Western Media on the Situation in Kiev: Ukraine Is Heading Into the Political Abyss


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

17th February, 2016


After the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign, and almost all the committees of the Verkhovna Rada issued a failing grade for the government, the Western media started saying that the crisis in the country has escalated again. According to American political analyst, Adrian Karatnycky, in his article for Politico, Kiev is doing what it does best, behaving irresponsibly, and the resignation of the Cabinet was averted only because of pressure from the West.

Western media on the situation in Kiev: Ukraine heading into a political abyss

Yesterday, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign, but Parliament failed to muster enough votes to pass the resolution, which would entail the resignation of the government. The world press saw serious risks for Ukraine and its supporters in the West, RIA Novosti reported.

“If the internal crisis continues, the patrons of the Ukraine will be given a new headache. The IMF has already warned that a loan of $40 billion can be called into question”, — wrote The Guardian.

“As if problems in the country are not enough: now Ukraine faces a war between reformers and oligarchs,” writes Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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“The conflict between the President and Prime Minister is not resolved, the crisis is deepening”, says Die Welt. If the coalition in Parliament breaks up and Ukraine holds new elections, it will be a new shock for the country, despite the fact that Poroshenko’s rating is also low. “More and more Ukrainians believe that the promises from the “Maidan” have not been implemented and the will to combat corruption is not enough. Criticism is being dealt by the West,” the article says.

“Permutations in an inefficient government is no guarantee of stability”, — stressed Die Welt.

In turn, the American political analyst Adrian Karatnycky, in an article for Politico, claims that Ukraine is facing the “political abyss”. According to him, the country’s ruling elite is “doing what they do best: behaving irresponsibly”.

The Pressure From The West

The failure of the resignation of the government of Ukraine, the analyst, with reference to their sources, wrote that the decision was taken under pressure from the West. As was noted by Karatnycky, the United States and Europe has made Kiev understand that the government’s resignation and new elections are unacceptable.

“Western leaders are also worried that the period of political uncertainty will undermine support for sanctions against Russia,” the article says. “Why does our economy have to make sacrifices for the sake of Ukraine, whose leaders are not willing to make economic sacrifices?” — the expert said, quoted by the Brussels observer.

As a reminder, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov, in an interview with RT commented on the situation surrounding the possible resignation of Yatsenyuk. According to him, the head of Ukrainian government will leave office only if it is wanted in Washington, but in this case the U.S. put Yatsenyuk in place as a convenient figure.

“Well, there was one puppet, who will come to be replaced by the same. One ditch was dug, and now a fence is to build. I don’t see that this gang of people understand what needs to be done in Ukraine and are ready to defend it at all levels, using their influence. Well, even if Saakashvili and Abromavičius will be appointed, this wouldn’t change anything,” said the ex-Premier.

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