Archive for January 30th, 2010


An Interesting article

January 30, 2010

Interesting article and probably not that far from the truth if Ms Tymoshenko wins.  I’m so glad I have friends in both Tymoshenko and PoR camps.


Oh do shut up!!…….The fat lady hasn’t sung yet

January 30, 2010
Today at 16:21 | Interfax-Ukraine Ukraine has managed to set a standard of holding transparent and democratic election in Eastern Europe, which will visibly bolster Ukraine’s position in further strengthening of relations with the European Union, British Minister for Europe Chris Bryant, German State Minister of Foreign Affairs Werner Hoyer, Poland’s minister of European affairs Mikołaj Dowgielewicz and French Secretary of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche said in an article published in the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly) newspaper on Saturday.

“After several free and fair elections held over the previous five years, Ukraine set a standard for the holding of elections in Eastern Europe,” the ministers said in the article.

They said that the sticking to the democratic line means the further reinforcement of relations between Ukraine and the European Union.

“Ukraine, which will be able to continue consolidation of democracy and pluralism in the mass media, will be an example for other countries in the region,” the ministers said.

Well those will be the famous last words. 

The only reason there was no shenanigans in the first round was that those who had the power, influence and money to pull off such shenanigans were already guaranteed to get through.  There was never any doubt that Ms Tymoshenko and Mr Yanukovych would face each other in the final round of voting unless you live on a different planet or were suffering the effects of mind-bending drugs.  Nobody else stood a chance of getting into the second round……if there had been, then there would have been shenanigans in the first round.

Such statements really should have been reserved until after the second round of voting where there will undoubtedly not only be some shenanigans……and how foreign obsverers will know whether a Ukrainian is voting for candidate A or B because if they don’t they lose their job I have no idea……but a bitter and protracted battle over the result as things stand today.

If this was not the case, the shinanigans over who is controlling the Internal Ministry (judges and police) would not have already started with 8 days to go before the election.

Who wins this election will be the one which controls the Internal Ministry and the CEC if the result is close enough to challenge…….and less than 7% between them will trigger challenges I would imagine.  If the winner or loser by vote count control these two organs they will win…..regardless of the vote count as they will be able to dictate the outcome of any court challenge, pure and simple.

I am fairly sure that what is probably about to come, on, after and for a period of months thereafter, is not going to meet a single word in the jointly crafted statement of the EU politicians regarding Ukraine being a beacon of democratic process at all.

I would be very pleased if these EU politicians turn out to be right……but as any one knows who lives or deals with Ukraine, it is not over until it is over……and then 1 month after it is over you still have to reassure yourself it is over.


Shape of Ukraine still shifting…..literally

January 30, 2010

Yesterday at 22:17 | Interfax-Ukraine Tiraspol will not interfere in the demarcation of the Transdniestrian section of the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, said the Foreign Ministry of the self-proclaimed republic Transdniestria.

“Desiring to strengthen good-neighborly relations with Ukraine, Transdniestria decided not to impede the demarcation work,” reads the statement by the Transdniestrian Foreign Ministry.

In response, the Ukrainian government offered guarantees that the demarcation personnel would stay on Ukrainian territory and would not cross the frontier into the breakaway province, which styles itself on the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic, the ministry said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, Transdniestria has been denied the opportunity of equal participation in the demarcation work at any level in view of the absence of a clear mechanism of guaranteed equal representation for the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic in relevant formats and mechanisms. Repeated proposals for developing such a mechanism remain without a response,” the statement said.

Earlier, Transdniestria said it would not allow Moldovan frontier demarcation personnel onto its territory.

Ukraine and Moldova reportedly embarked on their final stage of demarcation on Friday.

I have to say, I would not have been quick to give such guarantees…….it’s quite easily done crossing a border accidently…..or otherwise. 

Before the days when SatNav was so easily available, on several occasions I found myself  “just” outside Belize or “just” inside Eire etc etc whilst on HM Service.

Maybe a reassurance that no intentional transgressions would have been more appropriate?

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