Members of the Ukrainian far-right radical group Right Sector
The RT article, pictures and videos titled 'Odessa slaughter: How vicious mob burnt anti-govt activists alive' shows a country exploding into civil war. Where not very long ago the two solitudes of Pro-Russian and Pro-Ukrainian Nationalists co-existed in lingering perpetual distrust they now are openly at war. These two solitudes are both minorities within their own ethnic groups let alone the broader population of Ukraine where the vast majority were more interested in football [soccer] than internecine warfare until recently.
Just last Thursday Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov acknowledged that Ukrainian troops had surrendered their Armored Personel Carriers [APCs] in Slavyansk when a large part of eastern Ukrainian armed forces and police had refused “to fire at our own people". The mutiny had reportedly spread from elite airborne units to local police who sympathize with the protesters.
A couple of days ago the only group willing to carry out Washington’s proxy war was the Right Sector, a neo-Nazis group who helped topple the Yanukovych government which everybody agrees was, both democratically elected and totally corrupt. The early stages of the overthrow saw people from all across Ukraine protesting side by side but as the Right Sector, a conglomerate of far right ultra-nationalist groups and the Svoboda Party, a group broadly condemned as neo-Nazi white supremacists by the EU and others, took control of the Maidan Square things changed. Soon the old divisions dating back to WWII and beyond resurfaced.
The Right Sector only came into being in Nov. 2013. The organization views itself within the tradition of Ukrainian partisans, such as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which fought in the Second World War against the Soviet Union. One Right Sector man in his early 20’s, who was leading a Ukrainian nationalist rally yesterday stated, “We want the Europe that the crusaders fought for, the Europe that the European nationalists fought for, the Europe of white people. Muslims humiliate native people now and they take away our lands. We will stand for a white Europe, a traditional Europe!”
The only Muslim group of any size in Ukraine are the Tatars. They are the 'native' nomads and they've been there longer than the 'white people', so...
Why is the interim government in Kyiv so determined not to allow the people in eastern Ukraine, the mostly Russian speaking people, to have the freedom to hold a referendum on their future? Why are the western Ukrainians in such a hurry to violently subdue the easterners who are demanding the right to live as they choose?
Because also on Thursday this story broke, 'IMF Warns Ukraine: Fight For The East Or No Money'. Which means if the interim govt. doesn't go to war with pro-Russian forces (and thus Russia itself if Putin sees his apparent countrymen in trouble) it doesn't get the $17billion bailout package it was installed by the U.S. to accept. It means the conditions attached to it, the IMF's noose, couldn't cripple Ukraine into privatizing its public assets. IMO Mike Whitney is totally correct when he says, this is 'Obama’s New Ukraine - A Russophobic, Failed State Ruled by Fascists'
Zerohedge concludes, "Tell me, dear reader, when was the last time you heard of the IMF threatening to withhold funds if a political leader didn’t wage war on his own people? Anyone with half a brain can see that the IMF is just acting on orders from the White House. This is Obama’s war."