The President attempted to put Yatseniuk and Turchynov into an uncomfortable position, and they put him in check
Yatseniuk’s heated speech in the Verkhovna Rada, which he declared before the announcement of his resignation, may be taught in schools. Just like in U.S. schools some of the Presidents’ speeches are studied. Emotionally, however firmly and reasonably, Yatseniuk explained what UDAR and “Svoboda’s” leaving the coalition means: tomorrow there will be no fuel for the BTR’s and explained to Poroshenko in absentia how a national leader is different from a buffoon politician. However the conclusion of this speech, addressed, for the most part, to Poroshenko, was drawn by the speaker and Yatseniuk’s friend Oleksandr Turchynov. He proposed to UDAR and “Svoboda,” who are unwilling to work with Yatseniuk’s government, to nominate their own technical Prime Minister.
However everything was preceded by a not very honest move on part of Poroshenko and his fellows in the Verkhovna Rada. Petro Poroshenko’s UDAR (it seems everyone can see that Klitschko has a nominal leadership function) did not notify its coalition colleagues about its decision – in particular, “Batkivshchina,” headed by speaker Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk. And Poroshenko led UDAR out of the coalition at the moment when “kamikaze” Yatseniuk proposed that VR vote on the unpopular bills, in particular, regarding budget sequestering. Turchynov already publicly called it a de facto stab in the back to Yatseniuk’s government. The picture of backstabbing is augmented by members of “Batkivshchina” faction leaving the coalition, in particular, Tomenko, Aryev and Bryhynets, which, in the end, are “Poroshenko’s people.”
After lunch Yatseniuk’s bills failed to pass. Therefore Poroshenko decided to act in the following way – he is raising his ratings thanks to executing the super-popular idea of reelections, meanwhile Yatseniuk, as well as Turchynov, are left with dealing with the unpleasant business of moving forth unpopular decisions and accept all the negativity of their consequences. All of this against the backdrop that it seems Poroshenko was unable to make Yatseniuk and Turchynov his political allies and decided to deal with them as if they were enemies.
And Yatseniuk’s resignation became a stab in response. A well-aimed stab. And an open one. If Mr. President (or his UDAR, in particular) doesn’t want to work with the government, he should accept the responsibility for fueling the BTR’s. Yes, Yatseniuk promised to become a “kamikaze,” however he did not accept death by the hands of his own so-called allies. And this is what UDAR did. And he made the only right choice. And a very timely one – he should have either resigned today, or never.
What will Poroshenko do now? There are two options. First, really nominate his own Prime Minister and accept responsibility for all, absolutely all, state of things, with all the negativity. During the electoral campaign, it is not the best of fates. There is another option. Ask Yatseniuk not to leave the government, but split the negativity from the reforms with him. What Poroshenko will choose is unknown. But it is already obvious that he will be unable to put all the blame of Yatseniuk and Turchynov.
Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina