Protests erupt in Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov. Donetsk announced Independence

nsnbc international
Apr 7, 2014

nsnbc : Protesters in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, occupy the City Council building and announced independence of the region from Ukraine and a referendum to be held no later than May 11. Yesterday, thousands of protesters went into the streets in eastern Ukraine’s predominantly Russian-speaking cities of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov, seizing public buildings and demanding a federalization of Ukraine. The situation reflects the volatility of the Western-imposed Kiev government and its policies and metaphysical questions about Ukrainians as a people’ and the feasibility of a Ukrainian state construct, that was created by German World War I Generals.

donezk_UkraineIn Ukraine’s industrial capital Donetsk, yesterday, some 2,000 protesters gathered in Lenin Square, denouncing the trials against security police officers from the special police unit Berkut in Kiev, whom the post-coup government in Kiev accused of being responsible for the killing of 90 and injuring of over 500 protesters and police officers.

Evidence to the contrary, and evidence for the involvement of right-wing members of the new administration is reportedly being swept under the rug.

The protesters denounced the new government in Kiev and newly installed local authorities in the region as illegal. Demands ranged from a federalization of Ukraine to a referendum on independence similar to that held in Crimea. Protests were reportedly sparked after the unelected local administration aired a “Good bye Russia” banner on the administrations life TV report. Several hundred protesters began occupying the city council building. Clashes between protesters and police have taken place, at least two were killed.

A similar situation evolved in Lugansk, where protesters, according to TV Channel 5 stormed the offices of the Ukrainian Security Service SBU. After negotiations between the governor of Lugansk, the local SBU chief and the protesters, police released six persons who had been arrested during previous protests.

In Kharkov anti-Maidan protesters clashed with members of the ultra right wing Pravy Sector. Police intervened to separate the two groups. Following that incident, some 1,500 anti-Maidan protesters stormed Kharkov’s regional headquarters, where after several thousand protesters surrounded the building. According to the anti-Maidan protesters own account, some 10,000 people took part in Sunday’s protest in the city.

People's Council announced independence and a referendum, no later than May 11.

People’s Council announced independence and a referendum, no later than May 11.

Today protests continued, with protesters in Donetsk announcing independence from Kiev. At 12:30 local time, a session of “the people’s council of Donbass (Donetsk)” was held in the Regional Council building’s main hall, with the absolute majority of those present voting in favor of declaring “The Independent Republick of Donetsk“.

The people’s council proclaimed, that it is the legitimate governing body of the region and denounced Kiev and the local administration enforced by Kiev after the ousting of the elected government. The council called for a referendum on the independence of Donezk to be held no later than May 11. A statement, issued by the council said:

“The Donetsk Republic is to be created within the administrative borders of the Donetsk region. This decision will come into effect after the referendum”.

Ethnic distribution map.

The council called on Russia and the Russian president for protection, saying that without support, it will be hard to stand against the junta in Kiev, adding, “we are addressing Russian President Putin because we can only entrust our security to Russia”. Protests continue throughout eastern Ukraine as well as in Kiev, where a growing number of protesters voice their dissatisfaction with the new regime.

The interim secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andrey Parubiyis set to visit the Lugarsk together with the acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine, while Interim First Prime Minister Vitaly Yaremail and acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reportedly are visiting Kharkov.

The protesters in Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov have been threatened with counter-terrorism operations by acting President Alexandr Turchinov, announcing harsh measures to be taken. Experts warned as early as December that the situation risks escalating and that Ukraine risks developing into a failed state and, or break apart.

The founding fathers of modern Ukraine: Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (left) and General Erich Ludendorff (right), who ruled Germany in the name of the German General Staff in 1917-1918

The founding fathers of modern Ukraine: Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (left) and General Erich Ludendorff (right), who ruled Germany in the name of the German General Staff in 1917-1918

The renown Historian Webster G. Tapley points out that Ukraine did not exist on European maps until German generals aided its creation as a communist nation state, with the intend to weaken the Russian Empire and the Tsar.

The founding fathers of Ukraine, stressed Tarpley in an article titled “Metaphysical Doubts Concerining the Existence of Modern Ukraine, a 1918 Creation of the German General Staff”, that the de-facto founding fathers of Ukraine were the German Field Marshal von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorf.

One of the German strategies to aid the creation of a “Ukrainian national identity”, was to school some 50.000 Russian prisoners of war, where off some 10.000 were successfully indoctrinated and shipped back east after the Austrian army had conquered Lemberg/Lvov in June 1915.

Tarpley stressed that these troops became a vital catalyst in the cause of Ukrainian autonomy or independence.

The situation in Ukraine continues deteriorating, with the post-coup Kiev government having to take increasingly drastic and desperate steps to hold onto power.

Although both Moscow, Washington, Berlin and Brussels attempt to downplay the volatility of the situation, the number of independent observers who warn about a Sarajevo like situation, where developments on the ground begin to determine the decisions of policy makers, rather than the other way around, persists and increases the risk of a military escalation.

Ch/L – nsnbc 07.04.2014

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