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Oleg Atbashian

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January 23, 2014 - 3:42 pm
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Other videos of clashes and police brutality against the pro-European protesters are circulating the Internet.

Protesters are fighting back by publishing the names of policemen and their officials responsible for the murders and brutality on social media, calling for vengeance. The flyer below promises $5,000 for the information about the “Berkut” officer who murdered activist Sergei Nigoyan and $100,000 “for the head of that scumbag.”

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Today, the protests have spread to major Ukrainian cities, with thousands-strong crowds storming and taking over administrative buildings in Rivno, Ternopil, Khmelnitsky, Cherkassy, and other cities.

In Lviv, the major city in Western Ukraine, an angry crowd stormed into the regional governor’s office and forced him to write a letter of resignation.

Even in the ever tranquil and loyal city of Cherkassy, where this author was born and grew up, a peaceful gathering of twenty thousand people in front of the city’s administrative offices turned violent.

When some of the protesters tried to break into the offices, policemen who locked themselves inside the building started spraying them with water, which quickly turned to ice in freezing temperatures. Another group of police, including a police colonel, who arrived to provide backup, were surrounded and had their insignia ripped off their clothes.

The confrontation escalated to the use of tear gas, smoke bombs, firecrackers, and stun grenades, with rocks flying from the crowd into the glass doors and windows, as people chanted, “The criminals must go.” With most windows and doors broken on all sides of the building, several groups of young people streamed inside and took over several floors, with water and stun grenades thrown by the police, who barricaded themselves on the third floor. The attackers broke windows and threw out official papers and pieces of furniture, which their supporters outside burned to get warm.

Residents from the nearby buildings came out to bring warm clothes for those protesters who had theirs soaked in icy water from the police hoses.

This video shows the early stages of the assault.

Protesters around the country are demanding the resignation of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych and his appointed officials, an end to corruption, the end of  the police presence, and a complete change of power.

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Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, is the author of Shakedown Socialism, of which David Horowitz said, "I hope everyone reads this book."  In 1994 he moved to the U.S. with the hope of living in a country ruled by reason and common sense, appreciative of its freedoms and prosperity. To his dismay, he discovered a nation deeply infected by the leftist disease of "progressivism" that was arresting true societal progress. Oleg is the creator of a satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as "a Stalinist version of The Onion."

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Thank you for this, Oleg. The protests are much more intense and widespread than is being superficially reported by the MSM. I began to read feeling a bit hopeless about average American citizens finding a way to help the Ukranians, since we can't seem to stand up for ourselves in the US at the moment. I came away awed and inspired by these Ukranian freedom protests.
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It is just a matter of time till the cops in the US start doing the same. Notice how they all dress in black, have their faces covered & no one holds them accountable at all. Such is the state of the Ukraine today, but coming to America soon. Just wait & see!
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Did the cops later beat him to death because he was sitting in a way that they approved?
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Russia has always had its greedy fingers in Ukrainian affairs. Pro-rada demonstrators recognize a new Russian land grab when they see one. Is it too much of a stretch to imagine Russian tanks rolling into Kiev to "restore" peace?
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Ted Cruz supports bill that would impose sanctions on Ukraine for these violations of civil rights. http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=824
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I'm not surprised the police are getting more brutal considering the photos appearing in European media of cops on fire from petrol bombs in the early days of the protests (before there were any fatalities). Both sides appear to be escalating the violence.
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As I understand it, the eastern Ukrainians identify more with the Russians and the western Ukrainians identify more with the west. The west does not need the Ukraine, but the Russians do need the Ukraine in their defensive border because the border between the Ukraine and Russia is indefensible.

Can we not come up with a sensible trade policy that does not require military commitments?
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You're right about some of the divisions in Ukraine, fsilber. The "Gates of Vienna" website has shown how the pro-EU opposition aren't all angels, and aren't all sensible.

The Cold War is over. Let's not go all Neocon with Ukraine. Let them sort it out.
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Thank you for this, Oleg. The protests are much more intense and widespread than is being superficially reported by the MSM. I began to read feeling a bit hopeless about average American citizens finding a way to help the Ukranians, since we can't seem to stand up for ourselves in the US at the moment. I came away awed and inspired by these Ukranian freedom protests.
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BUT, BUT, BUT, ...Justin Beiber!

Ann Barnhardt has enlightening commentary on the Ukraine situation. Echoes what KhanKrum is saying about coming here soon.
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It is just a matter of time till the cops in the US start doing the same. Notice how they all dress in black, have their faces covered & no one holds them accountable at all. Such is the state of the Ukraine today, but coming to America soon. Just wait & see!
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The US and EU agents and NGOs are coordinating the events in the Ukraine, like they did in Serbia and tried to do in Armenia. I hope that the Ukraine calms down and stays in alliance with Russia. The Ukraine would be crazy to join the EU just as it further enters its super debt cycle collapse. World power is shifting from West to East. The Ukraine should look East, not West.
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You have no idea what you're talking about. Alliance with tyranny? I'd expect a comment like this on a lib site.
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Well, ddcan, I guess you're not aware of the tyranny of the EU. The media doesn't present it as such, but it is a tyranny nonetheless. And lots of Ukrainians are oriented towards Russia, whether you like it or not. The opposition in Ukraine are not dominated by a bunch of John Adams's and James Madison's.
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A lot of *Russians* in Ukraine are oriented towards Russia--not ethnic Ukrainians who have their votes disenfranchised by expat Russians. I'm no fan of the EU, but Russia is no friend to Ukraine. I speak from a position of experience as I have lived there for extended periods and have many Ukrainian friends.
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What? If anything, US government agents are on the other side.
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