The saga in the Ukraine continues, folks, and so many of you sent me this article that I cannot thank you by name, but it's worth talking about and bringing to everyone else's attention. But before we get to it and my commentary, let me be clear once again. I do believe that Ukrainians had valid concerns about their previous government and its oligarchs, and that many Ukrainian protesters were legitimately voicing their concerns. At the same time, I do believe that the crisis, if not created or fabricated by Washington, was certainly exploited by it through its various fronts, and I also believe that it deliberately funded and used the most vile and extreme elements within the Ukraine to drive and exacerbate tensions, and that those elements now have a choke hold on that unfortunate country.
Additionally, I have no doubt that these elements were backed as a component in a wider agenda, which was and remains to encircle Russia, and in this case, to deny it its key naval base in the Black Sea at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Russia acted to protect its legitimate interests, and more importantly, indicated that it will continue to do so, no matter what the western elites or their pressitutes say.
With that in mind, the new leadership in the Ukraine is not helping the Western "case" very much, as Zero Hedge reports:
"While the NSA is busy justifying... its existence thanks to famous Moscow resident Edward Snowden, its Russian counterparts have been busy intercepting even more phone Ukrainian conversations.
"After a month ago a leaked phone call between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt confirmed that it was the US that was pulling the strings in what was about to be a violent coup overthrowing Ukraine's president Yanukovich, 'someone' has just leaked another phone conversation, this time between parliamentarian Nestor Shufrych and former PM and ideological leader of the Ukraine "revolution" Yulia Tymoshenko and most probable future president of West Ukraine, in which Tymoshenko is makes the following threats, 'It’s going too far! Bugger! We must grab arms and go whack those damn katsaps [a Ukrainian word used to refer to the Russians in a negative tone] together with their leader', 'I’ll use all my connections, I’ll raise the whole world – as soon as I’m able to – in order to make sure.. Bugger!.. not even scorched earth won’t remain where Russia stands' although all her empty threats collapse in the last sentence of the phone conversation in which she says, regarding the Crimea annexation, that 'we are going to take it to the Hague International Criminal Court.' Good luck with that.
"But the smoking gun, and where Putin once again shows just how masterful of a chess player he is, is the following statement by Tymoshenko, after asked, rhetorically, by her counterparty, 'what should we do now with the 8 million Russians that stayed in Ukraine. They are outcasts'... to which she replies: 'They must be killed with nuclear weapons.'
"Needless to say, that is not how you make Russian friends, or diffuse geopolitical tensions with your superpower neighbor, who just happens to be set on recreating USSR 2.0. Because just like that Putin has his provocation carte blanche, as the second something, anything happens to any ethnic Russian in east Ukraine, Putin can point to precisely this conversation as proof of how Ukraine's "government" feels toward the ethnic minorities in the east, and why 'they deserve to be protected' (by) the Russian bearhug. Which has been precisely Putin's plan all along.
"It is not surprising that after this recording was leaked, that Tymoshenko admitted the validity of the recording except for this part, because she knows just how greatly it can and will be used against her once Putin decides it is time to expand a little further beyond just Crimea." (See Ukraine Leader In New Leaked Recording: 8 Million Russians In Ukraine "Must Be Killed With Nuclear Weapons", all emphases in the original)
What's of interest here is the backhanded admission of the "ideological leader" of the Ukrainian revolution that (1) she is a nut case; (2) she, or the Ukraine, may have access to some left-over nukes; (3) she wants to use those nukes on Russians and (4) she wants to "whack" Mr. Putin, and note please the use of a Mafia term to murder and assassinate, which is more of an indicator of the mentality now in command of the Ukraine, and of its western backers, than it is about Mr. Putin.
So if there is any doubt about what is now in power in Kiev, let's review: Ms. Tymoshenko wants to (1) kill 8,000,000 Russians, (2) with nuclear weapons, and (3) to assassinate Mr. Putin.
As "Tyler Durden" indicates, this only hands Mr. Putin yet another legitimate cause for action to protect Russian lives, and likewise, to point out the hypocrisy of the West and of western media presstitutes in its coverage of the situation(you'll note the lack of outcry against Ms. Tymoshenko's remarks in the lamestream western media). And as for "whacking" people, that too is a game two can play, and Ms. Tymoshenko, like Ms. Nuland, might want to consider hiring food tasters.
But what is of real interest here, especially in the light of yesterday's blog about the curious ability of Russia to avoid communications eavesdropping by the Reichsicherheithauptamt...er... National Security Agency, is the fact that Ms. Tymoshenko's phone call was revealed at all, for it raises the question "Who had the capability to reveal it, and why did they do so?" In this respect, all the fingers of suspicion point to Russia, or perhaps a "quietly friendly" power anxious to avoid further escalation of the "situation." That means that there is a real "cyber and covert war" taking place, and that there may be very serious cracks in the west's "electronic fence" and perhaps even within the tapestry of western alliances itself.
That this type of story is only going to increase, for it heralds the beginning of "active measures" and "covert operations" against the west, and that has to have the western oligarchs very concerned.
See you on the flip side.