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The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins

F-W-Engdahl-190x160F. William Engdahl
21st Century Wire

The events in Ukraine since November 2013 are so astonishing as almost to defy belief.

An legitimately-elected (said by all international monitors) Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovich, has been driven from office, forced to flee as a war criminal after more than three months of violent protest and terrorist killings by so-called opposition.

His “crime” according to protest leaders was that he rejected an EU offer of a vaguely-defined associate EU membership that offered little to Ukraine in favor of a concrete deal with Russia that gave immediate €15 billion debt relief and a huge reduction in Russian gas import prices. Washington at that point went into high gear and the result today is catastrophe.

A secretive neo-nazi military organization reported linked to NATO played a decisive role in targeted sniper attacks and violence that led to the collapse of the elected government.

But the West is not finished with destroying Ukraine. Now comes the IMF with severe conditionalities as prerequisite to any Western financial help.

After the famous leaked phone call of US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (photo, left) with the US Ambassador in Kiev, where she discussed the details of who she wanted in a new coalition government in Kiev, and where she rejected the EU solutions with her “Fuck the EU” comment,[1] the EU went it alone. Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed that he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, fly to Kiev and try to reach a resolution of the violence before escalation. Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski was asked to join. The talks in Kiev included the EU delegation, Yanukovich, the three opposition leaders and a Russian representative. The USA was not invited.[2]

The EU intervention without Washington was extraordinary and reveals the deeping division between the two in recent months. In effect it was the EU saying to the US State Department, “F*** the US,” we will end this ourselves.

After hard talks, all major parties including the majority of protesters, agreed to new presidential elections in December, return to the 2004 Constitution and release of Julia Tymoshenko from prison. The compromise appeared to end the months long chaos and give a way out for all major players.

The diplomatic compromise lasted less than twelve hours. Then all hell broke loose.

Snipers began shooting into the crowd on February 22 in Maidan or Independence Square. Panic ensued and riot police retreated in panic according to eyewitnesses. The opposition leader Vitali Klitschko withdrew from the deal, no reason given. Yanukovich fled Kiev.[3]

The question unanswered until now is who deployed the snipers? According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO).

IMAGE: Members of UNA-UNSO marching in Lviv.

Strange Ukraine ‘Nationalists’

The leader of UNA-UNSO, Andriy Shkil, ten years ago became an adviser to Julia Tymoshenko. UNA-UNSO, during the US-instigated 2003-2004 “Orange Revolution”, backed pro-NATO candidate Viktor Yushchenko against his pro-Russian opponent, Yanukovich. UNA-UNSO members provided security for the supporters of Yushchenko and Julia Tymoshenko on Independence Square in Kiev in 2003-4.[4]

UNA-UNSO is also reported to have close ties to the German National Democratic Party (NDP). [5]

Ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 the crack-para-military UNA-UNSO members have been behind every revolt against Russian influence. The one connecting thread in their violent campaigns is always anti-Russia. The organization, according to veteran US intelligence sources, is part of a secret NATO “GLADIO” organization, and not a Ukraine nationalist group as portrayed in western media. [6]

According to these sources, UNA-UNSO have been involved (confirmed officially) in the Lithuanian events in the Winter of 1991, the Soviet Coup d’etat in Summer 1991, the war for the Pridnister Republic 1992, the anti-Moscow Abkhazia War 1993, the Chechen War, the US-organized Kosovo Campaign Against the Serbs, and the August 8 2008 war in Georgia. According to these reports, UNA-UNSO para-military have been involved in every NATO dirty war in the post-cold war period, always fighting on behalf of NATO. “These people are the dangerous mercenaries used all over the world to fight NATO’s dirty war, and to frame Russia because this group pretends to be Russian special forces. THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS, forget about the window dressing nationalists, these are the men behind the sniper rifles,” these sources insist. [7]

If true that UNA-UNSO is not “Ukrainian” opposition, but rather a highly secret NATO force using Ukraine as base, it would suggest that the EU peace compromise with the moderates was likely sabotaged by the one major player excluded from the Kiev 21 February diplomatic talks—Victoria Nuland’s State Department.[8] Both Nuland and right-wing Republican US Senator John McCain have had contact with the leader of the Ukrainian opposition Svoboda Party, whose leader is openly anti-semitic and defends the deeds of a World War II Ukrainian SS-Galicia Division head.[9] The party was registered in 1995, initially calling itself the “Social National Party of Ukraine” and using a swastika style logo. Svoboda is the electoral front for neo-nazi organizations in Ukraine such as UNA-UNSO.[10]

One further indication that Nuland’s hand is shaping latest Ukraine events is the fact that the new Ukrainian Parliament is expected to nominate Nuland’s choice, Arseny Yatsenyuk, from Tymoshenko’s party, to be interim head of the new Cabinet.

Whatever the final truth, clear is that Washington has prepared a new economic rape of Ukraine using its control over the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

IMF plunder of Ukraine Crown Jewels

Now that the “opposition” has driven a duly-elected president into exile somewhere unknown, and dissolved the national riot police, Berkut, Washington has demanded that Ukraine submit to onerous IMF conditionalities.

In negotiations last October, the IMF demanded that Ukraine double prices for gas and electricity to industry and homes, that they lift a ban on private sale of Ukraine’s rich agriculture lands, make a major overhaul of their economic holdings, devalue the currency, slash state funds for school children and the elderly to “balance the budget.” In return Ukraine would get a paltry $4 billion.

Before the ouster of the Moscow-leaning Yanukovich government last week, Moscow was prepared to buy some $15 billion of Ukraine debt and to slash its gas prices by fully one-third. Now, understandably, Russia is unlikely to give that support. The economic cooperation between Ukraine and Moscow was something Washington was determined to sabotage at all costs.

This drama is far from over. The stakes involve the very future of Russia, the EU-Russian relations, and the global power of Washington, or at least that faction in Washington that sees further wars as the prime instrument of policy.

Writer F. William Engdahl is a geopolitical analyst and the author of  “Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order”.


[1] F. William Engdahl, US-Außenministerium in flagranti über Regimewechsel in der Ukraine ertappt, Kopp Online.de, February 8, 2014, accessed in http://info.kopp-verlag.de/hintergruende/enthuellungen/f-william-engdahl/us-aussenministerium-in-flagranti-ueber-regimewechsel-in-der-ukraine-ertappt.html

[2] Bertrand Benoit, Laurence Norman and Stephen Fidler , European Ministers Brokered Ukraine Political Compromise: German, French, Polish Foreign Ministers Flew to Kiev, The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2014, accessed in   http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303636404579397351862903542?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303636404579397351862903542.html

[3] Jessica Best, Ukraine protests Snipers firing live rounds at demonstrators as fresh violence erupts despite truce, The Mirror UK, February 20, 2014, accessed in http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ukraine-protests-snipers-firing-live-3164828

[4] Aleksandar Vasovic , Far right group flexes during Ukraine revolution, Associated Press,  January 3, 2005, Accessed in http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20050103&slug=ukraine03

[5] Wikipedia, Ukrainian National Assembly  Ukrainian National Self Defence, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, accessed in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_National_Assembly_%E2%80%93_Ukrainian_National_Self_Defence

[6] Source report, Who Has Ukraine Weapons, February 27, 2014, private to author.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Max Blumenthal, Is the US backing neo-Nazis in Ukraine?, AlterNet February 25, 2014, accessed in


[9] Channel 4 News, Far right group at heart of Ukraine protests meet US senator, 16 December 2013, accessed in


[10] Ibid

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  • claudine long

    somebody really needs to put america on the naughty step.

    • Tsigantes

      When I was put on the naughty step I used to just get off it, thus exposing my mother’s pathetic gambit and bringing up the old ‘do we spank’ forbidden option. And I knew it too!

    • big zapper


      • claudine long


  • Mich

    Someone really needs hang the crooks from a big tree. And is it just me or is Nuland one ugly bat

    • John Eadie

      She is one ugly bat

    • solar toad

      Yes, but let’s keep to facts. No sense in always attacking a woman for her looks, especially when she is representing some pretty disgusting ideologies. Some of the guys may not be too appealing by women’s standards but we don’t have to listen to the constant littany of “god, he’s ugly….etc etc”.

      • Mich

        I can only speak for myself In my opinion all guys are ugly that’s just a given. Now lets talk about Nuland she is very ugly and the reason I say that is because of what she is doing she and she alone made herself an ugly person and that’s why I called her an ugly bat

  • aztex2010

    USA needs to take care of America before sticking their collective corporate greedy NAZI noses into another country’s business. Putin surely has a perfect right to do what ever he pleases and Obama, Kerry nor McCain’s opinions should not matter to anyone else .. MIC is after another WAR and if we the people let them know we see right through their subterfuge … send them the message loud and clear .. NO MORE WAR and Bring our Troops HOME NOW!! Stop destroying the Planet and come home and start BUILDING a gr8 future.. Kick all the Organized Criminals OUT of our leadership!! Maybe Putin and Russia should offer their help to we the People so we can take back control of our own gov for a change !! Boo Hiss

    • BHill

      Nazi = Anyone that Opposes White genocide.
      Flooding Europe with Africans and Muslims is okie dokie, but wishing to preserve ones heritage, culture and race is a no no.
      You sound like such a shil parrot.

      International banks that fleece the nation are not permitted under fascism.
      NOTHING INTERNATIONAL is permitted in fascism.
      Fundamental difference between fascism and marxism is that one is nationalist and the other is INTERNATIONALIST.
      Fascism supports religion and recognizes God, Marxism is atheistic and de facto worships the state/ J E Ws.
      Further, fascism also doesn’t guarantee equal results from unequal labor Marxism like the USSR… I might mention that just the murder rates of the nation’s citizens is another good indicator. ie 66 million Christians killed in USSR from 1917-1949.
      Fascism is about A nation and A people; and it is not communistic or internationalist. Fascism is geared to serve the host people and their traditional culture.
      USA is copying the march towards Marxism and not fascism. We are clearly being extorted for international banker goals and Marxist initiatives and dreams of a global totalitarian atheistic agenda of Marxist multiculturalism.

      • zeeman1

        Marxism and fascism both trample over individual liberty and life.

        • Ronald Pires

          You obviously have no idea what the word Marxism means.

      • Ronald Pires

        You have no idea what you are talking about. Your definitions of fascism and Marxism are complete nonsense.

      • Timmy Tongemans

        Both fascism and marxism are morally bankrupt ideologies, but the U.S. is headed for pure fascism, which is the amalgamation of the corporate world with government, and surveillance/police state tactics. Fascism may include elements of nationalism but this does not mean it has strictly national ambitions. Fascism also does not support religion as part of its doctrine.
        Furthermore, communism can be equally as virulently nationalist as fascism. By the way, preserving a “race”, or “culture” is itself complete idiot nonsense. What is so special about preserving a “race”? What interest do you have in a future having white people (or black people for that matter)? What is so special about skin color that it needs to be preserved? The importance of these things are illusions.

        • Kate Moon

          Why would preserving your race be nonsense? Your race is like your extended family, if you are indifferent to your family existence, then you deserve to go the way of the do-do bird.

          • Timmy Tongemans

            My race is NOT like my extended family any more than any other race is, or my countrymen are. If beyond my blood relatives i have more family, it is the HUMAN race, and not the white race. I don’t have any special feelings about people my race anymore than someone of another race. My race is nothing that defines me as an individual.

            Besides, we ALL came from Africa. Racial pride is a virulently stupid human construct.

        • BlessPapaBenny

          Why do you support GENOCIDE?

          • Timmy Tongemans

            Don’t be ridiculous. I support no such thing.
            I have simply stated that seeing something special about one race vs another is stupid, and that if the white race would die out in the future, so what? Obviously i mean through voluntary i.e. natural means such as interracial breeding, NOT by mass murder.
            Just because i’m not a racist doesn’t mean i’m a supporter of genocide. I think black pride or Hispanic “La Raza” is just as stupid as white pride. I don’t have the kind of double standard and hypocrisy that self loathing leftists do where that is concerned. It is all nonsense affiliation with something of which you never had a choice in the matter and which means nothing.

  • Truman Golden

    Zionists jews are salivating about enslaving the goys of Ukraine.
    Tell Ukrainians the lube up well because IMF is ready to screw the dumb goys for a long time.

  • John Eadie

    Horribly, un-utterably true, in toto. Why should America make the people in other countries die, and cry, for their awful stupidly selfish corporations? Why? Ukraine may have been as Belgium, or Canada, both mixed nationals countries. And the natural benefit of Russian-Ukrainian cooperation would have done the world good. WHO THE HELL are these F’NG AMERICANS?????

    • Tsigantes

      There is a lot of frackable gas in west Ukraine sitting on top of the Gazprom pipeline.

  • Kevin Jones

    Victoria Nuland is the wife of Robert Kagan, the co-founder of the Project for the New American Century. Her role leading up to the current state of affairs in Ukraine is typical of US ‘foreign policy’.

    The US military is used to fighting its wars against very weak opposition. For example the Viet-Cong, armed with rice hats and pop guns- against which it was defeated. It just might get a very rude awakening taking on the likes of the Russian military. The aim of Kagan’s project- total dominance of the world by the US, for the US is likely to run into a brick wall if it sees the likes of Russia and China as another in a string of pushovers.

    • solar toad

      Exactly, and I was just listening to an interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and he hit the nail on the wall. He was saying that the NEO-CONS never left office and in fact they have been running stuff ever since Daddy Bush was in office. Roberts worked for the Reagan administration, and said Reagan was really the last real conservative. We really only have one party. Obama is their scapegoat, who is going to take the fall for everything that is happening. I never voted for Obama, don’t care for him, but I just don’t believe he is the main problem. There’s a paper written by some of the PNAC guys a year before 9/11, which says a New Pearl Harbor was needed to get the American people on-board the filth they were going to be doing the next 20 years. It’s called Building America’s Defenses. You’ve probably read it, but maybe others that are reading could search it and read.

      • Arius1071

        I am starting to think that we limit ourselves if we label them neocons, instead that they are just a branch of the Deep State as argued by Charles Hugh Smith.

  • Justinwalker

    Have we any contacts in Ukraine who have influence and common sense? What about that heavy weight boxer? They need to know that any sovereign nation has the absolute right to create their own debt-free and interest-free money based on the wealth and credit of that nation. That is THE answer to all that is going on there – THE answer that the BIS and IMF do not want the Ukrainians to know. So how about a Ukrainian Bradbury or Greenback? Let’s start networking this solution!

    • Tsigantes

      The heavyweight boxer lives in Germany and is a German tool.

    • Ronald Pires

      Yes, the Ukraine would do well with its own fiat, which is why the EU monetary interests will make sure it doesn’t happen. Can you imagine what would happen to the German banks if Spain, Italy, and the rest of them actually figured out what a rape job the Euro is?

    • Arius1071

      I tried to present to Ukrainian forums the idea of an independent Ukraine that played the Russians and EU against each other. Their response was name calling and swearing, their concept of thinking. They are totally animated and blinded by their hatred of the Russians. They are trading one set of chains for another, that is their fate.

  • ThePurpleCrab

    More US meddling as a distraction from home front issues.

  • Kevin Crowley

    Why do we even care? We should be busying ourselves with the problems here, right now! We can play “world nanny” when we have our own house back in order. I smell a rat..Someone stands to profit from this mess. We should worry about defending our own borders, and let them fight it out until it’s resolved. These people aren’t going to be here to help us, when we’re crying for assistance! Why should the idiots In Washington even be spending our taxpayer dollars, and spending time, on “those poor people”?. What? give me a break!!! Personally, I’m sick and tired of millions being spent on what they construe and proffer as securing “world safety”, and draining money from our treasury (if there is still one left), for spurious needs of other countries! Let em all go to hell!! Does anyone really think the Russians or their neighbors have ANY best interest in mind, for we Americans? I REALLY kinda doubt it!

    • Amercan111

      It’s not about world safety, democracy, blah blah blah…it’s about the IMF coming in, lending $, and raping the resources for payment. And don’t forget about the big banks, oil and gas companies,etc.Get it?

  • Tsigantes

    You forgot to say that EU, led by Germany & Poland, in November / December made the shutdown of all Ukraine industry a condition of their offer. I wonder if that will be an IMF condition also? I would hope not, considering that IMF represents more governments than just US alone.
    I believe EU and US are more or less together on this, but that there was a small turf war over details.

  • “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.” Revelation 20:7-8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3d8XzPH2wQ

    • ander

      Are you an atheist? Is your point to discredit the scriptures for believers of today? What is your solution schooling everyone?

      • Atheist? What? You think an atheist cares that much about scripture? The point is to put the scriptures in context. Solution for what? I just pointed out Satan is deceiving the world to war, again.

        • ander

          by what authority do you put scriptures in context? Solution for avoiding war. many atheists use scripture to discredit God. I was just questioning. sorry if I offended you with that question. Satan used scripture to tempt Jesus in the desert.

  • CMRedwood

    IMF involvement, Soros, Omidyar, and all the usual suspects working for the INTERNATIONAL BANKSTERS are behind the regime change and exaggerated (mock?) conflict with Russia/Putin which is largely in the sphere of control of the same apex globalists. More N-dimensional chess being played here, and the masses are being “played” as well. Linear thinking is not enough to understand the big picture. The power elite have very good tools to take out their opponents without ever firing one small missile and Russia’s power players were reminded of this when their economy was deliberately dealt a killer blow in the mid 1990s.

  • solar toad

    If it’s true about the Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO), it goes to show that an ordinary individual would have a hard time keeping up with who is on what side (it is confusing). The UNA is considered “anti-semitic”, yet the Jewish elites are backing them? Victoria Nuland is Jewish and is married to an hard-core Neo-Con (same as a nazi fascist), Robert Kagan. Isn’t Nuland the one who aided in getting our American Ambassador in Libya killed? Where’s the outrage over this woman’s egomania and nazi behavior?

    • Arius1071

      I am starting to see it this way: Nuland is part of what some call the Deep State that operates independent of the democratic institutions of the republic. Charles Hugh Smith has several interesting articles on the Deep State.

      They back the UNA-UNSO not because they support them but to use them on an as needed basis. They also used jihadis in Syria that are raping and killing Christians. It is shocking to see the immense suffering they will use to further their aims. They are totally consumed by the power drive no matter who suffers, and the truth be damned.

  • solar toad

    Notice how Nuland, in the photo above, is giving a sort-of “one-eye” look with her brow extended like a pyramid…..really weird. People who are interested in the Illuminati might find that interesting.

  • Amercan111

    Unbelievable…read “Confessions of An Economic Hitman”

  • Julian

    Abortion will fix it and later women may pretend it wasn’t happen, pass it off as a classy part of their lives to their husbands as a superbug or a hospital disease. Abortion rights. Head jobs. 4 doctors Yu their sons.
    Our economy isn’t so strong. At least we have plenty on Giant Anglo Saxon Spider.
    Time to go for a drive in the car.
    Time for Chinese medicine.
    Mites times smite semites supposedly. I kill me.