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Ukraine 2019 Rejects Maidan Bandera and Revolution

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"Most previous ODIHR and Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) recommendations that would bring the legal framework further in line with international obligations and standards, as well as good practice, including for the adoption of an election code that would consolidate and harmonize the various election laws, remain unaddressed."- the INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION Ukraine - Presidential Election, 31 March 2019 STATEMENT OF PRELIMINARY FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS

To put it concisely, the 2019 Ukrainian election did not meet international standards. While legal according to Ukrainian law, the 2019 election and processes are illegitimate by ODIHR, Council of Europe, PACE, and OSCE standards and practices.

The truth is Ukraine is exactly where it should be according to 100 years of Ukrainian nationalist politics and history. If anything, it's a little too democratic for the Ukrainian political identity. The following links show the buildup of history and Ukrainian politics behind the election and what it means for Ukraine.

Why 2019 Ukraine Imports Terrorists and Exports Terror 1933-1991 Why 2019 Ukraine Imports Terrorists and Exports Terror 1992-2019 Ukraine's Ecocide in Donbass, 1991 to post-Maidan 2019 The Rise of Ukraine's Ultra-Nationalist Christian Church

I was able to ask Dmitry Polanskiy, the Russian Federation's First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN about his country's position on the election. We'll look at what he has to say as well as a statement from Lugansk People's Republic's Deputy FM Anna Soroka shortly.

First, it's important to contextualize what this election means. Ukraine is starting to reject the usurpation of government called the revolution of dignity by and for Ukrainian nationalists.

Ukraine is rejecting integral nationalism. Ukraine is rejecting national chauvinism. Ukraine is rejecting Stepan Bandera and all the deviant political bastard parties and policies that sycophant spawned when his followers took over the entire government in 2014.

Are the nationalists still referring to Zelensky as a comedian? Laugh clown, laugh! What Zelensky showed five years after the 2014 Ukrainian coup is easy enough for Pravy Sektor members to understand.

Ukrainians want to change direction. Election won't do it for them.
Ukrainians want to change direction. Election won't do it for them.
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Now before you accuse me of being nostalgic of that other not so distant corrupt regime, look at the data John McCain's International Republican's Institute put forward in December 2018. When Ukrainians were sure Victor Yanukovych was shooting at protesters (it turned out to be Pravy Sektor and hired guns), UKRAINIANS WERE STILL HAPPIER WITH YANUKOVYCH than they are with 5 years of Poroshenko and integral nationalism!

They were happy coasting along aimlessly with Yanukovych outside the Eurozone while being pickpocketed by the same nationalist leaders above them today. As long as those leaders brand of politics was held in check by the guy they overthrew in 2014, it was peaceful. If you look at the above chart, the real numbers for Maidan support can finally be sorted out. On a consistent level, Ukrainian nationalists only have the support of 13-16% of the population at best.

Can you imagine how embarrassing this must be for Kurt Volker? Let me restate this. Hey Kurt! Ukrainians were happier with their leadership and the direction the country was headed in 2 days before they overthrew Yanukovych.

Put another way, at the most popular point in their recent history Ukrainian nationalists only garnered 34% of their support from Ukrainians. At that same moment, 48% of Ukraine wanted to slam on the brakes and change the direction away from the nationalists. When the 2014 coup was ending, the new leadership was cleansing the Rada of opposition with only 18% support from everyday Ukrainians.

With that said, it would be crazy to say I support this new stab at an old nationalism as having any more validity than Poroshenko's Banderist following. Zelensky is a throwback to the Yanukovych days. Having Kolomoisky behind him makes it clear that Ukraine is going back to the corruption as usual model that spreads the wealth in a different direction.

This means the absolute best case scenario is Ukrainians don't get fleeced as much. Zelensky takes steps to build the Ukrainian economy in a sustainable way. Ukraine honors its obligations by renewing the social safety net. Ukraine gets rid of foreigners in ministry positions and puts people that care about its citizens in charge of ministries that directly affect them.

Ukraine takes steps to fulfill the Minsk Agreement. Zelensky makes an effort at talking to his former countrymen in LDNR. This is the best case scenario which is too much for the Ukrainians to hope for.

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George Eliason is an American journalist that lives and works in Donbass. He has been interviewed by and provided analysis for RT, the BBC, and Press-TV. His articles have been published in the Security Assistance Monitor, Washingtons Blog, (more...)

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