Putin’s plan to federalize Ukraine

Putin and Medvedchuk, in happier times, at a press conference for Medvedchuk's political organization "Ukrainian Choice."

Putin and Medvedchuk, in happier times, at a press conference for Medvedchuk's political organization "Ukrainian Choice." 

2016/02/25 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

Putin has failed to achieve the federalization of Ukraine through war. Now he wants to achieve it through peace.

Putin’s crony Viktor Medvedchuk (Vladimir Putin is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter Darina–Ed.) in his interview with (the Spanish daily) El Pais did not even attempt to hide Russia’s plans regarding the Donbas and Ukraine. He spoke not about the implementation of the Minsk agreements but about the “spirit of Minsk.” Of course, it is necessary to figure out what kind of spirit it is.

The “spirit of Minsk” is a model for the coexistence of the Russian controlled regions of the Donbas with the rest of Ukraine. It consists of bringing in a new government into the “people’s republics” with which (Ukrainians) could talk without being accused of dealing with militants. Medvedchuk calls this proposed new command for the Donbas a “temporary government,” but it can turn out to be the first step in the transformation of Ukraine into a real federation.

The scheme is very simple. The gangsters depart for Moscow and live there along with Azarov and Yanukovych. “Civilians” agreed to with Kyiv now govern Donetsk and Luhansk and receive their instructions from the FSB. However, the territory is officially Ukrainian and not only local elections take place there but also elections to the Verkhovna Rada. There is no need to fear — Motorola (notorious Russian terrorist accused of war crimes in the Donbas — Ed.) will not appear in Ukraine’s parliament. The people who do appear will be well-known individuals from the recent past or simply gray inconspicuous clerks who were kept on hand for the next phase of the operation. The Opposition Bloc faction will easily grow to be so numerous that no coalition can be formed without it, and certainly not to change our Constitution.

Just do the simple math: add to the existing faction the number of possible majoritarian deputies from the Donbas and the number of possible “proportional” deputies from the region. And keep in mind that against the background of economic problems the influence of the Opposition bloc in the east will grow. And there you have the leading faction of the Ukrainian parliament!

After 2005 — the year when Ukraine’s democratic forces split and began their self-destructive fight — there could easily be a repetition of 2006. And this means that what Putin was not be able to achieve through war he would achieve through peace.

And tomorrow the naïve Ukrainian dreamers who believed that after snap parliamentary elections the new prime minister of the country would be no other than Mikheil Saakashvili, will discover with amazement that it is now Viktor Medvedchuk sitting in the the prime minister’s chair.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Quartermaster

    Ukraine needs to put Minsk behind it. Russia has no intention of implementing anything, or guaranteeing anything. Poroshenko needs to meet with EU leaders and make the point strongly that the Minsk agreements are not worth the paper they are written on, and then publically repudiate them making the point, clearly and strongly, that the criminal regime in Moscow has no intention of dealing with Ukraine in good faith, and that the only acceptable outcome is Russia getting out of all Ukraine and returning to its own borders, leaving its neighbors in peace.
    The EU needs to make the point strongly that Russia will not get out from under the sanctions regime until Putin gets his troops out of all of Ukraine. They also need to make the point that the sanctions regime will become more harsh the longer Putin does not withdraw his troops and end all support for the criminals in the Donbas and Crimea, and allow extradition of all the criminals in both parts of Ukraine for trial either in Ukraine or the ICC.

  • Richard Hoover

    Hang em together…..save the extra rope for Yanukovich and Azarov!

  • Dirk Smith

    LOL. F*ck off dwarf. GTFO of Ukraine.

  • Czech Mate

    Get rid of the Putin’s terror republics in Donbas, Ukraine. At least for now. Let them come back on their knees to you later.

    In the meantime, build and secure new border and perimeter fence you will get under full control.

    Screw all outside cowards who would tell you otherwise. Cut Putler’s claws from your body, simple as that.