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A Primer on Ukraine

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Hans Baumann By Thursday, 30 January 2020 03:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

You may have heard confusing stories about Ukraine.

Here is some background information in order explain what the current fuss is all about.

In order to shorten the rather involved history, let’s begin with the years 1918 and 1919, when Ukraine nationalists fought Russian Bolsheviks on the side of the white Russian Army.

Even though the "Whites" lost, there still was persistent guerilla activity against the communists especially during the so-called "hunger year" of 1935.

All these activities were brutally suppressed.

Then came 1941. The Nazis invaded Russia.

At the start, German soldiers were greeted with flowers when entering Ukraine. People were expecting the Germans to free them from communisim. The Germans went even so far to as to establish a national government in Kiev.

This went away when the Russian troops returned in 1944.

In 1951, during the early phase of "Cold War," the CIA decided to take advantage of the national sentiment as well as the desire for independence by Ukrainians by supplying native guerilla bands with weapons and money. Additionally, the CIA parachuted former native Ukraine refugees back to their homeland in order to help out.

Unfortunately not much came of it and the project was scrapped.

Following the death of the dictator Stalin in 1958, Nikita Khrushchev was elevated, from managing the so-called Ukraine Republic (then an integral part of the Russian Federation), to Russian premier. In order to thank his Ukrainian party friends for helping him to become the Russian Head of State, he single-handedly ceded the Russian - the industrial Donetsk Basin and the Russian Crimean peninsula - to the Ukraine.

This left unresolved the fate of the ethnic Russian and Russian speaking populations living in the Donetsk Basin. This unwanted separation from their Russian motherland then, in April 2014, led to an armed conflict between the Russian supported Donetsk region and the U.S. supported, of the since 2013 now Western oriented, state of Ukraine.

Large influxes of U.S. money for weapon purchases, as a result of the conflict, added to the persistent and historical high level of corruption exemplified by the sudden occurrence of Ukrainian billionaires. It may be noted that in 2013, the former Ukraine president was deposed due to corruption on his part.

Corruption once deeply ingrained into a system is hard to eradicate.

It becomes a way of life for many countries.

For more information view my Sept. 13, 2019 Newsmax  blog: "A Modern Fairy Tale About Ukraine," of 9-13-2019.

Dr. Baumann, a former Corporate Vice President and founder of his company, is a well known inventor, economist, and author having published books on scientific, economic, and historical subjects. He is a member of the American Research Society and an Inductee of the Hall of Fame of Automatic Control, besides also being an honorary member of a number of technical societies. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Corruption once deeply ingrained into a system is hard to eradicate. It becomes a way of life for many countries.
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Thursday, 30 January 2020 03:46 PM
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