Poroshenko Ends Ceasefire, Kiev Forces Attack Throughout Donbass

Poroshenko Ends Ceasefire, Kiev Forces Attack Throughout Donbass

July 2, 2014 • 9:56AM

Lyndon LaRouche commented today that: “Poroshenko’s end of the cease-fire means he is de facto declaring war on Russia, and enforcing his dictatorship over Ukraine. Putin’s speech to the ambassadors indicates that he has gone as far as he is willing to give.”

Despite urgings by the leaders of France, Germany and Russia, during back-to-back phone four-way discussions with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on June 29-30, to continue the ceasefire officially in effect in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region since June 20, Poroshenko ended it late two nights ago. Russian President Vladimir Putin had proposed joint monitoring of the Russia-Ukraine border by Russian and Ukrainian border forces, as well as the OSCE, if the ceasefire were prolonged.

Kiev’s forces attacked militia positions throughout the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions today, including shelling of residential neighborhoods and destruction of infrastructure. A TV tower near Slavyansk was toppled (Russian TV blamed this on the Kiev attack, Ukrainian wires claim the militias did it). Even the Ukrainian media cites Donetsk power authority reports that Slavyansk is completely without power, as are hospitals in nearby Kramatorsk.

Poroshenko announced his decision after an evening meeting with the National Security and Defense Council (RNBO), whose spokesman Andriy Lysenko had stated earlier that Army and National Guard units and equipment were in position to launch an offensive as soon as the peace plan was declared over. Even more vehement was Radical Party leader and anti-Russian fanatic Oleh Lyashko, still riding high on the 9% of the vote he claimed in the May 25 Presidential elections. Lyashko came out of a private meeting with Poroshenko two days ago, crowing that Poroshenko was about to end the ceasefire. Then came Poroshenko’s televised statement: “We will attack and liberate our land. Termination of ceasefire is our response to terrorists, insurgents, marauders, everyone who tortures civilians, paralyzes the economy of the region, disrupts payments of salaries, pensions, scholarships, blasts the railroad, destroys the water pipes and deprives people of normal peaceful life.”

All of the above is officially blamed on the militias alone. Yesterday, Kiev politicians competed in making more radical statements than others. Fascist Svoboda Party head Oleh Tyahnybok, addressing the Supreme Rada, demanded that Poroshenko go further and declare martial law. “Everything for the front, to defeat the occupiers!” shouted Tyahnybok. RNBO head Andriy Parubiy, however, said on a live TV show that imposition of martial law would impede the command and control of the attack in the Donbass, causing “an unacceptable pause.” He also claimed that Russian troops may invade at any moment. Also feeding the war psychosis in Ukraine was ex-Defense Minister (2005-2007) Anatoli Hrytsenko, who said two days ago on Channel 1’s Shuster LIVE program that if Putin showed up in Ukraine for any kind of talks, there would be plenty of people who would want to kill him. “And they would be doing the right thing,” he added, to stormy applause from the audience.

In addition to pressure from Poroshenko’s foreign backers to end the ceasefire and the past weekend’s Maidan demonstrations in Kiev with demands that Porochenko get tougher, analysts are pointing to evidence that the partial pause was carefully designed. Rostislav Ishchenko, head of the Center for Systems Analysis and Forecasting, a Ukrainian think tank, told Russian TV: “The ceasefire was essentially needed by Kiev for two things. One was to show, so to speak, a more human face to the European Union. The other was to regroup their forces and bring additional units into the southeast to launch a new offensive.” Oleh Tsaryov, head of the Southeast Movement, said yesterday that substantial regrouping and movements of men and materiel had been observed in the Donbass during the 10-day pause.

The population of Ukraine overall, meanwhile, was hit yesterday with astronomical price hikes demanded by the IMF as loan conditionalities. Fees for water use rose by 84 percent and sewerage by 105 percent, while the 30-percent electricity rate hike already went into effect June 1 and the gas price hike of 40 percent on May 1. Pensions, public-sector wages, and entitlements remain frozen.

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