Introduction — April 7, 2014
There is good reason to believe that Russia may be sponsoring pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine. That’s because we know that the West was covertly involved in efforts that ultimately led to the removal from power of President Viktor Yanukovych and the installation of a Western leaning government in Keiv.
Given that Moscow has watched “regime change” and the installation of a pro-Western regime on its very doorstep it’s only natural that it would respond in this manner.
After all, how would Washington respond if Moscow sponsored the overthrow of a democratically elected government in say, for instance, Canada or Mexico? At the very least Washington would sponsor protests, if not embark on outright military action.
However, that is an entirely hypothetical scenario. The plain fact is that Washington has helped overthrow a democratically elected government and installed a pro-Western regime right on Russia’s very border.
Naturally Moscow sees this as a direct challenge.
So despite what the corporate media may say, the prospect of direct military conflict between the U.S. and Russia, and maybe China too, is looming ever larger.
Evidence pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine being paid: White House
ABC News — April 7, 2014
The United States says there is strong evidence that pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine were being paid.
Pro-Moscow protesters seized arms in one city and declared a separatist republic in another, in moves Kiev described on Monday as part of a Russian-orchestrated plan to justify an invasion to dismember the country.
Kiev said the overnight seizure of public buildings in three cities in eastern Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking industrial heartland were a replay of events in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow seized and annexed last month.
“An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation… under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country,” Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said in public remarks to his cabinet. “We will not allow this.”
Pro-Russian protesters seized official buildings in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk on Sunday night, demanding that referendums be held on whether to join Russia like the one that preceded Moscow’s takeover of Crimea.
Acting President Oleksander Turchinov, in a televised address to the nation, said Moscow was attempting to repeat “the Crimea scenario”.
He added that “anti-terrorist measures” would be deployed against those who had taken up arms.
White House warns of new sanctions if Russia violates Ukrainian sovereignty
The White House said some of the demonstrators who took over a government building and proclaimed independence from Ukraine were not local residents.
“I think that at least suggests that outside forces not local forces were participating in the effort to create these provocations,” Whitehouse spokesman Jay Carney said.
“What’s clear is that this is a result of increased Russian pressure on Ukraine.
“If Russia moves into eastern Ukraine in either overtly or covertly this would be a serious escalation.”
He said the Obama administration has new sanctions ready to go if Russia violates Ukrainian sovereignty and warned President Putin and his government to cease all efforts to destabilise Ukraine.
Talks between Washington, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will to seek to find a way to calm the political crisis in Ukraine.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US Secretary of State John Kerry had discussed holding such four-way talks in a call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
But she also echoed an earlier warning that Washington sees the hand of Moscow behind some of the unrest in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin separatists have seized government buildings.
“He conveyed to Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States is watching events over the last 24 hours in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lugansk and Mariupol with great concern and noted that these do not appear to be a spontaneous set of events,” Ms Psaki said.
“Rather, the secretary noted the Ukrainian government’s assertion that this appeared to be a carefully orchestrated campaign with Russian support.
“He made clear that any further Russian efforts to destabilise Ukraine will incur further costs for Russia and the ministers also discussed convening direct talks within the next 10 days between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the EU to try to de-escalate the tensions.
“Discussions about the right timing and agenda for that meeting will of course continue.”