Donetsk, June 7
Today at 10:00 AM, Maxim Petruhin was murdered. He was shot at point blank range by automatic rifles while he was driving. When the car stopped, they pulled him out by force and shot him in the head. He was a 28-year old MP of Donetsk People’s Republic and Chairman Pushilin’s assistant. He organized the delivery of humanitarian aid to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk—a commitment the Kiev government had never appreciated.
And just in Kiev, the same hour began the ceremony for the inauguration of Puppet president Poroshenko. Dozens of authorities attended: American senators, EU diplomats, officials and lawmakers. The most indecent ones opened their mouths and made statements. Joe Biden did not miss the opportunity to talk about the billions of American taxpayer dollars that will pour down in Ukraine to enact reforms, build law enforcement capacity, and strengthen national unity. Sen. Chris Murphy said to Poroshenko: “It’s wonderful to stand with you”—guess his life is on the brink of despair. Sen. McCain hugged Poroshenko, but oddly didn’t state, “Today we are all Ukrainians!” as on his 2008 presidential campaign when he stated, “Today we’re all Georgians!” For McCain, there’s always a war to ride on!
Poroshenko starts his inaugural address yakking about the country’s change and condemning war—so realistic: Ukrainians created a revolution to overthrow an oligarch, then elected another one who escalated the war.
Then, indecency ensues: fight corruption, defend sovereignty and independence, provide innovative economy and social justice. He shows his ignorance by saying Crimea is Ukrainian soil.
It’s the rant of a desperate clown, trying to stun Ukraine’s gullible people with nationalistic slogans and ridiculous promises.
He can’t even clean up Independence Square by Pravy Sektor gangs—the recently appointed Mayor Klitschko made an attempt few days ago, they took his cell phone and kicked his ass.
Those dignitaries clapping, have they seen the video of Inna Kukurudza from Lugansk? Do they know who she was? Have they ever heard her name? Heard the cries of people of Lugansk after the shelling with cluster bombs? Seen the many destroyed houses and hundreds of displaced persons? They clap the man who gave the order for it, the president who craves for peace.
Inna Kukurudza died in agony in front of the camera that was filming while she covered her son with her body torn to pieces. There is nothing heroic about this. Any mother would have done it for her child. Any mother worthy of being called such would have prevented in any way the life she created to be destroyed by any enemy; by any abomination that had burst into their lives.
The leaders who gathered in Kiev today, strong by their huge power, capable of leading the fate of the world, what are they prepared to do for their own sons and daughters? Will the son and the two daughters of Poroshenko one day be grateful?
What is old Joe Biden prepared to do for his promising young scion Hunter, I wonder?
Two weeks ago, I had my first night in Slavyansk. At 9:00 pm, there were just a few streets with some lamp posts still working. Downtown was littered with barricades. Nothing I could do: the landmarks to go back to the hotel, I had lost them somewhere.
I approached a couple—husband and wife, both middle-aged. They looked at me with suspicion, asked if I was American, if I was a journalist… and wondered how I spoke Russian? Then the husband said they would accompany me, making me note they were going in the opposite direction.
As we walked under a row of trees we heard two shots of artillery from the nearby countryside.
We stopped a few steps from the entrance—the receptionist impatiently waited for me to tighten the door and turn off the lights.
The man’s face was dismayed. He asked: “What’s going on here? What do the fascists want? We are ordinary people, Ukrainian citizens, good people. The East is full of fascists!” Then in a harsh voice: “You could be a provocateur!”
His wife told him not to shout.
He looked at me. “Why should I not shout? I have nothing to hide. This is my country. Everyone can hear what I say. What do Americans want? What does the EU want?”
It was no time for answers including geopolitical considerations and high finance monkey business. His question was direct and related to his city and homeland.
“They want the gas below,” I said. “Your gas.”
The wife nodded and told him to calm down. The man had tears in his eyes. My impression was he still wanted to yell at me for something. His wife grabbed him by the arm. They said goodbye and moved away.
At the beginning of May, Hunter Biden became a member of the Board of Directors of Burisma Holding. The company was registered in Cyprus in 2002, with Ukrainian ex-minister of ecology Mykola Zlochevsky as its main owner. Another new board member is Devon Archer, who works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca Partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz, who is John Kerry’s stepson—yes, precisely him. U.S. useless Secretary of State led the chorus of self-righteous indignation, accusing Russia of invading another country on phony pretext in order to assert its interests. By the way, isn’t it the sort of thing U.S. government is in the habit of doing?
Burisma Holding engages in hydrocarbon production and is Ukraine’s largest gas firm. Among many sites, to date the company engages in field development also in Donetsk region. The Donbass is a huge treasure trove of minerals indeed. It has large deposits of shale gas and the largest one lies precisely under the feet of Slavyansk’s residents. And all this gas has not been exploited so far—strange, isn’t it?
Let’s say that shale gas has a very low yield: from a deposit you can pull out only 30% of the total. After that, you have to consume large quantities of chemical additives and water. In the end, the gains are tight and the environmental damage is enormous. But here it would be different. In Ukraine they can pollute how they please because the country does not have strict environmental laws to hamper their work—nothing new, it’s the very same that ENI, Total and Shell are currently doing in Nigeria. Here they would be able to download the chemical additives in the waterworks. People would be contaminated, get sick and die, but they could always blame the Chernobyl disaster, right?
All in all, would you like to know what is reassuring? Biden Jr. expressed hope that his skills would benefit the Ukrainian people—way to go!
And Daddy Joe is proud of his son. Today he shakes hands with the man who ordered fighter jets and rocket launchers to shell the cities whose inhabitants did not vote for him, but voted in a referendum for independence from the government he represents. Old Joe shakes hands with this democratic man who murdered Inna, her son and hundreds of people, who forced families to flee their homes and now calls them “brothers, sisters, compatriots.”
What a man you are, Joe! What a fine American family, the Bidens!