12) DISTORTIONS OF THE TRUTH IN
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko led a ceremony in Kiev’s Independence Square on Nov. 21, laying flowers and lighting candles to the memory of the “Heavenly Hundred” killed during anti-government protests that began in 2013.
Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman and parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubiy perpetuate the myth that all the dead perished at the hands of security forces, portraying the Euromaidan events of four years ago as a simple case of good versus evil.
Good was represented by
demonstrators who filled the square to protest against then president
Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to postpone plans to
sign an Association Agreement with the European Union and to seek closer
economic ties with
Evil was personified by Yanukovych, his
He learned quickly that Brussels wouldn’t compromise over the extent of its influence as initially peaceful Maidan protesters were joined, without discussion with the Kiev government, in the square by EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton and US Senator John McCain and encouraged in their actions.
Matters swiftly took a violent turn when snipers on roofs fired at both protesters and police officers while detachments of far-right paramilitary groups spearheaded attacks on security forces.
subsequently fled the country to Russia, fascist groups were integrated into
the armed forces and second world war criminals, notably Stepan
Bandera, who slaughtered Jews and Poles, were honoured
with monuments as historic memorials to
Anti-fascist forces in the Donbass set up people’s republics in
Even though the Communist Party
never backed secession from
KPU general secretary Petro Symonenko’s devastating critique of the post-coup government’s plan to divest the country of 3,500 public corporations at fire-sale prices to foreign speculators explains this determination. The justification for this treasonable act is that these enterprises lose money, are a financial burden and would be better run under private ownership.
Similar statements were heard when the federal republic of Germany annexed the German Democratic Republic, axing its industries as outdated and plunging eastern German workers into penury.
History suggests that new owners
will slash workforce numbers in quest of profits or simply close these firms,
dumping tens of thousands more Ukrainian workers onto the scrap heap. As Symonenko points out, the capitalist paradise promised for
and his allies are so determined to enmesh
It beggars belief that a country
that suffered so greatly under nazi occupation could
elevate the likes of Stepan Bandera while dropping
its backing for
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