World
Dmitry Minin
May 9, 2014
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The very darkest deeds of that past Europe which its residents have already gotten used to thinking of as struck through long ago were entwined in the fire at the Odessa trade union building like a nightmare come to life. Firstly, it was an appalling provocation that was openly cynical in intention and brazen in execution. There is a large amount of amateur video footage that shows Andriy Parubiy, the former ‘Maidan Commandant’ who is now the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine and one of the key figures of the criminal regime who had just arrived in Odessa, giving instructions to ‘Maidan defender’ and criminal Nikolai Volkov just two days before the events took place. Then, on 2 May, the ‘defender’ marshalled a crowd to Kulikovo Field, where he lead the siege and burning of the Odessa trade union building and personally aimed his pistol and shot at people fleeing the fire. 

There is also video footage showing another convicted criminal Vitaliy Chudko, known as ‘Botsman’, pretending to be a pro-Russian activist and opening fire on football fans with a police-issue short-barrelled machine gun, which is how the whole mess started. He was part of the same group of provocateurs who received instructions from the deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Odessa region, Fuchedzhi, shortly before events began. Then, under the cover of police officers he knew, he led the shooting. Sometime later, a random passerby captured on camera how ‘Botsman’ and police chief Fuchedzhi fled the scene in a medical van. 

The freshly replaced head of Odessa region, Vladimir Nemirovsky, has already named the person behind the riots and murders that took place in Odessa on 2 May. According to Nemirovsky, it is the head of the regional Department of Internal Affairs, part-time ally of Yulia Tymoshenko and deputy of the Ukrainian parliament from the Batkivshchyna party, Alexander Dubovoy. Immediately after being exposed on the Internet, incidentally, it was announced that ‘Botsman’ had been killed by outraged citizens, but as a body could not be produced, he is considered missing. Fuchedzhi was less fortunate. Somebody inadvertently arrested him, and now there is a chance that he will live to see the investigation. It is as if the atrocities that took place at the Odessa trade union building, meanwhile, atrocities that would make any normal person shudder in horror, were copied from a book on the history of fascism, or the orders of Ukrainian SS-man Roman Shukhevych.

It felt like the «sacred stones of Europe» ought to cry out. And? And nothing. Someone burned someone in that black hole – the former Soviet Union – say the people of Europe. Governments are looking into it. They are looking into it whilst either keeping silent about really obvious details, or pretending they believe the meaningless babble of the Kiev government regarding the circumstances surrounding the Odessa tragedy. Europe’s hypocrisy in the face of the terrible tragedy in Odessa is not simply reading off the scale; it is instilling a deep concern that the whole ostentatious outer layer of European democratic virtues is actually so thin that it could rip at any moment and expose the abyss of international conflicts left unresolved by Europeans. 

«After 2 May,» writes a Ukrainian observer, «holding elections in the country is already meaningless. It is as good as choosing the head of a concentration camp and then, with a sigh of relief, going to a European crematorium».

With respect to Ukraine, the West is still being guided by its geopolitical interests. There is good reason why there is a whole section devoted to the intervention of Western countries in the affairs of Ukraine in the White Book on Human Rights Violations and the Rule of Law issued by the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry. It is this intervention that led to the legitimate Ukrainian president’s removal from power, and then to the tragedy of the civil war currently flaring up in the southeast. The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry warns that «in case of the continuation of lawlessness in Ukraine, the situation there may escalate into a serious threat to regional peace and security, and lead to the further growth of cross-national and interethnic contradictions and conflicts in Ukraine and throughout Europe». 

The approaching date of 25 May is not just significant for the pseudo-presidential elections in Ukraine, but also for the European Parliament elections. As the findings of opinion polls show, under the influence of the growth of nationalism that triggered the events in Ukraine, among other things, an unprecedented amount of euro-integration opponents could end up in the European Parliament. In recent years, a number of political forces have appeared in EU member states whose aim is to fight against the policies of Brussels, the eurozone, and sometimes even the European Union itself as a supranational union. These forces include radical Greek communists, the French far-right, Czech and British liberals and anarchists, ultranationalists, clerics and separatists of all colours. The eurosceptic movement is seizing the minds of the middle class with incredible force. «There are many hijackers of Europe, and their name is legion». By the time Ukraine finally reaches its desired aim of joining the European Union, it is completely possible there will be nowhere to join. 

There is good reason why the most advanced ‘euro-integrators’, like the chairman of the Robert Schumann Foundation Jean-Dominique Giuliani, are already beating the war drums and proclaiming that a ‘fifth column’ of eurosceptics could possibly emerge with their own group at the European Parliament, and that these will be «real enemies who need to be fought». To do this, Europe needs to stop dismantling itself, stop acting by dint of its own convictions alone, and not just think about a peaceful dialogue. Sometimes showing your teeth to the aggressor is the best way to maintain peace, because the enemy will continue to pursue their former goal: «to weaken and, if possible, undermine the process of European construction».

Experts are also taking notice of the fact that the US, which has never shown any particular sympathy towards the EU, perceiving it to be a geopolitical and economic rival, has assumed the role of chief guide to the idea of Ukraine’s euro-integration. As far as the Ukrainian issue is concerned, the US administration has unceremoniously moved the European Union aside, acting in the style of Nuland’s renowned «F**k the EU!» In fact, America is carrying on as if Europe will have no interest in a full-scale civil war in Ukraine should the initiation of such a war bring enormous humanitarian and economic costs. The United States, however, could quite possibly afford such a war, a war predominantly by proxy. In this way, the US is solving two problems at once: it is bringing the collapse of the USSR to its logical conclusion by destroying its main components, Russia and Ukraine, while weakening its competitors in the Western bloc as much as possible in the process. As a result, the White House is hoping that from the ashes of Europe, the American eagle will once again shine in all the glory of global domination. 

If Ukraine is destined to become part of this geopolitical scenario, which is at least as cynical as the Odessa nightmare, then she is doomed as a nation. An Odessan recently wrote: «The ashes of Odessa will now be knocking on many hearts. The Ukrainian state is burning along with the Odessa trade union building to the strains of its own national anthem. It was burned by those who loved her so much. Unfortunately, they are planning on burning her together with us».

Even that is not all, however. As noted by the American analyst and antiwar activist Daniel Patrick Welch: «This conflict in Ukraine is the death knell for the UN, along with the IMF/EU/NATO and all the other western organizations which act in concert to try to force billions of people to believe that 2 + 2 = 5. They are the problem, and they have no solutions». Welch quotes the well-known Latin American writer and political figure Eduardo Galleano: «It would be strange if the remedy should come from the United States, the same place which brings us the disease».

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Bell Tolls Across Europe to Mourn Odessa Massacre Victims

The very darkest deeds of that past Europe which its residents have already gotten used to thinking of as struck through long ago were entwined in the fire at the Odessa trade union building like a nightmare come to life. Firstly, it was an appalling provocation that was openly cynical in intention and brazen in execution. There is a large amount of amateur video footage that shows Andriy Parubiy, the former ‘Maidan Commandant’ who is now the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine and one of the key figures of the criminal regime who had just arrived in Odessa, giving instructions to ‘Maidan defender’ and criminal Nikolai Volkov just two days before the events took place. Then, on 2 May, the ‘defender’ marshalled a crowd to Kulikovo Field, where he lead the siege and burning of the Odessa trade union building and personally aimed his pistol and shot at people fleeing the fire. 

There is also video footage showing another convicted criminal Vitaliy Chudko, known as ‘Botsman’, pretending to be a pro-Russian activist and opening fire on football fans with a police-issue short-barrelled machine gun, which is how the whole mess started. He was part of the same group of provocateurs who received instructions from the deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Odessa region, Fuchedzhi, shortly before events began. Then, under the cover of police officers he knew, he led the shooting. Sometime later, a random passerby captured on camera how ‘Botsman’ and police chief Fuchedzhi fled the scene in a medical van. 

The freshly replaced head of Odessa region, Vladimir Nemirovsky, has already named the person behind the riots and murders that took place in Odessa on 2 May. According to Nemirovsky, it is the head of the regional Department of Internal Affairs, part-time ally of Yulia Tymoshenko and deputy of the Ukrainian parliament from the Batkivshchyna party, Alexander Dubovoy. Immediately after being exposed on the Internet, incidentally, it was announced that ‘Botsman’ had been killed by outraged citizens, but as a body could not be produced, he is considered missing. Fuchedzhi was less fortunate. Somebody inadvertently arrested him, and now there is a chance that he will live to see the investigation. It is as if the atrocities that took place at the Odessa trade union building, meanwhile, atrocities that would make any normal person shudder in horror, were copied from a book on the history of fascism, or the orders of Ukrainian SS-man Roman Shukhevych.

It felt like the «sacred stones of Europe» ought to cry out. And? And nothing. Someone burned someone in that black hole – the former Soviet Union – say the people of Europe. Governments are looking into it. They are looking into it whilst either keeping silent about really obvious details, or pretending they believe the meaningless babble of the Kiev government regarding the circumstances surrounding the Odessa tragedy. Europe’s hypocrisy in the face of the terrible tragedy in Odessa is not simply reading off the scale; it is instilling a deep concern that the whole ostentatious outer layer of European democratic virtues is actually so thin that it could rip at any moment and expose the abyss of international conflicts left unresolved by Europeans. 

«After 2 May,» writes a Ukrainian observer, «holding elections in the country is already meaningless. It is as good as choosing the head of a concentration camp and then, with a sigh of relief, going to a European crematorium».

With respect to Ukraine, the West is still being guided by its geopolitical interests. There is good reason why there is a whole section devoted to the intervention of Western countries in the affairs of Ukraine in the White Book on Human Rights Violations and the Rule of Law issued by the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry. It is this intervention that led to the legitimate Ukrainian president’s removal from power, and then to the tragedy of the civil war currently flaring up in the southeast. The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry warns that «in case of the continuation of lawlessness in Ukraine, the situation there may escalate into a serious threat to regional peace and security, and lead to the further growth of cross-national and interethnic contradictions and conflicts in Ukraine and throughout Europe». 

The approaching date of 25 May is not just significant for the pseudo-presidential elections in Ukraine, but also for the European Parliament elections. As the findings of opinion polls show, under the influence of the growth of nationalism that triggered the events in Ukraine, among other things, an unprecedented amount of euro-integration opponents could end up in the European Parliament. In recent years, a number of political forces have appeared in EU member states whose aim is to fight against the policies of Brussels, the eurozone, and sometimes even the European Union itself as a supranational union. These forces include radical Greek communists, the French far-right, Czech and British liberals and anarchists, ultranationalists, clerics and separatists of all colours. The eurosceptic movement is seizing the minds of the middle class with incredible force. «There are many hijackers of Europe, and their name is legion». By the time Ukraine finally reaches its desired aim of joining the European Union, it is completely possible there will be nowhere to join. 

There is good reason why the most advanced ‘euro-integrators’, like the chairman of the Robert Schumann Foundation Jean-Dominique Giuliani, are already beating the war drums and proclaiming that a ‘fifth column’ of eurosceptics could possibly emerge with their own group at the European Parliament, and that these will be «real enemies who need to be fought». To do this, Europe needs to stop dismantling itself, stop acting by dint of its own convictions alone, and not just think about a peaceful dialogue. Sometimes showing your teeth to the aggressor is the best way to maintain peace, because the enemy will continue to pursue their former goal: «to weaken and, if possible, undermine the process of European construction».

Experts are also taking notice of the fact that the US, which has never shown any particular sympathy towards the EU, perceiving it to be a geopolitical and economic rival, has assumed the role of chief guide to the idea of Ukraine’s euro-integration. As far as the Ukrainian issue is concerned, the US administration has unceremoniously moved the European Union aside, acting in the style of Nuland’s renowned «F**k the EU!» In fact, America is carrying on as if Europe will have no interest in a full-scale civil war in Ukraine should the initiation of such a war bring enormous humanitarian and economic costs. The United States, however, could quite possibly afford such a war, a war predominantly by proxy. In this way, the US is solving two problems at once: it is bringing the collapse of the USSR to its logical conclusion by destroying its main components, Russia and Ukraine, while weakening its competitors in the Western bloc as much as possible in the process. As a result, the White House is hoping that from the ashes of Europe, the American eagle will once again shine in all the glory of global domination. 

If Ukraine is destined to become part of this geopolitical scenario, which is at least as cynical as the Odessa nightmare, then she is doomed as a nation. An Odessan recently wrote: «The ashes of Odessa will now be knocking on many hearts. The Ukrainian state is burning along with the Odessa trade union building to the strains of its own national anthem. It was burned by those who loved her so much. Unfortunately, they are planning on burning her together with us».

Even that is not all, however. As noted by the American analyst and antiwar activist Daniel Patrick Welch: «This conflict in Ukraine is the death knell for the UN, along with the IMF/EU/NATO and all the other western organizations which act in concert to try to force billions of people to believe that 2 + 2 = 5. They are the problem, and they have no solutions». Welch quotes the well-known Latin American writer and political figure Eduardo Galleano: «It would be strange if the remedy should come from the United States, the same place which brings us the disease».