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By Paul Craig Roberts– According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s
stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic
austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western
bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the
puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the
legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work.
Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better
life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros
that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with
many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to
overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them
by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets
paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF
austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff
government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports
which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to
takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.

One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that
doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be
thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control
of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose
roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words
and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to
Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party
stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington
and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White
House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing
sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning
Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to
Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and
eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western
Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as
South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under
the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The
US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total
ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is
corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe
anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of
State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of
mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not
exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to
the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a
chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy
and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets
demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has
imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had
its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests
were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These
oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any
Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the
protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU
puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for
self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore,
Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize
the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been
put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of
Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from
the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders
of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If
Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will
have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will
exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.

The war will be nuclear.

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