Ukraine won’t join NATO

In this blog post, we will quote from the DPA German news agency. Though today’s Germany of course is far from being identical with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, as we shall see, the DPA item about Ukraine has some unpleasant echos from the past.

From DPA:

Ukraine halts NATO accession planning

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 12:19:12 GMT

Kiev/Moscow – Ukraine‘s new government on Monday cancelled plans to work towards NATO membership, according to local media reports.

President Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russia politician inaugurated into office in February, revoked a 2006 executive order charging Ukraine‘s government with preparing the military for eventual membership of the Atlantic alliance.

Yanukovych’s predecessor, the pro-Western politician Viktor Yushchenko, was an outspoken proponent of bringing Ukraine into NATO as soon as possible. …

Other Russia-friendly initiatives pushed by Yanukovych since becoming Ukraine‘s president include … the cancellation of a Yushchenko executive order making Stepan Bandera, a World War II anti-Soviet partisan, an official Ukrainian hero.

The Russian government, of course, is far from being alone in regretting the honour bestowed on Stepan Bandera by Yushchenko. Eg, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the USA opposed that very strongly. Would DPA say that the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s opposition is supposedly a result of being “Russia-friendly”, excluding all possible other explanations?

By the way, the decision to annul the medal awarded to Bandera was not Yanukovych’s, but a local court’s.

Bandera was a terrorist responsible for the deaths of possibly hundreds of Ukrainians, Russians, and Jews, according to Kremlin historians.

I do not know which “Kremlin historians” DPA means, as they do not say so. However, these seem to be historians who estimate extremely conservatively, as the number of Jews, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, or others killed by Bandera’s forces is estimated at thousands by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, rather than “possibly hundreds”.

It seems that German news agency DPA suggests that Bandera, being an ally of Germany, even though it was then mass murderer Adolf Hitler’s Germany, can hardly have been all bad.

Most Ukrainians oppose the idea of joining NATO, which is frequently seen in the former Soviet republic as a former Cold War enemy, and an organisation responsible for conducting unlawful military operations in Serbia and Afghanistan.

Opinion on ethnic Ukrainian partisans fighting during World War II is more divided, with some supporting Moscow’s view that Bandera and his supporters were criminals, and others seeing them as fighters for Ukrainian independence.

Bandera and his supporters fought indeed for a sort of “independence” for Ukraine: a Ukraine allied to nazi Germany. That did not exclude that they fought for this with criminal means: mass murder of Jews etc.

By the way, it is rather strange that DPA calls Bandera’s men “partisans”, a word usually used for underground fighters against nazi occupation troops. As Bandera’s men were in the “Galicia” division of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS.

The counter-revolution in the USSR has allowed a few people the “freedom” to exploit workers in order to become millionaires, but has diminished workers’ rights, as we can see from the following appeal from Ukrainian workers for solidarity from abroad: here.

BRIAN DENNY examines the far-right connections of Ukraine’s pro-EU faction: here.

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  1. Parliament agrees Russia base treaty

    Ukraine: The country’s parliament approved a treaty on Tuesday allowing Moscow to extend the lease on a naval base in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea until 2042 in exchange for cheap natural gas from Russia.

    As parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn opened the legislative session, right-wing opposition MPs draped a huge Ukrainian flag over their seats and set off smoke bombs while others threw eggs at him.

    Despite the disruption the base extension eventually passed with 236 votes in the 450-member parliament.


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  3. Elections en Ukraine: les objectifs inavoués

    Les élections ukrainiennes ont suscité beaucoup d’indignation en Occident : politiciens et médias ont accusé le camp « pro-russe » de fraudes et unanimement dénoncé l’incarcération « politique » de Ioulia Timochenko, leader de l’opposition. Cependant, ils sont restés muets face à la percée de l’extrême droite et des liens qui unissent celle-ci au parti de Timochenko. D’où la question : la démocratie est-elle le véritable objectif de l’Occident en Ukraine ou bien existe-t-il d’autres enjeux dont on ne nous parle pas ?

    Pour le savoir, lisez notre dossier spécial « Ukraine élections 2012 ». Fraudes, extrême droite, intérêts économiques : les principaux thèmes liés à la campagne ukrainienne font l’objet d’articles inédits.

    Sur l’extrême droite et le mouvement fasciste :
    Ukraine : les néofascistes entrent au Parlement – Investig’Action
    Interview de Jean-Marie Chauvier, spécialiste de l’Ukraine et de la Russie.

    Qui est vraiment Ioulia Timochenko ? – Simon de Beer.
    Symbole de la démocratie en Occident. Mais sa réputation dissimule des liens troubles.

    Sur les accusations de fraudes et la démocratie en Ukraine :
    Les observateurs observés. Enquête auprès des arbitres électoraux en Ukraine – Louise Magne
    Beaucoup de tapage médiatique pour pas grand-chose?

    Elections législatives en Ukraine : la démocratie ne se porte pas si mal merci – Méfrange
    Analyse de la couverture médiatique pré-électorale en Ukraine par le site AgoraVox.

    Sur les intérêts économiques et géostratégiques de l’Occident en Ukraine :
    Les enjeux de la bataille pour l’Ukraine – Simon de Beer
    Quand Wikileaks nous dévoile les objectifs inavoués des USA pour l’Ukraine.

    L’Ukraine, voie de pénétration vers Moscou – Michel Collon,
    Extrait du livre Monopoly. Une analyse toujours d’actualité sur la vraie nature de l’Otan.


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