One of the former presidents of Prolog, the late Roman Kupchinsky and more recently the director of its British affiliate, the Ukrainian Press Agency, Taras Kuzio has written thinly veiled attempts to justify the collaborative effort by touting its “central role in achieving Ukrainian independence.” Certainly, serving as paid agents for a foreign government may be questioned on moral grounds, but that is not the purpose of this article. The thrust here is to examine the efficacy of this collaboration in achieving independence.
The independence assertion is based on the presumption firstly that the United States was interested in Ukrainian independence and secondly that the collaborators on balance detracted from Soviet plans.
U.S. policy towards Ukrainian separatism was addressed by President George H.W. Bush in his “Chicken Kiev” speech as late as only three weeks before the Ukrainians proclaimed independence in 1991. That speech was not an aberration. It was predicated on a decades-old U.S. policy and the personal request of Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. As to the work of Prolog, on balance, it did more harm than good.