So, the US and EU financed and encouraged fascist parties to create chaos, attack the police, occupy public buildings and squares and finally sign an agreement with the president, which was promptly broken by the opposition to total silence by the signatories, Germany, France and Poland on behalf of the EU.
One of the first ‘reforms’ by the new ‘cabinet’ and ‘parliament’ was to abolish a previous law which made all ethnic languages in the Ukraine official. A key effect of this is that the Russian language, spoken by over half the population of Crimea, has lost its official status.
The fascists threatened to send ‘friendship trains’ to the east of Ukraine to prevent opposition to their rule. Now that the eastern Ukrainians have organised themselves in defence and Russia has shown it will support them, the new government asks for money from the west and aggression against Russia. But do they control the fascists, now fully armed and occupying streets, squares and Orthodox churches in the west?
The situation is akin to that in Libya, where the Government has no control over the country. Even oil is now sold to foreign firms by armed groups who control the assets. Is this the fate for the Ukraine? The sponsors of this coup should be taking responsibility, but they may have decided that chaos suits them better.
Concern that further privatisation and an open market for stronger West European industries would lead to mass unemployment was a key issue that broke the talks between the EU and Yanukovich. The Ukraine, the poorest country in Europe, is about to become poorer.
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