Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was a Coup

Eric Zuesse

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko requests the supreme court of Ukraine to declare that his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, was overthrown by an illegal operation; in other words, that the post-Yanukovych government, including Poroshenko’s own Presidency, came into power from a coup, not from something democratic, not from any authentic constitutional process at all.

In a remarkable document, which is not posted at the English version of the website of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, but which is widely reported outside the United States, including Russia, Poroshenko, in Ukrainian (not in English), has petitioned the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (as it is being widely quoted in English): 

“I ask the court to acknowledge that the law ‘on the removal of the presidential title from Viktor Yanukovych’ as unconstitutional.”

The official Ukrainian news-agency, Interfax-Ukraine, headlined this on June 20th, “Poroshenko asking Constitutional Court to recognize law stripping Yanukovych of presidential title as unconstitutional”

I had previously reported, and here will excerpt, Poroshenko’s having himself admitted prior to 26 February 2014, to the EU’s investigator, and right after the February 22nd overthrow of Yanukovych, that the overthrow was a coup, and that it was even a false-flag operation, in which the snipers, who were dressed as if they were Ukrainian Security Bureau troops, were actually not, and that, as the EU’s investigator put his finding to the EU’s chief of foreign affairs Catherine Ashton [and with my explanatory annotations here]:

“the same oligarch [Poroshenko — and so when he became President he already knew this] told that well, all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers, from both sides, among policemen and people from the streets, [this will shock Ashton, who had just said that Yanukovych had masterminded the killings] that they were the same snipers, killing people from both sides [so, Poroshenko himself knows that his regime is based on a false-flag U.S.-controlled coup d’etat against his predecessor]. … Behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”

This was when Ashton first learned that the myth that Yanukovych had been overthrown as a result of public outrage at his having rejected the EU’s offer of membership to Ukraine was just a hoax. (Actually, the planning for this coup was already under way in the U.S. Embassy by at least early 2013, well prior to Yanukovych’s EU decision. Furthermore, the Ukrainian public’s approval of the government peaked right after Yanukovych announced his rejection of the EU’s offer, but then the U.S.-engineered “Maidan” riots caused that approval to plunge.)

If the Court grants Poroshenko’s petition, then the appointment of Arseniy Yatsenyuk by the U.S. State Department’s Victoria Nuland on 4 February 2014, which was confirmed by the Ukrainian parliament (or Rada) at the end of the coup on February 26th, and the other appointments which were made, including that of Oleksandr Turchynov to fill in for Yanukovych as caretaker President until one of the junta’s chosen candidates would be ‘elected’ on May 25th of 2014, which ‘election’ Poroshenko won — all of this was illegal.

However, this illegality had already been known. It was already explained in detail on 28 February 2014, that, “Yanukovych’s removal was unconstitutional.” That’s for lawyers; but, now, finally, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court is faced with the shocking predicament of Ukraine’s own President, who won his post as a result of this coup, requesting them to “acknowledge” that it was a coup, much as the founder of the “private CIA” firm Stratfor had even called it, “the most blatant coup in history.” (It was that because the authentic video and other evidence of its having been a Washington job was so massive.)

Also in the news now is that Dmitriy Yarosh‘s Right Sector — the same group that Washington had hired for the coup and for the ethnic cleansing campaign in Ukraine’s former Donbass region — have announced that they will assemble in Kiev on July 3rd to overthrow Poroshenko unless he restarts right now the war against Donbass. The people whom Washington paid to oust Yanukovych are planning to do the same to Poroshenko. There is a struggle inside the Obama Administration about how far they can successfully go with their Ukrainian nazis not formally leading the country. Washington is having a hard time keeping in line the Ukrainian nazis upon whom Washington’s plan for Ukraine has been based. Ukraine’s nazis are thirsting for Russian blood, and want to slake their thirst faster than the Obama Administration is willing to go along with. Washington’s previous “F—k the EU!” hasn’t worked as well as they had hoped. There is thus increasingly bad blood between the Obama Administration and the Ukrainian enforcers upon whom Obama has been relying. Basically, Poroshenko now is torn between the EU, on one side, and Ukraine’s well-armed nazis, on the other; and, thus far, the ultimate decider, U.S. President Obama, who has needed cooperation both from Ukraine’s nazis and from the EU, in order for his Ukrainian gambit against Russia to work, is on the fence between those two sides. John Kerry sides with the EU; Victoria Nuland sides with the nazis. But Obama himself hasn’t yet played his hand.


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, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • JTOre

    Re Poroshenko’s request to the supreme court could you provide a translation of the document or a document that I can select and copy. I like to work with source documents as much as possible and decide for myself.


      THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF UKRAINE is the sole body of constitutional jurisdiction in Ukraine. The Law of Ukraine “On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine” adopted on October 16, 1996 sets forth that the task of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine is to guarantee the supremacy of the Constitution of Ukraine as the Fundamental Law of the State throughout the territory of Ukraine.

    • cettel

      I keep trying to find a translator for that document; but now it’s unnecessary, because I found the official Ukrainian Interfax News Agency report on this, and its headline is: “Poroshenko asking Constitutional Court to recognize law stripping Yanukovych of presidential title as unconstitutional” — so I added that (and the link) to my news-report.

      • Rodion

        a huge sincere thanks for your work and for all your efforts in the search for truth, and for the way you describe the true course of events for readers around the world.
        For the past 15 months I wrote a lot of huge detailed comments to different articles here in Disqus chains. Concerning the background of the conflict in Ukraine. Not about current events but about the historical aspects. Perhaps some information from my comments will be useful to you in your quest for truth. Thanks again for your work.
        Sincerely, your reader from the heart of Siberia.

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  • wunsacon

    Nazis running the Ukraine and ISIS running half of Iraq and Syria.

    That’s some foreign policy you got there, Uncle Sam.

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  • Harlan County

    John Kerry sides with the EU; Victoria Nuland sides with the nazis. But Obama himself hasn’t yet played his hand

    Ostensibly Kerry, Nuland and Obama are one unit. The first two serve the president, I’m not saying they all do not have different agendas, just how it’s supposed to work.

  • Rocky Racoon

    What is needed is a full on appeal by the eastern regions to the Ukrainian military to desert to the People’s Republic all rank and file granted amnesty and split the military. Real patriots to NOT want to kill their fellow citizens-then they can liquidate the Nazi regime in Kiev and tell Washington to FO forever. And this should be a lesson for the fascists in the US who think they can get their own military to turn on the people in upcoming class warfare-good luck Charlie looks like your 15 minutes of fame are over.

  • Tony

    You misunderstand(strangely a common thing when it comes to Ukraine..) Poroshenko is ONLY talking about Yanukovichs TITLE, i.e nothing can change the fact that he was a president. Poroshenko is not talking about declaring his impeachment/retirement(he left a ‘I quit’ letter but took it back later) unconstitutional. However if you think the guy who had 73% of MP’s vote against him BEFORE this footage was uncovered, then your sadly mistaken:

    By the way, here is a wiki with some evidance of Russian troops and armour in Ukraine in case anyone still disputes this: