Ukraine jiggery pokery

Robert Parry's recent post on Ukraine tells of the current manoeuvring at the heart of the Kiev Government. Like so much that has been observed but barely reported since the Maidan coup of Feb. 2014, violence and menace are never far from the surface.

Robert Parry's article pre-dates President Poroshenko's dismissal of fellow Oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky, the man who following the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych was rewarded with his own province, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, to control with his personal, private army.

Kolomoisky is believed to have purchased influence inside the US government through his behind-the-scenes manipulation of Ukraine’s largest private gas firm, Burisma Holdings. Last year, the shadowy Cyprus-based company appointed Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to its board of directors.

Unhappy with recent government investigations of his business dealings, Kolomoisky used his private army to storm the offices of a majority state owned company from which his "man" running the company had just been ousted by President Poroshenko:

 

What does this latest power move (the dismissal of Kolomoisky) by Poroshenko mean in the context of Obama's backing for the Ukrainian president's peace overtures to Merkel, Hollande and Putin agreed in Minsk II.

Obama Now Sides with Poroshenko and the European Union to End Ukraine’s War by Eric Zuesse

Zuesse suspects this support is to keep Europe (mainly Germany and France) on board with the USA/NATO strategy for the region and to avoid damaging Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

If Poroshenko now has the backing of the US, following this recent show of power against Kolomoisky, what does that mean for Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Victoria Nuland's man (Yats) in Kiev, currently accused of corruption?

The swift (and now all but forgotten) dismissal ("disposal") of Aleksandr Muzychko last year, following his helpful participation in the Maidan coup, is an indication of what happens to pawns in the bigger game when they outlive their usefulness.

 

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