Today Viktor Yanukovych sent police or other special forces to the Maidan to deliberately fire at protesters with the pemeditated intent to kill them. Sooner or later he must personally answer for the commission of these crimes. After committing such crimes, he has clearly lost the legitimacy which his election to the presidency once conferred upon him.
Journal de 20 h, TV France2, 20 fevrier 2014 (video of six special forces snipers taking aim and shooting to kill, at minute 3:00).
David Blair (Kiev), “Ukraine crisis: Deadly snipers extinguish lives of Kiev’s protesters; Dispatch: ‘Professional’ snipers target the protesters of Independence Square, The Telegraph, February 20, 2014 (9:07PM GMT).
He cannot be allowed to continue to serve as President, or to run for office in new elections, after these crimes. The only way he can stay in power is through a self-imposed military coup, putting down the opposition with the brutal use of force.
The Ukraine teeters on the edge of violent military repression of the opposition. One should not assume that Vladimir Putin, “the butcher of the Caucasus” who committed massive atrocities in Chechnya to put down that rebellion, would not be willing to send Russian troops to the Ukraine if Yanukovych asked for “fraternal assistance” to help overcome an opposition revolution “orchestrated from abroad”. He has not hesitated, it should be recalled, to incur international criminal responsibility by assisting Bashar al-Assad in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.
Obama and his administration appear largely clueless, as evidenced by the revelation of Victoria Nuland making U.S. foreign policy toward the Ukraine on the fly, while dissing the efforts of the European Union with an unforgivable vulgarity which in a more competent administration would have already cost her her job.
We can only hope that stronger leadership in Europe, impelled by foreign ministers Laurent Fabius of France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, and Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland, can provide the Western leadership that is required. American president Barack Obama is asleep in the backseat of the car, not even “driving from behind”.
The Trenchant Observer