"Saint" Yulia, by the way, was originally thrown in jail because of a gas deal that was negotiated on Moscow's high price terms. Back to hard facts: Ukraine cannot survive without Russian gas, and the Ukrainian industry cannot survive without the Russian market. One can mix all shades of Orange, Tangerine, Campari or Tequila Sunrise revolution, and throw in the requisite IMF "structural adjustment" correction -- these facts are not going to change. And forget about the EU "buying Ukrainian."
The Western Orangeade gang -- from masters to servants -- may still bet on civil war, Syria-style. Anarchy looms -- provoked by the neo-fascists. It's up to Ukrainians to reject it. A sound solution would be a referendum. Get the people to choose a confederation, a partition (there will be blood) or keeping the status quo.
Here's a very possible scenario. Eastern and southern Ukraine become part of Russia again; Moscow would arguably accept it. Western Ukraine is plundered, disaster capitalism-style, by the Western corporate-financial mafia -- while nobody gets a single EU passport. As for NATO, they get their bases, "annexing" Ukraine, but also get myriads of hyper-accurate Russian Iskander missiles locked in their new abode.
So much for Washington's "strategic advance."
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