The Interior Ministry’s ultimatum for protesters in eastern Ukraine to surrender expired today, and the protesters continue to control government buildings in major cities along the Russia border. There are signs of progress, however.
Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is offering a series of concessions to the protesters, promising they can Russia as an official language in their region, and saying he will back a new referendum law.
That’s a potentially big concession, as eastern provinces have been seeking referenda on increasing their own autonomy, while the central government has previously suggested any such moves were unacceptable.
There is a lot of acrimony back and forth, and many of the protesters suggested they don’t believe Yatsenyuk’s promises, though negotiations are ongoing with some of the protest leaders, and there seems to be at least a chance of a resolution here granting Donetsk considerable autonomy without outright secession.
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Is there any other option they have? Their plan with putting snipers in place, bringing in their Scandinavian and other mercenaries are for world to see, bringing their military and other killing machines, defending fascism, using hooligans and Neo, old fascism for a coup de Etta, living them no other option but to give in. This is people uprising, as in Syria, this is what people of Ukraine wants, in time the people in Kiev will start demanding, that’s when they are going to kick these vultures asses, american-EU puppets out of country.
I suspect it's more likely that Kiev took Putin's calm, but firm advice to avoid making an "irreversible error".
Yatsenyuk's interim government came to power through lies, treachery, and ruthless violence. The protesters would have to be very stupid indeed not to see through this disingenuous offer, which Yatsenyuk will no doubt withdraw if NATO approved mercenaries are given an opportunity to enter and fortify the buildings and locations the protesters now occupy.
The only thing the West has been capable of is destruction and misery. As the Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Syrians, Libyans , Egyptians, etc how their countries have fared under the thumb of the empire. This is different though. This is on the Russian Border and Russia is strong enough to counter the Empire's moves on its border. They proved it in Georgia, they proved it in Crimea, and they can prove it in Eastern Ukraine if they want to. Russia has been a very smooth operator as of late though. They want the expose the West as the new evil empire to the world. Their moves are very calculated to this end.
According to reports elsewhere, unidentified armed men are operating in Donetsk (Russian contractors' private armies , one assumes, as in Crimea). As I said in regard to the gas dispute, I think we can assume that Putin will invade Ukraine on, or soon after, 26 May. "Yats" hopes to provoke him sooner and the armed mercenaries are already a triumph for "Yats". He therefore offers autonomy to people he knows perfectly well won't accept it and thereby wrongfoots both the demonstrators and Putin. Smart cookie, Mr Yats.
Putin has been a step ahead of the West since Georgia. You are wrong.
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