Tymoshenko Caught in the Act

Stephen Lendman

Beauty Will Save The World!”: Feminine Strategies in
Ukrainian Politics...and the Case of Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko's leaked phone conversation was damning. She spoke with former Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council deputy secretary Nestor Shufrych. She called for turning Russia to ashes. Her comments are available on You Tube. More on this below.

Weeks earlier, Assistant Secretary of State for European and European Affairs Victoria Nuland was caught red-handed on tape. Her leaked conversation circulated on You Tube. It's more evidence of America's dark side. She and US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discussed regime change. Current putschist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was named as a Washington favorite. The leaked video was damning. It's four minutes long. It's titled "Maidan puppets." It refers to Kiev's Independence Square.

In early March, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet's conversation with EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton was leaked. He was heard saying "there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition." Maybe more damning leaked conversations will follow. Don't expect scoundrel media coverage.

Tymoshenko is a billionaire mega-thief. She heads the fascist Batkivshchya/All-Ukrainian Union (Fatherland) party. She and neo-Nazi Svoboda co-founder Andriy Parubiy co-led Washington's 2004 Orange Revolution. He heads Ukraine's National Defense and Security Council. She was an illegitimate Orange Revolution prime minister.

At the time, Western officials praised her as a force for democracy and freedom. So did media scoundrels. She was imprisoned for embezzlement and serious "abuse of public office." Charges included illegally diverting $425 million meant for environmental projects into pension funds. A second case involved stealing around $130 million for personal use. At one time, evidence showed she had nearly 300 secret foreign bank accounts. Over a dozen remain open.

Putschist extremists illegally freed her. She has presidential aspirations. She may head Ukraine's illegitimate government after sham May elections.

She controlled Ukraine's United Energy Systems. Former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko awarded it monopoly rights to import Russian natural gas. He profited handsomely for doing it. In 2004, a US court convicted him of money laundering, theft, and hiding funds in foreign accounts. His indictment called his crime "part of a conspiracy (related to) receiv(ing) money from companies owned or controlled by Tymoshenko, including United Energy Systems, in exchange for which (he) exercised his official authority in favour of (her) companies." Tymoshenko was up to her ears in wrongdoing. Perhaps she remains so. She's a mega-crook.

US prosecutor Martha Moerosch cited "evidence that companies controlled by Tymoshenko took part in the schemes for transferring money to Lazarenko's accounts." "There were bank statements" proving it, she said. Prosecutors found Tymoshenko funds worldwide.

Ukrainian analyst Orysia Lutsevych said as Orange Revolution prime minister, "she did nothing to reform the economy and establish rule of law." "Instead, she focused her attention on infighting inside the Orange Revolution in order to prepare her presidential race." "Most (Euromaidan protesters) were not demanding her release." Her shady business practices earned her the nickname "gas princess."

Her leaked phone conversation took place on March 18. She was caught saying she wants to mass-murder Russians. She wants Putin dead. Media scoundrels reported nothing. The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and others were silent. Russia bashing lies drown out important truths. It's standard presstitute practice.

RT International broke the story, headlining "Time to grab guns and kill damn Russians - Tymoshenko in leaked tape." [See below.] Her vitriol was extreme. She urged scorched earth where Russia now stands, said RT. She said: “It's about time we grab our guns and kill those katsaps (a derogatory Ukrainian term) together with their leader." She confirmed the call's authenticity. She did so via Twitter, saying: "The conversation took place, but the '8 million Russians in Ukraine' piece is an edit." "In fact, I said Russians in Ukraine - are Ukrainians. Hello FSB :) Sorry for the obscene language."

Shufrych's press service went into damage control mode overdrive. It lied calling the tape fake. According to korrespondent.net, the "conversation didn't take place," it said. It followed Putin signing the Crimean reunification treaty. It kickstarted what culminated days later. Tymoshenko was enraged. Her inflammatory comments followed. She called what happened "really beyond all boundaries." Her comments expressed rage to kill. If she was in charge, she said, "there would be no f…ing way that they would get Crimea then."

Shufrych said Ukraine "didn't have any force potential" to keep Crimea. Tymoshenko said she would have found "a way to kill those katsaps." "I hope I will be able to get all my connections involved. And I will use all of my means to make the entire world raise up, so that there wouldn't be even a scorched field left in Russia," she added.

Referring to Putin, she said she's ready to "grab a machine gun and shoot that m…erf…er in the head."

She's like Washington-installed fascist ultranationalist putschists running Ukraine. She belongs in prison. They have no legitimacy whatever. They represent mob rule. They risk civil war. They risk spreading it cross-border. They risk confrontation with Russia. They risk the unthinkable. They threaten world peace.

Obama embraces them. He supports what demands rejection. They're a rogue's gallery of societal misfits. They're hugely dangerous. They make mafia bosses look saintly by comparison. They run an important central European country. It nearly matches France in territorial size. It's almost double the size of Germany. It's larger than Britain, Italy or Spain. It's important industrially. It's called Europe's breadbasket for good reason. It's dark soil is the continent's richest. It has over 130,000 square miles of arable land. Its other resources include iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, and timber. Western corporate interests plan to exploit them. They want Ukraine strip-mined for profit. Banks and other financial interests want its wealth stolen. IMF indebtedness assures taking it from ordinary Ukrainians. The worst of conditions awaits them. They're headed for greater than ever impoverishment, unemployment and deprivation. How they'll react remains to be seen.

On March 23, RT International reported "(m)assive anti-Maidan rallies (across) eastern Ukraine…" They reject Kiev putschists. They want referendums deciding their future. Thousands rallied in Kharkov (Ukraine's second largest city), Donetsk, Lugansk, Odessa and elsewhere. Residents want Ukraine federalized. They want local authority free from fascist Kiev rule. Many favor joining Russia. It remains to be seen if Western Ukrainians begin acting the same way.

A previous article discussed reports about US private military contractors operating in Ukraine. Perhaps Academi (formerly Xe Services/Blackwater USA) forces are involved. They're mercenaries. They're hired guns. They're trained to kill. They operate extrajudicially. Academi maintains close CIA/Pentagon ties.

On March 2, Voice of Russia (VOR) headlined "Ukrainian leadership to hire US mercenaries to suppress eastern regions - source," saying: "Private military company (operatives) will be in charge of suppressing protest movements in Eastern Ukraine…" Itar-Tass was cited. It named Greystone Limited. It provides "protective services." Its personnel include former law enforcement agency and military operatives. They're skilled in the art of killing. It's owned by Academi/formerly Blackwater USA.

VOR reported Itar-Tass saying "Ukrainian authorities believe that the Security Service is not able to suppress the protest mood and neutralize the leaders and activists of the pro-Russian movement in the eastern regions." Illegitimate putschist president Alexander Turchinov believes it. VOR reported a Ukrainian Security Service representative saying "it was decided to attract foreign mercenaries, who will serve as political police and state security protection."

Kiev appointed billionaire oligarchs running Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk regions urged getting guns for hire involved. Perhaps they're now operating in Eastern Ukrainian cities.

Separately, RT International headlined "Notorious Ukrainian nationalist militant shot dead in police raid." Aleksandr Muzychko (aka Sashko Bilyi) was named. He was killed in Rovno. It's in western Ukraine.

He coordinated ultranationalist neo-Nazi Right Sector elements. They include paramilitary extremists. They were centrally involved in Euromaidan violence. Their ranks include thousands. They wore hoods and helmets. They used fire bombs and other tactics. They performed sniper killings. Dmytro Yarosh is a Right Sector leader. He's way over-the-top. He openly boasts about "...fighting Jews and Russians till I die." He calls Russia Ukraine's "eternal enemy." He said war between both countries is inevitable.

Muzychko's killing appeared other than what was officially reported. He was a wanted man. According to Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov, he was shot resisting arrest.

His elimination appeared more like a political assassination. He and likeminded extremists were used to seize power. They're no longer needed. Regime security forces replaced them. They're hardline. They're controllable. Perhaps others like him await the same fate.

What's ongoing appears similar to Nazi Germany's early days. Hitler used SA Brown Shirts to consolidate power. In 1934, its leader Ernst Rohm was eliminated during the so-called Night of the Long Knives. A potential Hitler rival was removed. Other SA leaders were arrested. Many were shot. Rohm was given a chance to commit suicide. He refused. SS elements killed him.

Killing Muzychko may be part of an old-fashioned extremist regime purge. Other Right Sector elements may be targeted the same way. They're militant. They're well armed. They're able to fight back. How ably remains to be seen. RT International quoted Right Sector Rovno coordinator Roman Koval saying: "According to Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov, he was shot resisting arrest." Koval doesn't believe it.

Right Sector extremists are a power unto themselves. They promised revenge for Muzychko's killing. They refused to disarm as putschists ordered. They formed their own political party. "We will take revenge on (Interior Minister) Arsen Avakov for the death of our brother," said Koval. Muzychko's killing was "an assassination ordered by the minister. Muzychko never received any notices concerning criminal offenses and was never summoned anywhere," he added.

Other Right Sector elements called the Interior Ministry's version of what happen an "outright lie." They claimed Muzychko's hands were tied when killed. According to a former Ukrainian intelligence official, its head, Valentin Nalivaichenko, ordered him eliminated. "The goal of the operation was not to capture, but to neutralize Muzychko, to take him off stage," he said.

RT said he was on a Ukrainian police wanted list. Moscow put him on an international one. It's on charges of torturing and killing at least 20 Russian soldiers during the first 1994-95 Chechen War.

Internal Ukrainian power struggles may get nasty. They bear close watching. Washington's dirty hands are very much involved.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He has devoted his time and efforts to progressive causes and organizations, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. His efforts since summer 2005 have included writing on a broad range of vital topics ranging from war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians. He also co-hosts The Global Research News Hour, gives occasional public talks, and appears frequently on radio and at times television. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. Also visit his blog and listen to The Lendman News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening. His new book "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" can be ordered HERE. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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