The outgoing week brings political Ukraine into the finals where it is an opponent, coach and judge. Who will be elected by millions of citizens is vague even now: skyrocketing ratings of Zelensky seem to be a fabrication, Poroshenko and Tymoshenko are still fighting for the second round. Apart from this, Ukraine hit the international scandal, and Trump came clean. Perhaps, the world has gone mad – read this in the traditional digest from Opinion.
We chose the archival photographs of Berlin 1919 for visual guidance. The country then lost the First World War, it was in deep economic and political crisis. It seemed that Germany was destroyed by its own hands. But in a few years, new trouble fell on the Germans – Hitler’s Nazism, from which they have not recovered even nowadays. Ukraine is now making its historic choice after the revolution, annexation, war, visa-free regime and endless corruption scandals. It is said that Kyiv is a new Berlin, but, looking at archival photos, it remains to hope, heaven forbid, not the old one.
The day is left to the elections, and the temperature throughout Ukraine shows either a cold or a fever. Some Ukrainian sociological services, after this presidential campaign, risk losing the face. The other day three companies posted the latest election ratings, today there are two more. The selection is roughly the same, method and error, too. And now just look at the numbers that the NEWSROOM telegram channel has given.
KIIS (March 14-22)
Volodymyr Zelensky – 31,2 %
Petro Poroshenko – 17,1 %
Yulia Tymoshenko – 12,5 %
Socis (20-25 березня)
Volodymyr Zelensky – 24,6 %
Petro Poroshenko – 14,8 %
Yulia Tymoshenko – 8,7 %.
Razumkov Centre (March 21-26)
Volodymyr Zelensky – 24,8 %
Petro Poroshenko – 22,1 %
Yulia Tymoshenko – 14,8 %
KIIS and Democratic Initiatives (March 20-26)
Volodymyr Zelensky – 28,5 %
Petro Poroshenko – 18,8 %
Yulia Tymoshenko – 13,3 %
Rating (March 22-27)
Volodymyr Zelensky – 26,6 %
Petro Poroshenko – 17,2 %
Yulia Tymoshenko – 17,2 %
Well, now a rhetorical question: who among Ukrainian sociologists loves money more than reputation? But in a few days, even the fantastic figures of sociologists won’t radically change the situation. And on Sunday, much heavier artillery will be used: fraud, carousel, and so on.
According to Bihus.INFO, the “Institute for the Development and Promotion of Democracy” under the guise of social surveys collected the personal data of voters to bribe them. The material contains several sections of data constructed through public organizations with legal addresses, but without offices.
“And while the SBU with the GPU systematically spam information space with the details on Yulia Tymoshenko’s grid of activity, the complete scheme of Petro Poroshenko’s grid is carefully carried on the air by Arsen Avakov, who quickly unfolds it in the frame, but doesn’t show the details,” the journalists of NEWSROOM summed up.
When watching this soap-opera with popcorn, the main thing is not to miss the chance to go to the polling place on Sunday. Otherwise, your voice will really go to “your” candidate.
A new Ukrainian private military company “Vega” has appeared in Syria. In Russia, it is engaged in the protection of pharmacies.
The Conflict Intelligence Team has published an investigation about the Russian-Ukrainian Private Military Company (PMC), Vegacy Strategic Services Ltd., operating in Syria. Presumably, the company started working in Syria in the summer of 2018. According to the CIT, in early 2019, Russian-language PMC instructors trained a group of representatives of the Palestinian Diaspora “Hilal Al-Quds”, which supports the Syrian president Bashar Assad and collaborates with Russian military personnel.
On January 20, there were photos of people with patches Vega Strategic Services (namely, Vega, not Vegacy). Researchers assume that the photos were made to the north of Aleppo. The photos were published by former correspondent ANNA News Oleh Blokhin (here it is worth noting that Blokhin is from Odesa, he fled from Ukraine during the so-called “Russian spring” and spoke on the side of the pro-Russian forces), who participated in 2017 in the mystification of PMC “Turan”. On January 25, Blokhin posted a new series of photos with these people.
According to CIT, the Vega Strategic Services company appeared in 2011 in the Ukrainian Mykolaiv. It was founded by former members of the international elite and special units of Russia and Ukraine, the mercenaries provided security to firms and individuals in areas of high risk; they also guarded the maritime vessels. Later, they began to train militants.
The Ukrainian special services stated that “investigation” into the PMC “Vega” is the answer of the Russian special services to “disclosing of briefings” of SBU concerning the activities and crimes of PMC “Wagner” in Ukraine, Syria, Sudan and the Central African Republic.
“Firstly, the functioning of any private military companies isn’t stipulated by the legislation of Ukraine. Vega Strategic Services Ltd. was registered in Mykolaiv by A. A. Smolin but has no relation to the “private military companies”. The sphere of the mentioned Ltd. activity connected to the work of the private security firms and the following services,” SBU told.
Thus, don’t think that Ukraine stays apart from the world conflicts and it will be never affected by terror attacks and the mercenaries will never come here. The world is globalizing and Ukraine – together with it.
And while Ukraine is on the verge of the international scandal, the main world’s anti-hero – Donald Trump – managed to play safe. The Attorney General of the USA, William Barr, reported on the two-year investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller concerning the Russian interference in the USA election campaign in 2016. The investigators couldn’t manage to find the proofs that Trump or his assistants were involved in a conspiracy with Russia to gain victory on the elections.
“Neither conspiracy nor the interference [of justice]is a complete excuse. Let’s keep America great!” Already on camera, he called the investigation a shameful, humiliating and illegal attempt to deprive him of power which ended up with a complete failure. “I hope, somebody will pay attention to another side,” Trump added, hinting at Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
They have already stated they won’t refuse their idea. So, Congressman El Green said that the results of Mueller’s investigation “do not cancel Trump’s fanaticism, which hurts the country.” Congressman John Lewis added that he continues to consider Trump as an illegitimate president, and the day of his impeachment will somehow come.
No matter how you treat Trump, the Democrats or whoever in the USA but the very existence of the system of levers and holders impress. Can you imagine that the Attorney General of Ukraine will investigate the case against the president? So, vote the way he could do it. Otherwise, there won’t be the case. Neither criminal nor any.