February 1, 2015
“Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyev” on Russia 1
Translated by Kristina Rus
Semen Uralov (Ukrainian Political Scientist):
Kuchma is first of all the Godfather of the oligarchic model which brought Ukraine to this crisis. This is why he is sent to Minsk, although he doesn’t have any power.
There are two factors to this crisis. There is the intra-political factor. The power was seized by raiders just as they raided their factories in the 90’s, built their empires, like Kolomoisky with his Privat Group. Now they can apply these methods at the framework of the entire country.
The task is to bankrupt the assets, so that people wouldn’t even as for salaries. Same model worked with companies in Russia. This is the intra-Ukrainian factor. The raiders are using those methods which they had perfected in the 90’s.
And then there is the outside factor.
The ultimate goal is the free trade zone between the EU and the USA. Ukraine is the working material, is the motor oil, which has to be utilized, then burned down and disposed of.
Therefore there is a congruence of two interests – of the American party which is playing for the free trade zone, and a break up of the relationship between Russia and EU, and – the raiders who are on the inside and are given carte blanche for any actions.
And for peace talks you need the correct number of entities.
There are not just two quasi-state formations in Ukraine. Ukraine is not Ukraine anymore.
There is a separate “Euromaidan Republic” with the capital in Kiev. There is a “Union of Donbass Republics” – LPR and DPR.
And, as we coined the name – “Neo-Khazaria” with the capital in Dnepropetrovsk. Because Mr. Kolomoisky controls Dnepropetrovsk region and Odessa region.
This is hypothetical, of course.
But de facto these are the three entitiess which act rather autonomously. Nuland comes for talks with Kolomoisky in Odessa, and there are no representatives from Kiev. Accordingly he is not represented at the peace talks with DPR and LPR.
So the quantity of acting entities should be taken into account.
And the fourth entity (of interest) is Crimea.
Why is the Ukrainian elite so outraged by Crimea?
Because Ukrainian elites plundered Crimea for the last 20 years. Beginning with each deputy and ending with each minister, each one of them has their own summer house, a boat and a factory in Crimea. And now they lost all of it. And this is why Crimea is a subject of interest.