Ukraine On Fire

Ukraine. Across its eastern border is Russia and to its west — Europe. For centuries – nearly as long as the Rome-Persian Wars – it has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands, its people, and access to the Black Sea. Even with Ukraine’s independence in 1991 nothing has changed. 2014’s Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator by Western media. But there is more than one side to the story.

Ukraine on Fire by Igor Lopatonok provides an historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region and Ukraine itself which lead to the 2004 Orange Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a people’s revolution, it was in fact a coup d’état scripted and staged by nationalist groups – among them xenophobic neofascist factions – aided and abetted by the U.S. State Department.

Investigative journalist Robert Parry explores the violent history of the region, including the rise of the post- WW I nationalist movement called the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) (Ukrainian: Організація Українських Націоналістів, (ОУН), headed by the controversial figure Stepan Bandera, considered to be a national hero by many – especially in Western Ukraine – but vilified as a Nazi collaborator by others.

Parry then reveals how U.S.-funded political NGOs and media companies have emerged since the 80s replacing the CIA in promoting America’s geopolitical agenda abroad, influencing elections, provoking violent populist uprisings, and fostering regime change not only in Ukraine but globally.

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