Five Minutes of Common Sense on the Decentralization of Ukraine

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

4th June, 2016


Yesterday was a momentous event – the special UN commission found that the SBU was engaged in mass torture of political prisoners. Some Ukrainian patriots are tweeting that they are proud of the SBU, and they didn’t care about the opinion of the commission. It is in vain. This news, which a few months ago would have been absolutely incredible, has a direct relationship to the future of the Kiev regime, and the future is unenviable.

The west, in a frank manner, is preparing a tool for coercing Ukraine to fulfill at least a part of the Minsk agreements. Now, in addition to the deprivation of Kiev’s finances, there is still the possibility of charges against specific representatives of the Kiev regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Roughly speaking, the west felt the same opportunity to distance itself from Kiev without losing face. Agree, there is no shame in refusing to support the regime, which has suddenly turned out to be utterly corrupt, but is still implicated in mass torture and other human rights violations.

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It is significant that now, for the first time since the Ukrainian conflict began, representatives of the Russian side are openly talking about the need for the decentralization of Ukraine. Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova noted the satisfaction with proclivities of regional administrations for economic and political autonomy from Kiev.

And Vladimir Putin made a very simple formula: the conflict in Ukraine cannot be solved without decentralization. And here I want to focus on the very word “decentralization”. It so happened that Russian diplomacy uses specific language. For example, it wasn’t “liquidation of the American puppet Saakshvili’s army,” but “forcing Georgia to peace”. Or not “contingent of special forces in Crimea” but “polite people”. So this time we not talking about the destruction of the unitary state of Ukraine, but only politely demanding “decentralization”. No, we are not for separatism, we are for decentralization. However, decentralization can help even our European partners, many of which the Kiev regime has also bothered them worse than a bitter radish.

A certain amount of progress was already planned for the process of decentralization. It is reported that the administration of Poroshenko has almost readied the law for the elections in Donbass, in accordance with the Minsk agreements. Western countries have forced Poroshenko to make the law and hold elections. They forced Poroshenko to go for it, despite the fact that the implementation of the agreements will result in protests, a loss of rating, and possibly losing the presidential chair. We want all options possible. 

If a chain reaction of decentralisation begins (and other regions of Ukraine have a slow start), then Kiev will remain in control of a couple streets in Kiev, and other regions will enjoy economic and political autonomy, which fairly quickly will cause many regions to move towards the Russian sphere of influence. If Poroshenko will injure the belly button and will shift the radical Nazis in the process of implementation of the agreements, then they can solve the problem completely differently. No wonder in the information field there is always information that the DPR and LPR prepared their armies in the event of a decisive military confrontation with Kiev.

It now remains to wait for the results of pressure on Poroshenko, which comes from Savchenko in Parliament, and enjoy the show. She has already been labelled as an agent of Putin, and this is only the beginning. This is only the beginning.

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