Category Archives: Ukraine

Ukraine | Volunteer battalions represent a legitimacy dilemma for the Ukrainian government

by Michael Sheldon

Since the conclusion of Maidan, politically motivated private security actors operating in parallel with the Ukrainian government have played an integral part in the country’s security landscape. While some have been cooperating with Ukrainian authorities, others experience great friction with the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and Ministry of Interior Affairs (MIA), undermining the formal security structures of the Ukrainian government. It seems that political and military power have become inseparable at the unit level, with many battalion commanders also being career politicians or parliamentary members.

Ukraine | The Blurring of Ties Between the West and the “Azov” Battalion in Ukraine

By Ollie Richardson

On July 13th, NBC News – owned by Comcast, one of the big five media giants (Comcast, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS) – published the latest installment of video propaganda designed to whitewash not only the installed-by-the-West Nazis in Ukraine, but also Washington and friends’ own footprints in the bloodshed that followed the coup d’etat in Kiev in 2014.

Ukrainian politicians paid 2 billion to American lobbyists

Ukrainian politicians have paid $2 billion to US-based lobbyists over the past three years, which can be seen from reports of lobbying companies that regularly disclose their contacts.

The most active customers of overseas lobbying services are the Ukrainian Presidential Administration and the Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna (All-Ukrainian “Fatherland”) Party, writes Novoe Vremya news website, citing an investigation by journalist Tatiana Kozyreva.
At the same time, the fact that both the Presidential Administration and Tymoshenko’s team hired lobbyists had been concealed by working with the American professionals through various funds or public organizations.

Ukraine | ‘Ukraine on Fire’ exposes fascism

By Mike Kuhlenbeck

Director Igor Lopatonok’s powerful documentary, “Ukraine on Fire,” exposes the history of Western imperialist intervention in Ukraine and the 2014 coup that allowed the far-right to ascend to power.

“Ukraine on Fire” was written by Vanessa Dean and executive-produced by filmmaker Oliver Stone (“The Putin Interviews,” 2017). It contains much footage of the street violence that brought down the Ukrainian government in 2014. The film also features conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, as well as with award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry, the founder of Consortium News.

Ukraine | Chief Editor of Ukraine’s Vesti Links Searches to Media Holding’s Publications

On July 14, earlier in the day, Ukrainian newspaper Vesti said that special services were conducting searches in its office in the Gulliver trade center in Kiev, and the work of the editorial office was blocked. Later, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatolii Matios said that law enforcers were conducting more than 180 searches in the premises located in the Gulliver, owned by former Revenues and Duties Minister Oleksandr Klymenko, including the editorial office of Radio Vesti.