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Aug. 24, 2012, 9:42 a.m. | Op-ed — by Victor Yushchenko

Cheerleaders beat drums under a giant Ukrainian National flag in Kiev on August 23, 2012 to mark National Flag Day on the eve of the 21st anniversary of Ukrainian independence. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV
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Victor Yushchenko

Special to Kyiv Post

 For reasons of geography and history, Ukraine will always be close to Russia. But an independent, democratic and prosperous Ukraine also needs strong and enduring links with its neighbors to the west. That is why I have always been a leading advocate of greater integration between Ukraine and the European Union.

When I became president of Ukraine following 2004's Orange Revolution, one of my principal strategic goals was to set Ukraine's relations with the EU on a new and ambitious path. This led to the 2008 visa facilitation agreement; Ukrainian participation in EU initiatives such as energy, higher education and "open skies"; and the start, in 2008, of negotiations for a new Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, including a deep and comprehensive free-trade agreement.

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kpxoxol Aug. 24, 2012, 10:28 a.m.    

LOL, Yush the orange moron become THE MOST UNPOPULAR head of state in Europe. He under control of his CIA operative wife try to confront Russia and in result the Ukraine economy nosedive worst not only in Europe but also amongst the CIS economies, heh, heh, heh :D

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carl Aug. 24, 2012, 11:16 p.m.    

Things got off track when he took that money from boris b the exiled russian/jewish oligarch, that guy is trouble.

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K G Aug. 24, 2012, 6:29 p.m.    

President Viktor Yanukovych is doing a good job compared with a few other European leaders. One thing about democracy is that everything is always just over the horizon. Many people are never satisfied, and others spend all their time whining - generally things are better, but they won't admit it, or don't notice it. Congratulations to Ukraine today!

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Roman Serbyn Aug. 24, 2012, 9:17 p.m.    

The kindest thing that can be said about Yushchenko's op-ed in The Wall Street Journal is that it is not worthy of a past-president of Ukraine. Nor is it is the kind of message that would grace the 21st anniversary of Ukraine's independence in an international newspaper. Although the bloodless "orange" revolution which brought Yushchenko to power did not fulfill the expectations of the Ukrainian people, the five years under Yushchenko's presidency did see many worthy endeavors and some successes. Among the positive achievements can be mentioned the sense of social freedom that pervaded the country, the effort to assuage the enmities inherited from WWII, the respect for Ukrainian history, culture and language, and the all important orientation on European integration. But in the end, Yushchenko's inefficient leadership, the rise of state corruption and finally the interminable bickering between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko (it takes two to tango and, in the tempestuous tango of politics, Yushchenko proved to be a lousy leader!) discredited the government and brought to power the kleptocratic Party of Regions with the former zek Yanukovich at their head. Having lost the elections and the popular support, Yushchenko should retire from the political scene and concentrate his attention on writing his memoirs, like all decent ex-presidents do. His continued insistence on lamentable dabbling in contemptible party politics will not help preserve the commendable achievements of his life. Has he no true friends who could explain this to him?

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carl Aug. 24, 2012, 11:03 p.m.    

Well said Roman.

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Spectator Aug. 25, 2012, 3:38 p.m.    

Open up this guy's facebook page and there's a picture of
Oleg Tyagnibok, Head "Svoboda". Does he support them? Are their politics better???????

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carl Aug. 25, 2012, 6:01 p.m.    

Even if Roman is a Svoboda supporter his comment was accurate.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 9:57 p.m.    

Yushxhenko should or even do hat. Zak attempts to rewrite history will not engrave Yushenko in en eys of źukraine. he will be remembered as a mans who availed Ukraine and betrayed a nation and caused the collapse do the revolution that bought him to power. His only achievement is to demonstrate what not to do.

he certianly did it support Ukraine becoming a democratic state or rule of law. I disagreed with him in 2902 and he Los me in 2006 when he betrayed his coalition partners and against in 2007 when he betrayed democracy itself. His defeat and removal from office in 2010 was long awaited.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 25, 2012, 3:51 p.m.    

In his opionon piece, which is hideously stupid, Yushchenko claims that Yanusvoloch and Tymo are "cut from the same cloth".

But it is Yushchenko and Yanusvoloch who are cut from the same cloth, and Yushchenko is acting like a mouthpiece for Yanusvoloch and his mafia.

Which is not surprising, since Yanusvoloch and his mafia took money from Firtash, and supported him, and Yushchenko's brother got $50 million from Firtash, and Yushchenko supported Firtash and RosUkrEnergo, and now Yushchenko lives in a government mansion at government expense, courtesy of the sovok mafia.

Here it is:

"The EU increasingly sees its relations with Ukraine through the lens of the clash between President Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister. Because of the way it has been handled, it is not surprising that EU leaders think that the case brought against Ms. Tymoshenko is politically motivated. But they are wrong in thinking that the charges against her lack substance, and that she has no case to answer. "

This is exactly the line of propaganda that the sovok mafia has been using from the very beginning, together with the "don't interfere with our internal affairs" bull crap.

This sovok mafia propaganda, as usual, is based on logical fallacy and lies.

In the article, Yushchenko proclaims that he set Zookraine on the course for EU integration, which is now stalled by the current mafia regime.

EU integration is voluntary. It requires meeting standards in various spheres of government, including having an independent, impartial, judiciary and a working, fair and impartial legal system which is not merely the arm of a stalinist or sovok mafia government.

Yush, in his rabid hatred for Tymo, once again decides to kick a man when she's down. Yulia sits in jail, the victim of a stalinist regime, a stalinist show trial, trumped up charges, and charge after charge piled on by a sovok mafia, served by Pshonka the Blubber Dough Boy who is 'on the president's team."

The EU has standards which must be met if one is to become a member of the EU.

Zookraine, including Yush, has no standards, other than robbing, pillaging, and use and abuse of government.

The fact that the EU has called BS on Zookraine's legal system is not "interference in internal affairs" - it is merely drawing attention to the fact that Zookraine, under a sovok mafia regime, has not complied with EU standards.

And if Zookrainians want to continue to have a sovok mafia in Parliament, to live in an undemocratic country, to live in a sewer and call it perfume - so be it.

What Zookraine has now is not democracy - it is a sovok mafia regime, headed by psychotic, decrepit, deranded mafiosi.

Yush ought to be ashamed of himself.

But living in a government mansion courtesy of yanusvoloch and the sovok mafia - well, that provides a "lens" for Yushchenko.

A very hideous lens.

seig heil
der fuhrer governor yanusvoloch
servant of Master Biker Lover Putler, and of Master Biker "The Surgeon."

Meow, meow, meow.

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carl Aug. 25, 2012, 6:09 p.m.    

Elmer you are unfair to Yushchenko. It is not a crime to do business with Firtash or be his friend. Ukraine is Republic not a democracy in fact no nation is a Democracy today. I disagree with some of Yushchenkos decisions/views but i have no doubt he loves his country. You should be more positive starting mid 2013 Ukraine will see real improvement this i am confident of. Regions/OU/ChristianDemocrat a coalition for progress.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 9:50 p.m.    

This is one of those rare occasions I think elma has it right. I recall when he use to praise Yushchenko but like most he soon realised he was the problem not the solution.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 25, 2012, 10:33 p.m.    

Zookraine is not a republic, and it is not a democracy.

It is a sovok mafia state, and Yushchenko's horrific miscalculation, ego and stupidity contributed to yanusvoloch and his mafia.

For Yushchenko to support Firtash and RosUkrEnergo and that whole corruption was a crime in the colloquial sense, especially in view of the fact that he promised to bring democracy to Zookraine, and people were relying on him to do just that.

And - it is sick of him to kick Tymoshenko while she's down.

At one time, I thought that Yushchenko was going to be - finally - what Ukraine deserved, a great president, the George Washington of Ukraine.

Instead, he turned out to be toxic waste.

Instead, he helped Firtash.

Instead, he helped Yanusvoloch and that whole mafia.

Meow, meow, meow

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 9:43 p.m.    

Yushchenko did not support Ukraine's European Intergation.

The Parliamentary Assembly of The Coumcil of Europe (PACE) and the Venice commission both advocated that Ukraien become a full Parliamenatry democracy based on European allies and European models of governance.

Yushchenko opposed efforts to reform Ukraine,s constitutional dn adopt a Parliamnetary system.

in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Yushchenko obsessed proposals to remove presidmetial power.

By contrast Eso ia, Lativa, Hunagray and all other former Societ Union States adopted a Parliamnetary system.

Yushenko divided Uraine and lost confidence and support. His term of office being a complete disaster.

There is little wonder why his support ratings now less than 1.5%

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 25, 2012, 9:33 p.m.    

Yushchenko betrayed Ukraine and its people. He opposed Kaine becoming a democratic state. his term of office was a disaster and he will be remembered as a foot note in the history of Ukraine as the man that betrayed a revolution

Yushxhenko denied Ukraine the right ti become a full Parliamentray democracy.

In 2006 Yushenko and his party Our Ukraine refused to support the formation of an Orange governing coalition. As a result he caused the collapse of ten orange revolution.

in 2007 Yushchenko betrayed democracy itself., He illegally and unconstitutionally dismissed Ukraine's precious Parliament and in ten process caused seven months of political and coil unrest and destabilised Ukraine

in 2008 Yushenko having lost support during the forced Parliamenatry elections continued to undermine U,raine's political stability.

In 2009 he initiated charges against Yulia Tymoshenko which eventually resulted in her being arrested in what is dearly an act or revenge and initial persecution

in 2010, having clung on to office to the last minute. Yushchenko who once held 52% support of Ukraine was removed from office and lost the first round ballot having exuded less than 5% support. is support has conto used to Elaine is is now below 1.5%

Yushxhenko has te back Ukraine's demoratic development decades if not generations. He deserves litte to no respect.

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kpxoxol Aug. 26, 2012, 6:03 p.m.    

The only thing the CIA stooge Yushchenko did right was to keep the thief oligarch Tymoshenko under control - else if left to do what she wanted, Ukraine will e end up stripped of every single penny due to the Tymoshenko mafia thievery, and the Ukraine economy would had nosedive not 15% but at least 50% under her "wise" leadership as Ukraine PM. .

Also the bickering between thief oligarch Tymoshenko and the CIA stooge Yushchenko exposed the true face of the orange mafia and their diaspora pimp and sex trafficking cronies what open the eyes of the Ukraine people ..

No wonder the Ukraine people kicked the orange robbers out of power and elected THEIR President Yanukovych.

"Ukraine was hit heavily by the late-2000s recession, the World Bank expects Ukraine's economy to shrink 15% in 2009[1] with inflation being 16.4%.[2]

The deficit of Ukraine's foreign trade in goods and services January through September 2009 was estimated at $1.08 billion, which was 9.5 times down on the same period in 2008, export of goods over the period decreased by 48.7%, to $27.478 billion, while imports fell by 53.5%, to $31.570 billion; export of services dropped by 23.2%, to $6.841 billion, while imports were down by 19.9%, to $3.829 billion (the deficit of Ukraine's foreign trade over the first nine months of 2008 was estimated at $10.284 billion, which was 2.7 times up on the same period of 2007).[3]"

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 28, 2012, 12:07 a.m.    

Yushchenko did nothing right. His term of office reads like an instruction manual on not what to do. I have spoken out against Yushchenko since 2006 when it became obvious he was not the solution but the problem. I have been proven right and even those who use to support him now recognise he was not a leader.

There is only one real solution short of a benevolent dictator and that is democracy and parliamentary rule.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 26, 2012, 7:38 p.m.    

I fully support and laud Elmer's views on Viktor Yushchenko and the criminal regime of Viktor Yanukovych. Both have become to unlikely peas in one pod. Both Vityas lack any moral scruples. If there is any upside to these two losers, it is best expressed in recent opinion polls which clearly demonstrate (barring massive fraud and falsifications by the POR) that the current mafia in the VR are headed to a stunning defeat in the upcoming October elections. The most recent opinion poll published on August 23/2012 by the Razumkov Center/Social Initiatives Fund had Viktor Yanukovych's popularity rating sitting at 12.6%. PM Azarov and his Cabinet of Ministers fared even worse at 7%. Then to top it off the POR dominated Verkhovna Rada sat at 4% in popularity and there is just over a month left until voting time. It would appear that the Ukrainian electorate have finally recovered their senses. Cluck, cluck, and meow, meow.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 28, 2012, 12:15 a.m.    

And who is responsile for te current situation in the parliament? Yushchenko. Yushenko should never has dismissed the previous parliament, He did so thinking his party would secure balance and. Control. It was clear as daylight that this was not going to happen.

Ukrine should have adopted a Parliamnetary system and strengthened Parliaments representative model.

Instaed we have seen a weakling of the parliament and the restoration of the MMP system which previously failed and will again fail to represent Ukraine.

Ukraine has a chance to I ovement long lasting democratic reform and it was Opposed by Yushchenko.

The opposition has no solutions or united policy. the European Community has tried and were ignored,. partly due in a large part to The USA propping Uo te f,awed presidential system and Candada diaspora denying Ukraine the right to self governance and parliamentary rule.

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Taras Kuzio Aug. 27, 2012, 1:44 p.m.    

Yushchenko Again Shows he Works for Yanukovych
1. “I have always been a leading advocate of greater integration between Ukraine and the European Union”. This is not true. By supporting Tymoshenko’s imprisonment and selective use of justice in Ukraine you and Yanukovych ended Ukraine’s integration into the EU.
2. By supporting ratification of the Association Agreement now Yushchenko is promoting Yanukovych’s position of ignoring democracy regression in Ukraine.
3. In again supporting the criminal charges against Tymoshenko in todays Wall Street Journal, Yushchenko is supporting the position of Yanukovych and preventing Ukraine from integrating into Europe.
4. In saying there is no difference between Tymoshenko and Yanukovych, Yushchenko again shows that he has not changed his views from the 2010 elections. If Tymoshenko had been elected president the EU would have signed and ratified the Association Agreement with Ukraine, Tabachnyk would not be Education Minister, there would be no Kharkiv Accord on the Black Sea Fleet there would be , and no return to Russification with the Kivalov-Kolesnychenko language law.
5. “The gains of the Orange Revolution could still be reversed.” Yushchenko has obviously been asleep in the last two years as these gains have ALREADY been reversed.
From this article and other comments by Yushchenko it is obvious that the nationalist bloc (KUN, Our Ukraine, UNP) is a pro-Yanukovych formation. The current head of the National Bank once funded Our Ukraine. The Melnychenko tapes show how Udovenko and Kostenko received money from Kuchma. As to KUN (better translated as Komitet Upravlinnia Naftohaz) it was led until last year by a corrupt gas trader (Ivchenko) who has links to Bakay going back to the 1990s and who (like Yushchenko) supported Rosukrenergo in 2006.
A vote on October 28 for this nationalist bloc is a vote for Yanukovych and the Party of egions.

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dave Aug. 28, 2012, 5:24 p.m.    

If Tymoshenko had been elected president, the Russians wouldn't have needed that Black Sea Fleet deal, because she would have signed over the whole country to Putin to cover the gas debt...

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Taras Kuzio Aug. 27, 2012, 1:44 p.m.    

Yushchenko Again Shows he Works for Yanukovych
1. “I have always been a leading advocate of greater integration between Ukraine and the European Union”. This is not true. By supporting Tymoshenko’s imprisonment and selective use of justice in Ukraine you and Yanukovych ended Ukraine’s integration into the EU.
2. By supporting ratification of the Association Agreement now Yushchenko is promoting Yanukovych’s position of ignoring democracy regression in Ukraine.
3. In again supporting the criminal charges against Tymoshenko in todays Wall Street Journal, Yushchenko is supporting the position of Yanukovych and preventing Ukraine from integrating into Europe.
4. In saying there is no difference between Tymoshenko and Yanukovych, Yushchenko again shows that he has not changed his views from the 2010 elections. If Tymoshenko had been elected president the EU would have signed and ratified the Association Agreement with Ukraine, Tabachnyk would not be Education Minister, there would be no Kharkiv Accord on the Black Sea Fleet there would be , and no return to Russification with the Kivalov-Kolesnychenko language law.
5. “The gains of the Orange Revolution could still be reversed.” Yushchenko has obviously been asleep in the last two years as these gains have ALREADY been reversed.
From this article and other comments by Yushchenko it is obvious that the nationalist bloc (KUN, Our Ukraine, UNP) is a pro-Yanukovych formation. The current head of the National Bank once funded Our Ukraine. The Melnychenko tapes show how Udovenko and Kostenko received money from Kuchma. As to KUN (better translated as Komitet Upravlinnia Naftohaz) it was led until last year by a corrupt gas trader (Ivchenko) who has links to Bakay going back to the 1990s and who (like Yushchenko) supported Rosukrenergo in 2006.
A vote on October 28 for this nationalist bloc is a vote for Yanukovych and the Party of Regions.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 28, 2012, 12:26 a.m.    

Yushchenko Again Shows he Works for Yanukovych
1. “I have always been a leading advocate of greater integration between Ukraine and the European Union”. This is not true

Yushenko opposed Ukraine's democratic reform and European integration.

Wikst Tara's is right in his criticism he also Congo uses to fail to address the fundamental issues of governance and the need to embrace co situational reform and the adoption of a Parliamentary system of government. Yiu either belive in democratic representative Governmnet or you support presidential autocratic authoritarian rule. I support the later. Tis is Teh elephant in te room that is not debated or discussed.

Ukraine came close to adopting a full parliamentary system but it was opposed by Yushchenko turnovers turn.

Get the foundations of democracy right, embrace representative Givernmnet, rule of law and self determination. Then hopefully the rest will develop. get the foundations wrong and it will collapse.

readers shoud, reflect once again on te recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commmisson. Both of which have advocated Ukraine adopting a Parliamnetary system in line with European values and European models, as did Estonia, Latvia and every other former Soviet State that is now a member of the European community.

Get on board or out of the way.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 28, 2012, 5:32 a.m.    

Exactly

amen, amen, amen

Taras Kuzio knows what he is talking about.

seig heil
der fuhrer governor yanusvoloch

meow, meow, meow

Talk about rollback of democracy -

the guy who put up the billboard with the grandma and the cat has been denied the right to put up political signs and has been fined 1700 hryvnia

http://tvi.ua/events/vlasnyka-bilbordiv-babusja-z-kotom-pozbavyly-dozvoliv-i-oshtrafuvaly.html

meow, meow, meow, meow, meow

The stalinist PoR mafia is afraid of cats.

It must be nice for Yushchenko to live in a mafioso Party of Regions mansion.

Kateryna Yushchenko must be very pleased that her husband is serving the Party of Regions mafia.

meow, meow, meow

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