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"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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Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, "The Roving Eye," is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News, the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and (more...)

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The interim government has announced that it is sh... by Michael Collins on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:19:22 PM
That or to start a massive people call in  to... by Gail Harrison on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 1:03:30 AM
The question is, as Pepe points out, how the Russi... by mhenriday on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 5:10:37 AM
    Very Good article, Pepe. I wou... by Stuart Davies on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:18:59 PM
Makes sense__Agreed 100% ... by jean labrek on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:46:18 PM
"The strongest of all warriors are th... by Ethan Hollow on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 6:16:57 PM
Extra cudos for senor Escobar for not mixing natio... by Ethan Hollow on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 6:32:26 PM