Saturday, May 3, 2014

Ukraine---more questions than answers!

The situation in Ukraine is throwing p more questions than answers. Is the Government in Kiev 'legal?' It is described as an 'interim Government. There will be elections, but how 'free' will they be from both the forces allied to the EU and those supported by or allied to Russia? What part is Putin playing in the border regions of Russia and how far is he prepared to go to meet the plans of his henchmen and his own views re the fattier of Ukraine and other areas of the former Soviet Union? What right does the USA have to support eh 'interim Government in Kiev? What part are the right wing Nationalists in Kiev playing in the present 'dispute and who is funding them? Will all people in Ukraine have a say in the future of their country and its eventual borders? Will Putin allow Ukraine to follow an independent foreign policy and to determine who it has economic relationships with? Can the UN play a part in overseeing elections or referendums re the future of Ukraine? Do the huge majority of ordinary Ukrainians, whatever language they speak actually care what country they end up living in, be it Russia, Ukraine or some sort of half-way semi-autonomous region or do they care more about actually making a living and getting on with life? Is Russia afraid that a referendum will deliver a result that they do not want to accept? Does the EU and the USA feel the same if things don't go their way? What do Ukrainians WANT and how do we determine what that is?
While these questions and issues are 'debated,' Ukraine is heading towards that terrible label of being a 'failed state.'
We cannot believe the presentations of RT, CNN, BBC Aljazeera or any of the local TV stations and newspapers. Who really controls the direction, resources and political power in Ukraine? All we see, night after night is a headlong plunge into chaos. Fear now rules as various anarchic, some Nazi, others under the control of Moscow, stamp their marks.
The only way forward is for Moscow, Washington, the EU and the Ukrainian people to have real dialogue but I suspect that the aforementioned powers will not let that happen as Ukraine has become nothing more than a 'proxy war' for whatever has replaced the old Colds War.' What do we have--a Junta in Kiev, a collective of Russian stooges in the cities of the east and south and the people of Ukraine stuck in the middle, trying to make sense of their dilemma, fed  by propaganda from the above sources. Will the sun ever rise again over a 'unified nation that we can call Ukraine?