July 22, 2015
By Jacek Kaminski
Translated from Polish by J.Hawk
Right Sector to changing sides? Right Sector leader Yarosh declared himself in favor of Ukraine’s non-aligned and against joining the EU and NATO. This position diverges from the official Kiev stance, but it converges with that of the Ukrainian opposition, including the Donbass insurgents. Yarosh also made a conciliatory reference to the “Donbass miners.”
“The Right Sector has not been and is not in favor of Ukraine joining the EU. We believe that Ukraine ought to be a subject, not an object, of geopolitics. We are in favor of Ukraine’s non-aligned status. Like the Donbass miners, we are against NATO bases in Ukraine, which means we are against Ukraine’s NATO membership. We are talking both to people who favor the EU and those who desire an alliance with Russia. I’d like to emphasize: we are in favor of Ukraine’s non-aligned status,” Yarosh said on TV channel Ukraine.
Yarosh also said that the Right Sector will not march on Donetsk. “Donbass is our own, Ukrainian land, therefore I am counting on normal relations with people who live there. I have no problem entering into a dialogue with the miners, I myself come from the Dnepropetrovsk Region. It’s not all cut and dried in the Donetsk Region. These very miners in 1989-1990 played an important role ensuring USSR fell apart and Ukraine became an independent country,” Yarosh argued.
After the Mukachevo clash on July 11 the Right Sector withdrew its battalions from the Donbass front. DPR head Aleksandr Zakharchenko then spoke about Yarosh with respect, praising him for daring to confront the Poroshenko regime. The left-wing Prizrak Brigade of the LPR have more than once called on the volunteer battalions to stop the internecine war and march on Kiev together in order to overthrow the oligarch junta.
J.Hawk’s Comment: It may well be that, since Ukraine appears to be doomed to a loose confederation of Novorossiya and Banderland (for lack of a better word), Yarosh is simply auditioning to be the acceptable (to Moscow) candidate for the post of the head of Banderland. His statements concerning Ukraine’s non-aligned status appear to be aimed at that audience, given that is the main strategic objective that the Kremlin is pursuing. The Right Sector did not lose its collective mind. On the contrary, it may have finally found it.
Also, Yarosh’s move I think confirms he is not the creature of Kiev, Berlin, or Washington. He is and has been an independent political operator in his own right whose services are and have always been for sale for the highest bidder. Since neither Washington nor Kiev are prepared to bid very much in order to retain his loyalty, he’s evidently decided to explore viable alternatives. It also helps that the Right Sector is not as stridently Nazi as, say, Biletsky’s Azov who is not someone with whom DPR, LPR, or the Kremlin would ever do business. But Yarosh has positioned himself pretty cleverly by not embracing the ideology of Great Ukraine nearly as strongly as Biletsky.