Saturday, May 30, 2015

Former Police State Leader/Wanted Man Appointed Ukrainian Governor

Former Police State Leader/Wanted Man Appointed Ukrainian Governor

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article called Ukraine a gangster state for good reason. It's a Nazi-infested regime run by illegitimate putschist thugs waging endless war on its own people.

Former Georgian president, US favorite, fugitive from justice Mikhail Saakashvili was appointed (not elected) Odessa regional governor.

Washington's orchestrated 2003 Georgian Rose Revolution elevated him to power. He established a ruthless, despotic, corrupt regime while maintaining close ties to US-dominated NATO and Israel.

He ruled by state terror, turning Georgia into a police state. Human and civil rights were suspended.

Opposition media were shut down. Political opponents were eliminated by arrests, imprisonments and suspicious deaths.

Saakashvili is a world-class thug. He's a US favorite. In Georgia, he's a wanted man. His assets were frozen by court order.

A previous article explained he faces corruption and other criminal charges. An international warrant was issued for his arrest. An Interpol Red Notice was served against him.

He'd been living comfortably in New York. In February, Poroshenko appointed him a non-staff advisor.

Despite a Ukraine/Georgia extradition agreement, he’s granted safe haven status in Kiev.

In August 2008, he was complicit with Washington in attacking South Ossetia. Russia was irresponsibly blamed for intervening to protect its own citizens - after hundreds were ruthlessly slaughtered.

A 2010 Independent Fact Finding Mission Report ruled Saakashvili responsible for naked aggression.

He's militantly anti-Russian. He fits right in with other Ukrainian thugs - fascist criminals by any standard.

Appointing him Odessa regional governor is like making an assassin police chief or a pyromaniac fire commissioner.

Saakashvili unsurprisingly supported 2014 Maidan coup d'etat thuggery installing Ukraine's current regime.

He was granted Ukrainian citizenship, a legal requirement for his new position. Via Twitter, he said he "loves Odessa."

On Saturday, Ukrainian state media said Poroshenko would introduce him as new Odessa Regional State Administration governor in the city.

He'll replace current incumbent businessman/MP Ihor Palytsia, appointed on May 6, 2014 - four days after last year's regime orchestrated Odessa massacre murdering hundreds of anti-fascists.

Saavashvili's appointment suggests perhaps Kiev wants increased state terror crackdowns in a city with a large Russian-speaking minority and anti-fascist spirit.

Regime opponents, democracy supporters, independent journalists and human rights activists are being targeted, arrested, brutalized and detained extrajudicially - on trumped up charges. 

Guilt by accusation is commonplace police state practice. Russian nationals are vulnerable for any reason or none at all.

Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blamed Kiev for repeated ceasefire violations, saying:

"I think that by now all the major Western states that follow the situation and possess facts, understand very clearly that, for a number of reasons, the Ukrainian authorities are the major obstacle on the way to the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements."

On Thursday, Donetsk People's Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko affirmed DPR's right to respond to Kiev provocations appropriately, saying:

"As regards the shelling of Gorlovka, once again, the Ukrainian side showed that it wouldn’t carry out the peace agreement. They prefer to violate it blatantly." 

"Thus, Poroshenko’s signature on the Minsk-2 agreement was nothing but a deliberate deception, not only against us, but also against his country and the rest of the world." 

"Until now, the DPR has plainly fulfilled all its obligations. However, we reserve the right to act at our own discretion."

One Kiev provocation too many may instigate resumed full-scale war. Deceptive rhetoric aside, Washington won't tolerate peace and stability in Donbass.

Obama didn't wage proxy war to quit. More than daily Kiev shelling remains ongoing. Fort Russ reported on "a raging special ops war" ignored by Western media.

Are covert US special forces and/or Blackwater-type paramilitaries involved? Fort Russ said Georgian US School of the Americas graduates "are swarming in Donbass." 

Polish soldiers are involved. US special forces are training Ukrainian troops in Mariupol - about 70 miles south of Donetsk.

Donbass military intelligence reported 19 subversive groups operating in the region  - "formed from the commandos arrived from beyond the borders of Ukraine," a clear indication of endless overt and covert war.

On May 22, Lugansk residents observed "suspicious…armed men in camouflage calling themselves militias," said Fort Russ.

They attacked an Interior Ministry response team. Some of the "strangers" were killed. One captured individual wore a Western-style camouflaged uniform, a mask and had a list of unidentified phone numbers.

On May 23 in Donetsk, small arms fire targeted a Joint Center for Control and Coordination (SCCC) car. Its Russian office head and other officers were traveling in it at the time. The attack was foiled.

On the same day, noted anti-regime Ghost Brigade commander Alexey Mozgovoy, his spokeswoman and two bodyguards were ambushed and killed.

His significant loss will be made up for by others taking his place. Donbass' liberating struggle is important.

Courageous self-defense forces intend doing what it takes to stay free. Putin said he won't let Donbass be destroyed. 

He's gone all-out to resolve things diplomatically - so far without success because of US obstructionism and rage for war. 

Expect endless fighting ahead. It's the American way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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