I don't like Russia. I don't trust Russia, never have, never will and with that being said let me stress that Putin is not an idiot. I felt a cold chill go down my back when Putin made his move, a move he has not backed off of, a move that was cold and calculated. Putin had his calculus checked, then checked again before he made this bold and provocative move toward the Crimea. This is why I paid very close attention to what Putin said in the early days of this crisis. And what Putin said was that Fascists have wormed their way into the higher levels of Ukraine's Government, that fascists were chiefly responsible for the coup and Putin is right. The western media is outright ignoring it and in some cases denying it.
You have 2 main Fascist political parties in the Ukraine: Svoboda and Right Sector. This is a list of Ukraine's new and powerful fascist leaders. Not a complete list...
"– interim defense minister and a member of Svoboda’s political council. Formerly commander of Ukraine’s navy, in 2008, during Russia’s war with Georgia, he ordered Ukrainian warships to block the entrance of the Russian Navy to the bay of Sevastopol. (quoted from antiwar.com)
Co-founded Svoboda. Ukrainian politician and the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, appointed after leading the anti-government riots in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. (Quoted wikipedia)
Is a Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine. He was a leading figure in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and is the leader of the far-right militant Right Sector organization. (Quoted Wikipedia)
Ukraine Parliamentary Commissioner for the supervision of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine from 22 February 2014. From 24 February 2014 — Acting Prosecutor General. Member of Svoboda.
Serves as Deputy Prime Minister and is a member of Svoboda.
A leading member of Svoboda, is to head up the Education Ministry. (quoted from antiwar.com)
The new Minister of Ecology, has been Svoboda’s envoy to other European fascist parties. Last year, he met with representatives of Italy’s violent neo-fascist gang, Forza Nuovo. (quoted from antiwar.com)
agro-oligarch and a member of Svoboda, has been appointed Minister of Agriculture. One of the richest men in the country, his massive investments in agriculture would seem to indicate a slight conflict of interest. (quoted from antiwar.com)
We should demand that the Obama administration remove itself from this debacle by demanding the removal of all openly Fascist Ukrainian officials and also request through the UN that Ukraine BAN, and or outlaw, Right Sector and Svoboda from Ukrainian politics.
The western media have been severely downplaying the role of these fascist parties in the 2014 Revolution but they are taking control of the military and police. Just yesterday this happened:
"Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has signed an order to dismiss three deputies of Ukraine’s defense minister as they opposed to giving the Right Sector militants the status of regular military units." Source ITAR:TASS
New Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Dmytro Yarosh with his new military force comprised of Right Sector militants.
Now these fascists have their own private military unit and the Prime Minister is marching lock-step with them. So don't be surprised if Putin blows Ukraine all to hell.
Both sides of isle are in bed with these fascists leaders. Here ia nice little photo of John McCain hobnobbing with Oleh Makhnitsky during his December 2013 visit. The coup d'etat was all meticulously planned. I cannot fathom why we are backing fascists.