Is the West meddling in Ukrainian internal politics once again?
Kiev has been at the centre of mass protests over the past few months, with the dichotomy of Ukrainian society becoming more evident by the day. The eastern part of the country is predominantly made up of a pro-Russian populace which supports continued cooperation with Russia, and the Western part of the nation mainly seeks integration with the European Union.
With 77.8% of the country being of Ukrainian ethnicity and 17.3% being of Russian ethnicity (2001 census), there is a growing conflict of opinion over which direction the nation will take in the future. Ukraine is the second largest land mass in Europe and a vital geostrategic area for Russian energy exports to the West, with the country providing the artery for gas pipelines to Germany and France, amongst others.
The allure of the European Union is no doubt an attractive proposition to Western minded Ukrainian citizens – with the promise of greater freedoms in the press, and the end of established monopolies leading to more competition within the market place, compelling arguments.
However, the reality of EU admission may not live up to the hype surrounding the deal. With the future of the Euro dubious, and the situation in Greece and Portugal deteriorating by the day, this monolithic structure is not the most stable of political alliances to enter.
But the question that needs to be asked is whether these protests are genuine, organic demonstrations, or a covert Western agenda of manipulating Ukrainian politics to bring the nation under their influence.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on Saturday, in relation to the recent pro-European integration protests in Independence Square, stating “There is no doubt that provocateurs are behind it”. This is a revealing remark considering the historical evidence of Western involvement in Kiev’s internal politics.
November of 2004 marked the start of the Orange Revolution, a series of demonstrations relating to election rigging and corruption during the Ukrainian National elections. It resulted in a re-election being called and the installing of a pro-Western President, Viktor Yushchenko.
According to Geopolitical researcher F. William Engdahl, the revolution was in fact a soft coup orchestrated by the West in a bid to install a Government friendly to the West, and to break the long standing alliance between Ukraine and Russia, in a strategy of isolating the latter. Using the organisational ability of NGO’s such as the National Endowment for Democracy and the George Soros Open Society, and working through the medium of social networking and text messaging, they managed to topple the Government under the auspices of spontaneous and peaceful demonstrations.
Given the poor economic conditions in Ukraine and the growing sense of anger and frustration towards the Government, it is a perfect environment for provocateurs to foster this animosity and direct it against a pro-Russian President, for the EU’s own Geopolitical goals.
The next decade will be filled with instability and debate within Kiev, but it is up to the Ukrainian people to shape their country’s future.
Sources for this Article:
F. William Engdahl, Full Spectrum Dominance – Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order, 2009, Chapter 2