of a $15 billion loan and a $7 billion gas discount grant. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
January 2014: The deadly clashes spread to other areas across Ukraine, as Ukrainian citizens confronted the Berkut and other special police units.
February 2014: Ukraine entered a state of civil war, as violent clashes between protesters and special police forces led to many deaths and injuries. On 21 February 2014, Yanukovych, in his bid to end the political crisis, reached an agreement with the opposition. But he was immediately ousted and fled to Russia. The power vacuum needed a makeover. Assistant Secretary of State of USA, Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, were caught meddling with Ukraine’s political appointments (on YouTube.) Victoria’s diplomatic stature spun into its nadir when she was heard sputtering obscenities at the EU. On 27 February 2014, Arseniy Yatsenyuk was sworn in as prime minister. Yatsenyuk was previously a central banker. There is something mystical about banksters. EU has a peculiar penchant for promoting and appointing ex-bankers into political positions without going through proper electoral processes.
March 2014: These behind the scene shadow boxing by the western bloc must have worried Putin as the strategic Black Sea Port in Crimea was seen heading towards western control. Crimea is the only warm water port that Russia has access to. Putin acted without delay. Through a Crimean referendum held on 16 March 2014, Crimea was quickly subsumed into Russia. Naturally, the attempt to annex Crimea infuriated the west. Barack Obama responded by targeting top individuals in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and initiated sectoral sanctions as EU leaders met to consider bloc’s response to Russian annexation of Crimea. Western-backed IMF added sweetener to Ukraine with a $17 billion aid package. The see-saw game played on.
April 2004: It started to get ugly. With Crimea now part of Russia, separatists in the eastern Ukrainian states demanded separation from Ukraine as well. Kiev started shelling the eastern states and civilian death toll mounted. Russia and the west started a series of military exercises and deployments in a display of military prowess and intimidation. Russia accused the US of employing Blackwater (Greystone) mercenaries in the civil clashes. Then USA added support to Yatsenyuk by sending Vice President Joe Biden to Kiev on 22 April 2014. Biden subsequently deemed it befitting that his youngest son Hunter Biden be appointed to the board of directors of Burisma, the largest oil and gas company in Ukraine. The 2002 company is controlled by a former energy official in the government of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
May 2014: The presidential void was filled by Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko after he won the May elections. He was inaugurated in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) on 7 June 2014. Unfortunately, there was no major policy shift and the civil strife continued unabated as more bombs continued to rained on the eastern states.
June 2014: Ukraine officially tilted to the West as Poroshenko signed the EU deal. The rift has been blown wider with no political solutions in sight. Ukraine has unequivocally been segmented into a eastern and western bloc – geographically and politically.
July 2014: MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. Now the international community got enlisted into the fray. MH17 precipitated a game of accusations and counter accusations between the western bloc and Russia. “It’s you,” pointed Obama, “No it’s you,” Putin retorted. While the fingers pointed to and fro, Ukrainians are dying. Ukraine is in a total mess. Ukraine government is broke and dysfunctional. Finally …. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned on 24 July 2014. In the midst of the chaos, the fate of MH17’s investigation is unlikely to proceed smoothly.
Epilogue: Why so much blood sacrifices? Who shot down MH17? Who will win the Ukraine war? It is a game of “head we lose, tail we lose.” We have struck Ukranian’s heel. Nobody wins, the whole world loses.