Yushchenko tells about his 'worst mistake'

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May 31, 2010, 3:27 p.m. | Politics — by UNIAN
Leader of the Our Ukraine party Victor Yushchenko states that cooperation of his party and Yulia Tymoshenko’s Block can lead to collapse of the Our Ukraine. According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this at the session of the Council of the Our Ukraine today.

“I am sure that cooperation with Tymoshenko can be destructive to the political force”, he noted.

“I am sure that my worst mistake is Tymoshenko. The most serous mistake was to give the power to her twice”.
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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 4:16 p.m.    

Repent at leisure ....

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 5:09 p.m.    

Wrong, his worst mistake (for Ukraine) was being elected. The man is a liar, a cheat, a back stabbing fool who betrayed his country and Julia.

Nothing good can happen until he goes away. The democratic forces are fragile and he destabilizes their efforts.

Tym worse than Yanu? I guess he has not noticed what has happened since the election. He made all this possible.

History should show him as the worst betrayal to the country ever. He is your Benedict Arnold.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 5:51 p.m.    

I dont agree with you. Yuschenko is not so bad. Everybod has mistakes but Yuschenko did some good thing for Ukraine and that will always be a good thing for his reputation. Future will make objective picture about great work of Yuschenko in very complicated situation. Any way, I am a suporter of Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 6:21 p.m.    

List the things that Yush did for Ukraine. There was an emphasis on preserving the history and identity. Still, that was so poorly done that it became more of an irritant than the positive it tried to accomplish. Let go of this man, he will only further lie, cheat and disappoint.

Worst of all, his bad behavior so alienated the west that now they have initially supported Yanu to get &quot;stability.&quot; I fear the stability will be similar to that in Russia if Yanu is not stopped.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 7 p.m.    

You can't build a nation without a national identity. Maybe Yushchenko politicized the issues (Holodomor, OUN-UPA) but the idea itself was correct. Just poorly executed. He is however the only, or at least one of the few who actually has an idea of how too develop further. Notice, whenever he gave speeches, etc. he rarely gave vague statements, he generally had well developed arguments.

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 12:54 a.m.    

'Wrong, his worst mistake (for Ukraine) was being elected. The man is a liar, a cheat, a back stabbing fool who betrayed his country'

You must be describing Yanu.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 5:53 p.m.    

Yuschenko is first real patriotic president of Ukraine and does who dont understand his policy - dont undestand the history and future of Ukraine.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 6:26 p.m.    


Get a better grip on reality. Yes, he did some things that looked good, BUT you must judge by the completeness of his record.

Your comment is like forgiving a serious criminal because at least he did not litter!

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 5:56 p.m.    

His worse mistake was letting Yanukonvict win the election.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 6:17 p.m.    

This guy still doesn't understand the fact that if it wasn't for Tymoshenko he would never have been president in the first place.

Every time he opens his mouth, nothing but stupidity comes out.

It is because of him that Yanukovych is now president and has undone the few good things that Yushchenko managed to do in five years.

What a waste of Ukraine's Golden opportunity.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 6:27 p.m.    

Yushchenko gave the lady 2 chances at PM.And she failed both times the question is why.Does the office of PM not have enough power,should threshold for parties in rada be higher or was it her.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 6:39 p.m.    

Maybe it wasn't she who failed. Maybe it was him! Maybe thst is why more Ukrainians voted for her than for him, maybe that is why he is so upset now, he cannot understand what a failure he was. The Ukrainian people certainly do!!!

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 9:53 p.m.    

And more people voted for Yanuk than her. So that means Yanuk's the best?

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 3:36 p.m.    

If you just put your thinking cap on for even a second, you might remember that Yushchenko went out of his way to tell eveyone to vote against all and especially Yulia. If he had supported Yulia in the second round, as he should have as a former Orange collegue (without whom he would never have become president) and supposed democrat, then Yulia surely would have won.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 6:40 p.m.    

He GAVE her 2 chances? Get a grip, he was forced to use her the second time because he could not get away with betraying her since she was responsible for the election win.

And yes, there is fundemental weakness in the way power is set up.

And why do you think she failed, what bad thing did she do except trust people who later betrayed her?

Also, only direct election of representatives and hard schedules for elections will result in needed change. Initiative and referendum plus recall procedures are also necessary.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 9:52 p.m.    

She didn't trust anyone except herself in whom she had limitless confidence which turned out to be misplaced.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 7:53 p.m.    

Worst mistake was to drink that cup of tea poisoned by the thugs of Tymoshenko.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 9:03 p.m.    

The comments of the diaspora nationalists below are hilarious. Nationalists along with its Lviv diaspora are some of the most dim-witted one dimensional people on the planet. And they wonder why so many people do not take them seriously. Time and time again the nationalists in Ukraine have proved they have no idea what they are doing and their arrogant in-fighting between themselves in Western Ukraine bring even more ruin.

Case in point- In 1659 Ivan Vyhovsky was a great Hetman but the nationalists disposed of him because he sought an understanding with the Poles. They then installed Khelmynytsky's son Yurij who turned out to be one of the very worst hetmans by signing a more disadvantageous treaty with the Russian czar. At that point, the Great Ruin began.

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 10:49 p.m.    

Your ham-handed comment is even more hilarious

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 11:17 p.m.    

Obviously, you are a Russian diaspora enjoying your life somewhere else other than your mother muscovy. Why are Ukrainian affairs so much of concern to you where you take the time to go on these online pages to vilify Ukraine and its people?

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 11:44 p.m.    

oh really? seems like you'e too stupid to even read history

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 11:54 p.m.    

The people of Western Ukraine and more so its diaspora love to blame everything and everybody except themselves for their own mistakes in history. Western Ukainians love to argue among their own kind. Take a hint and learn from the Party of Regions who for the most part are unified and GET THINGS DONE.

The diaspora claim they are &quot;nationalists&quot; although most of them today were never even born in Ukraine..... it was their families who fled from Ukraine in the first place. So why should any true Ukrainian even listen to you? Don't you dare try to pontificate to the Ukrainian people when your own hands are sopped in blood and cowardice.

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 4:06 a.m.    

You are in serious need of some help with your hatred issues toward Ukrainians. I don't think it matters to you where Ukrainians live. You just want to hate.

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 5:05 a.m.    

and you sir, go around in circles blaming everyone but your fellow western ukrainians for all their dumb mistakes in history. Furthermore, you were never even born in Ukraine so go get a life.

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Anonymous June 2, 2010, 1:23 a.m.    

Hopefully, most Russians are not like you!

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 12:51 a.m.    

You mean they nationalists in 1659? Well, it's a tradition that has to be upheld then, doesn't it?

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 2:46 a.m.    

The point is that nationalists there in western ukraine make mistake after mistake due to their own vanity. and then to top it off, they love to argue and divide with each other

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Anonymous May 31, 2010, 11:36 p.m.    

Sometimes, one is forced to embrace your adversary to know where they are at all times.

This oligarch mentality that is deeply entrenced in Ukrainian politics and industry as well as in Russia, is also looming more so elsewhere throughout almost every country in the world. Collusion between corrupt government officials and corporate crime elements for personal profit is becoming an almost accepted evil until the entire financial sectors of world economies collapse as a result.

Maybe the next generation of young people in Ukraine and the young of other nations will find the answers.

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Anonymous June 1, 2010, 7:50 a.m.    

I haven't looked to see whether the above-reported comment is the only thing Yushchenko said - Ukrainians tend to be very, very long-winded, sovok style - but I would have hoped that both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko would have learned something from their defeats in the presidential elections.

I would hope that both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko apologize to the Ukrainian people for engaging in an absolutely insane spitting contest - to the extreme detriment of Ukraine.

I would hope that both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko would look for ways to cooperate - and then form a common plan of actions to cooperate on common goals.

Yushchenko seems to have forgotten that it was his cooperation with the Party of Regions, and the so-called &quot;Universal Agreement&quot; which got him into severe trouble. And the Party of Regions skunked him - they never signed that &quot;Universal Agreement.&quot;

Yushchenko tried to initiate a &quot;round table,&quot; a sense of cooperation with all of the parties. Given Ukraine's &quot;war of all against all&quot; mentality at the time, it got him into severe trouble. His appointment of Dr. Raisa Bohatyrova to the National Defense and Security Council, she being a medical doctor and formerly from the Party of Regions, is one such example.

But Yushchenko did manage to do a few good things.

And, in making Stepan Bandera a &quot;Hero of Ukraine,&quot; he managed to bring to light, in crystal clear fashion, a few things about Ukraine. He may have done so unintentionally, but he did so nevertheless.

First, the designation of Bandera as &quot;Hero of Ukraine&quot; made it crystal clear that Ukraine is still suffering from intensely severe, pervasive and pernicious sovok mentality, brainwashing and propaganda.

For years, the sovoks hammered certain things into people - and false propaganda about Bandera was one of those. Real easy - ignore the facts, stamp out any thoughts of Ukrainian independence, call Bandera a &quot;Nazi fascist&quot; - and voila, you have brainwashed, roosified sovok zombies who still recite that like trained Pavlov dogs.

Second, the designation of Bandera made it crystal clear that history ought not to be written by politicians, as was done in the sovok union. I am not a fan of worshipping stalin.

But neither am I a fan of worshipping Bandera.

I happen to have reached the conclusion, based on a study of historical facts, provided by Ukrainian scholars, that Bandera deserves a very great measure of respect for fighting for Ukraine's independence. Sovok zombies will automatically invoke their trained Pavlovian reflexes and call this &quot;nationalism,&quot; which was verboten under the sovok regime.

Third, with all of the sovok brainwashing, it seems that a huge part of Ukraine's population is not only stuck, but also mired down in WWII.

Except for the oligarchs, of course, who use the sovok brainswashing to rally support for themselves when they run for office, or try to tear down others who seek office.

To put it differently - Pinchuk, Kolomoisky, Firtash, Boyko, Khoroshkovsky, Yanuconvict, and the rest, don't give a rat's ass about Bandera - or about stalin.

It doesn't put money in their pockets, except when they use the sovok brainwashing about Bandera to get elected or appointed to government.

And then they put useful idiots like Tabachnyk in place as Education Minister to make sure that he continues to take advantage of the sovok brainwashing.

One has to admire Yushchenko for standing up for Ukraine.

One has to admire his guts in running for office, despite being poisoned.

But one need not admire him or Tymoshenko for engaging in insane spitting contests against each other, to the detriment of Ukraine.

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