Yanukovich declares protests a coup after fleeing capital; parliament demands his resignation

posted at 11:31 am on February 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev yesterday — and apparently so did much of his security force and perhaps even his ministers. The police in Kyiv have switched sides, now claiming that they serve the people and not the Yanukovich government. Protesters who spent weeks bottled up in Independence Square have now taken control of the capital of Ukraine, while the Ukrainian parliament struggles to keep the country from splitting in two:

Protesters took control of Ukraine’s capital on Saturday, seizing the president’s office as parliament sought to oust him and form a new government. An aide to President Viktor Yanukovych said he had left Kiev for his support base in the country’s Russian-speaking east, but that he has no intention of abandoning power.

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports from Kiev that the ministry that controls the police force said it now serves the Ukrainian people and shares their desire for speedy change.

In a special parliament session, lawmakers warned that the country risks being split in two. The country’s western regions want to be closer to the EU and have rejected Yanukovych’s authority in many cities, while eastern Ukraine – which accounts for the bulk of the nation’s economic output – favors closer ties with Russia.

The parliament may want to prevent a split, but they’re not sitting on their hands, either. They have called for elections on May 25, seven months earlier than the agreement between Euromaidan and the Yanukovich government. That has the potential to split the country even further, if the eastern provinces remain loyal to Yanukovich. They also demanded Yanukovich’s resignation:

CNN wondered earlier what happened to the president. His departure from Kyiv was so abrupt and complete that even his opulent residence was left completely unguarded:

Yanukovich ended up in Kharkiv, where he gave a televised address claiming to be the victim of a coup:

“Everything that is happening today is, to a greater degree, vandalism and bandits and a coup d’etat,” Yanukovych said in a televised statement, clearly shaken and making long pauses in his speech.

He said decisions made by parliament Friday and Saturday “are all illegal” and compared the situation to the rise of Nazis in the 1930s. He said he would not sign any of the measures passed by parliament, which include trimming his powers and releasing his jailed arch-rival, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The president said his car had been shot at, adding: “But I have no fear. I am overwhelmed by grief for our country. I feel responsibility.”

The eastern provinces want to call up volunteer militias to reinstate Yanukovich:

The president was in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where governors, provincial officials and legislators gathered alongside top Russian lawmakers and approved a statement calling on regional authorities to take full responsibility for constitutional order.

Some called for the formation of volunteer militias to defend against protesters from western regions, even as they urged army units to maintain neutrality and protect ammunition depots.

If they’re looking for help from the army, they will be sorely disappointed. The military in Ukraine insists that they will remain neutral in the political fight:

And as if all this wasn’t enough, reports this morning say that Yulia Tymoshenko has been released from prison:

That will fuel the opposition’s passion and perhaps Yanukovich’s supporters as well. How long before Yanukovich gets desperate enough to call for Russian tanks to reinstall him in Kyiv? We’ll see, but the Olympics will finish tomorrow. After that, all bets are off.

Update: Lenta reports that the governor of the Kharkiv region and the mayor of Kharkiv proper have both fled to Russia (via Julia Ioffe). Maybe Yanukovich’s support in the eastern part of Ukraine isn’t as robust as he’d like to think.


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This post makes it seem like The Ukraine is split right down the middle in loyalty/opposition Yanukovich. I’m not so sure that’s the case.

gryphon202 on February 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Blood Lands.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Can we send obambi to run against yanukovich for ruler of eastern ukraine?

VegasRick on February 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

…he’s probably having a Beer Summit with Putin!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Sure it’s a coup. And he lost. Time to move on.

Jugeared jackass hardest hit. Nothing for him to do to screw up the situation.

platypus on February 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Where would you rather be, on the front line in Ukraine or in the crowd watching USA get its azz kicked by the Finnish hockey team.

Bishop on February 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Ukrainians taking out the trash… hope this makes Obozo cry.

H/T — The Blaze

CPT. Charles on February 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

How long before Yanukovich gets desperate enough to call for Russian tanks to reinstall him in Kyiv? We’ll see, but the Olympics will finish tomorrow. After that, all bets are off.

Putin kept his cool during the Orange Revolution. Why would this be any different? He doesn’t mind a murder here or there, but full-scale invasion shouldn’t be necessary with all the political and economic levers he holds. The smartest thing to do now would be to express disappointment over the “coup,” but disassociate himself with the disposed leader and his actions.

calbear on February 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Hope hes got a better PR guy than Ceausescu did

Pegcity on February 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

“A total of 16 Lenin monuments were taken down yesterday in the Ukraine…”

http://weaselzippers.us/175725-feel-good-video-of-the-day-ukrainian-protesters-topple-statue-of-vladimir-lenin/

video at the link.

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Hey guys. Apparently Obama flaps his gums and civil wars start as a result.

Good.

Obama’s word holds power after all…..

liberalrules on February 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

NotCoach on February 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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Christopher Miller ‏@ChristopherJM 48s

First image of Yulia(?) RT @lifenews_ru: Нашим корреспондентам удалось поговорить с Тимошенко на выходе из больницы pic.twitter.com/iQ6F2HdgMo
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Tiahnybok: Tomorrow parliament will vote for prime minister. #ukraine
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Ukraine Parliament Impeaches President as Protesters Take Control http://mashable.com/2014/02/22/protesters-seize-control-of-kiev-after-president-flees/#:eyJzIjoidCIsImkiOiJfNmt2enU0Nm5rcTV0aHo1ZSJ9 … via @mashable
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RFE/RL ‏@RFERL 16m

Tymoshenko to supporters: “Today our whole country can see the sun and the sky, because today the dictatorship fell.” http://bit.ly/1jNjrb4
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Olga Rudenko ‏@olya_rudenko 25m

#Tymoshenko goes to Kiev. Protesters have controversial views on that
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William Hague ‏@WilliamJHague 1h

Agreed with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier today to support new government in #Ukraine and push for vital IMF financial package

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Richard Engel ‏@RichardEngel 38s

#ukraine Yulia Timoshenko freed and “on her way to Kiev”/Interfax
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Christopher Miller ‏@ChristopherJM 3m

Free after more than two years behind bars, @YuliaTymoshenko boards a plane to Kyiv. pic.twitter.com/CAUPzjNX5K
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https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/437268567499624448/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

This is weird:

Al Yankovic ‏@alyankovic 7m

Thank you all for your letters of condolence, but no, I was not just ousted as President of Ukraine. Some other guy.

https://twitter.com/alyankovic

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Tymoshenko will split the opposition….lots and lots of people do not like her.

albill on February 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I love the spirit of Independence Square.

Grow a pair, world. Show the liars who lye to you, to get elected, who is king.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Christopher Miller ‏@ChristopherJM 2m

Another image of the freed ex-PM @bweglarczyk: Zdjęcie Reuters – Tymoszenko na wolności pic.twitter.com/EcyXu6jVUX
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https://twitter.com/ajamlive/status/437267754878787584/photo/1

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Good.

Obama’s word holds power after all…..

liberalrules on February 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Parody of the century!!!

The entire world laughs at obama’s USA.

Congratulations, foolish people, in the majority!!!

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Tymoshenko will split the opposition….lots and lots of people do not like her.

albill on February 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

albill: D*mmitts,…..
(sarc)

….the OnGoingNeverEndingWar on Women:0

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Sure it’s a coup. And he lost. Time to move on.

Jugeared jackass hardest hit. Nothing for him to do to screw up the situation.

platypus on February 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

There’s always Venezuela…

“Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has invited US President Barack Obama to join him in talks aimed at resolving the problems between the two countries.

Mr Maduro said the meeting would help “put the truth out on the table”.

He has accused US conservatives and media organisations of plotting to overthrow his government…”

http://weaselzippers.us/175731-after-telling-obama-to-stay-out-of-venezuelas-problems-maduro-asks-obama-to-help-him/

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I liked White and Nerdy best among his songs.

Jamson64 on February 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

5h
Photo: Daughter of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko cries in parliament after vote to release her mother – @svaboda
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https://twitter.com/svaboda/status/437192857766477824

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Tymoshenko will split the opposition….lots and lots of people do not like her.

albill on February 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I’ve heard that too, some didn’t want her released so she wouldn’t mess up the freedom movement.

the_nile on February 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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Report: Ukraine’s parliamentary speaker says President Viktor Yanukovych tried to board a plane to Russia but was prevented from doing so and is now in the Donetsk region of the country – @Reuters
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Retweeted by Christopher Miller
Agence France-Presse ‏@AFP 5m

#BREAKING Ukraine’s Yanukovych blocked from taking plane to Russia: parliament speaker
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

We’ve spent a great deal of our blood and treasure in the Middle East, rather than developing our own energy resources. Even as we shrink our military and alienate our European allies. Europe, for its part, has depended upon us to defend them for so long that their militaries aren’t up to anything major.

At this point, what can Obama do, other than flap his gums?

Fenris on February 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Good.

Obama’s word holds power after all…..

liberalrules on February 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

liberalrules: That quite a Lefty Jump:
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Kyiv, Kyiv City Municipality, UA
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White House welcomes Ukrainian peace deal as ‘consistent with what we have advocated’ – statement via @NBCNews
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Hopey/Changeys Comical Red Line in the Sand, Part Deux Fail.

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Obama watches in fear…

the_nile on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I for one would like to take a moment to thank our one man Canadian news bureau for keeping us up to date every day.

Kudos.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Kyiv, Kyiv City Municipality, UA
1d
White House welcomes Ukrainian peace deal as ‘consistent with what we have advocated’ – statement via @NBCNews
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Canada, sure…if the line is anything, then anything goes :)

The president of the USA is a big oaf.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Viktor Yanukovich gave the order to shot the citizens
in the streets …some by sniper fire..
the man doesn’t deserve to catch a plane out…
lucky he didn’t get the ll duce treatment..
or maybe the nikolai chauchesku ‘day in court’
I think it was less than 15 minutes from the gavel dropping
till when they shot ole nikolai in the alley..

going2mars on February 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Obama watches in fear…

the_nile on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Wishcasting, alas.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Obama watches in fear…

the_nile on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Nov. 2014 will be glorious, against him and the RINOs.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Leading governor and a mayor from Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych’s eastern base have fled to Russia, Ukraine’s border guard service says – @AP
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https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I wonder if Ukraine really gave up all their nukes in the 90′s

offroadaz on February 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Who’s who: These are the key figures and groups in Ukraine’s political crisis

Trying to understand what the hell is happening in Ukraine? Here’s a breakdown of all the major players.
February 21, 2014 16:37
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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/140221/ukraine-kyiv-kiev-key-people-figures-groups-political-crisis

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM
I for one would like to take a moment to thank our one man Canadian news bureau for keeping us up to date every day.

Kudos.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I second that. Thanks Canopfor :) (waving)

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Its a good thing this isn’t a muslim vs (insert name here) conflict, otherwise Obama would be force to do something.

BobMbx on February 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Veddy Nice: Armed Escort:

Christopher Miller ‏@ChristopherJM 3m

First video of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko after being released. Should be arriving @ Kyiv’s Zhuliany airport shortly. http://youtu.be/4EzDnQV2YDc
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EzDnQV2YDc&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Victory Tune to Yulia Tymoshenko:

Sweet – Set Me Free
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXxM0Wz1q8I

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

He has accused US conservatives and media organisations of plotting to overthrow his government…”

http://weaselzippers.us/175731-after-telling-obama-to-stay-out-of-venezuelas-problems-maduro-asks-obama-to-help-him/

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

He may not be wrong in this. Ask McCain.

The military in Ukraine insists that they will remain neutral in the political fight:

Don’t forget that Russian forces are already in Crimea. What will the Ukrainian military do with the Russian Navy now stationed in Sevastopol? Any attempt to displace them will be an excuse for force protection.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

KAOS Reins: (sarc)

Tony Halpin ‏@tonyhalpin 7m

@RT_com is broadcasting events in Ukraine under the heading “Kiev Anarchy Reigns”
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Kim Ill Clone:

Maxim Eristavi ‏@MaximEristavi 29m

Yanukovych had a thing not only for vintage cars, but apparently for boats too via @Golos106fm pic.twitter.com/TE1S1LKd8p
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https://twitter.com/MaximEristavi/status/437270221011693568/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

@RT_com is broadcasting events in Ukraine under the heading “Kiev Anarchy Reigns”
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Professor Chaos strikes again!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Reports from Sevastopol that the ATM machines are empty and the stores are in the process of being emptied. The banks were still open as of last night (We could still send money.)

Many people of Sevastopol do not believe that Russia will abandon them to the neo-Nazis of the North. They are asking Putin to forget about the Olympics and send troops now.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Maxim Eristavi ‏@MaximEristavi 29m

Yanukovych had a thing not only for vintage cars, but apparently for boats too via @Golos106fm pic.twitter.com/TE1S1LKd8p

Yes… here is one of his bigger boats on his (former) estate.

http://www.interpretermag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/BhFGqPeCEAEHyUi.jpg

Walter L. Newton on February 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Kim Ill Clone:

Maxim Eristavi ‏@MaximEristavi 29m

Yanukovych had a thing not only for vintage cars, but apparently for boats too via @Golos106fm pic.twitter.com/TE1S1LKd8p
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https://twitter.com/MaximEristavi/status/437270221011693568/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

What? No ekranoplan?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM
I for one would like to take a moment to thank our one man Canadian news bureau for keeping us up to date every day.

Kudos.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I second that. Thanks Canopfor :) (waving)

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

CoffeeLover:Anytime guys/gals,——————————–:0

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Olga Rudenko ‏@olya_rudenko 4m

A historical photo “@juliaioffe: A man singing karaoke in Yanukovich’s abandoned villa. #Kiev pic.twitter.com/o544oOwT0x”

https://twitter.com/rianru/status/437276816462475264/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Ministry of Defence of Ukraine:

http://www.mil.gov.ua/?lang=en

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Olga Rudenko ‏@olya_rudenko 4m

A historical photo “@juliaioffe: A man singing karaoke in Yanukovich’s abandoned villa. #Kiev pic.twitter.com/o544oOwT0x”

https://twitter.com/rianru/status/437276816462475264/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Saddam’s palace it is not, but still a classic image already.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Cooperation between Ukraine & NATO

History of Ukraine-NATO relationship
State and perspectives of cooperation between NATO and Ministry of defense of Ukraine
Participation of the Armed forces of Ukraine in PfP program
List of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine assigned for the participation in the third stage of PARP
Washington Summit
NATO –Ukraine cooperation mechanisms
NATO and partner-nations cooperation mechanisms in frameworks of Euroatlantic cooperation Council
Euro-atlantic cooperation Council
National goals of military reform in Ukraine
The further development of Ukraine-NATO cooperation
The state inter-departmental commission on Ukraine-NATO cooperation
Multinational Staff Officer Center
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http://www.mil.gov.ua/index.php?part=cooperation&lang=en

NATO –Ukraine cooperation mechanisms

http://www.mil.gov.ua/index.php?lang=en&part=cooperation&sub=cooperation_mechanisms

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I second that. Thanks Canopfor :) (waving)

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

third..and the motion is past…
the HA Canadian news bureau blog winner is

canopfor

thanks for all your efforts and work..

going2mars on February 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

All politicians who lie to their constituents should suffer Yanukovich’ fate, and then some.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Saddam’s palace it is not, but still a classic image already.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium: Lol:)

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

All politicians who lie to their constituents should suffer Yanukovich’ fate, and then some.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Schadenfreude: Let it be written:)

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Results for #Ukraine

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ukraine&src=hash

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Julia Ioffe ‏@juliaioffe 44m

By #Ukraine’s embassy in Moscow. via @TataRomanovaYa pic.twitter.com/kLJg3j1JRQ
View photo

https://twitter.com/TataRomanovaYa/status/437269476988682240/photo/1

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Nancy Pelosi
Disturbed by #Venezuela’s aggression against citizens & reporters. The right to protest & freedom of press are vital to a strong democracy.

1:26 PM – 21 Feb 2014

The scumhag thinks (obtusely or not) that Venezuela is a “democracy”.

Goebbels rejoices, again.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

What? No ekranoplan?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium: The Russian Spruce Goose, (sarc):)

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

From Pravda:

US subtle attack on Ukraine: Another attack on Christians
21.02.2014

Have the protesters in America been locked up or do they love Soros and his swine? Why do they allow their government to spend billions to interfere in other countries that were in peace? In Libya, Egypt and Syria they opened the door for Christians to be martyred and persecuted with the help of Al-Qaeda without one word from the religious leaders in America. They dance in sing in their theaters of worship ignoring their brethren in the East.

A religious war? Tartars are primarily Muslim. The population of Odessa is largely Jewish. And there are neo-Nazis in the North. Russia and much of Ukraine are Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

A House United
Why analysts touting Ukraine’s East-West division are just plain wrong.

BY Alexander J. Motyl
FEBRUARY 22, 2014
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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/02/22/a_house_united#

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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Photo: Ukraine’s ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko speaks with journalists at Kiev, Ukraine, airport after her release from prison – via @RebHarms
see original on twitter.com
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https://twitter.com/RebHarms/status/437285677596966912/photo/1

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Holy Boink:

Ukrainian political crisis
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Photo: Crowd gathers at Kiev, Ukraine’s Independence Square ahead of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko’s expected arrival – via @MaximEristavi

https://twitter.com/MaximEristavi/status/437283812527984640/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

This post makes it seem like The Ukraine is split right down the middle in loyalty/opposition Yanukovich. I’m not so sure that’s the case.

gryphon202 on February 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I’ll wager it’s just half the ruling class. Yesterday I suggested Yanu should get out of Dodge while the getting was good, seems he’s paying attention.

The rest of his supporters may want to flee also.

dogsoldier on February 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Update: Lenta reports that the governor of the Kharkiv region and the mayor of Kharkiv proper have both fled to Russia (via Julia Ioffe). Maybe Yanukovich’s support in the eastern part of Ukraine isn’t as robust as he’d like to think.

Perhaps they are there for an excuse for the tanks? And to give information about what locations protestors hold, strategic choke points, supporters, and the likes?

OregonPolitician on February 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

A House United
Why analysts touting Ukraine’s East-West division are just plain wrong.

BY Alexander J. Motyl
FEBRUARY 22, 2014
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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/02/22/a_house_united#

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This site is reported as a “Special project of the Legatum Institute”

Wikipedia Reports on the Legatum Institute:

Legatum is a private, United Arab Emirates-based, investment organisation and thinktank. Its headquarters are in Dubai International Financial Centre.

I don’t believe these people have been on the ground in Crimea in the last 48 hours.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Expect the Russian tanks to roll after the Olympics. The question is whether they will stop in the eastern half of the country and whether the Euro’s will try to respond. I doubt it.

statsmanblack on February 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Viktor Yanukovich started the shooting too soon. Putin must really hate him. Putin is busy with the Olympics and the fool unleashed the snipers too soon.

Now the toothpaste is on the move.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

EXPRESSO TV Ukraine Sq Live:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_LFrMcoEm4#t=1829389

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Between the two most recent respective threads concerning the subject it’s difficult to get any decent grasp of the situation. The comments provide such a disagreement on even the history of the hostilities that it causes the possible directions of what may come of the situation to spin all over the place. Is there any good place to start looking at the background that all of you with knowledge of the region can at least agree on the credibility?

I say this out of genuine curiosity. Thanks in advance.

anuts on February 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

World News
Reuters live coverage of events around the world. Follow @ReutersWorld on Twitter for top news and @ReutersLive for live video events.

http://live.reuters.com/event/world_news

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Here We Go:

Christopher Miller ‏@ChristopherJM 7m

Moments away from Yulia Tymoshenko arriving at Maidan. Will be interesting to see how crowd receives her. Should be a hell of a speech.

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Fears that Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine may secede as Ukraine’s chief rabbi tells Kiev’s Jews to flee city

Jews fear the neo-Nazis who are these “revolutionaries”.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Yanukovich declares protests a coup after fleeing capital; parliament demands his resignation

and George Washington II will step in and rainbows and unicorns will be bountiful in Ukraine, right?

“new boss same as the old boss”

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I have been following this story in the (Disqus powered) Comments section of the Moscow Times. There are not as many political posters in Moscow as you might expect:-)

It is an interesting place to follow the Ukraine story.

ShadrachSmith on February 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Obama watches in fear…

the_nile on February 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

King Dogeater the Magnificent I is surrounded by his sycophantic chorus in a delusional bubble…so I doubt that…

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Viktor Yanukovich started the shooting too soon. Putin must really hate him. Putin is busy with the Olympics and the fool unleashed the snipers too soon.

Now the toothpaste is on the move.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

His fortune cookie from last night reads “Stay away from umbrellas and bridges”

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I still think the best we can get out of this is a split in the country, and the U.S. needs to be very cautious. It would help if our leadership was more competent, and we actually could communicate with the Russians, which it appears is hard right now because Obama is still ticked off Putin punked him. Heck our relationship with the Euros is not the best either. Mainly because Obama is a childish brat.

It has nothing with being nice or showing strength to the Russians or Euros, but Obama basically has annoyed them all, sort of like he has done with us…so I can understand them on that level at least.

William Eaton on February 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This site is reported as a “Special project of the Legatum Institute”

Wikipedia Reports on the Legatum Institute:

Legatum is a private, United Arab Emirates-based, investment organisation and thinktank. Its headquarters are in Dubai International Financial Centre.

I don’t believe these people have been on the ground in Crimea in the last 48 hours.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Kaffa: Ugh,..everyone is opininated,..FP that is!:)

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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Envoy sent to Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin to participate in mediation efforts criticizes EU ministers who helped broker peace deal to Kiev – @Reuters
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Ukrainian political crisis
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tells US Secretary of State John Kerry that Ukraine peace deal has been “sharply degraded by opposition forces’ inability or lack of desire” to respect it – @Reuters

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Isn’t his first name Al?

davidk on February 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I wonder if he blames the Tea Party?

307wolverine on February 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Part of me wants to sit this one out, and let the Eu handle it–OK, I couldn’t type that last part with a straight face.

I am torn on this: the Ukrainian situation is most immediately a European problem, and in theory western Europe would handle it, but the emasculated, exhausted, and navel-gazing French and UK won’t do anything, nor will the pacifist and business-focused Germans.

However, unlike Libya, Syria, and Iraq, Russia is looking to re-establish itself as a world power, and restoring what Russia sees as their lost province to Moscow’s control is a big part of the plan. I must reluctantly conclude that the geo-political stakes are too high to leave the Ukrainians to hang…but of course Soetoro is no more likely to stand up to Putin than is France or Germany. Those of you opposing any US aid to Ukraine will get what you want, I fear.

Some years down the road, Obama’s supine appeasement of Russia will stand high on the list of reasons he will be judged one of the worst US presidents in history.

MidniteRambler on February 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

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.@YuliaTymoshenko hugs her daughter upon arrival at the airport in Kyiv (Maks Levin/Reuters) pic.twitter.com/L76NtIqroq via @ajamlive

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Ukrainians shouldn’t live w/ hate in their hearts. We need to stanch the country’s wounds, to punish those killers – @YuliaTymoshenko
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“My biggest luck is to come back in totally different Ukraine where dictatorship ended today” – @YuliaTymoshenko at Kyiv airport
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

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“I want to go home to Maidan,” #Tymoshenko says. Speech coming up. #euromaidan #Ukraine

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Some pictures:
http://news.sky.com/story/1215658/tymoshenko-freed-as-ukraine-dictatorship-ends

Parliament voted Yanu out, so that’s it for him, regardless of what he says otherwise.

dogsoldier on February 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

A Russian perspective on #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/E5MAlfr5F5″ very interesting map of #Ukraine

This is a very interesting map which shows all the territory that has been give to Ukraine by Russia since 1654. Crimea was given to Ukraine by Khrushchev during the Soviet period. Before that it had been part of Russia for 200 years.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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Ukraine’s former PM Yulia Tymoshenko: Ukraine will join the EU ‘in the near future’ and it will ‘change everything’ – @itvnews
read more on http://www.itv.com

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

What a difference a day/night makes!

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Fears that Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine may secede as Ukraine’s chief rabbi tells Kiev’s Jews to flee city

Jews fear the neo-Nazis who are these “revolutionaries”.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

uh oh…

workingclass artist on February 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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Ukraine’s former PM Yulia Tymoshenko: Ukraine will join the EU ‘in the near future’ and it will ‘change everything’ – @itvnews
read more on http://www.itv.com

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

No way Putin holds back after a statement like that. This is about to get sad.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Ukrainians shouldn’t live w/ hate in their hearts. We need to stanch the country’s wounds, to punish those killers – @YuliaTymoshenko

canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

“… to punish those killers.” And who will decide who these “killers” are? Who aided them? It sounds like a purge to me.

A rabbi in Kiev has already told the Jews that they should leave the city. Odessa (large Jewish population) is preparing to defend itself as is Crimea. Many are calling for Russia to protect them.

The Russian Navy in Sevastopol is on alert and the US has two navy ships which were stationed near Sochi for the Olympics headed toward Sevastopol. I haven’t heard of any Russian troop movements from Sochi yet, but the Olympics end tomorrow and it’s only 300 miles from Sochi to Crimea.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Jews fear the neo-Nazis who are these “revolutionaries”.

Kaffa on February 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I don’t know what would keep any sane Jew in Russia/the former Soviet Republics, except for pure stubbornness. 500+ years of pogroms and persecution. Russia and the Crimea in general is simply not a good place to be Jewish.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 22, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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US welcomes release from prison of former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko, White House says – @Reuters
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White House on Ukraine: ‘We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal’ – via @NBCNews
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canopfor on February 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

A vast country estate, marble-lined mansions, a private golf course and zoo: the unimaginable luxury of the private residence of departed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych flung open for all to see.

“Don’t worry, everyone will get to go inside — it is big enough for all of you,” an opposition activist standing atop a column shouted through a loudhailer. He warned people to stay off the lawn in case of landmines and to beware of provocateurs trying to damage the place.

According to official declarations, Yanukovych’s salary as president was around $100,000 a year. The luxury of the estate clearly showed wealth far beyond that.

For kilometres, they strolled along the waterfront promenade… .

http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/3a499f31-b783-4b5a-a471-d63e820ed3de

davidk on February 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

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