Some New Interesting Facts about Ukraine and Trump You Won’t Find Elsewhere
Oct. 3, 2019 (EIRNS)—It appears that steps are being taken to resolve the war in eastern Ukraine. If you look at the footage of President Donald Trump’s discussion with the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the President repeatedly suggests that Zelensky must work things out with President Vladimir Putin. Now, according to multiple press reports, Ukraine signed on to the Steinmeier formula on Oct. 1, a formula for peace negotiations in eastern Ukraine. The formula is named after then-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2014-15, and anticipates elections in eastern Ukraine following a withdrawal of all military forces. Ukraine was joined in signing on to this formula by the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, the OCSE, and Russia. Zelensky says that this step paves the way for new meetings of the Normandy Four to negotiate peace, namely, Zelensky, Putin, Merkel, and Macron.
The signings have provoked hysteria in certain media in Ukraine, Britain, and the United States, claiming that Zelensky has sold out to Putin. Russia has commented saying that it is a very positive step. The U.S.-supported rightists and neo-Nazis, including former President Petro Poroshenko, are echoing the British line, showing up in Kiev’s Maidan Square to demonstrate against Zelensky’s action.
It may turn out that creating the circumstance for a Putin-Zelensky discussion of eastern Ukraine has been a major aspect of Trump’s stance toward the new President from the time Zelensky was elected, not only withholding lethal aid, but also taking other steps to indicate strategic ambiguity. A deeper dive into the Biden/Burisma story reveals that Burisma, while nominally owned by the oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, is actually substantially owned by a different oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky had been a significant supporter of Zelensky’s candidacy, despite a well-earned reputation as a fraudster, murderer, and overall international thug. It is Kolomoisky who has provided the most substantial funding for the war in eastern Ukraine and the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion. Hence, the President might be referring to this when he questions Zelensky in the infamous transcript as to whether the “same people” were around him as were involved in the corrupt dealings with Hunter Biden.
Today, former Ukrainian envoy Kurt Volker is providing testimony to the renegade impeachment inquiry. As of 5:00 p.m., his testimony had not concluded.