Apparently, Ukraine gets more money than anyone from the EU:
The European Union has provided Ukraine with over 600 billion euro for seven years. It is the largest aid of the EU than to any other partners as President of the Council of Europe Charles Michel reported at Ukraine 30.
“Over 600 billion euro during seven years – the aid of Ukraine in the European choice. It is the largest aid from the EU than to any other partners, if we do not consider the EU members,” Michel stated.
Where exactly has the money gone? Do you see any improvement in Ukraine?
Browsing Twitter for mentions of my website I encountered this…
I thought the Western commentariat is now over such comments. It ain’t 2014 now and 6 years have passed to assess Ukraine’s success. These people must have their head so up the ass they do not see how good their post-Maidan Ukraine has faired.
Ukraine is competing with Moldova for the title of the most impoverished country in Europe. Good luck getting anyone in Russia to want the same.
Repression against the Russian cultural element by the government are rife making the country repulsive to any true Russian out there. Do you honestly think that a country that bans the Russian language would have any influence over Russia?
Political opponents of the current regime are being literally killed. Oles’ Buzyna, an author, who advocated good relationship with Russia was killed outside his home by Neonazis one day after his address was leaked by Myrotvorets, a database run by the Ukrainian Secret Service.
Neonazis, who are under control of the Ministry of Interior attack political opponents of the government, who are allegedly (according to fabricated evidence) pro-Russian.
Nazi collaborators are being given monuments throughout Ukraine, as documented by Eduard Dolinsky. I understand that in the West, the propaganda tells us Neonazis in Ukraine are a fiction but the Russians are not exposed to such obscurantism.
Ukraine has been part of several provocations against Russia, for instance they downed the MH17 (yes, I believe they did) plane to frame Russia. You honestly think such a gangster state that killed 300 people to frame rebels in Eastern Ukraine that are fighting against a regime that glorifies Nazis would inspire anyone in Russia?
Also, statements about successful Ukraine having influence on Russia are never made by Ukrainian nationalists, who do not want Ukraine to be some kind of alter-Russia.
Honestly, the Russians ought make a quick process of anyone, who wants this kind of democratization in their home country. It is not even clear to me why Russia is deemed less democratic than Ukraine?
One of the tropes on this blog always was that Russophobia leads to poverty, destitution, and decay. And this goes not just for utter shitholes of the East like Ukraine or Moldova, this concerns all the post-communists countries where Russophobic sentiments fueled by local Western funded activists and encouraged by the US government (I do not think historical memory of Soviet domination is the major factor behind these sentiments) posing as politicians and journalists lead to the destruction of infrastructure, decay of economy, and missed opportunities…
One of the policies of Russia in recent years was to redirect its infrastructure to bypass the formerly communist nations of Eastern Europe and instead deal with more confident nations like Germany or Turkey. This is how Bulgarians missed out on the Black Sea pipeline, and in the works is the Czech Republic missing on the opportunity to expand its nuclear power plants if it listens to the voices that urge the government to boycott the Rosatom bid.
And for a good example of missed opportunity and subsequent industrial decay, we should look to Latvia. Latvia has sinned against the Russian people, it has discriminated against them, it has made them second class citizens. Latvia has also been guilty of shamelessly glorifying Nazi collaborators. Meanwhile, Latvia was a large transport corridor for Russian coal and other resources that used the ports on the Baltic Sea. Latvia also joined NATO, another unfriendly act, and Russia quietly built her own port on the Baltic Sea and stopped the shipments through Latvia.
The RuBalticreports that the Latvian Railways plan to sell 4,300 tons of scrap metal from rails, pointers and other pieces of infrastructure. In May last year, the Latvian railways sold their real estate in Jelgava, the building in question was used as a recreation home for the employees of the railways. The logic is simple, no employees, no recreation home. In June the Latvian Railways put up for sale 46 cars. In July, the Railways put up for sale the station in Suntaži. In August, the Latvian Railways put up for sale 200 transport wagons. In September they put up for sale 3,500 tons of scrap metals. In November it was 8 locomotives. Further more automibiles have been put up for sale in December…
Back in January, the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar Nation, (a self-appointed organisation that claims to represent the Crimean Tatar people and is banned in the Russian Federation for anti-Russian activity) Refat Chubarov claimed back in January they will attempt to break into Crimea through the force of numbers.
Chubarov said the avantgard of the march of the Tatars will be formed by “members of the Mejlis, parliamentarians and Western partners.”