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140,835. Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia is a powerful country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine. So basically, that’s wrong. (Russia & Ukraine) Kamala Harris
105,487. How strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation’s affairs - what Russia did was wrong … military intervention is never the answer and I will not sit here and apologise and defend military aggression. Furthermore, the coverage I’ve seen of Ukraine has been truly disappointing … My heart goes out to the Ukrainian people. (Russia & Ukraine) Abby Martin, RT television
43,877. I’m investigating the struggle to keep drugs out of the West, so I’m heading to Ukraine. (Drugs & Ukraine) Europe’s Dirty Drugs Secret: Stacey Dooley Investigates, BBC 2013
43,878. Cartels have been smuggling cocaine from South Africa to Western Europe through this port [Odessa]. (Drugs & Ukraine & Cocaine) ibid.
43,879. Heroin from Afghanistan in the east has also been trafficked to Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. (Drugs & Ukraine & Heroin) ibid.
43,880. Boltushka is a dangerous chemical cocktail made from prescription drugs and household products. (Drugs & Ukraine) ibid.
43,881. ‘Krokodil’ is killing users at an alarming rate … Bleach & petrol & chemist’s tablets … A highly toxic cocktail which slowly rots human flesh and bone. (Drugs & Ukraine) ibid.
87,316. Yushchenko was gravely ill. He was flown to a private clinic in Vienna where he was found to have been poisoned by a huge dose of dioxin. (Russia & Ukraine & Putin) Putin, Russia and the West II: Democracy Threatens
87,317. Ukraine Supreme Court 3 December 2004: In the name of Ukraine on the 3rd of December 2004 the Supreme Court of Ukraine considers it necessary to remedy the violation of rights by holding a re-run of the Presidential elections. (Russia & Ukraine & Putin) ibid.
87,318. Yushchenko won the re-run decisively. (Russia & Ukraine & Putin) ibid.
87,319. Washington received Yushchenko like a hero. (Russia & Ukraine & Putin) ibid.
91,995. Putin sought to keep Ukraine weak through corruption. (Ukraine & Corruption & Putin) Joe Biden
91,996. I ask you, people who care about the soul of Ukraine, those who want to preserve the heart, the spirit and the faith of our country for future generations, to please defend it. Yulia Tymoshenko
91,997. Eighty per cent of our gas transits through Ukraine, which was the motive behind our Ukrainian colleagues’ decision to start to blackmail us ... But we are ready to go to the Swedish court in the event of Ukraine’s unsanctioned use of gas. (Ukraine & Gas) Alexander Medvedev
95,431. This case (winter 2000) was not a conventional gangland killing: higher powers were involved. In this instance, the mafia organisation was the Ukrainian state itself ... ‘It was a period in which the state was converted into criminal political mafia,’ said Omelchenko, the combative and impressively moustached MP, in a pithy summary of his statements in parliament ... The body belonged to Georgi Gongadze, a 31-year-old investigative journalist who had disappeared two months earlier. (Ukraine & Assassinations) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,432. Half Ukrainian and half-Georgian, Georgi Gongadze had begun to prise open the lid of Kuchma’s maggot-infested administration with his probing articles. Slowly it was becoming apparent the the Ukrainian Government had commandeered the judiciary, the police, the military, the Security Forces and industry – in short, the central mechanisms of state – as vital assistants in the amassing of wealth and power by a federation of regionally based cliques. Of course, just like any other cabal of ‘families’, there were frequent fallings out, and indeed the system eventually came crashing down in December 2004 when former allies of Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshekno, led the Orange Revolution that sought to replace venality with popular letigimacy as the guiding philosophy of the state. (Ukraine & Assassinations & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,433. But at the turn of the millennium in Ukraine, the oligarchs and government became one, fused together by the super-glue of the SBU, the post-independence intelligence service. But occasionally the SBU’s bonding properties were not as adamantine as its masters would have liked. ibid.
95,434. Major Melnychenko had been illicitly recording conversations that took place in the Presidential office between Kuchma and his most senior colleagues ...
95,435. Kuchma and his cronies had seized the state and now wielded power and money beyond the comprehension of most of Ukraine’s fifty million inhabitants ... greed, incompetence and oligarchic feuding eventually triggered if not a breakdown, then a changing of the guard. ibid.
95,436. Less than a year after the Orange Revolution, which was supposed to do away with the mafia state, the new government had collapsed in a flood a mutual recriminations between the Revolution’s leaders. The oligarchs, meanwhile, recovered to fight against encroachments on their wealth and influence. ibid.
95,437. Organised crime is deeply entrenched in Ukraine and, away from Kiev, where the spotlight of domestic and international scrutiny shines brightly, powerful criminal interests continue to dominate. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,438. No mobsters controlled a post-Soviet city (Odessa) with as much popular support as Karabas did: ‘Karabas allowed the dealers to operate inside Palermo, but he blocked them from playing their trade anywhere else in the city. He was determined to hold down drugs consumption in the city.’ (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,439. Every imaginable contraband passed through the city (Odessa). As a port, it was a hub of human trafficking. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,440. It was perhaps oil that caused Karabas’s downfall ... The gunning down of Viktor Kulivar ‘Karabas’ in April 1997 triggered a series of bloody political murders over the next year, and a sustained period of gang warfare as various mafia outfits fought over the huge territory that Karabas had controlled. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,441. During his ten years in power, Leonid Kuchma presided over the total criminalisation of the Ukrainian Government and civil service. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,442. In Odessa a battle over oil exports broke the city in two. Karabas’s death showed that not even the mafia can compete when the full weight of the state becomes involved in trans-national corruption and criminality. (Ukraine & Oil & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,443. The trade in illegal weapons, however, began under a different president. At the end of 1991, Ukraine’s then President, Leonid Kravchuk, decreed the establishment of a commercial department at the Defence Ministry, whose main aim was to turn the vast store of Soviet weapons inherited by Ukraine into cash. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine & Weapon & Gun) ibid.
95,444. It was states and groups from Africa who sent the greatest number of envoys to Ukraine to broker arms shipments from Odessa. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine & Weapon & Gun) ibid.
95,445. Odessa is only sixty miles from the border with the Republic of Moldovan Transnistria, which looks and sounds like the perfect setting for a Tintin adventure. This thin sliver of territory is the quintessential gangster state whither many criminals would scuttle having carried out their missions in Odessa. It has been a problem ever since the Transnistrian authorities proclaimed independence from Moldova in 1990, triggering a bloody, dirty little war that lasted for two years. (Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine & Transnistria) ibid.
95,446. The 14th (Russian) Army could have organised its return, but preferred to remain instead in Transnistria as a ‘peacekeeping force’. (Transnistria & Ukraine & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
95,447. It is a pariah state. Since then, Transnistria’s President, Igor Smirmov, a former ‘red dictator’ of a factory in the capital Tiraspol, has relied for support on a coterie of KGB officers, oligarchs and an uncharacteristically forgiving attitude of Gazprom to the huge debt that Transnistria has run up with the energy giant. (Transnistria & Ukraine & Oil & Gangs: Ukraine) ibid.
98.757. Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukranian divorcée. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside. (Ukraine & Old Age) Marina Kewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian
98,998. In 1964, the year Strangelove was made, ‘the missile gap’ was the false flag. In order to build more and bigger nuclear weapons and pursue an undeclared policy of domination, President John Kennedy approved the CIA’s propaganda that the Soviet Union was well ahead of the US in the production of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. This filled front pages as the ‘Russian threat’. In fact, the Americans were so far ahead in the production of ICBMs, the Russians never approached them. The cold war was based largely on this lie.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US has ringed Russia with military bases, nuclear warplanes and missiles as part of its ‘Nato Enlargement Project’ taken over eastern Europe. In the former Soviet Caucuses, Nato’s military build-up is the most extensive since the second world war.
In February, the United States mounted one of its proxy ‘colour’ coups against the elected government of Ukraine; the shock troops were fascists. For the first time since 1945, a pro-Nazi, openly anti-Semitic party controls key areas of state power in a European capital. No Western European leader has condemned this revival of fascism on the border of Russia. Some 30 million Russians died in the invasion of their country by Hitler’s Nazis, who were supported by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the UPA, responsible for numerous Jewish and Polish massacres. The UPA was the military wing, inspiring today’s Svoboda party.
Since Washington’s putsch in Kiev – and Moscow’s inevitable response in Russian Crimea, to protect its Black Sea Fleet – the provocation and isolation of Russia have been inverted in the news to the ‘Russian threat’. This is fossilised propaganda. The US Air Force general who runs Nato forces in Europe – General Breedlove, no less – claimed more than two weeks ago to have pictures showing 40,000 Russian troops ‘massing’ on the border with Ukraine. So did Colin Powell claim to have pictures of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What is certain is that Obama’s rapacious, reckless coup in Ukraine has ignited a civil war and Vladimir Putin is being lured into a trap. (Nato & Ukraine) John Pilger, The Strangelove Effect, Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting a New World War