The neo-Nazi militias in southeastern Ukraine have a message for the regime back in Kiev. If President Petro Poroshenko lets them down, they may come for him, next. The volunteer members of the Dnipro-1 battalion in Dnipropetrovsk don't trust Poroshenko to bring about Ukraine's "European future" [sic] and swear that there won't be a third Maidan (the first two being 2004 and 2014) if he lets them down. Instead, "There'll be a military takeover," they say. "We're going to give them half a year to show the country has somehow changed, that even if it's hard, there's light ahead," Yuriy Bereza, Dnipro-1's popular commander says. AFP correspondent Sebastian Smith, in a lengthy report posted, yesterday, tries to paint all of this as somehow popular-based, and the volunteers as fervent revolutionaries fighting against Russian dismemberment of their country, but try as he might, is unable to avoid certain uncomfortable truths, such as the fact that Dnipro-1 isn't really a popular-based militia, but is, in reality, the private army of Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. Dnipro-1 returns the favor of Kolomoisky's funding "by boosting the banking and industrial tycoon's personal security and political clout."
Even more uncomfortable for AFP's Smith are the neo-Nazi proclivities of many of the pro-government militias, noting especially the Right Sector and its associated Azov Battalion. He quotes one female volunteer of the Azov Battalion complaining that they are constantly portrayed in the Russian media as fascists, but insisted that they're only interested in ending corruption and steering Ukraine into Europe. "Nationalists does not mean Nazis. We're just normal people," she said, adding with a laugh: "Well, maybe a bit more radical." But she shares the outlook of the Dnipro-1 fighters about what to do if Poroshenko's reforms fail. "We'll just go straight there with weapons," she said. "There'll be a coup."
Ryzhkov: The Current Leadership In Kiev are "Freaks"
Nikolai Ryzhkov, chairman of the U.S.S.R. Council of Ministers from 1985 to 1991, and a native of the Donbass region of Ukraine, blasted the current leadership in Kiev as "freaks," "stupid," and "primitive people" in a video posted on Youtube on Oct. 29 by TsargradTV. The Kiev regime "should study their own history, their people, their customs, mentality of their people," he said. "They don't do it at all." Ryzhkov characterized the people of the Donbass, where mining isn't just a profession but a way of life, as tough and not easily broken, something that the leaders in Kiev need to understand. He said:
"They missed an opportunity when Donetsk and Luhansk and other southeast regions proposed federalization. In that time it was still possible to have peaceful resolution of the conflict."
They would have agreed to federalization at that time, but Kiev refused. Now, Ryzhkov said, Ukrainian President Poroshenko is "begging" Donetsk and Luhansk to accept federalization, but now they say no. Ryzhkov said:
"You hurt us, you murdered us, you humiliated us and destroyed is, you destroyed everything possible, you are still killing us. They (the east) will never forgive him, never."
Ryzhkov, now 85, was part of the leadership faction, during the period of the collapse of the Soviet Union, who resisted the imposition of the IMF shock therapy policies that caused the rapid economic collapse of Russia and the rest of the post-Soviet republics. In the interview segment he notes his own connection to the Donbass region—born in Donetsk, went to school in Kramatorsk and knows Slovyansk very well, all sites of intense fighting during the recent war. "I know one thing," he said. The miners of this heavily industrialized region "will never forgive this [the war], no way even of they are defeated militarily, they'll keep fighting, they'll go underground (like miners)."
Analyst: Ukraine Parliamentary Election Has Legitimized Rule of Criminal Oligarchs and Fascists
Eric Draitser, founder of StopImperialism.org, writes, in a very hard hitting analysis of last weekend's parliamentary election in Ukraine published in the New Eastern Outlook online magazine, that:
"The inescapable reality is that the new government in Kiev is going to be even more aggressive, even more radical and even more dangerous, as the political character of the Verkohvna Rada [Ukraine Parliament] becomes even more reactionary."
"This election has legitimized the rule of criminal oligarchs and the factions and private armies they control, while also entrenching violent and quite often criminal, individuals and tendencies within the newly constituted government."
Draitser goes on to profile the various factions in great detail, including Right Sector's Oleh Lyashko, Svoboda's Oleh Tyanybok and oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky and the other related fascist factions, and says that Poroshenko will have to appease these factions if he has any hope of staying in power. He writes:
"The ultimate losers are clearly the Ukrainian people. Given an election between corrupt oligarchs and raving Nazi lunatics, Ukrainians have opted in large numbers for the former, while the latter continue to grow in strength."