March 26, 2022

UKRAINE: Before He Banned 11 Opposition Parties And Opposing Media, Zelensky Told Ethnic Russian Ukrainian Citizens In The Donbas To Self-Deport To Russia, Promising To "De-Occupy" The Region Via Military Offensive

In reference to the tweet above, imagine if the United States told all ethnic Mexican American citizens living in America to self-deport back to Mexico, promising to de-occupy the United States of all ethnic Mexican American citizens via military offensive. Well, that is what Ukrainian President Zelensky, who the globalists compare to King David of the Bible, is doing to ethnic Russian Ukrainian citizens living in Ukraine. (emphasis mine)

Financial Times (FT)
written by Max Seddon, Ben Hall, and Roman Olearchyk in Kiev
Thursday September 19, 2019 👈

Ukraine’s prime minister has said Kiev is seeking a “compromise” with billionaire oligarch Igor Kolomoisky over a $5.5bn banking scandal, a move that risks alienating the western backers of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s new government.

Oleksiy Honcharuk told the FT that the president wanted to reach a settlement with Mr Kolomoisky over the 2016 collapse of Ukraine’s largest lender Privatbank, which Kiev nationalised amid allegations of staggering fraud.

“I’m completely convinced that we need to concentrate on growth now and look for joint solutions instead of spending our resources on destroying each other. So I am very positive about any rhetoric directed towards searching for a compromise,” Mr Honcharuk said in an interview.

The IMF has warned Ukraine that backsliding on Privatbank’s nationalisation would jeopardise its $3.9bn standby programme and that officials expect Ukraine to push for recovery of the $5.5bn spent on rescuing the bank..

Mr Honcharuk said: “Whatever solution we find, we have to find it together with the IMF.”

PrivatBank was nationalised in 2016 to save it from collapse when regulators found a $5.5bn black hole in its balance sheet. Ukraine launched legal proceedings against Mr Kolomoisky and his partner Gennady Bogolyubov, accusing them of running a “Ponzi-like scheme” to launder money and use the bank’s retail deposit base to fund their own businesses. 

The businessmen deny the allegations and they and related parties have launched more than 600 lawsuits challenging the nationalisation.

Mr Honcharuk’s comments are likely to deepen concern over Mr Zelensky’s ties to Mr Kolomoisky, which are threatening to overshadow the former comedian’s ambitious reform agenda and efforts at detente with Russia. 

The oligarch owns 1+1, the television channel on which Mr Zelensky shot to stardom playing a fictional president. Last week, parliament appointed MP Oleksandr Dubinsky, who criticised the nationalisation during his time as a reporter at 1+1, as head of a commission that will control board appointments to state-owned banks.

Mr Zelensky -— along with his chief of staff Andriy Bogdan, a former lawyer who represented Mr Kolomoisky in the legal disputes over Privatbank — hosted the oligarch in the presidential office last week, a step one aide described as “disturbing”. The two denied they discussed Privatbank. 

The meeting came days after police raided Privatbank’s offices in Mr Kolomoisky’s hometown of Dnipro and searched the home of Valeria Gontareva, former central bank chief, under a new investigation into the officials who led the nationalisation.

Ms Gontareva said she and the current management of PrivatBank had been subjected to a campaign of intimidation by Mr Kolomoisky’s allies. “How is it possible to settle?” she told the FT. “Our recapitalisation plan was a settlement. He failed to fulfil his promises.”

In the early hours of Tuesday Ms Gontareva’s house outside Kiev was set ablaze and destroyed. Mr Kolomoisky has denied involvement in any campaign to intimidate her.

Though Privatbank is owned by Ukraine’s finance ministry and is therefore part of Mr Goncharuk’s remit, he said Mr Zelensky and Mr Bogdan would take the lead on the case, despite their apparent conflict of interest as former employees of Mr Kolomoisky. 

“We understood from the very beginning that this is a special issue, so it was never my responsibility. Mr Bodgan and the president have personally handled this issue from the very beginning,” he said. 

“I am counting on them to find the right way to solve it, because they know the situation much better. But I have no doubt that the president and his office will be on the side of the state.”

Back-channel talks over a possible settlement have accelerated since Mr Zelensky took power, according to people briefed on the negotiations. 

Under Petro Poroshenko, Mr Zelensky’s predecessor, Ukraine agreed a deal with Mr Kolomoisky last year that would have seen him give up his stake in state oil producer Ukrnaftain exchange for a mutual cessation of legal hostilities over Privatbank.

The deal collapsed after Mr Poroshenko’s cabinet decided making concessions to Mr Kolomoisky was untenable in an election year. 

Unofficial talks resumed after Mr Zelensky took office this spring, but any outcome is unlikely to require Mr Kolomoisky to surrender any assets or compensate Ukraine for Privatbank’s losses, according to a person briefed on the talks.

Speaking to reporters at a conference in Kiev last week, Mr Kolomoisky said there was a “good window of opportunity” for a settlement.

Mr Honcharuk said “the very fact that there’s a public discussion […] is a step forward.”

In April, as Mr Zelensky was on course for a crushing 73 per cent electoral win, a court in Kiev ruled the nationalisation was illegal. The central bank is appealing against the decision and has said it will declare the bank insolvent again should control be awarded to Mr Kolomoisky.

Mr Honcharuk said Mr Zelensky would avoid interfering with Ukraine’s courts or the central bank’s independence, while trying to “defend the interests” of the country. “Of course, they used to work together. But we inherited a very tricky situation,” he said.
Red Voice Media
written by Gregory Hoyt
Tuesday March 22, 2022

We should be honest about Ukrainian leadership.

During a recent broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, show host Tucker Carlson pushed back on the constantly repeated narrative that Ukraine is somehow a “democracy,” highlighting recent actions taken by the Ukrainian government that seem to contradict that narrative.

Carlson set the stage by highlighting what he called “prerequisites for democracy,” rather than just mere “features.”

“What exactly is democracy? Well, pluralism is the hallmark of it. In a democracy, citizens can have any opinion they want to have. They can express any opinion they want in public whenever they care to express it, including through mass media.

“If citizens are dissatisfied with their political leadership, they can challenge their leaders for office. Now, all of these things are true in every free country in every period, always. These are not just features of democracy, these are prerequisites for democracy.”

The Fox News host described the aforementioned so as to detail the contrasting aspects of what would be considered a democracy that are actively taking place in Ukraine under President Volodymyr Zelensky’s direction.

“So, with that in mind, you should know about a political party in Ukraine called ‘Opposition Platform For Life.’ Over the weekend, the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, banned that party.”

Carlson then detailed how Zelensky justified these actions by painting these various political parties banned as being tied to Russia, which the assertions made by the Ukrainian president are questionable, to say the least.

However, not only did Zelensky essentially outlaw the political opposition, he also decided to centralize the country’s television stations – what one might call a unified, state-controlled media.

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