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China Matters: Looks Like US Played Hardball in the Ukraine...and Against the EU

So, by a less-than-generous view, it might be suspected that the United States encouraged demonstrators to break the truce, with the expectation that violence would occur and Yanukovich's equivocal fat cat backers, such as Akhmetov, would jump ship because the US had already informed them that their assets in the West would be at risk under US and EU sanctions.
If this is the case, the EU perhaps has additional reason to feel sore and resentful at the US.  By blowing up the truce and the transition deal, Nuland got Yanukovich out and "Yats"--the preferred US proxy, Arseniy Yatsenyuk--in, but at the cost of terminally alienating the Ukraine's pro-Russian segment--a segment, it might be pointed out, was actually able to elect Yanukovich in a free and fair election a while back.

Interesting links to US threats against Ukrainian oligarchs in Yahoo! Sports of all places.

China Matters: Looks Like US Played Hardball in the Ukraine...and Against the EU


So, by a less-than-generous view, it might be suspected that the United States encouraged demonstrators to break the truce, with the expectation that violence would occur and Yanukovich's equivocal fat cat backers, such as Akhmetov, would jump ship because the US had already informed them that their assets in the West would be at risk under US and EU sanctions.
If this is the case, the EU perhaps has additional reason to feel sore and resentful at the US.  By blowing up the truce and the transition deal, Nuland got Yanukovich out and "Yats"--the preferred US proxy, Arseniy Yatsenyuk--in, but at the cost of terminally alienating the Ukraine's pro-Russian segment--a segment, it might be pointed out, was actually able to elect Yanukovich in a free and fair election a while back.


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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 02:19:17 PM EST
Blockquote 2 is a repaste of blockquote 1...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 02:34:44 PM EST
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We need smarter Tribext...

Here we go:

Behind the scenes, football tycoon pulls strings in Ukraine crisis - Yahoo Sports

According to the influential news site Ukrainska Pravda, visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland warned Akhmetov at a secret meeting when she visited Kiev in December that he and other wealthy backers of the Regions Party could face EU and US sanctions if the police used force against the protesters.

For a businessman with an international reputation and properties outside of Ukraine, including a luxury town house in London, this was clearly an unwelcome prospect.



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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 03:21:20 PM EST
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EU has all the reasons to worry. This is happening in their neighborhood and also there will be flood of new immigrants now from Ukraine all over the Europe...no matter what happens there.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 09:36:10 PM EST
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also there will be flood of new immigrants now from Ukraine all over the Europe
Because we haven't had a "flood" of Ukrainian immigrants for two decades already...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 5th, 2014 at 02:59:58 PM EST
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Interesting links to US threats against Ukrainian oligarchs in Yahoo! Sports of all places.

Yahoo Sports has a reputation for being the best investigative journalism outlet in sports.  It's the only part of Yahoo that's worth a damn.

If you want to give a university athletic director a heart attack, just tell him Yahoo is poking around campus.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Mar 5th, 2014 at 02:51:09 PM EST
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