The crisis in Ukraine was set off on Feb. 20 by snipers killing peaceful anti-government demonstrators in Kiev’s Maidan Square on Feb. 20. Angry mobs surrounded the Ukrainian Parliament and forced President Yanukovych to flee the country, and he was replaced by an unelected provisional government.
Now an investigation by a German TV station, ARM Monitor, which was broadcast last week, indicates the sniper was working for the extreme Ukrainian nationalist Svoboda Party, which was part of the opposition and is now part of the new government. Police as well as protestors were killed, and the bullets came from the same guns. The snipers were operating from the roof of the Hotel Ukrayina, which was the headquarters of the protestors.
Now a member of the Svoboda Party is in charge of the investigation. Families of dead protestors are unable to get autopsy reporters or other vital information.
Michael Hudson, a distinguished professor of research economics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, was interviewed about this on the relatively obscure Real News Network (which is listed on my Resources page). The ARM Monitor investigation is headline news in Germany and (naturally) in Russia, he noted; why is it ignored in the United States?
I’m not saying that President Yanukovych or President Vladimir Putin necessarily have good intentions, or that the Russian secret services are not capable of false flag operations of their own, or that Russian-speaking Ukrainians necessarily want to be part of Russia. I recognize that there are armed minorities in both east and west Ukraine who don’t necessarily speak for the people they claim to represent. I do not claim to understand the intricacies of Ukrainian politics.
All I’m saying is that the Ukrainian people, and the American people, are being pushed toward war over something that didn’t happen the way we were told it did.