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Brief “Political” Summary for the week May 5–May 11, 2014

In light of recent events, the behavior of our politicians and their reactions to the daily news are interesting.

Petro Poroshenko was distinguished by his announcement regarding the creation of an alternative to the infamous Budapest Memorandum. According to Poroshenko, the new agreement was developed and submitted for discussion by the guarantor countries that will effectively ensure the security of Ukraine. (Poroshenko noted that besides the U.S., the UK and France, negotiations regarding this agreement are currently being held with Germany, Poland, and other countries of the European Union.)

It’s impossible to argue the necessity of the new agreement–its urgency is pretty obvious. Only the lazy haven’t laughed at the Budapest Memorandum. Although, I would like to know which mechanism and responsibility of the guarantors will be included in the new agreement.

And, perhaps, it’s necessary to look first not at the normative basis, but at the main instrument of international security–the UN, and ask the question: what is the aggressor called Russia still doing at the Security Council of the UN? After all, the United Nations, even in theory, are unable to discuss, for example, peacekeeping assistance to Ukraine or condemnation of Russia­­…Moscow blocks it. Who needs such an instrument?

Yulia Tymoshenko called today’s pseudo-referendum in Donbas the Kremlin’s and terrorists’ fraud which supports the Kremlin’s special ops on the territory of Ukraine. Sacred truth–although it’s proverbial.

According to the leader of the Batkivshchyna [Fatherland] party, by holding this referendum, Russia wants to disrupt the Presidential elections. “This, in no case, should be allowed to happen. I want to firmly state that the Presidential elections will take place on May 25 under any circumstances,” Tymoshenko stated.

On the one hand, this is probably the answer to those who have been long hinting at the reluctance of Tymoshenko to let the elections happen due to her ratings. On the other hand, I’d like to assess the personal participation of Yulia Volodymirivna in the events in Donbas–I have in mind her creation of the so-called “People’s Resistance.” Where is it and what does it do? I have no complaints–it’s probably interesting.

Anatoliy Hrytsenko demanded to block the eastern border of Ukraine. He is convinced that Ukraine has the capacity to block the border. “Besides, we must focus [our efforts], by using all the means of the SBU and intelligence, to counteract all those who sponsor and support terrorism, separatism in Donbas among the representatives of Ukraine–local little tsars, billionaires, local party bosses or law enforcement,” said Hrytsenko.

It’s impossible to say anything against [this statement]. But the issue of the resources of Ukrainian enforcement authorities for this particular purpose does raise major questions. But we won’t argue.

Oleh Lyashko denied claims that he was captured in Mariupol on Sunday, May 11. “The terrorists announced that they took me prisoner. In Luhansk, they even saluted this event. A doughnut hole for them, not Lyashko. I’m alive, and continue to fight in the East,” the people’s deputy [Ukrainian MP] wrote on his Facebook page.

In turn, the representative of the HQ of the so-called Mariupol “self-defense” claimed that the Donbas self-defense soldiers escorted the “detainee” Lyashko to Sloviansk.

In my understanding, it’s one of the two. Either Mariupol separatists work for Lyashko’s PR-campaign, or they have issues with their vision.

It’s noteworthy that Donbas is the center of attention for former Presidential candidates as well. Politicians no longer chasing the Presidential seat have joined forces around the problems of Donbas locals.

Natalia Korolevska, who suddenly left the Presidential campaign, kept herself involved with direct assistance to people living in “hot spots.” This week, she moved the handicapped from Sloviansk. She delivered medications to hospitals in Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

The number of those who received assistance is unknown, but this sends a positive signal: to save people from “hot spots” might become a trend in domestic policy. I hope that when the number of [Presidential] candidates gets down to two after the first campaign tour, those left behind will no longer be afraid to be accused of PR. And, in fact, will be engaged in what they shouted during their campaign–helping people.

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance

Translated by Voices of Ukraine


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