Ishchenko on the Right Sektor vs. the Junta: The events in Mukachevo


July 13th, 2015

by: Rostislav Ishchenko – translated from Cont by Joaquin Flores

In Mukachevo there is a skirmish between police of the Junta and the Pravy Sektor. Right away there were comments, ranging from the view that this is the beginning of the end on one the one hand, and on the other hand with the view that nothing bad will happen. Poroshenko will crush the whole thing or make a compromise.  Let’s face it. 

This is not the beginning of the end. Because the beginning of the end happened at the moment when the junta relied on the illegal armed formations of the Nazis. At this point, the government waived the right to a monopoly on the use of force. Since then, the conflict between different factions of the junta was inevitable.

Many of us had hoped that the explosion will happen earlier, but the United States managed to temporarily stabilize the situation. Relatively stable,  because the Nazi militias were not disbanded and the government did not comply fully, but internal war has not begun.

However, the explosion was and remains inevitable. Its inevitability dictated by limited resources and the unwillingness of the junta, and the inability of the US to pump enough resources to Ukraine to ensure that there is enough for all groups, while also maintaining the functions of the state.

This, however, does not mean that it is necessarily the conflict will result in an all-Ukrainian confrontation. It can be a match set to a barrel of gunpowder, or may not be. Then we have to wait for what comes.

What we can deduce: The conflict in Mukachevo is for us, of course, positive. It can be resolved in three main ways:

1.  Suppression of the Pravy Sektor. 

2. The overthrow of Poroshenko. 

3. A temporary compromise.

Either option weakens Kiev authorities and destabilization increases. In different ways the police and the pravy sektor both represent armed support for the junta. The police are used to crush the resistance using the formalities of law. The pravy sektor resorted to extrajudicial killings.

When two armed structures of one system start shooting at each other, it can mean only one thing – the system is in deep crisis and its different factions can no longer negotiate peacefully. That is, one way or another, but the war within the system is imminent. Though perhaps the final explosion, as I wrote above, will be able to be postponed temporarily.

It is advantageous to us? In any case it is advantageous.

If Poroshenko suppress the pravy sektor – he will be deprived of the support of the power from the most motivated of the Nazis, including the part of the volunteer movement, which feeds the army. Many volunteers are sympathetic to the pravy sektor. Similarly, there are sympathizers among the officers, including the senior command level. That is, the move will weaken government support. 

If the pravy sektor sweeps away Poroshenko, that’s even better. In Ukraine, there will be established a radical nationalist dictatorship, which the Americans nor especially Europe can turn a blind eye to. The international legitimacy of the regime will fall to zero, and internal resistance to it within the country will increase. In addition, to take control of all of Ukraine, the Nazis (without the support of political status) can not.

Can they somehow compromise? This is bad, of course, but it does not remove the contradictions (that is, the causes of the conflict remain and the next conflict will only be a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’).  In addition, Poroshenko will communicate that in his country one can engage in a shootout with the police and there will be no consequences. With her hands laden with weapons and hatred the pravy sektor swept the Maidan circles into power. Finally, the pravy sektor will still consider themselves humiliated and insulted, and the experience of the use of weapons with impunity against the authorities will embolden them for a push for similar “exploits”.

The bottom line is we have:

1. Destabilization in the Kiev authorities is increasing. 

2. Compromise is impossible. 

3. The precedent of armed confrontation is created. 

4. It remains to be seen, when the quantity goes into quality. 

5. How long to wait? I do not know, but I think that in the worst case it could be a few months, and possibly faster. 

6. In addition, this incident demonstrates that even the Americans can not keep the situation under control.

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