Skip to comments.The 2014 Ukrainian Maidan Revolt
Posted on 02/22/2014 9:29:04 PM PST by Jeff Head
"Vladimir, they aren't coming back"
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, on July 16, 1990, the Ukrainian parliament voted for a Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine. This declaration established self-determination for the Ukrainian nation, its political and economic independence, and the end of Soviet law in the Ukraine.
A referendum on the matter of Ukranian independence and the first presidential election took place on December 1, 1991. More than 90 percent of the electorate expressed their support for Independence, and they elected the chairman of the parliament, Leonid Kravchu,k as the first President of the country.
The Ukrainian economy stabilized in the late 1990s. The hryvnia, was introduced in 1996 as the new currency. Since 2000, the country has enjoyed steady economic growth and averaged close to 7% annual growth. A new Constitution was adopted under the second President, Leonid Kuchma, in 1996. This constitution established the Ukraine as a republic with seperate branches of political power. This stable political system was mean to lead the Ukraine into the future with continuing economic growth and stability. However, Kuchma was criticized by opponents for corruption, electoral fraud, discouraging free speech and concentrating too much power in his office.
In 2004, Viktor Yanukovych, then Prime Minister, was declared the winner of the presidential elections. But the people of Ukraine, and numoerous foreign observers felt the election had been illegally influenced and rigged. The results caused a public outcry in support of the opposition candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, who challenged the outcome of the elections. This resulted in the peaceful and well known, "Orange Revolution." The Ukraninan Supreme Court ruled that the elections we fraudulent and annulled them. Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko were elected in the ensuing elections.
CONDITIONS LEADING TO THE REVOLT (To November 2013):
As a result of failures to resovle this issue, and on promises of working well with the Russians, Viktor Yanukovych, who had been oputsed in the fraaudulent elections of 2004, was elected President in 2010 with a minority of 48% of the vote.
Yanukovych immediately made overtures to the Russian government and Vlademir Putin. Many Ukrainians wanted and were looking forward to closer ties with the European Union, feeling that such ties could alleviate the dependencises and continuing ties to Russia. But, President Yanukovych's government rejected a far-reaching accord with the European Union in November 2013 in favour of continued stronger ties with Russia. Thousands of people, outraged that a long-standing aspiration for integration with Europe had been ditched overnight, poured into central Kiev for peaceful protests. They have occupied Independence Square, known as Maidan.
THE MAIDAN REVOLT BY THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE (February 2014): After the peaceful but very large demonstrations in Maidan square, European leaders expressed support for the Ukrainian protestors, while RUssian leaders continued to support the Ukrainian President. The Amrican President, though distracted by domestic policy issues, did express support for the protests and called for calm, and the Secretary of State also expressed support for the Ukraining oppostion. In his turn, the Russian President, Vlademir Putin, called for the Eurpoean countires to stop meddling in the affairs of the Ukraine.
Emboldened by Russian support, and what was viewed as a weak US response, the Yanukovych administration allowed police attacks on student protesters, enacted severe new anti-protest laws, and abducted opposition activists. This caused the demonstrations to caused intensify and grow larger. Remembering their success in the Orange Revolution, the people appreared to become less concerned about European alignment and more intent on getting rid of Yanukovych again, who they believed was using events to strengthen his power and serve the interests of his own close circle and Moscow.
The European Union has strongly condemned the actions of the Yanukovych gobvernment, and what the obvious attempts by Russia and Putin to take advantage of the situation, and called for negotiations with the protestors untder the threat of sanctions. Ukraining opposition leaders stepped up their support for the protests. Russia denounced the violent protests, also called for negotaiations, but reminded Europe and the United States that Yanukovych was elected in a fair election and should be able to act in his office. President Obama has condemned violence on both sides, but has also had his Secretary of State meet with opposition leders, as have various European leaders, notable Merkel of Germany.
VIOLENCE, BLOODSHED, AND GUNFIRE (2/17-21/2014):
International efforts to quell the violenmce stepped up. European leaders and Russia negotiatied with the Ukrainian government and the opposition and a cease fire was agreed to on February 21st. Some opposition leaders indicated, and the Poland negoatiator himself said that the opposition had to accept this deal under the threat of martial law and the use of Ukraines military. Th deal was accepted by the leaders, voted and for by the Ukrainian parliment. It called for new elections.
But the protestors in the street were not satified, vowed not to bow to threats, and indiacted that they felt their military would not fire upon them. So the confrontations continued the next day, and saw some security forces in the capitol and from other parts of the country changing sides.
PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCH FLEES AND THE UKRAINIAN PARLIMENT IMPEACHES HIM (2/22/2014):
President Yanukovych saw his support in the capitol failing. On Friday night and into Saturday morning (Feb 21-22) the heavily armed guard around the presidential offices melted away. At this point, Yanukovych left the Presidential quarters and compound and fled to Kharkiv in the southeaast of Ukraine where he has strong support. From there he gave a TV interview insisting he was still in power.
While this was occurring, His arch-rival and opposition leder, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was jailed in 2011, was freed and has flown to Kiev, where on Saturday, February 22, the Ukrainian Parliment voted to impeach and remove President Yanukovych. After the vote, protestors occupied and guarded the residential residence and compound.
SUMMARY (To date, 2/22/2014):
You have a weak American President, whose word is doubted, whose will on the international stage is questioned, and who is distracted domestically by his own many scandals and issues.
You have an emboldened and re-emergent Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, who has shown himself to be a strong Russian leader and willing to push the west, particularly in the absence of strong leadership in the United States.
You have a majority of the Ukrainian people who wish closer ties with the European Union, who are willing to stand a fight for those desires. This event is a clear example of what a dedicated, committed, populace can accomplish when they feel their rights and their constitutional constraints are being violated (perhaps America should remember this...and its own history). But you also have a large minority in the south and east of the country who wish a tighter alignment with Russia.
Hopefully, things will settle down and the Ukrainian people can come together without firther interference and decide what they want for their own country and do so in a peaceful and reasoned manner. However, there is already blood on the ground...on both sides...and that makes a peaceful and reasoned settlement all the more difficult.
Now the question is how all this ends.
need one here imho
Very good! Thanks for the synopsis.
Yes we do. A few million armed Americans heading into DC from the south, north and west would send a nice shock down their backs as they try to get out of town.
Look how our Revolution ended up. Obama is president and our Liberty is at risk everytime he opens his mouth or every time congress meets. The NSA spies on everyone all the time and the IRS tracks down dissidents.
Thank you so much for this informative essay-post, dear Jeff!
Besides, no one really pays attention to sub human mongrels.
Stories of the savagery and depravity of what the Soviet Union thugs did to the citizens of Ukraine are still being told to the people. They had Soviet rule once, and they don't want any more of it. Ever. And it's worth fighting and dying to remain free.
Great work, as always, JeffHead. Thank you.
“You have a weak American President, whose word is doubted, whose will on the international stage is questioned, and who is distracted domestically by his own many scandals and issues.”
Problem is, half of America doesn’t know this, and think he is cool and sexy.
No coup d’etat in Kyiv, says Sikorski
Feb. 22, 4:50 p.m. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in his Twitter that there is no coup d’etat in Kyiv, and backed most of the decisions taken by Ukraine’s parliament. “No coup in Kiev. Government buildings got abandoned. Speaker of Rada elected legally. President Viktor Yanukovych has 24h to sign 2004 Constiturtion. into law.”
"This event is a clear example of what a dedicated, committed, populace can accomplish when they feel their rights and their constitutional constraints are being violated (perhaps America should remember this...and its own history)."
At least he’s 1/3 lazy as well. That gives us time.
There are some old badasses in the crowd.
There are some people in the world that the term “never again”, holds special meaning.
Thank you so much for your post. I was having trouble understanding what was going on there...
>>>Yes we do. A few million armed Americans heading into DC from the south, north and west would send a nice shock down their backs as they try to get out of town.<<<
It’s a nice theory, GeronL, but it is not working if you are to look into Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Governments of many nations there are too incompetent and corrupt to establish effective gun control and for that reason there are less people who own a pair of shoes than select-fire rifles in some places. Still, these governments are extremely repressive towards their populations and guns doesn’t make a good help.
Yeah, I noticed that. Go Seniors! Ready for the call. . .
that’s a pellet rifle.
I would not be surprised if the Holodomor were a factor in anti-Russian sentiment. Then there was the decade-long suppression of Ukrainian partisan fighters after WWII, along with the associated massacres (~200K dead). The Soviet-era official narrative obviously papered over the historical unpleasantries, but these things have a way of coming to the surface during periods of international tension. I expect ethnic Ukrainians - including Russian speakers - who had little knowledge of the atrocities are now getting an eye-opening education.
These aren't though:
"The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомор, "Extermination by hunger") was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR in 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the "Terror-Famine in Ukraine", millions of citizens of Ukrainian SSR, the majority of whom were Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and several other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly; anywhere from 1.8 to 12 million ethnic Ukrainians were said to have perished as a result of the famine."
"Communism has been the greatest social engineering experiment we have ever seen. It failed utterly and in doing so it killed over 100,000,000 men, women, and children, not to mention the near 30,000,000 of its subjects that died in its often aggressive wars and the rebellions it provoked. But there is a larger lesson to be learned from this horrendous sacrifice to one ideology. That is that no one can be trusted with power. The more power the center has to impose the beliefs of an ideological or religious elite or impose the whims of a dictator, the more likely human lives are to be sacrificed."
And the kids and Marxist professors think communism is cool. . If you don't know history. . .
Fight for Freedom, in the Ukraine and the USA!
Tyrants everywhere, noto bene
Nice work Jeff. Bump.
I was in Moscow last year, it has the opportunity to talk to a few young Russians about abuses of Stalin. They would go on and on about the secret police and the Gulags, but did not have much to say about the starvation of Ukraine. Either they did not believe it happened, or had an attitude they were Ukrainians, and what are you going to do? Omlettes and eggs...
It’s worth remembering that our warships were there all along knowing this uprising would come during the Olympics when Putin’s hands were most tied: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/20/us-warships-deploy-for-sochi-olympics/
It’s also worth remembering that 0bama’s girl in the Ukraine, Ms. Nuland, said “F*ck the EU” to their efforts to defuse the tnesions...which is to say, the U.S. was and is in favor of the tensions there, suggesting that the U.S. was aiding the unrest.
Also, if you are a prepper, check your gear. Things may not go thermo-nuclear, but it is all up to Putin and our clown in DC between now and March 25.
Thank you, sir, for this overview.
>> Yulia Tymoshenko, who was jailed in 2011, was freed
You are right. There are still Ukrainians who were alive during the “Holodomor” Stalins famine. Russians are not all that popular in Ukraine
Things may not go thermo-nuclear, but it is all up to Putin and our clown in DC between now and March 25.
What happens on March 25?
To see the danger, up close and in extreme detail. View the following video. The second half is taken from a safe spot and records the advance of the protesters on an unknown and unseen objective. There is the sound of constant rifle fire. The fire is effective because many are hit. Most of those hit apparently die.
And yet they continue to press forward and then die some more. They abandon one route of attack and set up a larger front behind moveable barricades and then die some more.
They are advancing armed with shields, some captured from the police and others home made from street signs or plywood. Some have made shin armor from cardboard and duct tape. They press on and then die.
I have viewed a lot of war footage but this is the best. It details a long engagement and records the perhaps foolhardy bravery of those seeking to oust the government.
Barack Obama should quiver in his boots when he sees what could happen to him. Perhaps we should take notes
The weapons are barricades, gas bombs and tires. The gas bombs prevent the police movement. Once stopped the burning tires provide a smoke screen and cover. Then the barricades of what ever is at hand stop the police advance .
When these simple tactics are followed the crowd can then gradually advance on the police. The beginning footage shows how they advanced on the yellow building in gradual steps until they were there and the police fled.
That is the least of Obama's worries. For the most part, the American people no longer have the will to be free. The spirit of freedom has been replaced with the spirit of degeneracy and perversion. The spirit of independence has been replaced with the spirit of slavery. The people have traded their freedom for a bowl of Government stew. They have exchanged the worship of Almighty God for the worship of perversion and degeneracy.
This was demonstrated in the election of 2012 when, on national television the members of the Democrat Party booed the mention of God not once but three times in succession. Yet the representatives of that party received the majority of votes cast. The people in power forbid the mention of the name of God, but yet encourage sexual acts between men and men and women. They profane the institution of marriage that was ordained by God by applying it to two men or two women.
No, worries about what is happening in the Ukraine are the least of Obama's thoughts. He looks out of the window of the White House he occupies and smiles at the moral condition of this Nation. And his chest puffs with pride as he realizes the extent to which he is worshiped.
The ongoing attempt by Pooty-Poot to reoccupy Ukraine is crumbling — and as in Syria, the pro-occupation mouthpieces steadily blamed foreign influence for the uprising. The only foreign influences in Ukraine are the Russians. Thanks Jeff Head.
Excellent work, Jeff. Thanks for doing the research and putting it together for us.
I hope you are having an especially good day today.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading “If I were President”.
If you were a mind, I would work on your campaign.
Thank you for that, Jeff!
Empire is the natural condition of mankind.
Wilsonian progressivism has sparked catastrophe upon catastrophe, as people of small and weak nations are misled into rebellion by the false gods of “international norms” and “international law”.
The only international law is that the strong rule the weak. When the strong withdraw, the killing starts. Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Levant, Arabia, North Africa, Subsaharan Africa above all.
I hope the Ukrainian rebels don’t believe that there will be help from West of L’viv when the tanks roll in.