This was recorded ahead of the vote; here is the transcript. I’m quite fuzzy on a few assertions, but the comments are rather interesting, and quite divided. A least he skunked Yulia Tymenshko, so….there is that.
Now when the Guardian announced Poroshenko’s victory yesterday, there were several noteworthy bits:
‘New Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko vows to stop war: After an outright win in first round of voting, pro-European winner promises weapons amnesty in attempt to gain peace in the east’
“Today we can definitely say all of Ukraine has voted, this is a national vote,” Poroshenko said. “The first steps that we will take at the beginning of our presidential term should be focused on stopping the war, to put an end to this chaos and bring peace to a united Ukraine.”
According to Poroshenko, his strong support at the polls confirmed three major policy directions for his presidency: the preservation of a “unified Ukraine”, including stability in the east; a “European choice” for closer ties with the west; and the return of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March. In reality, all of these tasks will be difficult to accomplish.”
He was quoted as saying he had no intention that Ukriane should join NATO.
“In the east, the disruption the armed separatists are able to cause was again apparent on Monday morning, as a group of them surrounded Donetsk airport, forcing it to close.
Polling day also revealed how much work the government in Kiev has in store to bring the region back under its control. It was always expected that in separatist strongholds such as Slavyansk there would be no voting but, more surprisingly, in Donetsk, a city of close to 1 million people, not a single polling station opened. Even in the morning, sources inside the pro-Kiev administration said they hoped to have a number of polling stations open by the afternoon, but that did not happen.”
Juan at the Saker’s place said this, fwiw:
“A lot has happened since I wrote the last items for the Saker. The situation in the south and east of Ukraine is quite fluid and changes by the hour.
Early on 24 May 2014 strong movements of Nats units began, converging on the city of Slavyansk and it’s outlying towns and villages.
One armor battalion of the Nats Army moved at speed to the east from their lager some distance away from Slavyansk. This was an ‘all arms’ movement, the tank companies consisting of upgraded main battle tanks and including at least one Oplot upgraded T80 known as T84,the usual variants of BMP tracked light armored vehicles and BTR troop carriers, many soft skin vehicles (trucks, fuel bowsers, support vehicles amongst others) and the usual large numbers of troop filled trucks. Accompanying this unit was a battery of Msta self propelled howitzers of 15.2 cm main gun size, the howitzer being in a rotating and lightly armored turret built on an older main battle tank chassis. Also in the train was at least one battery of Grad missile launchers.”
This unit stopped on the outskirts of Slavyansk on 24 May and stood down for most of 25 May.
Numerous other Nats units, some armored and some not, also moved on 24 May to positions close to Slavyansk and the outlying areas. Most of these units appear to be national guard/right sector units.”
But get a load of this passive voiced bullshit from the Guardian:
“The closest town to normality in the region was Mariupol, the scene of violence on 9 May when pro-Ukrainian forces entered the town and clashes broke out in which unarmed people were shot. Here, most polling stations opened.”
‘People were shot’, no mention of the mercenaries, Svoboda, Right Sektor, whomever….
“After the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man and an important political broker, came out in the past fortnight against the separatist movement, he also ordered his factories to provide unarmed worker patrols to ensure order in the city. The separatist barricades have been removed, and workers were standing guard at polling stations. Voting proceeded smoothly but the atmosphere was tense.”
He, of course, was a Yanukovich friend who decided later to throw in with Kyiv, including with his money, apparently. Then this fun quote:
“The German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said: “Whether Poroshenko manages to unite a divided country will depend above all on how the constitutional process will now be approached, what kind of messages will be sent to the eastern region … also to the Russian speakers.”
Well, yes, one might hope that the new Constitution would not outlaw the Russian language, eh?
From our good friend Jeffrey Pyatt on Twitter:
If you love maps, and can understand the Law of the Sea Exclusion Zones central to the article, you will indeed find this piece of high interest. ‘Crimea: an EU-US-Exxon Screwup: Did a Neoliberal Energy Grab Backfire?’ by PIERRE M. SPREY and FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
And the big bonus you’ve all been waiting for! Ya know how the Intercept had redacted the name of the 5th nation that the Snowden documents showed were having all their cell phone calls recorded, and Wikileaks waited three days, then reported it was ‘Afghanistan’?
Way-ull, our Commander-in-Chief paid a surprise visit to the troops at Bagram Mega-Base in Afghanistan Saturday….
And oopsie: the White House gave out the CIA Station Chief’s name! Brilliant! Sent it to 6000 journalists!