Humor in the Ukraine
As you may be aware, it seems that protestors have seized government buildings in Eastern Ukraine and demanded a referendum on joining Russia. Ukraine claims that these protests have Russian backing. Now the protestors in Donetsk have declared independence and declared they will hold a referendum on joining Russia.
It is wonderful that the current, Ukrainian government, which was certainly, absolutely, not installed by protestors seizing legislative buildings, and was definitely not backed by the US, no sirree, is in a position to be outraged by government buildings being seized and outside interference in the Ukraine’s business.*
And how dare Eastern Ukrainians demand a vote on whether or not they should be able to join Russia. There was certainly no vote on their current government. No vote on whether to cut pensions in half, as the Ukrainian government plans, or to increase natural gas prices by 50%. Why should they have a vote?
This material, it writes itself.
Oh, and the US is threatening further sanctions, because it is determined to expand NATO right up to Russia’s border and force Russia into long-term, hard alliance with China, so that the between them they have both enough manufacturing and enough natural resources to form an bloc independent of the West, and peel off most of Latin America and Africa.
* I doubt they have the ability to hold such a referendum, since they don’t actually control the local government.
** For those who might have been in a news blackout, of course the current Ukrainian government was formed, by, oh, protestors forcing their way into a legislature, seizing arms from government arms depots, votes by legislators while protestors who had seized weapons and forced their way into the legislature stood over them; and, of course, with the energetic backing of the US, and probably of some European countries. Given the precedent, the complaints by Washington and Kiev are highly amusing.)
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