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Ukrainians Protest Against Europe, Saying It Abandoned Maidan For Russia
IBT ^ | Kristina Jovanovski | July 10 2014 11:29 AM

Posted on 07/13/2014 10:25:27 PM PDT by wetphoenix

KIEV, Ukraine -- Five months ago, Kirill Marlinski was on the streets of Kiev, demanding closer ties to the European Union. Now, he's demonstrating in the streets again, but this time against European countries. Like many other activists in the Euromaidan revolution that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, he blames Europeans for turning their backs on Ukraine by continuing their deals with the country’s new nemesis, Russia.

“We all went out on Maidan … [with a] simple slogan -- that Ukraine is Europe and Europe is Ukraine,” he said.“We went out to fight … and we just got spit in our face.”

The Ukrainian activists are most incensed at the sale by France of two amphibious-assault warships to Russia, which doesn't have any vessel as advanced and could use them to gain a decisive edge in any conflicts with Ukraine involving the Black Sea. The ships can carry dozens of tanks, 16 helicopters and more than 400 soldiers.

Russian troops are in France to train on the vessels, which Russia agreed to buy in 2011, before the Ukraine crisis began. The first one is due to be delivered by the end of this year. In an ironic twist, one of the ships will be named Sevastopol, the port city in Crimea, the southeastern Ukraine peninsula that was annexed by Russia in March.

Some Ukrainians are concerned these ships will make it easier for Russia to transport soldiers and equipment into Ukraine to launch an attack, or support separatists in the east who have waged a three-month-long battle with the Kiev government.

Russian military expert Igor Sutyagin at the Royal United Services Institute in London said the ships’ possible use against Ukraine is limited, and there are easier ways to carry equipment and soldiers into the country.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: europe; eussr; kiev; ukraine

1 posted on 07/13/2014 10:25:27 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix

Let me see if I have this straight. Marlinski is upset about a deal made in 2011, now? Because he joined a protest five months ago?


2 posted on 07/13/2014 10:32:46 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL. It seems that way, or it is another case of poor reporting.


3 posted on 07/13/2014 10:38:40 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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