Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Declares War on Russia

Eric Zuesse

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who on 4 February 2014 was selected for his post by Victoria Nuland of the U.S. State Department, was quoted by Ukrainian media on Thursday March 12th of 2015 as saying that, “Ukraine is in a state of war with a nuclear state, which is the Russian Federation. Hostile countries over the past decade have spent billions of dollars rearming it.”

His quoted statement went on to blame Ukraine’s problems on Russia: “The country [Ukraine] is billions of dollars in debt, having been a corrupt and demoralized nation that has no gas in storage and no dollars to buy it. … [Russia] destroyed 20% of Ukraine’s economy, bombed the mines in the fighting, and produced a million displaced persons, who, as a result are forced to leave their homes.” [NOTE: Those bombs, some of which were firebombs, actually fell from Ukrainian Air Force planes, and were supplemented by Ukrainian Army missiles. The resident forces in the rebel area of the southeast that the Ukrainian Government is fighting against had no air force at all until recently, and very little even now. And, of course, any “rearming” of Russia is being done by Russia, not by “Hostile countries over the past decade.”]

The next day, March 13th, the same Ukrainian ‘news’ source headlined “Militants in the Donbass Are Professional Soldiers Led by the Army of the Russian Federation,” and ‘reported’ that, “Military units of illegal armed groups ‘DNR’ and ‘LC’ are formed on the organizational structure of Russian military units, and the main staff and command positions are appointed by the Russian officers. This was announced during a briefing for foreign journalists on the situation in the Donbas by Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Valentin Fedichev of the ATO [Anti Terrorist Operation].” [NOTE: On 29 January 2015, the Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said that, at least as of that moment in time, there were no Russian troops fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces, but only a few individual volunteers from Russia. There are likewise individual volunteers from several countries who are fighting for the Ukrainian Government. In addition, there are military advisors in the war from the U.S. and from Russia.]

On 7 January 2015, Yatsenyuk said in Germany:

“Russian aggression in Ukraine is an attack on world order and order in Europe. All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany. That has to be avoided. And nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War. And that is exactly what Russia’s President Putin is trying to do.”

[NOTE: There was no “Soviet invasioin of Ukraine and Germany.” Instead, Hitler’s German forces invaded both countries.]


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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  • Southernfink

    There was no “Soviet invasioin of Ukraine and Germany.” Instead, Hitler’s German forces invaded both countries. — Good call !

    There was no threat of war prior to the US neocons meddling either, now the world is at the brink of nuclear war no thanks to US meddling.

    Western presstitutes fail deliberately omit to mention that the 15 Billion deal offered by Russia did NOT have those draconian conditionalites attached to it as opposed to the one from the IMF — are the US Neocons really that shallow that they’re unable to handle simple competition….or is it greed, the value of military equipment must be well over 10 Billion by now.

    It’s not as if the Neocons are advocates of democracy, the US is an oligarchy.

    Unfounded economic sanctions against Russia have done more harm that good on all sides, except of course for the US, who once more has seen fit to sell heavy military equipment worth many billions of dollars.

    Profits for the MIC takes priority over the harm that their products cause, see Hillarry Clintons remarks here one of the troubles is that the MIC is under contracts to supply, a decrease in exports will have them sueing the US government for loss of income, can you believe that, read the link and you’ll note the ISDS attached to their contract.

    Exactly how will that military aid be financed ?

    Did the nations receiving this hard ware have to surrender some more of their nations sovereignty to their creditors?

    Governments needing to go deeper into debt to purchase weapons systems for which they’ll only be able to fund by ceding some more of their sovereignty… this unexpected bonus works out rather well for the International financiers.

    Openly parading heavy military equipment a couple of hundred meters from Russia’s border is pure provocation, WTF were they thinking?

    I’m not highly educated by any means, even humble little me worked out several years ago that the entire farcical GWOT must be closely related to the current batch of deceptively termed and secretly negotiated Free Trade Agreements.

    Not often mentioned — a silent coup d etat happened on nine eleven — the one preceding the global corporate coup d etat’s taking place in the form of the many FTA’s — A carefully coordinated series of events replacing governments with neocon approved puppets.

    The GWOT is one great big lie — everything that’s happened hasn’t made the world a safer place by a single iota.

    • MC

      President Wilson noted that “the U.S. was involved in a struggle to command the economic fortunes of the world.”..

      “Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed against him must be battered down. Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded by ministers of state, even if the sovereignty of unwilling nations be outraged in the process. Colonies must be obtained or planted, in order that no useful corner of the world may be overlooked or left unused.” – Woodrow Wilson, 1907.

      • Southernfink

        Even now that Russia has become ”capitalist”, this is not enough she is still a target for neocons aiming to privatize state owned assets.

        It’s still all about the fallacious pursuit of perpetual economic growth, something which impossible to attain on a planet with limited resources, civil rights are waning corporate rights are gaining while politicians are aiming for lucrative career opportunities in the corporate sector, for many public servants, government is simply a stepping stone.

        Thanks for the link.

    • Jim Young

      Thanks for the (new to me) term, “Presstitutes”

      • A term coined, I believe, by Paul Craig Roberts.

        • Jim Young

          I see. I used to read some of his stuff, even agreed that much of it made great sense, but one or two left me wondering what planet he was from (from what I recall). I do appreciate honestly held beliefs, though, whether or not I have some few very different distinctive differences. For now, I’m spending more time following Yves Smith’s naked Capitalism since they seem more like good scouting of the territory, with less tunnel vision.

          I don’t know what others think of a comment by Paul Samuelson, but I got a kick out of his comment that Wall Street indexes predicted nine out of the last five recessions.

          Where you look affects what you see, as apparently does having words to match what you see. See the amazing to me, Himba Color Experiment, where a tribe without a word for blue, couldn’t see one blue square out of twelve otherwise green squares.

          How many economists or other experts are blind to what they don’t look at, or have words for? Have they forgotten the Velocity of Money, for example?

          • Me Who

            Search ‘invented languages’ to compliment your point. Somewhat sad for the people who are trapped by them.

          • Jim Young

            Interesting. I actually do see some use for invented languages, but I think they are perhaps used well to do some outside the box thinking, or keeping somethings more private (Leonardo da Vinci). I’m more concerned about suppression of speech or deliberate misuse (propaganda, misdirection, etc, for unworthy purposes, like the 1996 Newt Gingrich/Frank Luntz GoPac memo, “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control” I think inspired by a Cato Institute suggestion to use “Leninist” propaganda tactics).

      • Southernfink

        It’s been around the traps for a while (^^,)

  • Hoping stop for this. They must pull the chair and talking. Who want the war? theres no winner in there.

  • Jennifer Cohagen

    Mighty big difference between declaring war, and declaring that you’re in a state of war. I don’t find evidence for your weighty article title in the bulk of your article.

    • Southernfink

      It’s possible that something went wrong in translation, I hope that cooler heads prevail.

      Russian General: “We Are At War”

      Much speculation about Putin not being seen in public recently.

      • cettel

        You got it, exactly. According to the translation, “Ukraine is in a state of war with a nuclear state.” And this type of statement is consistent with Yatsenyuk’s style, and with his earlier statements. He is saying there that a state of war already exists between Russia and Ukraine. Is this a formal declaration of war? Those things hardly even exist anymore. The U.S. itself no longer formally declares war. What he is saying there is that, as far as he is concerned, Ukraine is at war with Russia, and he wants to arm to the teeth to defeat them. But he doesn’t control the sources of money, and of weapons. He is pleading for both. Whether he gets either will depend upon Obama. Obama virtually controls the IMF. He doesn’t fully control the EU. However, he does control NATO, and several NATO countries, which are sending weapons, money, and “advisors,” to Ukraine. Obama doesn’t need every EU country, nor every NATO country.
        Jennifer Cohagen’s statement demands clear-line distinctions. All that exists so far are intentions. Yatsenyuk made clear here his desire to destroy Russia.

        • Southernfink

          Well stated, the hidden motive for waging a GWOT while simultaneously introducing multiple deceptively termed free trade agreements are all about asserting control over weaker nations while taking control over their sovereignty.

          Ousting the democratically elected leader of Ukraine was about several things

          1) Taking control over that nations sovereignty, Moscow did offer the financially better deal, the one without those draconian conditions attached to it, that’s competition.

          2) What happened in Kiev was the lead up to attempting similar neocon friendly change in Russia, and ultimately China – ultimately any other nation not currently under their control via deceptively termed FTA’s.

          Yatsenyuk’s desire to destroy Russia is destroying Ukraine in the process, he is throwing the baby out with the bath water.

          All the neocons are really after is to privatize Russia’s state owned assets.

        • Jennifer Cohagen

          I don’t demand clear line distinctions. I’m saying that if you say you’re in a state of war, you’re saying “Hey, these guys are invading me, help.”, and if you are Ukraine “declaring war” on Russia, then it’s a few minutes before you wish you hadn’t.

          The same thing as if saying “US declares war on Russia!” Really? US declared war on Russia, how come there aren’t dozens of mushroom clouds? Ooooh, US is waging a proxy war by giving Ukraine 5 billion and provoking them to attack the pro-Russian area of the country. See the difference? It’s a huge difference, and the title of this article could have easily reflected more accurate content, however it went for the more inaccurate “shock” factor for clicks.

        • Southernfink

          On another matter, in regards to some sites not putting your articles up — If you don’t object I’d like to re-post some of your article’s on a not for profit site, 100% intact proper credit will be given to the author.

          This is where they’ll appear

  • MC

    “world order”, code name for New World Order.

  • hsxnl

    The Rothschild Zionist NeoCon maffia is trying to revenge on Putin for the fact that he stopped their plundering under Yeltsin. Their tactics of ichneumon wasps has already almost destroyed the U.S.A. from within and they are prepared to destroy Ukraine in the process, like is done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libia,… Putin is an huge obstacle for their New World Order to succeed.

    • Nexusfast123

      He also stopped their attack on Syria and Russia has signed a defence pact with Iran (2008) which I believe includes China. Both China and Russia have warned against any attack on Iran.

  • unheilig

    Yats is beginning to understand just how totally and thoroughly he and his oligarch-fascist buddies have been screwed by the US-Euromaidan. These are just oral globules of ice-cold sweat.

  • Nexusfast123

    Find him a straight-jacket and put him in a padded cell with Nuland. This idiot is driven by an illogical and disturbing hatred of Russia and Russians.

    • Southernfink

      Neither side is able to tolerate the prospect of public humiliation is making this confrontation all the more dangerous — the utterly biased reporting by the MSM speaks for itself.

  • Mordecai Irony

    Nuland (real jew name as Nudelman), married to khazarian jew Bob Kagan member of PNAC, ‘appoints’ lackey Yatsenuk as prime minister. Barry, the crak smoking butt monkey, then makes a statement to the effect of “Ukraine’s duly elected prime minister .. ”
    It’s not a mystery the CFR, Jarret, PNAC and a whole host of other bankster lackeys are in on this game.

    People need to Stand and bring these evil wrong doers to truth & justice .. or else.