KIEV, Ukraine – The leader of the Batkivshchyna party, Yulia Tymoshenko (who currently is favored in the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine), voiced her action plan for Kiev after the inglorious loss of three ships of the Navy.
Nov 26, 2018 @ 15:14
Tymoshenko can be understood in this context: under conditions when the imminent imposition of martial law may well end in the cancellation of elections, she needs to appear strong and viable. With Poroshenko’s low rating, being “a war-time president” may not reverse this, his ratings may not start to grow, but she may disappear from the media field as public focus shifts, which for her is equivalent to defeat. Therefore, she rushed into a virtual battle with Russia with great enthusiasm.
“Ukrainian ships with our sailors are captured, there is information about the wounded Ukrainians …
Russia openly launched hostilities. For the first time not hiding behind “green men”, “volunteers” and “separatists” Russia shoots at Ukrainians.
What should the country’s leadership do in this situation? The following is her stated plan:
First, the National Security Council of Ukraine should immediately voted to impose martial law.
Second, immediately officially inform the countries of the world and the collective security organs about the facts of armed aggression.
Third, immediately send official communications to the guarantor countries under the Budapest Memorandum and convene consultations at the level of heads of state.
The fourth is to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, where the strategy and tactics of countering the aggressor should be discussed in private.
Fifth, it is necessary to immediately inform citizens about what is happening.
However, this is precisely the same ‘plan of action’ which Poroshenko is presently carrying out. So it is difficult to see what Tymoshenko believes she is adding to this. At the same time, strangely, she says this:
The lack of information from the top leadership of the state signals to people about confusion. It demoralizes the country. The nation must be united in relation to the enemy.
I hope all our sailors captured by the Russians will return alive and healthy. We remain vigilant,
Yulia Tymoshenko said, in an affected tone, feigning concern.
But one thing is for sure, the authorities would only succeed in doing all of the above if they are really ready to escalate the conflict. However, Ukraine is ready for this only in words – the real aim here is to suspend elections, and give Poroshenko an extended lifespan in office. Meanwhile, he will consult his American backers to see to what extent the situation can be ‘safely’ escalated – short of war, but severe enough to maintain the state of Martial Law.