Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Poroshenko’s ‘Munich’ way

Poroshenko’s ‘Munich’ way
Article by: Ihor Losyev
Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina

After the Minsk meetings, which were very questionable from the legal perspective and hidden from the public eye, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pushed for the law regarding Donbas’ ‘special status’ through the already-disbanded Verkhovna Rada. Even one of the advisors to the Ministry of Internal Affairs publicly called the Minsk agreements, ‘the Munich Agreement.’ Once Winston Churchill told the British politicians, who kneeled before Hitler: “We seem to be very near the bleak choice between War and Shame. My feeling is that we shall choose Shame, and then have War thrown in a little later on even more adverse terms than at present.” Now Poroshenko is trying this bitter medicine. Voluntarily… The shameful law proposed by him is practically an acknowledgement on Kyiv’s part of the pro-Moscow terrorist groups ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR’ on the territory of Ukraine and peacemaking with the legal existence of this pirate ‘republics.’

It is a possibility to legalize the terrorists and bandits, Moscow’s armed agents through elections (naturally, they will be elections at gunpoint), the possibility to legitimize the anti-Ukrainian armed formations through the creation of the Kyiv-permitted ‘people’s police’ (the mercenaries will become ‘legal’). If we also remember Poroshenko’s other gifts to the terrorists, those include their own judges, investigators and prosecutors. Now they will ‘legally’ start destroying and prosecuting Ukrainian sympathizers in Donbas, telling them: “It’s Ukraine that betrayed you!” And unfortunately, it will be true…

Kyiv has practically given up control over Luhansk, Donetsk, many other cities and districts of Donbas. Which means that Moscow will take up all of the control, by controlling ‘special’ economic relations, separate from Ukraine, that the region has with the Russian Federation. How different will this be from Transnistria, which also has ‘special status’ within seemingly integral Moldova?

It will be somewhat different. Moldova does not financially support the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR). According to Poroshenko’s law (whatever some officials may have said post-factum), Ukraine has to finance the oblasts that are out of its control. Using this money, the local terrorists will buy weapons, in order to kill Ukrainian soldiers, enforce the anti-Ukrainian police regime, organize sabotage and terrorist acts all the way from Lviv to Mariupol. Losing the last of their money, the Ukrainian swill be forced to rebuild Yanukovych and Akhmetov’s businesses in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The President’s Administration naïvely thinks that the terrorists will not quietly sit in their ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR.’ Not in the least! Putin needs the ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR’ (which have been factually acknowledged by Poroshenko) only as a springboard for further aggression in Ukraine.

Why did the betrayal happen?

Therefore, we can ‘congratulate’ the Ukrainian people with the giving up of territory, capitulation and payment of tributes to the victor (the Russian Federation). State treason happened. 277 member of the Verkhovna Rada participated in it by voting for Poroshenko’s capitulation law (which was supported by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk). The anti-national members of the Parliament did their job in secret, during a closed session, so that they are not identified and held responsible. Only Svoboda and Batkivshchina refused to vote, the rest are under grounded suspicion. Clearly, this treason will not stop Putin, on the contrary, it will inspire him to confident action against Ukraine, as Poroshenko made it clear to him that he is dealing with cowards and capitulants in Kyiv, with business rats in the government. Speaking of which, ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR’ mercenaries, who are very thankful to Poroshenko for this gift, which is tragic to Ukraine, have already stated that they would unite into a ‘Novorossiya army’ and will ‘rescue’ all of Ukraine from fascists.

What made this treason possible? To some extent, the answer is provided by a billboard on Khreshchatyk with Poroshenko’s face on it and the inscription: “Slept through Crimea, will sleep through Ukraine.” However, the author used the polite expression “slept through,” the original was different… Treason and handing over Donbas became possible because nobody from the government was punished for the treason and handing over of Crimea in February-March of 2014. For seven months now the Ukrainian Crimea has been living under Russian occupation, and the Ukrainian people still have no idea what happened there, who of the Ukrainian government behaved in what way during the Crimean events, who did what and how, and who didn’t. This should be investigated by the hour and minute. Back then, where were they and what decisions did they make: interim President and head Commander Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, NSDC Secretary Andriy Parubiy, Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, SBU head Valentyn Nalyvaychenko and other officials?

No attempts, even symbolic ones, were made to protect Crimea, and there were possibilities to do so. Having easily gotten Crimea, Putin was inspired to the Donbas maneuver and he made no mistake here, knowing the value of the Kyiv government with its cowardice and treachery.

Having betrayed Crimea, the government bureaucracy tried to accuse the soldiers of everything, claiming that ‘they did not want to fight.’ However, they had ended up in extraordinary conditions without commands or orders, without governance, as the government in Kyiv had been in a state of paralysis.

According to one Ukrainian military journalist, “After the coast troops were captured in Perevalne and a naval infantry battalion was taken in Feodosiya, part of the soldiers remained to serve Russia. Some called them traitors. Our journalists wrote what kind of ‘traitors’ they were, really… They spent three weeks eating from the same pot with the fighters, slept with rifles like everyone else. They awaited orders to use arms until the end.” They never got them. Kyiv was silent. The capital suddenly ceased to exist for Crimea…

In an interview to Ukrayinsky Tyzhden magazine, Lieutenant General Mykola Melnyk, when taking about the situation in the military political leadership of Ukraine, said: “If we remember the Crimean story, when the biggest military potential (jets, missile systems, the fleet) was given up without any resistance, the second option (treason – ed.) seems more likely to me. Especially when I remember the conversation I had with Ihor Teniukh (Defense Minister during the events in Crimea – ed.), who clearly said that he constantly got orders not to shoot.” And now the high Kyiv traitors are searching for ‘traitors’ somewhere else and continue betraying, trying to hide their previous ‘heroics.’

What to do? 

Of course, the only thing left to do for all supporters of Ukraine, who were left for dead in Donbas, is to begin their own underground partisan war against occupation without expecting help from the Kyiv government. Without any hope for anyone but themselves.

The rest of the nation should think where the capitulant government of business rats will take it, as they will always choose business over Ukraine. We should note that the voting for the shameful law objectively formed a regional-communist coalition behind Poroshenko, as it was the votes of the communists and the regionals (current and former ones), and not the ‘rifles’ of Mr. Athlete, the quite unsuccessful city head of Kyiv Klitschko, that played the deciding role here. And this coalition is definitely not pro-Ukrainian…

The ideals of Maidan that gave power to the current ‘leaders’ have definitely been betrayed. Should we start everything from scratch?

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts